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International BCG symposium, the renew

Institut Pasteur de Lille organises: 

International BCG symposium, the renew :

100th anniversity of the first administration of the BCG

17-19 November 2021

Auditoire de l’Institut de Biologie de Lille,

Institut Pasteur de Lille,

1, rue du Prof. Calmette

Register on the website dedicated to the events



2021 is the year of the 100th anniversary of the first administration of the Bacillus Calmette - Guérin (BCG) to a human being. It was the start of a long journey of the world’s most widely used vaccine and is today the oldest vaccine still in use. As of today, more than 4 billion children have been vaccinated with BCG to protect them against tuberculosis. However, over the years it became apparent that BCG has also interesting non-specific effects. As such, it is able to provide protection against various heterologous infectious and non-infectious diseases and is widely used to treat non-invasive bladder cancer. As this vaccine was developed at the Institut Pasteur de Lille under the direction of Albert Calmette, together with his co-worker Camille Guérin, the Institute has decided to celebrate this important anniversary in the form of an international scientific symposium on all aspects of BCG.


The programme: 

The symposium will cover the following themes: 

- BCG against tuberculosis and with novel vaccine approaches
- The effect of BCG against heterologous infections
- A special session on BCG and COVID-19
- The effect of BCG against cancer
- BCG against auto-immune and inflammatory diseases.

To cover these different areas, the most renown scientists in their field have been invited, coming from 13 different countries. 

View the detailed agenda here.


Registration fee

For virtual participation : 60¤

For in person participation (including coffee breaks, lunches on November 18th and 19, cocktail on November 17th) : 120¤

For in person participation, including gala dinner on November 18th : 200 ¤