The European Network of Immunology Institutes (ENII) was founded in 1985, more than 30 years ago, by 15 European Institutes devoted to research in molecular and cellular immunology.
The mission was to promote the quality of education and research in the field of immunology through scientific exchanges between laboratories and researchers belonging to the European countries.
The commitment was to create a European Network of Excellence and organize annual activities on the small island of Les Embiez, in the south of France. In 2006 the ENII activities were relocated to another island, Sardinia, in Italy.
Presently, the ENII Institutes are 31 European Research Departments located in Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, United Kingdom. This number can be extended to other European Departments of Immunology (scientific excellence is the only requirement).
ENII has organized 21 annual workshops (1986-2006) and 3 EMBO Conferences (2007-2009-2011) on Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of Immune Regulation.