Given the COVID-19 situation worldwide, we decided to postpone the "EMBO workshop on Germinal centers and immune niches" meeting. The situation is constantly evolving and no predictions can be made at this point regarding travel restrictions that will be in place during October.
We are presently considering to reschedule the conference, however, the future of international flights and conferences is still unclear and therefore, we will make the decision together with the organizing committee later on.
Establishment of effective immunity against invading microbes depends on the continuous generation of effector cells and antibodies that facilitate pathogen clearance and long lasting immunity. Generation of protective antibody producing cells and long-lived memory cells primarily takes place within lymphoid organs in specialized microanatomical sites, known as germinal centers. The aim of the meeting is to promote scientific communication among scientists that study germinal centers and immune cell interactions and functions within lymphoid niches, including cell- and antibody-mediated immune responses. The meeting will cover several aspects and novel findings in these processes, including immune cell dynamics, regulation of gene expression, chromatin remodeling as well as emergence of malignant cells.