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The Young Oncologist (YO) Track Sessions are specially designed by young oncologists for young oncologists and initiated by the ESMO Young Oncologist Committee (YOC). These sessions are educational and cover topics which are highly relevant to YOs in their daily practice, for research activities and professional development.

Dear fellow Young Oncologists,

In this virtual new normal, there have been many changes in the way we learn and deliver science.
What hasn’t changed is the commitment of the YOC in delivering excellence to you during the ESMO Congress and our ambition to improve and innovate.

There will be two different settings in which you will have the chance to interact with the YOC team – during the congress weekends and between the congress weekends.

During the first weekend, we will offer you the opportunity to have an extremely interactive session with our very own editors of the ESMO journals. The 40 min discussion will allow us to explore all the aspects of quality vs. quantity in the publication world – one critical setting of the YO training.
In the second weekend, well-known experts will give you a glimpse of the current and future challenges ahead of us.

Between congress weekends, we will offer you the chance to experience and be involved in our mentorship sessions and our clinical case discussions. These sessions will integrate the journey of the ESMO Virtual Train (a project by the ESMO Climate Change Task Force), which will virtually travel around the globe. The experts and mentors invited will make sure your time will be well spent.

Our very own virtual mentorship programme, prepared and approved before the COVID-19 pandemic, will also be launched, providing a 1-1 mentorship environment and contact with renowned experts.

We have dedicated energy and creativity to build this new YO track for you, and I am sure you will feel and see it when participating in the sessions. On behalf of the YOC, I would also like to acknowledge the invaluable support of the ESMO staff, without whom this would not have been possible.

I am very proud of the work done by this ESMO Young Oncologists Committee, and we are looking forward to seeing you in our sessions and receiving your feedback. Until then, stay safe!

Teresa Amaral, YOC Chair 2020-2021

ESMO 2020 Virtual Congress

SCIENCE WEEKEND Monday, 21 September 2020, 11:15-12:15 

YO FORUM: Quality or quantity: What is the best publication strategy? The Editors’ voice

Chairs: Teresa Amaral, Tuebingen, DE; Matteo Lambertini, Genoa, IT

Annals of Oncology

Fabrice André, Villejuif, FR


Matthias Preusser, Vienna, AT

IO Tech

John Haanen, Amsterdam, NL

Q&A and live discussion

EDUCATION WEEKEND Sunday, 18 October 2020, 14:30-15:50

YO MASTERCLASS: biggest challenges facing young oncologists in 2030: How to address the next generation of anticancer treatments

Chairs: Teresa Amaral, Tuebingen, DE; Anna Berghoff, Vienna, AT

Epigenome as therapeutic target

Manel Esteller, Barcelona, ES

Harnessing artificial intelligence for understanding cancer evolution and delivering precision oncology

Andrea Sottoriva, London, UK

Q&A and live discussion

YO BOXING SESSION: Is use of precision oncology in clinical practice mandatory or not to improve patient outcomes?

Chairs; Teresa Amaral, Tuebingen, DE; Anna Berghoff, Vienna, AT         


Philippe Aftimos, Brussles, BE


Benedikt Westphalen, Munich, DE

Q&A and live discussion

Additional Activities @ESMO2020

The ESMO YOC in collaboration with the ESMO Climate Task Force is happy to invite you to join the ESMO Virtual Train where you can be involved in the YO mentorship sessions and YO clinical case discussions. The ESMO Virtual Train (a project of the ESMO Climate Change Task Force) will virtually travel around the globe. The format offers the opportunity to young oncologists to network with senior leaders and other colleagues through a series of interactive activities which will take place between the ESMO Congress Science and Education weekends

These sessions are highly interactive and designed for small groups of young oncologists. Registration to attend them is free but mandatory since space is limited.

