Young Oncologists Networking Evening 2015

Getting to know each other is the best first step on the way to making a difference together!


Members of the Young Oncologists Committee at the YO networking evening 2015 in Vienna

Sunday 27 September, during the ECCO-ESMO European Cancer Congress 2015 in Vienna, over 80 young oncologists (YO) gathered for a special networking evening at the Motto am Fluss café, same place as the first event of its kind took place in 2012 during the ESMO Congress.

The YO networking evening has in the past years become a much appreciated occasion for YOs to get together in an informal, relaxed and pleasant environment as a fantastic opportunity to meet with friends and colleagues from all over the world and most importantly, establish new connections. This year 25 countries were represented – mainly from Europe, but we also had the pleasure of welcoming YOs from Brazil, Indonesia, Japan South Africa and the USA.

The evening was co-hosted by the local Comprehensive Cancer Center (CCC Vienna) and the  ESMO Young Oncologists Committee (YOC) - the YOC would like to thank the CCC Vienna for the collaboration in making this evening possible.

CCC Professor Christoph Zielinski, chair of the ESMO Fellowship & Award Committee joined the YOs along with ESMO President-Elect and YOC Mentor 2016-2017 Josep Tabernero and ESMO Guidelines Working Group Chair Andrés Cervantes to congratulate the ongoing initiative and stressed the important role of YOs in the international oncology community.

A big thank you from the organisers to everyone who came along and participated in making the evening so special. We are looking forward to welcoming you again during the ESMO 2016 in Copenhagen!

About the Comprehensive Cancer Center (CCC)

Comprehensive Cancer Center

The Comprehensive Cancer Center (CCC) Vienna was established in 2010 by the Medical University and the General Hospital in Vienna. The CCC Vienna connects all researchers, clinicians and other health-care professionals who are working in the field of oncology or with cancer patients.

Its strategic mission is not only to generate scientific discoveries but also to rapidly translate research findings from the laboratory in to general clinical application. Thus, CCC Vienna initiates, supports, and facilitates participation in and the generation of interdisciplinary clinical trials. Physicians and specialised staff have extraordinary clinical experience, scientific depth and excellence in diagnosing and treating cancer, from the most common entities to the very rare.

The ultimate goal of CCC Vienna is to establish top standards of care for all cancer patients. This translates to supporting multidisciplinary tumour boards in their work, establishing unified and non-bureaucratic documentation means, developing user-friendly treatment protocols, and installing usable open-source research databases. Both undergraduate and postgraduate education programmes are vital for achieving CCC Vienna’s mission: There are successful initiatives for the lay public, for students, and PhDs. In addition, the “Young Scientists” project supports physicians and scientists in their oncology research careers.
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ESMO Young Oncologists Committee (YOC) was created in 2001 as a dedicated committee of the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO). The YOC provides opportunities to strengthen YO’s skills, knowledge and expertise, while providing a platform for networking with other medical oncologists and oncology professionals.

ESMO defines YOs as oncologists under the age of 40, due to the differences in the length of official oncology training programs across Europe. The YOC is headed by a chairperson appointed by the ESMO Executive Board, and currently has 13 committee members. An important part of the educational offer of the YOC is the creation of the YO Track at the ESMO Annual Congress which was launched at the 2002 ESMO Congress. The YO Track has since become a genuine classic in every ESMO Congress, with popular activities such as the YO Masterclass, Breakfast Sessions and Forum and also the Vesalius cocktail launched in 2008. 

The YOC are continually establishing new projects, past achievements include the ESMO Handbook of Oncological Emergencies in 2005 which launched the Handbook Series, an internet based Journal Club with review and comments on scientific articles and the Image of the Month collection inviting readers to test their diagnosis skills. In 2012 and 2013, the YOC carried out European-wide data collections, the first on the treatment of NSCLC and the second related to the level of burn-out in young oncologists. Both surveys resulted in abstract presentations during the annual congress, with the burn-out related presentation gaining high interest and press coverage at the 2014 ESMO Congress.

In 2003, the YOC developed the Translational Research Unit (TRU) Visits, which are educational events for young oncologists that provide crucial and practical information about the conduct of translational research at leading European Research Centres, a very popular activity which is now an established part of ESMO’s Fellowship Programme. The YOC has a Facebook group with close to 2000 members which invites YOs worldwide to network and share ideas.