World Cancer Congress postponed to 16-18 March 2021


UICC has taken the difficult but necessary decision to postpone the World Cancer Congress to 16-18 March 2021. The Congress will still take place in Oman.

UICC regrets to inform you that it has decided to postpone the World Cancer Congress in response to the global coronavirus pandemic. The decision has not been taken lightly. All options have been discussed with the Congress hosts in Oman as well as with the Oman government. UICC concluded that it was in the best interest of the cancer community and the people of Oman to delay the Congress to 16-18 March 2021.

Dr Cary Adams, CEO of UICC, said: “We would like to express our gratitude for the support that has been given to the Congress in previous years and thank all those who have registered for Oman in 2020. Bringing the cancer community together is not simply about hearing from experts in the cancer field, it is a unique opportunity to share ideas, form new partnerships and most importantly, catch up with colleagues and friends from around the world. For that reason, we have decided not to move to a virtual model for the Congress. We believe it is worth waiting another six months to see each other face to face and to enjoy each other’s company".
UICC remains committed to delivering a Congress that meets the needs of UICC members and the cancer community more broadly at this unique moment in time. The Programme Committee will make sure that the programme stays up-to-date and is looking into valuable additions to the content and format of the Congress.

Registered delegates can carry their registration forward to 2021 or request a refund by contacting the K.I.T. Group, UICC’s partner agency that manages the delegate services for the World Cancer Congress. More information here

In addition to delaying the Congress, UICC has made a series of other decisions in light of the pandemic. As a global health organisation and a membership organisation, it has decided to strengthen the support to members during a year of great challenges, to move to a virtual business model and to cancel or delay all planned face-to-face meetings which were due to take place in 2020. This includes cancelling the World Cancer Leaders’ Summit on 19th October. The next World Cancer Leaders’ Summit will take place in Boston on 25-27 October 2021, hosted by the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

“Our commitment to our members and to the wider cancer community continues through a range of online and virtual services”, said Dr Cary Adams. In such difficult times, we must all pull together, recognise and leverage the power of partnerships across different sectors, finding new ways to work together, share information and best practices to hasten the end to this crisis. Our thoughts are with everyone during this very difficult time.”

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to the delegate services at  Requests for a refund of the registration fees have to be made before 30th September 2020.