of the School
The primary aim of this summer school is to teach immunology to young
investigators in immunology from South-East Europe, i.e. Croatia, Serbia,
Bosnia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria and Romania.
This region needs help to establish a state-of-the-art immunology. Infrastructure
and equipment of most of the institutes of immunology in the South of
this region are still underdeveloped, but immunological societies in
these countries have been or are being formed.
Another aim of the school is to foster contact of these young investigators
with other immunological societies. They will meet foreign speakers
both from abroad and from other countries in the region, and also young
investigators from the region. The region also urgently needs a network
of immunologists between the different countries. The common interest
in immunology will be a bridge for mutual communication.
The topic of the school is "Concepts in Immunology". Lectures
will deal with current concepts in immunology that are of special importance
for basic but also for clinical immunology. The last school has shown
that many participants have a medical background. Also controversially
discussed topics will be presented. To provide an optimal discussion
the participants will form small working groups according to their knowledge
and interests that will be guided by the speakers. Methodological aspects
will also be discussed, and a practical microscopy course will be organized
by Euroimmun. Presentation of the work of the young investigators themselves
in a special workshop is an important part of the school.
Three previous EJI-EFIS immunology schools were held in Ohrid, Macedonia,
Dubrovnik, Croatia and Kragujevac, Serbia. They got a very positive
feedback from the participants. One reason to hold the fourth school
in Sarajevo, in the Middle of South Eastern Europe, is that we hope
that this location will also allow other young investigators from other
countries of the South to participate (Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro,
Macedonia and Greece) that were less represented in the last schools.
But the school is of course open to all young immunologists from the