Day of Immunology – Call to Action 2018!

July 18, 2019


IUIS and EFIS are working together to involve all Regional and National Societies in a global effort to promote the benefits of immunology research during the International Day of Immunology (DoI) taking place every year on April 29.

“This is a unique opportunity to increase awareness around the world about immunology and the importance of immunity to fight major diseases, improve research and save lives,”

Stefan Kaufmann, IUIS Past President when launching the first Day of Immunology in Europe in 2005


Every Immunological Society and Federation is strongly encouraged to participate in the DoI.  EFIS provides pedagogic material to help your teams create successful awareness campaigns and reach journalists, school teachers, politicians, decision makers and the general public.

Each participating Society is invited to design a unique awareness campaign using any media of its choice including posters, videos, social media, mails and emails. Societies Members can for instance record interviews, give lectures, organize joined classroom discussions, meet with teachers… and talk with friends, family and neighbours about the amazing immune system!   

The DoI on April 29 is a special day to discuss immunology in public sphere and strengthen the international community of immunologists dedicated to improving health for people around the world.

International Day of Immunology Awards – 2019

Awards totalling 5000 euros will be given once every 3 years for the 4 best public relations campaigns of the Day of Immunology for 2017, 2018 and 2019:

  1. International Day of Immunology Award, by IUIS – 2000 euros for the best international campaign
  2. European Day of Immunology Award, by EFIS – 2000 euros for the best campaign in Europe, where the annual DoI has been celebrated since 2005
  3. Award for the Best Newcomer Campaign, by EFIS – 1000 euros for the best campaign organized by a candidate participating in the DoI for the first time
  4. Best 2017, 2018 or 2019 Theme Award, by IUIS – 1 000 euros for the best campaign organized by a candidate participating in the DoI, which corresponds to one of the year’s themes (IGE-Allergy 2017, Vaccine Developments in Tuberculosis 2018, Cancer Checkpoint Blockade 2019) 

Who can apply?

All National Societies and Regional Federations are eligible to apply. Annual theme (IGE-Allergy 2017, Vaccine Developments in Tuberculosis 2018, Cancer Checkpoint Blockade 2019) is only a suggestion, not a requirement.

Process of selection

Applications are reviewed based on the campaign’s originality, clarity, and impact at a national or regional level. More details to be released at a later date.


Prizes will be announced during a special Awards Ceremony at the triennial International Congress of Immunology. The next Awards Ceremony will be held during IUIS 2019 in Beijing, China. During Ceremony, the IUIS President accompanied by the EFIS President will report on the best initiatives of the DoI and reveal the names of the winners.

Winners are invited to present their campaign to the audience. The Award Ceremony is open to all. Participants get the chance to applaud examples of some of the excellent initiatives from different National Societies, and to share ideas and help prepare the next DoI!

More Activities

2nd Sao Paulo Immunology Graduate Course (Feb. 8-11, 2010)

Education Committee (EDU)

AAI Introductory Immunology Course (June 25 – July 1, 2010)

Education Committee (EDU)

AAI 2010 Advanced Course in Immunology (July 25-30, 2010)

Education Committee (EDU)

International Veterinary Immunology Symposium (IVIS) 2016

Veterinary Immunology Committee (VIC)

AAI 2011 Advanced Course in Immunology (July 31 – Aug. 5, 2011)

Education Committee (EDU)

Mucosal Immunology and Mucosal Vaccination Course (May 17-18, 2010)

Education Committee (EDU)

Day of Immunology – Call to Action 2016!

Basic and Clinical Funding Opportunities – passed deadlines

Gender Equality and Career Development Committee (GEC)

2nd African International Conference on Immunity (Nov. 3-7, 2011)

Education Committee (EDU)