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EORTC 60th Anniversary

EORTC 60th Anniversary

Brussels, BE

The EORTC will celebrate its 60th Anniversary on March 11th, 2022 – bringing together our members, partners, patient advocates and other key stakeholders in cancer research.

Beyond celebrating EORTC’s past through revisiting this organisation’s remarkable achievements, this event will look to the future as EORTC adapts to a changing landscape. Key experts will give insights on how clinical cancer research has evolved, and what the future should look like for the EORTC. There will be discussions with policymakers on how clinical research can help shape European policies and how EU institutions can facilitate a comprehensive European agenda for clinical cancer research moving forward.

As more people are affected by cancer, there is a critical need for better understanding this multifaceted disease and finding ways to optimise treatment options – through research and, importantly, through collaboration. Collaboration is part of EORTC’s DNA: we join forces with global partners across disciplines and across tumour types, to overcome global cancer challenges. This celebration is an opportunity to welcome clinical research groups from across the world to foster better alliances, reducing inefficiencies and striving for the best care for cancer patients, to ultimately improve their survival and quality of life.

We hope you will join us in Brussels to celebrate the 60 Years of this truly unique organisation.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Preliminary Programme

Discover a preview of the sessions and panel discussions we are preparing for you:

SESSION 1 10:30-12:30
EORTC: reflecting on the past to build the future

Chairs: B. Tombal (Belgium) & D. Lacombe (Belgium)
  EORTC, past, present, and future (movie)
  Welcome by EORTC President – B. Tombal (Belgium)
  Welcome by Honorary President of ECRF-EORTC – Princess Dina Mired (Jordan)
  Keynote Lecture: 60 years of EORTC
Chair: B. Tombal (Belgium)
Speaker: J. Verweij (The Netherlands)
Past Presidents Forum
Chairs: A. Costa (Italy) & Lisa Licitra (Italy) TBC
Panel: J.-C. Horiot (Switzerland) President 1997-2000
  A.M.M. Eggermont (The Netherlands) President 2003-2006
  M. Piccart (Belgium) President 2006-2009
  J.-Y. Blay (France) President 2009-2012
  R. Stupp (USA) President 2012-2017
  Launch of EORTC’s New Governance
Chair: W. van der Graaf (The Netherlands)
Speakers: B. Tombal (Belgium) & D. Lacombe (Belgium)
LUNCH 12:30-13:15
SESSION 2 13:15-15:00
Multidisciplinary Clinical Cancer Research in the 21st Century

Chairs: E. Eisenhauer (Canada) & M. Piccart (Belgium)
  Targeting the immune system: lessons from melanoma
Speaker: A.M.M. Eggermont (The Netherlands)
  EORTC network agility alongside the evolution of science: lesson learned from the Lung Group
Speaker: B. Besse (France)
Multidisciplinary clinical cancer research: where do we go from here?
Chairs: E. Eisenhauer (Canada) & M. Piccart (Belgium)
Panel: I. Lugowska (Poland)
  P. Ost (Belgium)
  F. van Duijhoven (The Netherlands)
  E. Giovanetti (The Netherlands)
  The importance of clinical research for cancer patients
Speaker: J. Geissler (Germany)
SESSION 3 15:00-16:00
An Alliance for Independent Clinical Cancer Research: Creating Opportunities

Chairs: R. Stupp (USA) & V. Golfinopoulos (Belgium)
Panel: BIG: D. Cameron (UK)
  ICR-CTSU: J. de Bono (UK)
  UNICANCER: J.-Y. Blay (France)
  GIMEMA: M. Vignetti (Italy)
  Spanish co-operative groups: L. Paz-Ares (Spain)
  German co-operative group: U. Keilholz (Germany)
  NCI: J. Doroshow (USA)
  CCTG: J. Dancey (Canada)
  Concluding remarks, insight into the future of academic partnerships
Speaker: R. Stupp (USA)
COFFEE BREAK 16:00-16:15
SESSION 4 16:15-17:30
Clinical Cancer Research: a European Vision

Chairs: J.-Y. Blay (France) & D. Lacombe (Belgium)
Panel: TBA
SESSION 5 17:30-17:45
Closing Remarks

Speakers: B. Tombal (Belgium) & W. van der Graaf (The Netherlands)