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Congress set to advance Irish immunology sector

An active – and persistent – Irish immunology association has helped bring a major event in the field to Dublin in 2024.

The Convention Centre Dublin (CCD) will host the 7th European Congress of Immunology (ECI), 1-4 September 2024. The congress is expected to attract more than 3,000 delegates from 80 different countries, generating just shy of €5m for the local economy.

It was the Irish Society for Immunology’s (ISI) third attempt at bidding for the conference, showing the commitment and dedication of all those involved in securing the knowledge benefit for the city.

Professor Ed Lavelle from Trinity College Dublin, who is President of the ISI and Chairperson of ECI 2024 said: “We are thrilled to have been successful in our recent bid to host the 2024 ECI in Dublin. It has been a core ambition of the ISI to host this meeting and demonstrate our commitment to European Immunology in the context of the European Federation of Immunology Societies. Irish Immunology has a strong and growing reputation and this meeting will be a springboard for greater engagement with the international community.”

Ireland is a growing player in the Life Sciences sector, including medical devices, and pharmaceuticals. The country is a world leader in the biopharmachemical sector, with more than 300 companies based there, many with their European Headquarters, ensuing excellent industry research partnerships are already in place for the immunology congress.

Ireland’s strong tradition of immunology research is bolstered by a growing cohort of talented post-doctoral and post-graduate Immunologists. Knowledge hubs including the Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Research at University College Dublin; and the Institute of Immunology at National University of Ireland Maynooth, are leading world-class research.

The successful bid was made by the ISI committee in association with Keynote PCO, supported by The CCD, Fáilte Ireland and Meet In Ireland.

Adrienne Clarke, Head of Conference Sales in The CCD, added: “We are thrilled that ECI 2024 is coming to Dublin and The CCD. The committee’s hard work and dedication over the years has paid off and we look forward to welcoming all those from The European Congress of Immunology.”