The European Network of Immunology Institutes (ENII) was founded in 1985 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 Research Centres belonging to 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, where initially was based. In 2006 the ENII activities were relocated to another island, Sardinia, in Italy.
In 2006, ENII started a Summer School in advanced Immunology that was and continue to be held in Sardinia. The Faculty Members of ENII Summer School are prestigious scientists and immunologists, including 3 Nobel Prizes.
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.
ENII has organized 21 annual workshops (1986-2006) and 3 EMBO Conferences (2007-2009-2011) on Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of Immune Regulation.
Since 2006, under the direction of Prof.ssa Paola Ricciardi-Castagnoli and of the general manager Erica Lomnes, ENII organizes every year the Summer School dedicated to 100 european students aiming at promoting the discussion on cutting-edge topics in the quickly developing field of immunology with specific interest on the mechanisms that regulate immunity.
For over 30 years, ENII aims to promote the quality of European education and research in immunology by fostering scientific information exchanges through scientific educational activities and by creating an european network (ENII Alumni) through international mobility of scientists and researchers.
Since march 2018, ENII has the administrative headquarters at the TLS bioincubator.