2021 World Cancer Leaders' Summit Programme

Programme At a Glance
Mon. 30 Aug –
Fri 22 Oct 2021
Sunday 24 Oct 2021 Monday 25 Oct 2021 Tuesday 26 Oct 2021 Wed. 27 Oct - Friday 31 Dec 2021

“On the Road
to the Summit”

Series of content released on a weekly basis aligned with the Summit theme in various formats.
(videos, interviews, pre-recorded sessions, resources)

Sponsored Workshops

CEO programme 
(open to CEOs of UICC members - in-person only)

Breakfast with the leaders Breakfast with the leaders All Summit live and pre-recorded content available on-demand on the Summit platform

World Cancer Leaders' Summit – Day 1

View full Day 1 programme

World Cancer Leaders' Summit – Day 2

View full Day 2 programme

Dine with the leaders
Small sponsored dinners hosted throughout Boston

WCLS Gala dinner hosted by ASCP (including UICC Outstanding Contribution to Cancer Control Awards) WCLS Appreciation dinner

Monday 25th October - 2021 WCLS Day 1

The first day will explore the opportunities to refocus innovative research on the needs of the most vulnerable to address inequities (research side).

The entire programme will be broadcast from Boston on the platform. | Please note that the programme and timings are tentative

Time Ballroom – WCLS open Agenda Deep dive room – WCLS focus agenda - sponsored sessions

07:00

Breakfast with the leaders
Opportunity for sponsors to organise small networking breakfasts with Summit participants

07:45

Welcome coffee and registration

08:18

Opening video teaser

08:20 – 08:25

Live - Welcome and house-keeping – (5 min)
 

 

08:25 – 09:00

Live - Welcome & opening keynotes (35 min)

  • Anil D'Cruz, President, Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)
  • US Official - to be announced
  • UN agency - to be announced
  • Stella Kyriakides, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety
 

09:00 - 09:20

Live - Inspirational keynote – (15 min)
How can innovation work for cancer control?

This keynote will highlight the possibilities and challenges of innovation including how innovation can work against equity by widening or exacerbating social inequalities. It will also discuss how innovation can be transformative in the way cancer is managed with the potential to develop a new paradigm of care that can reach more people. 

Atul Gawande, Professor at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Surgeon, writer, public health researcher

Q&A (5 min)
Mix of onsite and virtual questions

 

09:20 - 09:25

Live – Introduction and welcome to new UICC Young Leaders cohort

 

09:25 - 09:27

I am a UICC Young Leader video

 

09:30 - 
09:55

Live – Interview (15 min) 
What can we learn from the development of the COVID-19 vaccines? 

Exploration of how innovative research can be rapidly refocused in response to a clear issue. What the cancer community can learn from this process to inform advocacy etc. over the coming years.  

Q&A (10 min) 

Mix of onsite and virtual questions

 

09:55 – 10:35

AM break

On-site participants

  • Networking in the leaders café

Platform broadcast

  • Interview Café 
  • Awards shortlisted nominees videos
  • On-demand content
  • Networking through the platform

Deep-dive session One (30 min)

Q&A (10 min)

 

10:35 – 
10:50

Live Keynote
What is the role of research in innovating for change?

 

10:50 – 11:30

Live – Panel discussion (30min)
Research to promote more equitable cancer policy: country examples

How can we better connect research to policies that can address the cancer burden and promote equity? In this panel, we will discuss the role of research in the design and delivery of more equitable cancer policy and programmes. 

Q&A (10 min)
Mix of onsite and virtual questions 

Deep-dive session Two (30 min)

Q&A (10 min)

 

11:30 – 12:10

Live Regional perspectives (30 min)
Panellists representing Europe, North America, and Middle East

Q&A (10 min)
Mix of onsite and virtual questions 

Deep-dive session Three (30 min)

Q&A (10 min)

 

12:10 -
12:50

Live – Panel discussion (30min)
Digital health to drive equity: how are digital solutions transforming the delivery of care? 

The use and scale up of digital health solutions can revolutionize cancer care particularly in hard-to-reach settings. In this panel, we will hear examples from those working in the digital space on how these have been used to address challenges in the delivery of cancer services. 

Q&A (10 min)
Mix of onsite and virtual questions 

Deep-dive session Four (30 min)

Q&A (10 min)

 

12:50 -
13:50

Lunch break (60 min)

On-site participants

  • Networking lunch
  • Leaders Café

Platform broadcast

  • Interview Café 
  • Award shortlisted nominees videos
  • On-demand content
  • Networking through the platform

13:50 – 14:00

Live Freestyle set

 

14:00 – 
14:10

Live - moderated discussion with the audience 

 

14:10 -
14:30

Live A conversation (20 min)
Patient perspectives on innovation 

In this session, we hear from cancer patient organisations regarding the potential hopes and disappointments regarding innovation in cancer treatment and care. How can research and the roll-out of new treatments/technologies better draw on the perspectives and experiences of cancer patients?

