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 for the ESMO Leaders Generation Programme 2020 will open in February.

Whilst this programme is only open to oncologists working in Europe, ESMO members working in the Asia-Pacific region can now apply to the ESMO Leaders Generation Programme Asia. Further details can be found here.

2019 ESMO Leaders Generation Programme Europe

When does the course take place?

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

  • Part I: 6-8 April 2019 (arrival on 5 April)
  • Part II: 14-16 June 2019  (arrival on 13 June)

In addition, participants will attend a graduation ceremony during a dinner at ESMO 2019 in Barcelona in September 2019. 

What is the course format?

Part I of the course focuses 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.

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

What is the application deadline?

Applications for the Leaders Generation Programme 2019 in Europe are now closed.

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 Leadership 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.

15 places are available for oncologists from Europe, and a balance between female and male participants will be observed when selecting 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)

Leaders Generation Programme 2019 participants 

Teresa Amaral, Kalijn Bol, Mariana Brandão, Ana Carneiro, Roberto Ferrara, Mathilde Jalving, Giuseppe Lo Russo, Ivan Marquez-Rodas, Alexios Matikas, Laura Mezquita, Gil Morgan, Elisa Onesti, Sara Pilotto, Emmanouil Saloustros, Matthias Scheffler, Dario Trapani

ESMO Leaders Generation Programme Europe 2019

Hearing from our leaders of tomorrow
Participants from the 2016 and 2017 programmes talk to ESMO Perspectives, our digital magazine, about their experiences. Read the article here.