Main Theme: “Basic Immunology Research in Allergy and Clinical Immunology”
74 doctoral and postdoctoral scientists from 20 different countries attended the 4th EAACI-GA²LEN Davos Meeting “Basic Immunology Research in Allergy and Clinical Immunology” that took place between the 16th and the 19th of February 2006 in Grainau, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. The meeting was organized by the EAACI Immunology Section and the ZAUM-Center for Allergy and Environment, Technical University Munich, and was made possible by the generous support from GA²LEN.
Thilo Jakob and the Local Organizing Committee welcomed us at the Eibsee Hotel right at the foot of Germany`s highest mountain, the “Zugspitze” for a three-day meeting of highest scientific standards. The meeting included 6 symposia on 3 main topics: innate immunity, adaptive immunity and regulation and allergic inflammation. Each of the symposia was introduced by outstanding keynote lectures from some of the most renowned speakers in the field of basic immunology: Philippa Marrack, Hermann Wagner, Ron Germain, Richard Flavell, Ulrich von Andrian and Dale Umetsu proved their exceptional scientific and rhetorical reputations while covering cutting edge developments in the fields of innate and adaptive immunity, regulation of the immune response and mechanisms of allergic inflammation. In the morning and evening, keynote lectures were followed by excellent presentations selected from the submitted abstracts. For both keynote lectures and oral presentations ample time was reserved for the often passionate and vivid discussions.
Between the morning and the afternoon sessions there was just enough time to stretch your legs either by down hill skiing at the Zugspitze or by cross country skiing in the scenic mountainside of Bavaria. As in previous years, the after dinner poster sessions were a great success and gave young scientists the opportunity to directly interact with known capacities in the field. Active poster discussion still going on at midnight clearly demonstrated that the organizers had managed to create an engaging warm atmosphere in which it was possible to discuss controversial concepts, exchange novel ideas and built new friendships personally and scientifically.
During the closing, Anthony Frew, acting president of the EAACI, announced that this kind of meetings will continue, and that the planning of the 5th EAACI-GA²LEN Davos meeting “Basic Immunology Research in Allergy and Asthma” is already underway. Details will be announced via the GA²LEN and the EAACI web page.
- 2006 Davos Meeting: The Abstracts!