EFIS Task Forces
A major initiative emerging from the first EFIS Strategic Retreat was the consensus to establish EFIS Task Forces on three pertinent issues facing European immunologists: education, vaccination and diversity. These task forces will be established to address specific needs perceived by Societies that can be better dealt with at a European level.
- The Education Task Force will assess the regional differences in immunology teaching in medical schools across Europe, with the aim of ensuring a consensus of high quality immunology teaching to be included in the curriculum across all European medical schools.
- The Vaccination Task Force will be established in response to the growing anti-vaccination sentiment across Europe. It should build on the experience of the already published position of the BSI on the safety and usefulness of vaccines, with the ultimate goal reaching a consensus on an EFIS statement concerning the necessity and safety of vaccination.
- The Diversity Task Force will be established to address to the continued under-representation of females and ethnic minorities in immunology. Given the long-term challenge of this issue, this taskforce could eventually evolve into a standing EFIS Committee.
- EFIS National Societies will be invited to nominate participants to form each task force. A spokesperson will be suggested to lead the task force by the EFIS Board, but a spokesperson can ultimately be nominated by each task force.
- There should be at least one face-to-face meeting of task force members. In this meeting, a work plan for the task force should be developed and submitted to the EFIS Board for consideration.
- The EFIS Board will discuss the submitted proposals and provide any relevant feedback before implementation of the work plan.
- A maximum € 2,000 will be covered by EFIS for each task force for a period of 1 year.