Going virtual

Join us online!

Dear friends and colleagues,

We were preparing to offer you an inspiring in-person experience in Athens, but because of the continuing challenges and uncertainties – due to the global pandemic – the 12th International Congress on Autoimmunity will be transformed into an entirely online innovative experience. Now more than ever it is essential to ensure the progress and development in our field and the professional and scientific growth of our community.

We are excited to share that the Virtual Congress on Autoimmunity will take place as planned, between 28 May – 1 June 2021 with live online interaction, sessions available on-demand for 3 months following the Congress and even reduced registration rates.

You can expect the same cutting-edge scientific program as planned for Athens – full of lectures, e-posters, symposia, virtual exhibition, networking opportunities and more. Moreover, the virtual experience will allow us to unlock new opportunities by making the congress accessible to a wider audience worldwide.

Your participation in the virtual congress is now more important than ever – we should continue to share the latest scientific and technological advances in the autoimmunity field and discuss the most burning issues in autoimmunity diseases.

To avoid any confusion, misunderstandings and to stay updated on the latest policy, please check the FAQ section below and follow us through our newsletters and social media channels.

We look forward to seeing you online.

Warmest regards,

Yehuda Shoenfeld, MD, FRCP, MaACR
Congress President

Autoimmunity Virtual Congress FAQ

Please see below the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the virtual event.

The full scientific program planned for Athens will be held entirely online, including all speakers and presentations, poster displays and exhibitors.

Yes, the virtual congress will be taking place between 28 May – 1 June 2021 with live-streamed and recorded sessions according to the program schedule. All of the meeting content will be available to registered participants on demand after the congress.

The content will be available on-demand for a period following the congress dates, for all registered participants. More information on how long for the content will be available after the congress dates will follow for registered participants, sponsors & exhibitors only.

To attend the virtual congress, you need a good internet connection, your mobile or tablet device or a computer, and a valid registration. Registered participants will receive their login details a few days prior to the event.


Yes, you are automatically registered for the virtual congress. As a registered delegate who has paid the full rate, we will refund the difference to the same payment method initially charged. If you wish to cancel your registration and receive a full refund, please let us know by 25 February 2021 at the latest, by e-mailing: reg_auto2020@kenes.com

Registration is open and participants can benefit from reduced rates. More information is available here.

The virtual congress will offer you a full virtual experience and the opportunity to take part in every aspect of the program, including the chance to:

  • Access all presentations and session recordings. Create your own schedule to attend any and all of the sessions whenever and wherever you choose.
  • Network with colleagues. Browse the list of participants and click on their name to contact them.
  • Earn CME credits. Participate in the scientific program and be eligible to receive 33 CME credits attributed to the virtual meeting.
  • Access all the e-posters. Browse research on the hottest topics published in the congress poster gallery and connect to continue the discussion with the abstract authors.
  • Join the debate. During a live-streamed or recorded session, participate in live conversations with delegates from all over the world.
  • Visit the virtual exhibition hall. Journey through the exhibition booths, explore the displayed materials, contact exhibitors directly, and chat with other visitors.

You can use the contact form here and select Registration as the Subject.

If you would like to cancel your registration to the virtual congress, you are able to receive a refund. Please consult the cancellation policy outlined on the registration page for the most up to date information. Please click here.

Program and sessions

We are doing our best to ensure that the virtual congress will incorporate as much of the well-known physical congress experience and atmosphere as possible. All delegates will be contacted with timely updates on program scheduling in due course.

The program and schedule of the Academy of Autoimmunity have not changed and it will be taking place as planned online.

No, the slides from the session presentations cannot be downloaded, but you will be able to have the oral presentations of many presenters, where the slides are being shown.

We will contact you directly regarding your participation in the program.

Some sessions will be live and some will be pre-recorded. We are doing everything to ensure the highest possible quality of the virtual congress while maintaining the energy of live sessions and live interactions.

Speakers are encouraged to add email/social media information to their slides in order to enable participants to reach out with questions and comments. Live Q&A discussions will follow some sessions in the program.

Upon the acceptance of your abstract, you will be contacted personally with information about submitting your e-poster.
Accepted poster presenters will be asked to upload an e-poster as a 1-page file.
Accepted poster presenters will be given the option of recording a short MP3 file to explain their poster. Interaction between the e-poster presenters and the participants will be available through chat.
E-posters will be available throughout and after the congress.
For other abstract related questions, please use the contact form here, selecting Abstracts as the subject.

The virtual congress scientific program will be accredited with CME/CPD credits. More information here.


Yes, there will be a virtual exhibition area.

We will contact you directly regarding your participation.

There is no registration for exhibition only, all exhibitors and participants may access the full virtual congress.

Benefit from the reduced registration rates and join us
online for this highly anticipated congress.

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