Join us at the 12th European Mucosal Immunology Group Meeting
in Bern, Switzerland

Join us at the 12th European Mucosal Immunology Group Meeting
in Bern, Switzerland

### important information ### meeting postponed ###

With big regrets, we have decided to postpone this year’s European Mucosal Immunology Group Meeting which was planned to take place from August 19-21, 2020 in Bern.
Due to the current uncertainty about COVID-19-related travel restrictions within Europe and internationally and about the pandemic situation throughout the next months, we currently believe that it is best to not hold the meeting this year. We have decided to postpone EMIG2020 to either 2021 or 2022. We are currently actively looking for a new date and will update this webpage as soon as possible. Please note that the current information on dates is not updated.

Please note that:
•       Registrations remain valid.
•       If you need to cancel the registration, you will be fully refunded until 30 days before the start of the event.
•       The conference program may be subject to changes.
•       You will be able to update or change your submitted abstract.
•       New submissions and registrations will be allowed.

We remain at your disposal for any questions.

EMIG (European Mucosal Immunology Group) is a group of European scientists working in the field of Mucosal Immunology trying to build up a close network of collaborations within Europe. The group is connected to the Society for Mucosal Immunology (SMI), a world-wide society of more than 900 scientists and clinicians in the field of mucosal immunology. These groups worked tirelessly to build a European scientific network organizing biannual meetings. During EMIG conferences we aim to cover all the different disciplines within “mucosal immunology”, such as host-pathogen interactions at mucosal surfaces (such as the intestine, the airways, the urogenital tract and the skin), developmental aspects of mucosal immunity, regulation of mucosal inflammation and tissue repair, gene-environment interactions in mucosal diseases, microbiome and more.

Keynote speakers

Miriam Merad, MD, PhD

Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York City,

Miriam Merad, MD, PhD, is a Professor of Oncological Science and of Medicine (Hem/Onc division) at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. Dr. Merad’s laboratory studies the mechanisms that regulate the development and function of innate myeloid cells including dendritic cells and macrophages. One of the major goals of her laboratory is to identify the contribution of these cells to the development and progression of tumor cells. Dr. Merad established that tumor infiltrating dendritic cells could be targeted in vivo to promote the induction of tumor specific immunity. Currently, she is examining the contribution of tumor infiltrating macrophages to tumor progression and response to conventional and targeted therapies.

She has authored more than 100 primary papers and review articles in high profile journals and obtained extensive NIH funding for her studies on dendritic cells and macrophage biology in mice and humans.

Dr. Merad was trained as an Oncologist in France and obtained her PhD in immunology at Stanford University and University of Paris VII. She was recruited to Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 2004 and was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with Tenure in 2007 and to Full Professor in 2010. Dr. Merad also serves as the Associate Director for the MD PhD program at Mount Sinai Medical School.

Eran Segal, PhD

Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot,

Eran Segal is a Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics at the Weizmann Institute of Science, heading a lab with a multi-disciplinary team of computational biologists and experimental scientists in the area of Computational and Systems biology. His group has extensive experience in machine learning, computational biology, probabilistic models, and analysis of heterogeneous high-throughput genomic data. His research focuses on Microbiome, Nutrition, Genetics, and their effect on health and disease. His aim is to develop personalized nutrition and personalized medicine.

Prof. Segal published over 140 publications, and received several awards and honors for his work, including the Overton prize, awarded annually by the International Society for Bioinformatics (ICSB) to one scientist for outstanding accomplishments in computational biology, and the Michael Bruno award. He was recently elected as an EMBO member and as a member of The Young Israeli Academy Of Science.

Prof. Segal was awarded a B.Sc. in Computer Science summa cum laude in 1998, from Tel-Aviv University, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Genetics in 2004, from Stanford University. Before joining the Weizmann Institute, Prof. Segal held an independent research position at Rockefeller University, New York.

Invited speakers

A group of 12 Invited Speakers from European research institutions covering a wide range of topics within Mucosal Immunology could be recruited. We are very grateful for their acceptance to speak at EMIG2020.

Andreas Diefenbach, MD, PhD

Charité Hospital, Berlin,

Gérard Eberl, PhD

Institut Pasteur, Paris,

Hamida Hammad, PhD

VIB, Ghent,

Mathias Hornef, PhD

RWTH Aachen,

Vassilis Pachnis, PhD

Francis Crick Institute, London,
United Kingdom

Joanne Konkel, PhD

University of Manchester,
United Kingdom

Andrew Macpherson, MD PhD

University of Bern,

Maria Rescigno, PhD

Humanitas University, Milan,

Nicola Segata, PhD

University of Trento,

Emma Slack, PhD

ETH Zürich,

Gitta Stockinger, PhD

Francis Crick Institute, London,
United Kingdom

Nassos Typas, PhD

EMBL, Heidelberg,


Dr. Francesca Ronchi

Senior Scientist in the Division Gastroenterology / Mucosal Immunology at the Department for BioMedical Research,
University of Bern,


Dr. Stephanie Ganal-Vonarburg

Assistant Professor in the Division Gastroenterology / Mucosal Immunology at the Department for BioMedical Research,
University of Bern,


Dr. Christoph Müller

Professor and Head of Experimental Pathology at the Institute of Pathology,
University of Bern,

Christa Hagert

Personal Assistant at the Experimental Pathology at the Institute of Pathology,
University of Bern,


Scientific program



Registration will be open until 31st of May.

