This digital collection currently contains IUIS Council meeting minutes, 1970-2011. Minutes are keyword searchable and may be browsed by Council member or attendee’s name. When available, the Council position holders are identified. The meeting minutes were pulled from Series 1.2, Council Meetings, in the International Union of Immunological Societies records; the full finding is available online.
International Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS) began in the early 1960s to function as a medium for the growing number of national immunological societies to communicate with one another. IUIS held its inaugural meeting in 1969 in Brugge, Belgium with ten of the twelve founding societies present; represented were the American Association of Immunologists, British Society for Immunology, Canadian Society of Immunology, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Immunologie, Israel Immunological Society, Nederlandse Vereniging voor Immunologie, Polish Immunological Society, Scandinavian Society for Immunology, Société Française d'Immunologie, and the Yugoslav Immunological Society. The representatives for the Australasian Society for Immunology and the Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Allergologie und Immunologie were unable to attend this meeting, but expressed their support. The IUIS constitution was approved two years later and revised 1995. Early IUIS meetings established an International Congress of Immunology that held conferences for the various sub-disciplines to keep immunologists throughout the world aware of the most recent discoveries and encourage interest in immunology. These congresses encouraged collaboration of knowledge between Eastern and Western nations and developing and developed nations.
The IUIS Council meetings focused on planning International Congresses and coordinating the funding for speakers. Various committees were formed in order to create standards for the field, support the study of immunology around the world, and for other immunological related activities and interests. IUIS collaborated with other world organizations and regional federations, such as the World Health Organization.
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