SIG Workshops

Special Interest Groups Workshops 

*Please note, this is a preliminary program and is subject to change.

If you wish to attend the Monday Workshops, please register in the addon section via your online registration.

Monday, 27 November 2017

Mucosal Immunology Workshop

The Mucosal Immunology workshop focuses on how the immune system functions at the barrier between host and environment and includes a wide variety of topics including allergy, autoimmunity, inflammation, cancer, immunity, and infectious diseases of the mucosal tissues. This year's MISIG will particularly focus on the mucosal immunity of the Gastrointestinal, Reproductive and Respiratory tracts. This year’s program will include a joint session with a focus on innate lymphoid cells (ILCs) in mucosal immunity, and invited presentations from world-renowned Immunologists Professor Jean-Laurent Casanova and Professor Maria Rescigno. The MISIG workshop is sponsored by the international Society of Mucosal Immunology and will award $500US to the best oral presentation given by an early-mid career researcher. So, if you have an interest in anything to do with immunology of the mucosa, be sure to register for the MISIG at this year’s ASI meeting.

Infection and Immunity Workshop

This year’s Infection and Immunity Special Interest Group Workshop will be held on Monday 27th November. The I&I workshop will feature outstanding invited international (Maria Rescigno) and national speakers (Jaclyn Pearson, Andreas Kupz, Thomas Naderer), a number of talks selected from abstracts, and a special innate lymphoid cell mini-symposium held jointly with the Mucosal Immunology Special Interest Group. The ILC mini-symposium (organized by Fernando Souza-Fonseca-Guimaraes and Nick Huntington, and sponsored by Miltenyi) features Joseph Sun and several outstanding early to mid-career researchers from around Oz. So if you have an interest in infection and immunity-related research, please be sure to register for the workshop!

9:00 – 10:20

Joint Mucosal/Infection and Immunity Session: ILC Symposium
(Meeting Room P9)
Chair: Yulong Gao, on behalf of Fernando Guimaraes & Nick Huntington

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9:00 Introduction
9:05 International - Associate Professor Joseph Sun
9:35 Susanna Ng
9:50 Iona Schuster
10:05 Rebecca Delconte
10:20 – 10:50 Morning Tea
10:50 – 12:30 Mucosal Immunology Workshop
(Meeting Room P7)
Chairs: Simon Barry & Nicholas West
Infection and Immunity Workshop
(Meeting Room P9)
Chairs: Katharina Ronacher & Nicholas King 
10:50 National - Paraic O'Cuiv National - Jaclyn Pearson
11:10 National - Laurence Macia National - Andreas Kupz
11:30 Ran Wang Luca Hensen
11:45 Patrick Hughes Thomas Schultz
12:00 Alison Carey Martha Cooper
12:15 Holly Groome Kaustav das Gupta
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:35 Mucosal Immunology Workshop
(Meeting Room P7)
Chairs: Phil Hansbro & Rhiannon Werder
Infection and Immunity Workshop
(Meeting Room P9)
Chairs: Lisa Connor & Helen Farrell
13:30 National - Severine Navarro National - Thomas Naderer
13:50 Anya Jones Le Son Tran
14:05 Pengcheng Zhou Kylie Quinn
14:20 Jennifer Simpson Joanna Kirman
14:35 – 15:00 Afternoon Tea
15:00 – 16:10 Joint Mucosal/Infection and Immunity Session
(Meeting Room P9)
Chairs: Michael McGuckin & Natkunam Ketheesan 
15:00 Miltenyi talk - Benjamin Finnin
15:10 MI International - Professor Jean-Laurent Casanova
15:40 I&I International - Professor Maria Rescigno

Tumour Immunology Workshop

This year’s Tumour Immunology Group Workshop (to be held on Monday 27th November) will include 5 sessions ranging from basic understandings of the cancer – immune system interface through to translational models and novel immunotherapies. It will feature various renowned invited international (Yuting Ma) and national speakers, as well as a number of talks by students and early- to mid-career researchers selected from abstracts. The prestigious Gordon Ada Lecture will be given by Phil Darcy from Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne. So if you have an interest in tumour immunology/immunotherapy, please be sure to register for the workshop.

