Education Committee

The Education Committee mission is to promote education and training for technical, scientific, and medically qualified staff in the field of transplantation immunology, histocompatibility and immunogenetics throughout Europe and beyond. 

The 18th International Summer School on Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics, hosted by the American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (ASHI) will take place in April 2025 in Merida, Mexico. More information will follow as soon as possible.


The 17th International Summer School on Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics, hosted by the Asia-Pacific Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics Association (APHIA) was held from 8 - 11 November 2023 in Busselton, Western Australia. 

Report on the 17th International Summer School


Organisers of regional education meetings/workshops can apply for the official approval of their Educational/Scientific Activity by the EFI Education Committee. This official approval infers that EFI supports the educational content of the conference/workshop, and subsequently enables the organizers to use the EFI logo in all documents connected with their meeting.

Regional meeting guidelines  Application form 

To promote training in the field of Immunogenetics and Histocompatibility, the EFI Executive Committee has allocated a fixed number of bursaries for EFI members wishing to visit another laboratory to learn new techniques and to develop research collaborations.

More about this bursary

The teaching sessions undertaken during the EFI meeting should provide relevant scientific training events for physicians, biologists and technicians involved in the field of Immunogenetics. The opportunity to enlarge and share detailed knowledge on specific topics by competent speakers constitutes a unique opportunity of improvement for the entire EFI community. In order to contribute to the achievement of this aim, the EFI Education committee has defined these guidelines for the organizers of the EFI meeting to standardize the approach for the organization of the teaching sessions.

Teaching session guidelines Teaching Session Evaluation form Speakers consent form

The aims of the Education Committee

  • Organisation of Teaching/Educational Sessions at the Annual EFI Meetings
  • Maintain and review the guidelines for organising Teaching/Educational Session at the Annual EFI Meetings
  • Co-organisation of the International Summer School along with the Chair of the Scientific Committee
  • Reviewing applications for ‘EFI Education and Scientific Bursaries’
  • Support of Regional Educational Activities
  • Pursue specific projects approved by the Executive Committee


The projects currently executed by the Education Committee

  • In cooperation with the European Board for Transplantation Immunology and the UEMS, perform an annual review of the European Specialisation for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (ESHI) Diploma syllabus
  • Establish and maintain a curriculum for an H&I Diploma for qualified technical staff
  • Establish and maintain web based Educational Programme / EFI-H&I college

Committee members

Deborah Sage, Chair UK
Manuel Muro Spain (Region Spain & Portugal)
Marilyn Spyropoulou-Vlachou Greece (Region South East Europe)
Michael Eikmans the Netherlands (Region BeNeLux)
Valérie Dubois France (Region France)
Benedetta Mazzi Italy (Region Italy)
Katarzyna Bogunia-Kubik Poland (Region Central Europe)
Monika Lindemann Germany (Region Germany)
Marte Viken Norway (Region Nordic)
Natalia Diaz-Burlinson UK (Region UK & Ireland)