Within the EAACI, Sections and Interest Groups are structural units that facilitate various Academy functions and activities.
Diseases mediated by allergic and immunological mechanisms can affect many different organs and may present problems to a wide variety of physicians in primary and secondary care. In order to improve information exchange and collaboration between specialists and scientists both within and outside the EAACI, the Academy has established the EAACI Sections for Asthma, Dermatology, ENT, Immunology and Pediatrics.
The sections are represented in the Executive Committee and Programme Committee, and have the opportunity to propose task forces as well as joint sessions with appropriate specialists societies.
The Interest Groups represent an area of general interest within allergology that is not adequate covered by any one of the EAACI Sections. Additionally, Interest Groups provide a focus for scientists and clinicians interested in particular aspects of allergic diseases. At present, there are Interest Groups active for Aerobiology & Pollution, Allergy Asthma & Sports, Allergy Diagnosis, Drug Allergy, Food Allergy, IG on Functional Genomics and Proteomics, Infection & Allergy, Immunotherapy, Insect Venom Hypersensitivity, and Occupational Allergy .
The Interest Group forms a focus for discussion at the Academy's meetings, provides input to the scientific programme, and can make proposals for the task forces. All members and affiliates (including "Juniors") are encouraged to take part in the EAACI Interest Groups.
All EAACI members are welcome to sign up as a member, with a voting right in one of the Sections or Interest Groups. However, as an EAACI member, you are welcome to take part in the activities of as many Sections and IGs as you like.