Train to ESMO Virtual Journey Programme

ESMO 2020 Virtual Journey Programme

DAY 1: Tuesday 22 September, 17.00-18.00 CEST Sweden

Mentorship Session 1
Career Paths in Oncology: Academia
  • Host: Joakim Crona, SE
  • Coordinator: Alex Matikas, SE
  • Mentor: Ines Vaz Luis, FR

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DAY 2: Wed 23 September, 1700-18.00 CEST Germany

Clinical Case Discussion 1: GU
  • Host: Matthias Scheffler, DE
  • Coordinator: Maria Kfoury, FR
  • Case Expert: Christoph Oing, DE

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DAY 3: Thursday 24 September, 17.00-18.00 CEST The Netherlands

Mentorship Session 2
Career Paths in Oncology: Tertiary Centre
  • Host: Hilde Jalving, NL
  • Coordinator: Rille Pihlak, UK
  • Mentor: Sofia Braga, PT

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Day 4: Monday 28 September, 17.00-18.00 CEST Poland

Clinical Case Discussion 2: GI
  • Host: Pawel Sobczuk, PL
  • Coordinator: Rille Pihlak, UK
  • Case Expert: Elizabeth Smyth, UK

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DAY 5: Tuesday 29 September, 17.00-18.00 CEST Botswana

Mentorship Session 3
Career Paths in Oncology: Translational Research
  • Host: Peter Vuylsteke, BWA
  • Coordinator: Jon Lim, UK
  • Mentor: C Benedikt Westphalen, DE

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DAY 6: Wednesday 30 September, 16.45-17.45 CEST Lebanon

Clinical Case Discussion 3: Breast Cancer
  • Host: George El Hachem, LB
  • Coordinator: Matteo Lambertini, IT
  • Case Expert: Evandro De Azambuja, BE

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DAY 7:  Thursday 1 October, 13.00-14.00 CEST India

Mentorship Session 4
Alternative Careers in Oncology: Industry
  • Host: Bharti Devnani, IN
  • Coordinator: Kevin Punie, BE
  • Mentor: Johannes Pleiner, AT

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DAY 8: Monday 5 October, 12.00-13.00 CEST Singapore

Clinical Case Discussion 4: Kidney Cancer
  • Host: Eileen Poon, SING
  • Coordinator: Christoph Oing, DE
  • Case Expert: Manuela Schmidinger, AT

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DAY 9: Tuesday 6 October, 12.00-13.00 CEST Brunei

Mentorship Session 5
Alternative Careers in Oncology: Public Policy
  • Host: Jonathan Lim, UK
  • Coordinator: Elene Mariamidze, GE
  • Mentor: Rosa Giuliani, UK

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DAY 10:  Wednesday 7 October, 12.00-13.00 CEST Philippines

Clinical Case Discussion 5
Molecular Tumour Board: How to Set it up or Contact a Virtual Molecular Tumour Board Meeting
  • Host: Meredith Garcia, PH
  • Coordinator: Alex Matikas, SE  
  • Case Expert: Theodoros Foukakis, SE

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DAY 11: Thursday 8 October, 11.00-12.00 CEST Australia

Mentorship Session 6
Career paths in oncology: Academia
  • Host: Rachel Wong, AUS
  • Coordinator: Pawel Sobczuk, PL
  • Mentor: Nadia Harbeck, DE

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DAY 12: Monday 12 October, 17.00-18.00 CEST Brazil

Clinical Case Discussion 6: Breast Cancer
  • Host: Leticia De Mattos Arruda, BR
  • Coordinator: Kevin Punie , BE
  • Case Expert: Leticia De Mattos Arruda, BR

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DAY 13: Tuesday 13 October, 16.00-17.00 CEST USA

Mentorship Session 7: Social Media
  • Host: Gil Morgan, SE
  • Coordinator: Matteo Lambertini, IT
  • Mentor: Gil Morgan, SE

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DAY 14: Wednesday 14 October, 17.00-18.00 CEST UK

Clinical Case Discussion 7: Melanoma
  • Host: Becki Lee, UK
  • Coordinator: Teresa Amaral, PT
  • Case Expert: John Haanen, NL

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DAY 15: Thursday 15 October, 14.30-15.30 CEST Portugal

Mentorship Session 8: Burnout Among Young Oncologists, Coping Strategies as a Young Oncologist
  • Host: Teresa Amaral, PT
  • Coordinator: Jonathan Lim, UK
  • Mentor: Susana Banerjee, UK

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DAY 15: Thursday 15 October, 17.00-18.00 CEST, Madrid

Clinical Case Discussion 8: Lung Cancer
  • Host: Laura Mezquita, ES
  • Coordinator: Anna Berghoff, AT
  • Case Expert: Laura Mezquita, ES

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