Registration includes participation in the scientific sessions, coffee breaks, lunches and a reception during the poster session on the first evening. Participation in the Gala Dinner and party on the second evening is upon registration only. Tickets are 40 CHF.

Registration is limited to 300 participants. First come, first served!

PhD students and early postdocs are encouraged to submit an application for one of the Young Researchers Travel Grants of 700 CHF each sponsored by the Society for Mucosal Immunology and of 600 € each sponsored by the European Federation of Immunological Societies-European Journal of Immunology. Please, upload a short letter of motivation, a reference letter from your supervisor, a 1-page CV and a publication list as one single pdf document on the registration website.

The Travel Grant winners will be informed by end of April, 2020.

For registration and abstract submission, please click below. Payment is only possible via credit card.


Gala Dinner/Party

The traditional EMIG Gala Dinner and Party will take place on the evening of the 20th of August on Bern’s city mountain “Gurten”.

Enjoy a ride up on the funicular railway, a welcome reception and dinner, as well as a lively party while enjoying spectacular views on the Bernese Alps and the old town of Bern.

Don’t forget to reserve your ticket (40 CHF/person) during registration, few places are still free for the Gala Party.



University of Bern, von Roll
Fabrikstrasse 6, Room 001
3012 Bern

PostAuto Line 101, Direction Güterbahnhof, Stop Güterbahnhof (

Bus Nr. 12, Direction Länggasse, Stop Länggasse (



By train

Bern is extremely well connected to all larger Swiss towns, as well as to Europe’s most important cities. Passengers can reach Bern from Zurich, Basel, Interlaken, and Lucerne in an hour or less with a direct connection, and in few hours from Lausanne and Geneva. The trains connect Bern directly to the main airports as well.

By plane

Zurich and Geneva airports are well connected directly to the Swiss rail network.

The Basel EuroAirport Mulhouse Freiburg can be reached via Basel SBB train station in 15-20 minutes.


A number of hotel rooms in different categories have been pre-reserved for EMIG2020 participants through the tourism office of the city of Bern. The rooms will be available until 15th of July, 2020. First come, first served. Please note that booking and payment of the rooms happens under full responsibility of the participant. The EMIG organizers do not take any responsibility for the reservations. If you are interested in booking one of these rooms, please click on the link below.

The City of Bern

The city of Bern is the capital of Switzerland. It is famous for its picturesque old town originating from the medieval age, which has been declared as UNESCO World heritage. Especially in summer, Bern is a very lively and green city with endless spots to take a coffee or a drink outside or walk along the “Aare” river.

As the political center of Switzerland, it is home to the Swiss Parliament and a large number of international embassies. Bern has a very international character with many international students and about a quarter of its population originating from abroad. The official language spoken in Bern is German, but French and English is routinely spoken as well.

Bern is also the capital of the canton of Bern, one of the biggest cantons of Switzerland and home to the famous 4000 m-high Swiss Alpine peaks, Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, which can be reached in about 1.5 hours from Bern.

What to do in Bern:

  1. Take a walk through “The Old City of Bern” and walk by the “Einstein” house
  2. Stop by the beautiful parliament building (“Bundeshaus”) and enjoy the view on the Bernese Alps from the back of the building
  3. Visit the Cathedral (Münster) and the platform beside for a spectacular view on the river
  4. Say hello to our 3 bears in “Bärenpark”
  5. Visit one of the numerous museums in town (Einstein museum, Zentrum Paul Klee, Alpine museum, Communication museum, etc.)
  6. Refresh yourself by a swim in the river at “Marzili public pool” (recommended only for good swimmers and with instructions through locals)

Travel Grants

Young Researcher Travel Grants (700 CHF each) are available for PhD students and early postdocs and are sponsored by the Society for Mucosal Immunology (SMI) and by European Federation of Immunological Societies (EFIS)-European Journal of Immunology (EJI).

Application deadline is March 13th, 2020. Please include application documents as a single pdf document during your registration.

The following documents are required components of the application:

  • Short letter of motivation
  • Recommendation letter of the principal investigator
  • 1-page CV of the applicant
  • Publication list of the applicant


We are actively working on a possibility to offer childcare options for younger children during the conference. This will most likely be organized through the existing daycare system of the University of Bern. More information to follow shortly.
If you would be interested in such a possibility, please, do not hesitate to contact one of the organizers. This may also help us to estimate the interest in such a service and help us in planning it accordingly.


For inquiries regarding registration, abstract submission or any other questions, please contact one of the organizers

Dr. Francesca Ronchi,

Dr. Francesca Ronchi,


Dr. Stephanie Ganal-Vonarburg,

Dr. Stephanie Ganal-Vonarburg,


Christa Hagert,

Christa Hagert,



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