Call for sessions


The call for sessions is now closed. Thank you to all the experts of the global cancer and health community for helping us shape a rich and engaging programme for the next World Cancer Congress, 17-20 October 2022, Geneva, Switzerland.

All session organisers should be notified of the status of their session proposals by 11 February 2022.

The Programme Committee is currently reviewing all sessions received as per the communicated guidelines below:


We are looking for evidence-based session proposals that are innovative, challenge how healthcare systems currently deliver services and represent the latest advances in cancer control. Any proposal should fall under one of the following six programme themes


We welcome different perspectives from the entire cancer community, including:

  • NGOs, foundations and advocates 
  • Patients and patient organisation
  • Policy-makers
  • UN and bi-laterals
  • Economists 
  • Researchers and academics 
  • Health care workers and pharmacists 
  • Private sector & entrepreneurs 
  • Fundraisers 
  • Marketing and communication professionals


1. Process and deadlines
  • The deadline to submit session proposals is Tuesday 30 November 2021 at 24h00 CET
  • The 2022 World Cancer Congress Programme Committee will review the submitted proposals to ensure they address an international audience, echo UICC's purpose and the six themes.
    This means that they will either accept the original sessions or work with session organisers to combine one or more proposals. 
  • Please note that the number of sessions submitted is much more important than the actual available slots. Therefore a number of sessions will require to be “merged” when they are complimentary and will form a “stronger and more comprehensive” session when reworked and put together. This decision belongs to the programme committee. One of the two-session organisers will be appointed as the lead for the merged session but the role of the lead should not prevent close collaboration with the other session organiser. The merged session will be submitted for a new review from the theme chairs.
  • All session organisers will have their accepted sessions fully confirmed by Friday 28 January 2022
  • The 2022 WCC Preliminary Programme, including presentations' titles and speakers’ names, will be released online on the Congress website as of Tuesday 15 February 2022.
2. Session topics
  • All session proposals should be submitted in English only through the online system. Incomplete proposals will not be reviewed.
  • A ‘Session organiser’ should coordinate the session, liaising with UICC and the speakers.
  • All session proposals should come under 60 minutes.
  • The proposed topic should be relevant to an issue that is of global interest and not pertinent to one institution only.
  • The proposed session should be aligned with at least one of the proposed themes.
  • Preference will be given to cross-country, cross-organisation or cross-sector collaboration proposals. If you want to contact experts from other organisations, a list of UICC members is available on the UICC members page.
  • Session content has to have a clear purpose and determined learning objectives.
  • Participants should leave the session with new methods, techniques, and/or practical tools that they can adapt/use and put into practice in their own local settings.
  • Innovative ideas and evidence-based practices that reflect the chosen themes are highly encouraged.
  • Topics already proposed at past Congresses should demonstrate significant progress since the last presentation in order to be considered for the 2022 Congress.
  • Sessions should prioritise interaction with the audience. A 5-10-minute Q&A discussion at least should close the session.
  • The Programme Committee will determine the session day, time and format within the programme. The schedule will be communicated to the session organisers at the end of April 2022.
3. Speakers
    • Proposed speakers should be aware that their names have been put forward by the session organiser. They should also be available to attend the Congress if their session has been accepted by the Programme Committee.
  • The chair/moderator can also take a speaker role within the same session.
  • Each chair/speaker must have a good command of English.
  • Each accepted session will be granted up to five free registrations (including speakers and chair/moderator).
  • Upon request, a very limited number of travel grants will be made available for speakers from LMICs* (*following the World Bank classification). UICC will not provide any funding or honorarium for proposed speakers. Speakers can request in writing for travel grant funding only upon acceptance of the session by the Programme Committee.
  • All sessions are limited to four speakers and one chair who will benefit from free registrations. To benefit from those complimentary registrations, speakers/chairs will have to register online before 1 June 2022. Passed this deadline, free registrations may not be granted and the applicable registration fees will apply. 
  • The session organiser is responsible for confirming all session speakers and should ensure all presentations (if used) have been submitted on time.

Please contact Mrs Céline Francina at with any questions regarding the Congress Programme.


Tuesday, September 21, 2021