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Innovative Vaccine Approaches

June 28-30, 2021 | 9:00AM EDT | 1:00PM UTC | 3:00PM CEST*
*Program is in development and subject to change


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 Free Access to On Demand Content to Scientists from Low-and Middle-Income Countries

Keystone Symposia welcomes the global scientific community and aims to connect researchers within and across disciplines to accelerate the advancement of biomedical and life sciences. This form may be used for scientists from low- and middle-income countries of all career stages to determine eligibility and request free access to scientific content presented during recent eSymposia events. If eligible, you will be sent an access code for the On Demand content of the eSymposia event(s) of interest.

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Vaccines have the power to prevent and potentially eradicate a wide range of infectious diseases, representing one of the most effective life-saving measures at our disposal against global health threats. The recent coronavirus pandemic has brought the importance and urgency of vaccine development efforts into sharp focus. Moreover, the vaccinology field is evolving very rapidly, thanks to advances in our understanding of microbiology, immunology and genomics, as well as advances in structural analysis of antigens and antigen-antibody complexes and impacts of variation. Over the years, this field has also experienced an elucidation of mechanisms of immunity and protection, and identification of correlates. However, many questions are still unsolved and innovative approaches are needed to address new vaccine challenges like antimicrobial resistance, emerging infectious diseases, cancer and diseases associated with our aging population. This conference will cover the latest advances and novel approaches towards vaccine development, including:

  1. Novel antigen delivery systems
  2. In vitro and in vivo model systems for vaccine appraisal
  3. The use of human challenge models
  4. The role of ‘systems biology’ in the comprehensive analysis of immune correlates, biomarker identification and safety
  5. Machine-learning approaches to define correlations between antibody repertoires and protection
  6. Strategies for developing low-cost vaccines for economically challenged populations

Together these topics will provide attendees with the new ideas and tools to continue to forge new frontiers in vaccine capabilities.

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Regular Registration Rate: $275 USD
Student Registration Rate: $150 USD


Abstract Submission
‣ For Short Talk Consideration: June 16, 2021
‣ For ePoster Presentation: June 17, 2021
Final ePoster / SciTalk Submission: June 20, 2021
Financial Aid Application: Passed

*Abstract submission is required in order to submit an ePoster and/or Scitalk


Call For Abstracts

Showcase your work to global audiences on the eSymposia platform!

Submit your abstract by the Short Talk Deadline for the opportunity to be selected for a short talk presentation alongside field leaders on the meeting program!

ePoster presenters will be provided with their own dedicated abstract listing on the event website to display their work in multiple formats, and interact with meeting participants. ePoster features include:

  • Abstract Description
  • An embedded ePoster with an optional downloadable PDF
  • SciTalk – up to 5-minute video presentation, available on demand
  • A poster table at the Live Poster Session to present your work and answer audience questions in real-time
  • A chat function to speak with interested attendees and answer questions throughout the conference
  • Contact information for private follow-up discussion

To submit your work for an ePoster presentation, and to be considered for short talk selection, go to the Submit an Abstract tab on the event homepage.

Program Details

Keynote Speaker

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Rino Rappuoli, PhD
GlaxoSmithKline Vaccines

Speaking at this eSymposia

Galit Alter

MIT and Harvard University, USA

Pamela J. Bjorkman

California Institute of Technology, USA

Catherine A. Blish

Stanford University School of Medicine, USA

Andrea Carfi

Moderna, USA

Christopher Chiu

Imperial College London, UK

Lawrence Corey

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, USA

Gordon Dougan

University of Cambridge, UK

Stephen Gordon

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK

Ravi K. Gupta

University of Cambridge, UK

Gagandeep Kang

Christian Medical College/Translational Health Science and Technology Institute, India

Elizabeth Klemm

Wellcome Trust, UK

Florian Krammer

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, USA

Nicole Lurie

Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations - CEPI, USA

Ankur Mutreja

University of Cambridge, UK

Elisa Nemes

University of Cape Town, South Africa

Mariagrazia Pizza

GlaxoSmithKline Vaccines, Italy

Andrew J. Pollard

University of Oxford, UK

Rino Rappuoli

GlaxoSmithKline Vaccines, Italy

Thomas Rudel

University of Würzburg, Germany

Andrew Steer

Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Australia

Caroline E. Wagner

McGill University, Canada

Gavin J. Wright

Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK








Additional Support




Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by Grant No. [GRANT NUMBER - UPDATE] from the National Institutes of Health. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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