ESMO Leaders Generation Programme

An inspiring programme for future ESMO leaders

This exciting, intensive course has been designed for our most talented young oncologists – those who will be shaping the future of our profession and the future of our society.

The ESMO Leaders Generation Programme was launched in 2016, to identify and nurture our future leaders – providing them with the opportunity to acquire new communication and leadership skills and learn about ESMO’s role in the world of oncology.

Applications open for 2018  

Who can apply to join?

The programme is aimed at qualified medical or clinical oncologists working in Europe, who are ESMO members and aged between 31 and 45.

When does the course take place?

The six-day course is divided into two parts, both taking place in Lugano, Switzerland (ESMO Head Office location).

  • Part I: 21-23 April 2018 in Lugano (arrival on 20 April)
  • Part II: 16-18 June 2018 in Lugano (arrival on 15 June)

In addition, the participants will attend a graduation ceremony during a dinner at ESMO 2018 in Munich in October 2018.  

NB: Participants must commit to attending both parts of the course.

What is the course format?

Part I of the course will focus on ESMO and the world of oncology: how we work and how ESMO fits in.

Part II will focus on personal skills especially in the areas of communication and leadership, and how to further one’s career.

The programme consists of a mix of presentations, workshops in break-out groups, discussion sessions, and practical and situation-based training focusing on media and leadership.

There will be ample time to network with other attendees and the expert faculty consisting of ESMO leaders, other key opinion leaders, as well as external professional experts.

Pre-course preparation and bridging assignments between the two parts is to be expected.

What is the application deadline?

Application will close 8 January 2018. Applicants will be informed of the outcome by early February 2018.

How to apply?

All individuals interested in participating are required to  complete the online application form and upload all required details and documents* – we recommend having everything ready to hand before starting the process. Candidates may be asked to take part in a telephone interview.

If you have questions, comments or are in need of more information, please  contact us (select category ‘Leaders Generation Programme’)

How does the selection process work?

Participants will be selected by the ESMO Fellowship & Awards Committee based on the strength of their CV as well as their publication and presentation history, motivation statement and the recommendation letter from their senior colleague or mentor.

10 places are available for oncologists from Europe, and a balance between female and male participants will be observed when making the selection of attendees.

What is included?

Cost of participation on the course, course materials, travel and accommodation including meals will be covered by ESMO.

* Mandatory information and documentation:

To be uploaded as separate files (doc or pdf): Recommendation letter (letter dated and signed by a senior colleague or mentor recommending you on official letterhead of their institute), CV, list of publications, list of presentations
To be entered in online form: Details about your involvement with ESMO (member ID, attendance at ESMO events, travel grants received, fellowship programme participation, ESMO Examination, involvement with ESMO committees/activities), motivation statement (max 1000 characters)

ESMO 2017 - Leaders Generation Programme Graduation Ceremony

Leaders Generation Programme – Class of 2017

ESMO 2017 Leaders Generation Programme Participants

The 15 participants in the 2017 Class of ESMO Leaders Generation Programme were (from left): Berta Sousa, Portugal; Stergios Boussios, Greece; Angela Lamarca, United Kingdom; Peter Vuylsteke, Belgium; Leticia De Mattos-Arruda, Spain; Matteo Lambertini, Belgium; Christiane Thallinger, Austria; Rodrigo Dienstmann, Spain; Floriana Morgillo, Italy; Jose Alejandro Pérez-Fidalgo, Spain; Anna Maria Frezza, Italy; Pamela Biondani, France;  Peeter Karihtala, Finland; Alessandra Curioni Fontecedro, Switzerland; Mehmet Akif Ozturk, Turkey

What are the aims and objectives of the programme?

Participants will acquire a deeper knowledge of ESMO and the world of oncology in general, as well as leadership, communication and media skills. The overall goal is to identify the next generation of individuals who will take on the responsibility of advancing the oncology profession.

Read testimonials and see photos of the 'Class of 2016' here!

Participants of 2016 ESMO Leaders Generation Programme and ESMO Executives share their experiences on the 1st edition of this unique career development programme aimed at identifying and nurturing future oncology and ESMO leaders. 

Could These be ESMO’s Future Leaders?
Participants from the 2016 programme talk to ESMO Perspectives, our digital magazine, about their experiences. Read the article here.