Annual Meeting

Save the dates for Zurich, Switzerland!!
Dates:  June 15-18, 2022
Location:  The Main Building at ETH, Zurich 


Ronald Glaser (Frontiers in PNI Lecture)

Jonathan Kipnis

Washington University School of Medicine


Robert Ader Award

Julie Lasselin

Stockholm University


Norman Cousins Award

Staci Bilbo

Duke University



PNIRS 2022: June 15th-18th Zurich, Switzerland

Welcome to the PNIRS 2022 Annual meeting information site! I am delighted to announce that we will be hosting our first face-to-face PNIRS Annual meeting in 3 years. Our meeting will take place in the beautiful city of Zurich, Switzerland situated on the northern tip of lake Zurich, close to the Swiss Alps, at ETH Zurich. Regular attendees will be familiar with the structure of our annual meetings which combine scientific sessions on the latest advances in psychoneuroimmunology research with a warm convivial atmosphere and ample opportunities to network and catch up with old and new friends and colleagues.

For newer members, PNIRS meetings are structured to maximise opportunities to meet fellow members and discuss research ideas. For trainees, this includes a trainee only ‘mixer social’ on the evening of the second full day of the conference and an informal mentor-mentee session with more established scientists after the initial ½ day educational short course. Both sessions include complementary snacks and drinks and provide an ideal opportunity for trainees to meet and discuss their science in an informal environment.

Registration to the meeting also includes provision of lunch on two of the three full days of the meeting and registration for the ‘Welcome Reception’ which includes food and drink, and this year will be held on the ETH Polyterrace with stunning views of Zurich and the Alps. As is traditional, the PNIRS ends with a closing banquet (included within registration) and a time to celebrate our newest award winners. This year’s banquet will be held in the stunning ‘Bauschanzli Restaurant’ located on a purpose built island at the heart of the old city.

For further details on the meeting schedule, please follow this link to the PNIRS 2022 Schedule at a Glance. And information on local hotels will also be shared soon. I look forward to meeting you in Zurich in June!

Neil Harrison
PNIRS President

COVID requirements for entry to Switzerland, Swiss hotels and restaurants and access to ETH buildings

At the time of writing (19th January 2022), entry to Switzerland requires that anyone 16 and over must show the negative result of a PCR test (performed no more than 72 hours prior to entry) or a rapid antigen test (performed no more than 24 hours previously). A second test taken four to seven days after entering the country is required unless you are vaccinated or have recovered from Covid-19.

Furthermore, since 20th December 2021, only people who have been vaccinated or recovered from Covid-19 are able to go inside restaurants, cultural, sporting and leisure venues and attend indoor events (the "2G rule"). Masks must also be worn in these settings and food and drink can only be consumed when seated. If masks cannot be worn or it is not possible to eat and drink while seated (bars and discos), admission is limited to vaccinated and recovered people who can also show a negative test result (2G+). But people who have been fully vaccinated, or received a booster, or who have recovered from the virus in the past four months will not have to take a further test. Currently, ETH requires masks to be worn inside their buildings including lecture theatres.

Given the dynamic nature of the pandemic, these requirements are subject to change, and we remind you that it is your responsibility to ensure that you are able to comply with the Swiss COVID requirements. Please be sure to understand the travel requirements to re-enter your home country. As the meeting approaches, we will provide information on resources to help you meet these requirements.

Please click here for updated COVID-related requirements for Switzerland.


Diversity Statement
PNIRS is committed to provide an equitable and welcoming environment for all individuals, regardless of race, ethnicity, color, national origin, religious and ethical value systems, political beliefs, socioeconomic status, physical and mental abilities or attributes, sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, and age.