A biennial event, the World Cancer Congress serves as a platform for discourse and advocacy as well as a learning and sharing opportunity for our members and partners around the world.
Convening and engaging cancer control experts and leaders in global health under one roof is essential to find solutions and actions to reduce the impact of cancer on communities around the world.
The 2014 World Cancer Congress theme - Joining Forces: Accelerating Change - will emphasise the impact that can be realised by consistently and energetically applying what we know, rather than waiting for possible future "breakthroughs" to change the landscape. This will be discussed across a variety of economic and cultural contexts.
Why attend ?
- The World Cancer Congress has been described as the leading international conference for cancer control experts, practitioners, and advocates who share the latest information on global advances in cancer control
- Network, connect and exchange with participants representing the whole spectrum of cancer control - connections that will make a difference, at all levels
- Demonstrate your support and commitment towards UICC's global advocacy campaign to ensure cancer is addressed as part of the global public health and development agenda
- Leave with an increased understanding of successful interventions in prevention, diagnosis and care, and supportive and palliative care
- Get equipped with the necessary tools to apply and transfer your knowledge gained at the Congress
- Strengthen, update and share your knowledge in your area of expertise
- Learn about areas of cancer control and global health that are not specifically your field of work
- Build for the future: meet new partners and welcome tomorrow's leaders
- Discover Australia, a country that is at the forefront of the global fight against cancer, but that is also one of the most fascinating and contrasting land to visit
What experience did the 2012 Congress participants have?
Based on an evaluation amongst the 2012 World Cancer Congress participants, the following findings stood out:
- 'Inspiring', 'memorable' and 'unique' are some of the words delegates have used to describe their experience at the 2012 World Cancer Congress in Montréal
- 98% of the participants said they would recommend the event to a colleague
- 76% of the participants said the event was very good to outstanding
- 70% admitted that listening to experts was one of the most important reasons for them to attend the World Cancer Congress. The second most important reason to take part was networking, followed by the opportunity to learn best practices.
What did the participants say?
"The Congress has been transformed into an event of great relevance to cancer control globally. It is also a motivating, positive atmosphere.”
Christopher P. Wild, Director, International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)
"The UICC World Cancer Congress has renewed my conviction that by working in partnership with other nations, we will advance all areas of cancer control.”
Liz Whamond, Patient Voice Representative, Canadian Cancer Action Network (CCAN)
“I’m a politician in Canada and been involved in managing healthcare systems and policy for a long time, but it was a real treat and honour to meet so many people who are actively involved in effective strategies internationally.”
Hon. Bob Rae, Member of Canadian House of Commons and interim leader of the Liberal Party of Canada.
“As a company, our mission is to explore and develop radiation technology that protects and saves lives. World thought leaders from governments, NGOs, academia and the private sector are driving the fight against the global cancer burden and having this platform to share ideas and innovations is so important. Together we are a powerful force for change.”
Dow R. Wilson, President and CEO, Varian Medical Systems
“I was moved by the experiences of cancer patients and survivors and impressed by the diversity of renowned experts from the cancer community and how they engaged in productive discussions and motivated an international group of colleagues to further improve cancer care for patients.”
Stephen Sands, Commercial Director Oncology, Roche
“I’m delighted to see how UICC has taken on the leadership in consolidating ideas and strategies given by world thought leaders represented by governments, NGO’s, academia and the private sector. Only together we can make a real difference in fighting the global cancer burden and this was an excellent platform to work from.”
Tomas Puusepp, President & CEO, Elekta