The European Federation of Immunological Societies (EFIS) is a non-profit umbrella organization that represents 33 European immunology societies, including, as well, associations from Eurasia and the Middle-East. Every active member of any of EFIS-affiliated society is automatically considered a "member" of EFIS and can as such benefit from EFIS programs. EFIS thus acts as organization uniting more than 14,000 individual immunologists.
The main goals of EFIS are to support immunological research and education, as well as to strengthen scientific interaction amongst its members. Together with its partner official journals, the European Journal of Immunology and Immunology Letters, EFIS focuses especially on supporting young scientists, e.g., through fellowships or travel grants. For more info, browse the pages dedicated to EFIS-EJI Meeting Support, EFIS-IL Short-term Fellowships, Travel Grants and Awards.
The EFIS was founded at a meeting held in Amsterdam in September 1975. In the beginning, the legal body of this society was the International Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS). During a meeting held in Helsinki in 1991, it was decided to incorporate the articles in a notarial deed, and on April 5th, 1995, EFIS was formally registered as an independent legal body c/o the Utrecht (NL) Chamber of Commerce.
Click here to read the Statutes of EFIS and the minutes of previous EFIS General Assemblies.