World Cancer Day webinars, conferences and symposiums for our members

24 January 2018

World Cancer Day will be marked by thousands of activities happening worldwide. In the days leading up to the 4 February, join the series of panels, symposiums and conferences taking place around the world, hosted by our member organisations, key partners and supporters.

Take part in the discussions as the world unites to raise awareness and inspire conversations and action this World Cancer Day. 

If you have your own World Cancer Day event or activity, share it with the world and other UICC members on the Map of Impact:


Nationally impactful cancer control
Jointly presented by UICC and World Cancer Day Visionary Partner, MSD

Tuesday, 30 January | 11am – 12.15pm GMT
Global via webinar

Following the adoption of the 2017 Cancer Resolution, World Cancer Day 2018 provides a unique opportunity for the cancer control community to come together to discuss the policy recommendations of this landmark document. This milestone has created a sense of urgency for national action, but also a positive mindset of how policy can shape and support nationally impactful cancer control.  In this webinar, we aim to stimulate ideas for engaging policy makers to raise awareness of feasible actions they can take to support effective implementation of cancer plan priorities.

Speaker line-up includes:

  • Professor Sanchia Aranda, President, UICC 
  • Dr Julie Torode, Deputy CEO and Head of Advocacy, UICC 
  • Dr Julie Gerberding, Chief Patient Officer and EVP, Strategic Communications, Global Public Policy, and Population Health, MSD
  • Martha Brady, Director, Reproductive Health Program, PATH 

Click here to register  (registrations essential). 


Rare cancers and mesothelioma and its unmet treatment needs
Presented by World Cancer Day Visionary Partner, Boehringer Ingelheim

Friday, 2 February | 3pm CET
Global via Facebook and Twitter

Boehringer Ingelheim and UICC partner together ahead of World Cancer Day for a Facebook Live discussion to drive awareness of mesothelioma and its unmet treatment needs. Join the live panel including UICC Head of Advocacy, Julie Torode, and oncologist, Dr. Thomas Wehler, as they dive into a discussion on WHO’s response to asbestos, public health obligations to create workplaces that reduce cancer risk, and the policies needed to address rare cancers. 

Tune in and ask your questions live 2 February at 3pm CET

Alcohol Control as Cancer Control: A Policy and practice symposium
Presented by the US Alcohol Policy Alliance, American Institute for Cancer Research and IGOT International

Tuesday 30 January | 8.30am – 5.30pm  
John Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA

With featured speaker, UICC Board Member, Dr Heather Bryant

A one-day, invitation-only symposium gathering research, policy, and community practice experts to further the implementation of evidence-based alcohol policies to reduce alcohol-related cancers.

Invitation only

Access to Cancer Medicines in South Africa
Presented by Cancer Alliance

Tuesday 30 January | 11am
University of Johannesburg, South Africa
And via Online webinar

In preparation for World Cancer Day 2018, join Cancer Alliance and Kwanele Asante, Chairperson of the Ministerial Advisory Commission on the Prevention and Control of Cancer, in the debate about access to lifesaving medicines and our demand for policy reform. Cancer Alliance will also be announcing the eight medicines which will be the focus of a concerted two-year campaign to change the path of cancer treatment in South Africa.

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VII Forum Against Cancer “For a comprehensive approach in cancer”
Theme for 2018: The invisible problems of cancer patients and their families.

Presented by UICC member, the Asociación Española Contra el Cáncer (Spanish Association Against Cancer) (AECC)

Thursday, 1 February
Madrid, Spain

With opening video message by UICC president, Professor Sanchia Aranda

The Forum has been created as a space for debate on key issues for cancer advocacy and the improvement of cancer patients care. This year the AECC highlights the social impact of cancer on patients and their families. The quality of life of cancer patients can be deeply decreased not only due to the treatments and their physical side effects, but also because of side problems which increase the burden on the cancer patient family. This burden is not usually part of the discourse of cancer, mainly focused in the illness itself and the treatments. In the 2018 Forum the AECC will give visibility to three key elements of the social burden of cancer: the economic impact on the cancer patient family, the impact of cancer on the carer and the impact on the work of the cancer patient and the carer.

Tune into the live streaming at:

IAEA World Cancer Day event: Roadmap to a cancer free world
Presented by the International Atomic Energy Agency

Friday 2 February | 10am CET
IAEA headquarters, Vienna, Austria
Opening session live streamed

Opening keynote address by UICC President-elect, Princess Dina Mired

The event seeks to demonstrate the importance of radiation medicine in the modern management of cancer patients, and to present the IAEA’s activities to promote and develop radiation medicine in many Member States. The event will also raise awareness of the importance of a multidisciplinary team approach for decision-making in the management of cancer patients who require care by medical professionals from different specialties to achieve optimal patient management.

Tune into the live streaming of the opening session by the IAEA Director General, Mr Yukiya Amano, HRH Princess Dina Mired of Jordan, President-elect of the UICC and HE Ms Nila F. Moeloek, Minister for Health of the Republic of Indonesia.

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Hellenic Cancer Federation

ELL.O.K. 2nd ANNUAL CONFERENCE: #WeCanICan: We Inspire, Educate, Take Action
Presented by the Hellenic Cancer Federation

Friday 2 to Sunday 4 February
Live streamed

With video message by UICC CEO, Cary Adams

The conference presents an opportunity for a broad debate on oncology issues and a focus on the importance of active participation of all those involved in cancer control at scientific, political and social level. Topics of focus for this year’s conference include: the operation of properly organized oncological hospitals and clinics, cancer screening, patient access to new drugs, follow-up of cancer survivors, as well as the need to create an independent HTA agency involving patients.

Visit the website for more information

We Can, I Can 2018 - Scottish Cancer Prevention Network Seventh Annual World Cancer Day Conference

The ‘We can. I can.’ SCPN Conference 2018
Presented by the Scottish Cancer Prevention Network

Monday 5 February | 9.15am – 4.15pm
The Merchants’ Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland

Join us on Monday 5th February for our 2018 conference, adopting the World Cancer Day theme of ‘We Can, I Can.’ We will present you with some of the latest evidence on risk factors associated with cancer and provide you with information on what is happening in Scotland to tackle the lifestyle factors which impact on cancer e.g. obesity, alcohol consumption, physical inactivity and sedentary lifestyles. We hope you will come away with inspiration for what we can do as clinicians, academics, policy makers and individuals.

Register here:

We can. I can. World Cancer Day forum
Presented by LEARN Liberia

Friday 2 February |8am
US Embassy, Monrovia, Liberia

This day-long cancer forum will feature invited speakers and international contributions. Supported by our partners InsightSTEM and Youths Volunteering for Sustainable Development.

For more information, email

5th Oncology CME
Presented by the Muthoot Cancer Centre

Sunday 4 February
Kozhencherry, Pathanamthitta

This will be a unique forum for physicians and surgeons to review and discuss advances in treatment of various malignancies. The program is conducted in association with the Indian Medical Association, Kozhencherry.

For more information, email

Last update: 
Thursday 25 January 2018