Seize the opportunity to submit your session proposal, and share your knowledge and collaborative work as we expect +3,500 participants from more than 150 countries over the three Congress days.
Be part of a Congress that shows the best of the cancer community
The call for sessions will run from 26 August to 31 October 2019. We seek proposals which align with one of the six Congress Themes outlined below and reflect the main Congress theme: The way forward.
The World Cancer Congress - through its iterations in Montreal, Melbourne, Paris and Kuala Lumpur - has gained a global reputation for the delivery of excellence. 96% of participants would recommend the conference to their colleagues - watch the Congress video to see why.
At the Kuala Lumpur Congress in 2018, over 100 multidisciplinary sessions were handpicked for their innovative practice across the cancer continuum, ensuring high-quality interactions. This year again, we are keen to hear about creative approaches, new ideas, innovative models, emerging trends and topics that address the pressing issues related to cancer control worldwide.
Please read carefully the description of each theme and the associated topics as well as the submission guidelines here below, before submitting your proposal at the end of the page.
New themes, new opportunities to show impact
Theme 1 - High Impact prevention & risk factor reduction
In this room, the programme will explore primary prevention, including health promotion, examples of best practice in new evidence-based prevention strategies, and vaccines. Exposure to environmental risk factors unhealthy environments will be included, as well as new areas of development in policy, programme management, communications, and education.
Successful health promotion and cancer prevention
- Advocacy and partnerships
- Economics of prevention
- Media and Communications
Major Cancer risk factors
- Alcohol and cancer
- Diet, weight and physical activity
- Role of sugar and sugary drinks
- Latest on biology of unhealthy weight and cancer
- Sugar and obesity impact on cancer
- Effective strategies to reduce sugar consumption
- Physical activity and cancer
- Tobacco and cancer
- Tobacco product regulation
- Plain packaging of tobacco products
- UV and cancer
- Environment and workplace
Prevention and cancer inequalities
- People with mental illness
- Indigenous populations
- Culturally diverse populations
- Low income populations
- Health literacy
- Access to information and programmes
Theme 2 - Promising cancer research & progress
The programme of this new theme would highlight recent scientific and clinical advances in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, and the latest research to overcome inequalities in cancer care. The sessions should also highlight the potential impact of scientific, clinical and technological advancements such as biotech breakthroughs and recent clinical trials. This programme will also include sessions on how to translate findings into clinical practices.
- AI/deep learning/big data/modeling.
- Immunotherapy, including toxicity
- personalized medicine: Genomics/epigenetics/proteomics
- Genetic predisposition syndromes
- New clinical trial methodologies
- Tumor microenvironment
- New indications for stem cell transplant
- Early integration of palliative care
Theme 3 - Optimising screening & early diagnosis
The programme content in this room will address the need for improved systems and pathways that result in cancer being detected and treated at an early stage. It will include presentations on optimization of existing screening efforts and programs, addressing barriers to establishing evidence based as well as -informed screening programs, Effective initiatives to systematically detect cancer earlier through primary care, improved diagnostic strategies, and improved pathways to access diagnostic services will also be covered.
- Early diagnosis of common cancers –implementation, challenges and opportunities
- Improving health workforce in cancer screening and early diagnosis
- Community engagement in cancer early detection
- Screening coverage, programmes and need on cervical cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer
- Introduction of cancer screening programme – decision factors
- Prostate cancer screening – Implement in high risk populations
- Risk based screening – new perspectives/new evidence:from genomics to risk prediction models
- Improving quality and reducing inequities in cancer early detection
- Artificial intelligence and other new technologies in cancer early detection
Theme 4 - Ensuring sustainable healthcare systems
The programme of this room adds value by channelling intellectual effort, collaborations, access to shared resources to stimulate dialogue about implementing global commitments at a national level, as well as strengthen national, regional and local health systems and guiding quality improvement acrossdifferent aspects of sustainable development, policy and planning, infrastructure, measurement, reporting and performance.
