ESMO 2016: Welcome from the Congress President & Committee Chairs

The European Society for Medical Oncology provides its members and the wider oncology community with an extensive range of educational services and scientific platforms with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of care for all cancer patients.

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to ESMO 2016 in Copenhagen, 7-11 October 2016. The ESMO Congress presents an invaluable opportunity for medical oncologists and other oncology professionals from the many related fields to come together, learn about the latest research and share best practice.

Continuing the successful trend of past Congresses, the 2014 Congress in Madrid saw a 22% increase in participant numbers and 24% in abstract submission compared to our 2012 Congress in Vienna. These results have highlighted how important the ESMO Congress has become as a regular platform accommodating the rapid pace of progress in the oncology field and for presenting the results of studies which have a direct impact on the treatment and care of cancer patients.

ESMO 2016 will provide a Scientific and Educational Programme that builds on the highly successful models from previous Congresses, while incorporating innovative suggestions from valuable stakeholders.

The Congress in Copenhagen will feature presentations of some of the most recent research and trials including targeted therapies and immunotherapeutic approaches, joint symposia with representatives of all oncology specialties, and robust debates on the clinical challenges oncologists face today. We are expecting practice-changing abstracts and timely data to be presented.

ESMO is at the forefront of the rapidly changing oncology landscape and an important point of reference for the oncology profession. We encourage you to send your original research to ESMO 2016 and help inspire the collaborative discussions that advance oncology and improve patient care.

ESMO 2016 will offer both the efficient organisation that attendees have come to expect from ESMO, plentiful networking opportunities to make new contacts, discuss new findings, and connect with experts.

We invite you to join us in Copenhagen—one of Europe's oldest capitals and also one of the most dynamic cities in Scandinavia. Copenhagen offers an attractive mix of historical buildings and fabulous design seen in most elements of Danish life.

Closer collaborations and stronger working relationships are becoming increasingly important in facilitating a truly integrated approach to cancer care and patient care, and we look forward to working with all our partners in the best interests of cancer patients.