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Membership Categories & Annual Fees

Membership Categories

Full membership is open to: medical doctors, scientists, pharmacists, statisticians & data specialists, nurses, patient advocates, young oncologists in training, and some other eligible healthcare professionals.  Student membership is open to medical and basic science students. The Membership Committee defines the criteria for the different kinds of categories of full members, approved by the ESMO Executive Board.

Professional Status - 12 month fee

All medical doctors working in the oncology field or with an interest in oncology.

All scientists working in the oncology field or with an interest in oncology.  

Pharmacists with an interest in oncology.

Data specialists and statisticians working in healthcare or research with an interest and educational background in oncology and/or science.

All qualified nurses working in the oncology field.

Individuals who do not fall into other membership categories, and work or volunteer in a nationally or internationally recognised cancer patient advocacy group, may be eligible for the Patient Advocate membership category. Individuals must provide an up-to-date CV in English, and a letter from the Patient Advocacy Group they represent confirming their involvement.

If you are a qualified healthcare professional with an interest and educational background in oncology and/or science, but do not fall in to one of the above groups, you may still be eligible for membership. When applying for membership you will need to submit your CV in English for the Membership Committee to review your application.

Undergraduate medical and science students doing their first degree and interested in oncology are welcome to join the society. Membership is free. Student Members do not have voting rights.

Medical doctors and basic scientists in training e.g. specialising / sub-specialising in medical oncology or other medical specialisation, registered in a PhD programme, undertaking a residency or fellowship and who are under the age of 40 will be eligible for the in training discounted membership fee.

Emeritus membership is open to medical professionals who have now retired but are interested in keeping up to date with developments in the medical oncology field. Requests for the Emeritus membership discount must be submitted in writing to the membership services team. 

We are pleased to waive the annual membership fee for professionals working in low and middle-income countries, according to the World Bank country classification based on the Gross National Income (GNI) per capita and calculated using the World Bank Atlas method. 

The fee waiver for eligible members is applicable to new joiners and existing members when it is time to renew. Membership can be renewed online or at the ESMO Booth for one year at a time, and no sooner than 90 days before expiring. 

Download the PDF outlining which countries are eligible for the waived fee

ESMO has established agreements with a number of national oncology societies. If you are a member of one of these societies, please indicate this in your application or if you are already a member inform the membership services team in order to benefit from the discounted fee.

View the list of societies with whom we have an agreement and find details about membership fees

Please note: a value added tax (VAT) will be added to transactions from members residing in Switzerland.

Join / Renew

ESMO membership is not available to individuals currently employed in or primarily involved in the fields of: sales and marketing, business development, investing and financial planning and analysis.  

15% discount on purchase of multiple years – applicable to €175 fee

Medical doctors paying €175 who renew online for multiple years can benefit from a discount of 15% off their membership fee.

Other Special Offers

ESMO may run other membership promotions from time to time and onsite offers at the ESMO Membership Services stand at events

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