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9:00 – 10:20 Session I: Tumour immunogenicity and vaccines
(Meeting Room P8)
Chairs: Stephen Mattarollo & Sarah Young
9:00 Introduction
9:05 Keynote - Professor Yuting Ma
9:50 National - Dr Indrajit Das
10:05 Christian Bryant
10:20 – 10:50 Morning Tea
10:50 – 12:30 Session II: Tumour microenvironment and immunosurvelliance/suppression
(Meeting Room P8)
Chair: Graham Leggatt
10:50 National - Dr Delia Nelson
11:10  Simone Park
11:25  Sarah Lauder
11:40 – 12:30 Session III: Next generation tumour immunology
(Meeting Room P8)
Chair: Jane Oliaro
11:40 National - Dr Tatyana Chtanova
12:00  Oscar Haigh
12:15  Vignesh Narasimhan
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:35 Session IV: Cellular engineering and adoptive immunotherapy
(Meeting Room P8)
Chair: Dale Godfrey
13:30 Gordon Ada Lecture - Prof Phil Darcy
14:15 Paul Beavis
14:25 Jonathan Chee
14:35 – 15:00 Afternoon Tea
15:00 – 16:10 Session V: Translational Immunology
(Meeting Room P8)
Chair: Mark Smyth
15:00 National - Dr Maya Kansara 
15:20 National - Dr Fiona Simpson
15:35 Mainthan Palendira
15:50 Rebecca Faleiro
16:05 Closing Remarks - James


Postgraduate Workshop

This year’s Postgraduate workshop (to be held on Monday 27th November) is focused on career development. Professor Janet Davies (QUT) and Professor Chris Parish (ANU) will discuss their research, career path, and what they look for when hiring scientific staff. Ms Stephanie Bonson (Postgraduate Career Counsellor, QUT) will discuss how to tackle the job market, including job search strategies and improving your CV. An interactive career panel session with academic, research, industry, science education and communication expertise will discuss: A PhD in immunology-what is it good for? The workshop will finish with advice and tips from Professor Rajiv Khanna (QIMR Berghofer Institute for Medical Research) and Professor Greg Woods (University of Tasmania) on your next grant and fellowship applications. So if you want to stand out from the pack, need advice on navigating the post-PhD world or you’re just not sure what to do next, make sure you register for this session.

The conference acknowledges the support of Griffith University

9:00 – 9:10  Introduction to workshop
9:10 – 10:20 Session 1: My Research Career
(Meeting Room P6)
Associate Professor Janet Davies, Queensland Institute of Technology
Professor Chris Parish, Australian National University
  Will discuss their scientific background and research careers, provide insight into what they look for when hiring staff, advice for a research-based career. Followed by Q and A.
10:20 – 10:50 Morning Tea
10:50 – 12:30 Session 2: Tackling the job market (interactive session)
(Meeting Room P6)
Ms Stephanie Bonson,
Postgraduate Career Counsellor (QUT), Registered Psychologist
  Advice on how to go about finding a job after your PhD, how to write a CV (what do people look for?). Job search strategies.
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:35 Session 3: Career Panel- What is a PhD good for? (interactive session)
(Meeting Room P6)
Prof Alejandro Lopez, Program Director, Medical Science, School of Natural Sciences, Griffith University
Dr Phil Ellery, Business Manager, Institute for Glycomics, Griffith University, Advance QLD Founders’ Fellowship recipient and Founder of EPRI
Dr Ezequiel Balmori Melian, SparQ-ed Teacher, Queensland Academies
Dr Ali Zaid, Research Fellow and 2016 QLD Young Tall Poppy awardee, Institute for Glycomics, Griffith University
Mr Declan McKeveney, Principal, Fisher Adams Kelly Callinans, Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys
Ms Emma Ceccato, Science Communications Officer, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute
  Panel comprised of: academic, science communicator, patent attorney, industry-based researcher, science educator.
14:35 – 15:00 Afternoon Tea
15:00 – 16:10 Session 4: Grant and Fellowship writing
(Meeting Room P6)
Professor Rajiv Khanna
, QIMR Berghofer Institute of Medical Research
Professor Greg Woods, University of Tasmania
  Tips and Advice to help you with your next NHMRC and ARC applications.


Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Education Workshop

The Education SIG is a community of members involved in or interested in immunology education. Within this group, members share their educationally-focused research, ideas for innovative assessment tasks or lecture delivery, practical class ideas, and discuss curriculum development and challenges.

**This workshop does not require registration

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