ESMO Leaders Generation Programme

An exciting, intensive course designed for future leaders in oncology.

ESMO Leaders Generation Programme Europe 2020-2021

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

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.

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.

When does the programme take place?

The programme will take place over two years:

Year 1
  • Part 1: 20-21 June 2020, Zurich (arrival on 19 June)
  • Part 2: 24-25 October 2020, Lugano (arrival 23 October)
  • ESMO Congress 2020, Madrid (18-22 September)
Year 2
  • Part 3: Two days, Spring 2021
  • Part 4: Two days, Summer 2021
  • ESMO Congress 2021, Paris (17-21 September)

How to apply?

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

Apply here

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

When is the application deadline?

Applications for the Leaders Generation Programme 2020 will close on 1 March 2020 (midnight CET).

What is the course format?

Part 1:  ESMO leaders, along with other key opinion leaders, will introduce the participants to ESMO and the role that the society plays in the world of oncology.

Part 2: Training in leadership skills.

ESMO Congress 2020: participants in the programme will be given the opportunity to act as observers in an ESMO Committee or Working Group meeting.

The second year will include communication training, preparation of a project centred on an ESMO strategic area and presentation of this project to the ESMO leadership.

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 different parts of the programme are to be expected.

Please note: since the ESMO Leaders Generation Programme will now take place over 2 years, applications will open every 2 years (the next chance to apply will be in 2022).

Who can apply to join?

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

Candidates must have been an ESMO member for a minimum of 2 years. Current ESMO Committee or Working Group Chairs are not eligible to apply for the programme.

NB: Participants must commit to participating in all activities of the 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.

16 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. Registration to the ESMO Congress and a travel grant to support attendance will also be provided.

* 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 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

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.

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