Networking and creating collaborations is regularly the top highlight for delegates attending the World Cancer Congress and one of the three top factors in deciding to attend. For this reason and in line with the 2022 theme focusing on global collaboration, UICC will be offering dedicated spaces for UICC members and partners and their leaders to network, connect and rekindle a sense of community, particularly following the past two years of being remote. The Congress digital platform and application will also offer a user-friendly appointment making tool for all delegates to schedule one-to-one or group meetings with suggested meeting points within the Congress Center.
Leverage the World Cancer Congress to boost your networks
By bringing together decision-makers, senior executives and cancer control experts and workers from across regions and sectors and covering the whole spectrum of cancer control, the World Cancer Congress presents unique opportunities for leaders and beyond to expand their network of potential collaborators and deepen connections with peers and like-minded organisations.
But with a packed agenda of plenaries, sessions and side-meetings, while also balancing the ongoing demands of day-to-day work, how can delegates maximise the opportunities to forge new connections beyond their familiar networks in the three days they spend in Geneva?
Step 1: do your homework
For the first time, the World Cancer Congress will include a digital platform; registered delegates will be able to access it four weeks prior to the event, browse the list of delegates and take advantage of its user-friendly appointment making tool to schedule one-to-one or group meetings with suggested meeting points within the Congress Center
The digital platform also includes powerful AI features for those with busy schedules: by filling in their interests and profiles, delegates will no longer need to manually search through lists of people and jam-packed agendas trying to figure out who to meet, they’ll just log in and get pop-up suggestions tailored specifically for them!
Dust off those networking and presenting skills! Join a Communications expert (Claire Doole, learn more about her) in two virtual workshops open to all WCC delegates on the digital platform before the Congress (registration needed, details will shortly be sent):
- 10 October 13:00 - 14:00 : Presenting yourself and your organisation
- 12 October 13:00 - 14:00 : Moderating face-to-face panel discussions
Step 2: don’t leave it to chance
While encounters by the water-cooler, or coffee stations can still provide the unlikely start of many long-term collaborations, why don’t take advantage of the opportunities in Geneva explicitly dedicated to those looking to connect and network in a facilitated setting?
* networking activites conducted by Daniel Osterwalder, learn more about him *
Ice-breaker (for UICC members & partners only)
A playful opportunity to ‘build’ connections (in the truest sense, by using lego bricks) around a central for the cancer control community: What does successful cooperation look like to me?
Audience: For UICC members and partners only, upon registration
Capacity: limited to 200 participants
Date, time and venue: Tuesday 18 October, 13:00 - 14:00, level -1 of the CICG
Event duration: 1 hour
Accelerated Connections Café
Every morning during the Congress, in the Leaders’ Lounge – start the day by strengthening your ‘emotional intelligence’ muscles to better connect with yourself and others, and discover your ‘inner development goals’ (and to nurture the body as well as the soul, refreshments will be available)
Audience: Exclusive to WCC leaders
Capacity: Around 50 participants
Date, time and venue: 18-20 October, 07:45 - 08:30, leaders lounge
Event duration: 45 minutes
Step 3: make sure you follow-up
As you return to your daily work, make sure you don’t leave all those business card in the luggage, but follow up on the conversations with your new connections. Here are some ways UICC can help:
Reconnect on the digital platform following the Congress to look up your new connections, revisit sessions from the Congress and access brand new digital only resources
Leverage the Fellowship Programme to organise a visit to an institution you connected with at the Congress
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