Education & training

EORTC is committed to helping build and strengthen the oncology community’s capabilities. We offer a number of educational events and numerous educational modules. These enable clinicians, students, scientists and others involved in designing, managing or implementing clinical trials to acquire and develop a solid knowledge of clinical trial methodology, or to explore new developments in cancer treatment and molecular understanding. We also welcome dozens of fellows annually to support their professional development in various aspects of clinical research.

Visit our “events” section for more information about our courses and also conferences.

EORTC Courses

Course dedicated to Patients and Caregivers interested in Cancer Clinical Research

Brussels, BE

A two-day course for cancer patient advocates

Resulting from EORTC-ECPC partnership, this course is designed specifically for European patients and/or patient representatives. The goal of this course is to provide cancer patient advocates with a stimulating and challenging two-day training experience leading to a much greater understanding of the whole clinical trials process. Provided the format (two half days), this course shall be considered as an intensive introduction to the subject. The course programme was reviewed by the Programme Committee with majority of patient representatives from different organisations. Participation in this course will enable cancer patient advocates to learn about cancer biology; personalized cancer treatment and care; the organisation of clinical research; and very importantly, how patient groups can become more involved in the design and implementation of clinical trials. Several interactive sessions will enable participants to debate on selected topics with experts from different fields, including researchers, but also more experienced patient advocates.

Who should attend? Patient Group Leaders with some experience in cancer related patient advocacy/patient support/patient information provision and a high interest in understanding clinical research in cancer. Participants should have good English language skills as the course will be conducted only in English.

More information on the course website.

EORTC Courses

Clinical Trial Statistics for Non Statisticians

Brussels, BE

Develop the statistical knowledge required to better understand today’s cancer clinical trials!

Today, statistics are foundational to understand clinical trials. This EORTC course provides an introduction to the statistical methods used for the design, conduct and analysis of cancer clinical trials. It will insist on the philosophy and provide a deep understanding of the statistical principles whilst avoiding too technical formulations. With this course, the attendees will be better equipped to design their own clinical research, work in a multidisciplinary team involving statisticians and to critically appraise the scientific value of published research.

This course is aimed at non-statisticians who work in clinical research or at statisticians with little or no experience in clinical trials. For those attendees, who do not have any basic training in general statistics, an optional half day introduction course to statistics and probability (incl. notions of experiment, random variable, distributions, estimations, hypothesis testing) is organized before the official start of the course.

More information coming soon.