Systems Immunology
April 20 - 23, 2021 Virtual
Abstract Deadline: January 29, 2021


Menna Clatworthy, University of Cambridge, UK
Kathryn Miller-Jensen
, Yale University
Harinder Singh, University of Pittsburgh
John Tsang, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases


The current COVID-19 situation is challenging and difficult for all of us - we hope this virtual conference will allow colleagues to share and discuss their latest research, while under travel and stay-at-home restrictions.


We are pleased to announce the second Cold Spring Harbor meeting on Systems Immunology. We are looking forward to a broad-based meeting, and abstracts are welcomed on all scientific topics related to systems biology approaches to normal and pathological functions of the immune system. The meeting will be held virtually, beginning late morning EST on Tuesday, April 20, and ending late afternoon EST on Friday, April 23, 2021.

The meeting is intended to promote cross-disciplinary exchange between experimental, computational and mathematical biologists studying the organization, functions and regulation of the immune system at various scales. Our goal is to establish a recurrent forum that brings together immunologists and systems biologists in this nascent field.

Day Time (EDT Session # Session Name
Tuesday 9:30 am - 12:30 am 1 Single Cell Analysis I
Tuesday 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm         Poster Session*
Tuesday 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm             2 Immunoreceptors: Specificities and Signaling
Wednesday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm     3 Cellular Dynamics, Interactions and Communication
Wednesday 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Poster Session*
Wednesday 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm 4 Systems Human Immunology I
Thursday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm 5 Modeling of Immune Signaling and Gene Regulatory Networks
Thursday 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Poster Session*
Thursday 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm 6 Single Cell Analysis II
Friday 9:30 am - 11:00 am 7 Evolution of Immune Systems
Friday 11:15 am - 12:30 pm 8 Synthetic Immunology and Engineering Systems
Friday 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Poster Session*
Friday 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm 9 Systems Human Immunology II: COVID-19 Pandemic
Throughout the Meeting Virtual Poster Viewing
Discussion Zone 30 minute Open Forum following each Session


    Single-Cell Analysis I

    Chairs: Sarah Teichmann, Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK / Harinder Singh, University of Pittsburgh

    Immunoreceptors: Specificities and Signaling

    Chairs: Mark Davis, Stanford University School of Medicine / Margie Ackerman, Dartmouth College

    Cellular Dynamics, Interactions & Communication

    Chairs: Ron Germain, National Institutes of Health / Kathryn Miller-Jensen, Yale University

    Systems Human Immunology I
    Chairs: Bali Pulendran, Stanford University School of Medicine / Menna Clatworthy, University of Cambridge, UK

    Modeling of Immune Signaling and Gene Regulatory Networks
    Chairs: Alan Perelson, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sante Fe / Uri Alon, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

    Single-Cell Analysis II
    Chairs: Gosia Trynka, Wellcome Sangar Institute, UK / Stephen Quake, Stanford University/Chan Zuckerberg Biohub

    Evolution of Immune Systems
    Chair: Thomas Boehm, Max Planck Institute of Immunology & Epigenetics, Germany / Ruslan Medzhitov, HHMI/Yale University

    Systems Human Immunology II - COVID-19 Pandemic
    Chairs: Catherine Blish, Stanford University Medical Center / John Tsang, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Additional Speakers:
Christophe Benoist, Harvard Medical School
Bryan Bryson, MIT
Arup Chakraborty, MIT
Markus Covert, Stanford University    
Smita Krishnaswamy, Yale University 
Mihai Netea, Radboud Institute 
Ramnik Xavier, Broad Institute

The format of the meeting will include eight oral sessions and virtual poster presentations. Each oral session will include invited speakers and speakers selected from submitted abstracts. For this reason, abstracts from accomplished junior and senior investigators are enthusiastically invited. The abstracts should focus on new and unpublished data. The organizers will select abstracts for oral or poster presentations. The status (talk/poster) of abstracts will be posted on our web site (below) as soon as decisions have been made. We have applied for funds from government and industry to partially support graduate students and postdocs.

We have funds to provide partial scholarships for individuals who are US citizens/permanent residents from minority groups under-represented in the life sciences. Please provide justification in writing to Val Pakaluk and state your financial needs. Preference will be given to those applying who submit abstracts to the meeting.

Social Media: The designated hashtag for this meeting is #cshlsysimm. Note that you must obtain permission from an individual presenter before live-tweeting or discussing his/her talk, poster, or research results on social media. Click the Policies tab above to see our full Confidentiality & Reporting Policy.

This conference may be supported in part by funds provided by:

Late Pricing: (registrations submitted after 5:00 p.m. ET on April 15, 2021)
Virtual Academic Package: $395
Virtual Graduate PhD. Student Package: $280
Virtual Corporate Package: $535

Virtual 4 day live meeting + 6 weeks archive access

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~48 talks / 8 sessions
(late am/early pm)
~24 total hours with interactive Q&A
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~60 posters with
dedicated slack channels for each poster
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Virtual Social Events~
Meet-the-Speakers & Editors
Icebreaker, "Breakout" Social
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Leading Strand video archive access to talks
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Digital program in PDF format