2017 Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel, Singapore (22-26 January 2017)

Overview of 2017 Round

The enthusiasm of the participants and the high scientific quality of the lectures made the 2017 NIF Winter School an extremely successful event. Throughout the days of the program, from 22nd to 26th January, lecturers and students shared intriguing insights and findings in immunology, discussed new ideas and forged friendships that fuelled networking and future collaborations.

This was the sixth year of the NIF Winter School – a partnership between the IFREC Institute in Japan and SIgN in Singapore - and the third time that was held in Singapore. The course selected a group of 44 excellent students from 14 different countries out of 85 applicants, and was able to attract a prominent international group of Immunology Faculty from the US (2), Europe (3), Japan (4), Australia (1) and Singapore (6).

The Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel located within easy reach of the Central Business District and the waterfront precincts of Robertson Quay, Clarke Quay and Boat Quay along Singapore River was an ideal environment for the school. There was also a chance to participants to explore Singapore during their free time to enjoy the local culture.

We hope that the Winter School experience made a strong impact in all participants, widened and deepened their understanding of immunology, created many new friendships, and furthered their commitment to excellence in scientific research.

Date and Venue

22-26 January 2017
Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel, Singapore

Application and Selection

We received 85 applications for NIF 2017 Winter School from 30 countries. Organizing committee carefully shortlisted all applications and 45 applications were selected based on scientific excellence. 1 applicant withdrew at last minute due to personal reasons, so final number of students was 44. Participants of 24 nationalities came from institutes & universities in 14 countries of 4 continents. 29 of them were advanced PhD students; 15 were early postdocs. 56% of the participants were female.

2017 Program

The scientific program comprised of 16 guest lectures, participants' short presentations and poster sessions. Each participant presented a poster during one of the poster sessions and gave a short oral presentation as well. The short talks and lectures were grouped according to the topic.


Shizuo AKIRA, IFReC, Japan
Veronique ANGELI, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Burkhard BECHER, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Antonio BERTOLETTI, Duke-NUS, Singapore
Subhra BISWAS, Singapore Immunology Network, Singapore
Ana CUMANO, Institut Pasteur, France
Wendy HAVRAN, The Scripps Research Institute, USA
Tomohiro KUROSAKI, IFReC, Japan
Paul MACARY, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Laura MACKAY, Doherty Institute, Australia
Evan NEWELL, Singapore Immunology Network, Singapore
Christiane RUEDL, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Shimon SAKAGUCHI, IFReC, Japan
Federica SALLUSTO, Institute for Research in Biomedicine, Switzerland
Kazuhiro SUZUKI, IFReC, Japan
Filip SWIRSKI, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, USA

Presentation Award Laureates

Three "Best Presentation" prizes were awarded to:

Tom HARTWIG - University of Zurich, Switzerland
"Dermal IL-17-producing gamma delta T cells Establish Long-lived Memory In The Skin"

Martin IVARSSON - University of Cambridge / Karolinska Institutet, United Kingdom & Sweden
"Composition and dynamics of the uterine NK cell KIR repertoire in menstrual blood"

Noushin MOSSADEGH-KELLER - Centre d'Immunulogie de Marseille Luminy (CIML), France
"Testicular Macrophage Origin And Developmental Dynamics"

Messages from the Participants

"It's really a fantastic journey in Singapore and I got a lot of basic knowledge on Immunology. Also, I got many ideas in the lecturers. I'll share my experience here with my colleagues and recommend it to them. Thanks to the organizer again!"

"Really enjoyed the Winter School. Singapore also an excellent country to experience!"

"It was helpful to gain a broad understanding of immunology"

"Most talks were excellent!"

"Full of interesting points in the lectures"

"Very punctual and well organized. Friendly staff"

"Poster sessions were very helpful in giving time and space for discussions"

"The hotel an food were of extremely high class"

"Was a great learning experience and good to interact with the students!"

Organizing Committee

Laurent RÉNIA (SIgN) – Chair of the 2017 committee
Florent GINHOUX (SIgN) - committee member
Lisa NG (SIgN) - committee member
Siew Cheng WONG (SIgN) - committee member
Nicholas GASCOIGNE (NUS) - committee member
Christane RUEDL (NTU) - committee member

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