More than 40 events and seminars, around 5,000 participants – in 2021 we were able to offer you a truly comprehensive program of events. We started the season with new momentum and were able to realize more events than in previous years. With foresight, we planned exclusively online events.
We hosted many formats virtually for the first time, including the popular Spring Symposium in February, which was attended by 240 people. The weekly Wednesday Interdisciplinary Education sessions continued virtually and enjoyed increased attendance.
Our portfolio of congress reviews was expanded. In addition to the ASCO highlights, which have been offered for many years, our colleagues now also present the most important news from the ESMO meeting. Due to the popularity of these events, the SABCS, ASCO-GI and ASCO- GU congresses will also be discussed as part of our Wednesday series in the coming year.
Around 700 participants in total followed our Heidelberg Grand Rounds this year, five in number. The main topics this year were "Microbiome and Cancer", "Responsible use of clinical data", "Immunotherapy", "Sarcoma" and "Integrative Radiation Oncology".
The Grand Rounds have been a tradition in Heidelberg since 2005 and are aimed at clinical staff and scientific experts. At these events, students and doctoral candidates have the opportunity to exchange ideas with scientific luminaries and receive valuable input.
Also back: the CRC Symposium presented by Dr. Niels Halama, which had to be cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic. Eight speakers made the event another highlight for the expert audience in attendance.
Cancer patient day virtual for the first time
A heartfelt project for all of us was hosting the Patient Day in April. The virtual format initially presented some uncertainties: Do we offer an adequate substitute to the face-to-face event for our patients? Who will accept the offer?
In the end, over 400 participants took the opportunity to attend the virtual Cancer Patient Day 2021, which featured updates from various cancer entities, a presentation of the NCT study programs and counseling services, and the Cancer Information Service (KID). In addition, participants had the opportunity to discuss their concerns with various cancer support groups in the afternoon.
Much was accomplished. Much became possible. Not least thanks to the speakers and colleagues who took the time on so many occasions and thus made the broad spectrum of events possible in the first place. We say thank you and look forward to 2022!
» Find all events in the online calendar: www.nct-heidelberg.de/veranstaltungen