Suleika Jaouad, Writer, advocate, motivational speaker and cancer survivor

 

14:30 – 15:10

Live Keynote (10 min)
David Simas, CEO, Obama Foundation

followed by Roundtable discussion (30 min)
Innovation and equitability/disparities within high-income countries 

Higher prevalence of risk factors, poor outcomes, and under-reporting are among the cancer control challenges for Indigenous peoples. What innovative approaches have been used to address these challenges in the US?

Deep-dive session Five (30 min)

Q&A (10 min)

 

15:10 - 15:40

Afternoon break (30 min)

On-site participants

  • Networking in the Leaders Café

Platform broadcast

  • Interview Café 
  • Award shortlisted nominees videos
  • On-demand content
  • Networking through the platform

15:40 - 16:20

Live Facilitated Focused Dialogue (30 min)
Potential innovations in cancer care – how can they address equity challenges?

Do ‘game changing’ innovations on the horizon have the potential to transform cancer care for all (as opposed to a select few) and how can we address equity challenges particularly around access?

Q&A (10 min)
Mix of onsite and virtual questions

 

16:25 - 16:35

Live "Rap-up" Summit Day 1

 

16:35 - 16:40

Live - Thank you and Housekeeping

 

19:00

Gala dinner at JFK Centre including Ceremony for the  “UICC Outstanding contribution to cancer control Awards"

Tuesday 26th October - 2021 WCLS Day 2

The second day will explore how can the cancer community use innovation to support stronger cancer control programmes (implementation side).

The entire programme will be broadcast from Boston on the platform. | Please note that the programme and timings are tentative

Time Ballroom – WCLS open Agenda Deep dive room – WCLS focus agenda - sponsored sessions

07:00

Breakfast with the leaders
Opportunity for sponsors to organise small networking breakfasts with Summit participants

08:30

Welcome coffee

08:55

Opening video teaser

09:00 – 09:05

Live - Welcome and introductions

 

 

09:05 – 09:50

Keynote (15 min)

Followed by a recorded video commented on stage (30 min)

As resources for cancer are limited, where can the cancer community prioritise and what factors should be taken into account by local authorities in terms of investing in innovation? City leaders will bring in to the discussion key considerations they make when accessing health innovation

Deep-dive session Six (30 mins)

Q&A (10 mins)

 

09:50 - 10:10

Live - Interview (20 min)
Big data and cancer: what is the potential?

Huge advances in data and machine learning technologies are helping cancer researchers extract new meaning from large clinical and molecular datasets, but how useful are these to clinical decision-making and for policy development? And how can they help us address equity challenges? 

 

10:10 - 10:12

I am a UICC Young Leader video

10:12 - 
10:52

Live - Panel discussion – (30 min)
Cancer and the social network: the role of (new) media in cancer communication

This topic and interactive panel discussion will look at the ways in which new forms of media, including social networking tools, science blogs, podcasts, ‘edutainment’ and other mediums are being increasingly used for cancer information and communication. 
How can the public sift through and trust media for accurate and reliable health information particularly related to innovations in cancer treatment- such as new ‘miracle’ treatments or cures or about myths and misconceptions around cancer? How can public expectations be met regarding the communication of cancer information by cancer societies and governments, and how can cancer societies, international agencies, governments and private sector organizations communicate effectively and responsibly?

Q&A (10 min)
Mix of onsite and virtual questions

Deep-dive session Seven (30 min)

Q&A (10 min)

 

10:52 – 11:20

AM break

On-site participants

  • Networking break in the leaders café

Platform broadcast

  • Interview Café 
  • On-demand content
  • Networking through the platform

11:20 – 
12:00

Regional perspectives (30 min)
Panellists representing Africa, APAC and Latin America

Q&A (10 min)
Mix of onsite and virtual questions

Deep-dive session Eight (30 min)

Q&A (10 min)
 

12:00 -
13:15

Lunch break (75 mins)

On-site participants

  • Networking lunch
  • Leaders Café

Platform broadcast

  • Interview Café 
  • On-demand content
  • Networking through the platform

13:15 – 13:25

Live - Freestyle set

 

13:25 – 
13:35

Live - Moderated discussion with the audience 

 

13:35 -
14:15

Live Facilitated Focus Dialogue (30 min)
How can we safeguard and strengthen cancer care in a post COVID-19 world?

In this session, we will discuss how the cancer community can lobby for strengthened cancer management and control in a post COVID 19 world. Which should be our areas of focus? 

Q&A (10 min)

 

14:20 – 15:00

Live - Panel discussion – (30 min)
The future of diagnostics

Q&A (10 min)

 

15:00 - 15:25 Live - The role of innovative partnerships  

15:25 - 15:35

Live - Closing Keynote

 

15:35 - 15:40

Live - Thank you and housekeeping

 

 

15:40 - 16:10

Closing reception

 

20:00

Appreciation dinner

Sponsors and partners
Last update: 
Tuesday 15 June 2021
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