- UHC and making cancer care affordable
- Using technology to drive access
- Building the cancer workforce
- Delivering quality cancer services
- Cancer and sustainable cities
- Political systems of cancer
- Health systems research
- Building cancer information systems
- New models of care
- Health Financing
- Partnerships for the Goals: advancing SDG17
- Legal and Regulatory systems
Theme 5 - Improving patient outcomes - cancer care & palliative care
The programme of this room should examine novel interventions to support patient engagement and survivorship in a variety of cancer care delivery settings. It focuses on patient experience and quality of outcome, exploring patient and family engagement, wrestles with rights and expectations of cancer patients and their families and the challenges of access, fairness and consistency of experience and care. It will explore the role of complimentary therapies, identify experiences with alternative treatments and invite challenging discussions about balance of investment and patient power. It invites exploration of measurement issues, prioritisation of service delivery, communication skills of health care professionals, tools to drive health care facility culture and survivorship. Fundamental questions around palliative care, pain relief and end of life issues are invited.
- Overcoming barriers to palliative care globally
- Universal Health Coverage & advocacy for palliative care
- Measuring outcomes in Palliative care (clinical, organizational, utilization, national progress)
- Access to essential palliative and cancer treatment medicines
- Improving and standardizing education and training in palliative care
- Health workforce issues in Palliative care
- Clinical guideline development for improved symptom management
- Policy development in Palliative care
- Palliative care in primary care
- Implementation of palliative care in resource limited settings
- Sustainable financing for palliative care
- Patient and caregiver perspectives on palliative needs
Theme 6 - Successful partnerships & fundraising
Through the programme of this room, Individuals and organisations will have the opportunity to strengthen their skills, competencies and abilities, allowing them to achieve measurable and sustainable results in their own environment. The objective is to increase the global cancer community’s effectiveness and performance to enable them to successfully respond to fast changing economic conditions, new stakeholders’ behaviours, political and regulatory challenges and technological trends
- Importance of the strategic plan
- Roles and responsibilities for fundraising
- Fundraising methods - mapping donors, building relationships, accountability & credibility
- Governance and administration
- Message and focus (broad vs. narrow, medical care vs. psychosocial care, etc)
- Patient/parent supportive groups
- Importance and value of Public-Private partnerships in healthcare in light of the increasing challenges the health systems are facing
- How can the Public-Private partnerships enable better access to patients/ efficiency in health systems /key stakeholders involved and their roles
- Successful examples and innovative Public-Private projects
- Pharmaceutical companies and facilitating access to new treatments
CALL FOR SESSIONS - GUIDELINES
1. Process and deadlines
- The deadline to submit session proposals is Thursday 31 October 2019 at 24h00 CET
- The 2020 World Cancer Congress Programme Committee will review the submitted proposals to ensure they address an international audience, echo UICC's purpose/the 2020 Congress theme and the six themes.
This means to accept the original sessions or further work with session organisers to combine one or more proposals. All session organisers should be notified on the status of their proposals by 9 December 2019
- 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” as 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 organiser will be appointed as the lead for the merge but the role of lead does not prevent from working in close collaboration with the other session organiser. The merge session will be submitted for a new review from the Theme chairs.
- All session organisers will have their accepted sessions fully confirmed by Friday 17 January 2020
- The 2020 WCC Preliminary Programme, including presentations' titles and speakers’ names, will be released online on the Congress website as of Monday 20 January 2020
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 sessions proposals coomes under 60 minutes format
- 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 and should be in line with the Congress overarching theme "The way forward"
- 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
- Sessions 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 a significant progress since the last presentation in order to be considered for the 2020 Congress
- Sessions should prioritise interaction with the audience. A 10 minute Q&A discussion at least should close the session
- The Programme Committee will determine the session's day, time and format within the programme. The schedule will be communicated to the session organisers at the end of March 2020
- 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 sessions will be granted four 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.
- To benefit from a complimentary registrations, speakers and chairs need to register online before 1 June 2020. Passed this deadline, free registration may not be granted and the applicable registration fee will apply.
- The session organiser is responsible for confirming all session speakers and should ensure all presentations (if used) have been submitted on time.