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Coronavirus Update

The safety and security of all those taking part in the SIOG 2020 Annual Conference is our primary concern. The SIOG Head Office monitors on a regular basis the situation with COVID-19. Currently, the conference is scheduled to take place as planned. We will keep you updated of any changes.


Welcome Message

Dear Colleagues,

The SIOG Annual Conference is returning to Geneva, its home, for SIOG's 20th Anniversary!
As the Co-Chairs of the Scientific Programme Committee, we are excited to announce the 20th Conference of the International Society of Geriatric Oncology / SIOG 2020 in Geneva, Switzerland on October 1-3, 2020.

The SIOG 2020 Annual Conference will be a special event, marked by the 20th anniversary of SIOG and a three-day SIOG 2020 Scientific Programme at the prestigious International Conference Centre Geneva (CICG).

SIOG is the international leader in establishing the top priorities and actions to advance the clinical care, scientific discovery, and education for healthcare professionals caring for older adults with cancer. SIOG 2020 will bring together the leading experts in geriatric oncology to enhance the knowledge and competence across diverse, multidisciplinary settings.

This year's conference theme is: "Geriatric Oncology: the Past, Present and Future".

We look forward to welcoming you to SIOG 2020 in Geneva, Switzerland!

Kwok-Leung Cheung & Holly Holmes
Co-chairs of the SIOG 2020 Scientific Committee


Endorsed by

SIOG 2020 Annual Conference brings together professionals from around the world to discuss and debate the latest science and research in geriatric oncology. Abstracts and cases are an important component of the scientific programme and a vehicle to share new researches.

Join us and submit your abstract now and until May, 25, 2020 via the abstract portal.


Abstract Submission Guidelines

  • All abstracts must be written in English.
  • Abstracts can only be submitted online through the conference website.
  • Graphs and images are allowed.
  • Define all abbreviations and concepts in your abstract at first use.
  • Always make sure to check the final abstract with the system's preview function before submission, and edit or replace as necessary. It is the author's responsibility to submit a correct abstract. Any errors in spelling, grammar or scientific fact will be reproduced as typed by the author.
  • The presenting author is required to ensure that all co-authors are aware of the content of the abstract before submission of the abstract.


Abstract Preparation

As there will be no editing process on the abstracts, the authors are required to avoid any typing errors, misordering of the authors, wrong spelling/writing about the institutions, etc.

Track/Topic: A main topic that is relevant for your abstract must be selected during the submission process. The Scientific Committee reserves the right to change the track during the abstract assessment process.
The abstract tracks for year 2020 are:

  • Solid tumours and basic science
  • Hematologic malignancies and basic science
  • Supportive and palliative care
  • Geriatric assessment
  • Other

Presentation type: Please choose one of the following:

  • oral presentation
  • poster presentation

The Scientific Committee reserves the right to change the presentation type according to the requirements of the scientific programme.

Presenting Author Information: Please enter the presenting author contact information.

Author(s): First, middle and last names of all the authors must be fully indicated correctly and in the right order.

Institution(s): The institution(s) of the authors should be indicated fully with the "department" and "institution" names while avoiding any abbreviations such as Dept., Inst., Hosp., etc. The institution and city should be written in lower case while the initials of each word are written in capitals.

Abstract Title: Abstract title can contain a maximum of 250 characters.

Abstract Text: Abstract text should not exceed 300 words. The title of the abstract, authors' names, institutions and key words are not included in this limit.
Abstract texts should be consisting of four sections given below:

  • Introduction
  • Objectives
  • Methods
  • Results and Conclusion

Keywords: Maximum 6 keywords can be given. All keywords should be written in lower case.

Images, tables, diagrams and graphs are allowed.
* Please do not submit multiple copies of the same abstract.
* Please note your username and password for future use. If you forget this information, please get in contact with the Conference Organising Secretariat ( 

Please ensure that the e-mail address of presenting author is entered correctly to enable the Conference Organising Secretariat to communicate with you regarding the abstract. All information regarding the acceptance, any required adjustments, and scheduling will be communicated via e-mail to the abstract presenting author.
When the submission process is finalised, you will see your abstract under the heading "Submitted Abstracts". If your abstract is not seen there, please kindly turn back and check the steps of your submission. Please be aware that the Scientific Committee will not receive "Not-Submitted Abstracts" and these therefore CANNOT be taken into consideration in the abstract evaluation process.
Upon submitting of your abstract an e-mail including the "Abstract Number" and "Abstract Title" will be sent to the contact author who has submitted the abstract.


Evaluation Process and Acceptance Letters

All submitted abstracts will be scored by members of the Scientific Committee following which the draft programme will be drawn up.
Acceptance letters will be sent by Monday, 15 June 2020 via e-mail. Relevant information about your abstract's presentation including the presentation date, time, venue, presentation number will be included in the acceptance letters.
The abstract presenting author must be registered for the conference latest by Monday, 29 June 2020.
Abstracts submitted by presenting authors who do not register for the conference and do not complete the payment by this deadline will be removed from the final scientific programme.

 Thank you for submitting your work for consideration. We look forward to meeting you for what promises to be again a fabulous conference in Geneva!

Please contact us directly at, should you have any specific enquiries.

Registration fees

* SIOG Member Delegates must submit their membership number during the registration process.
** Trainees' ID card must be submitted during the registration process.
*** To qualify for Developing Country rate, you must be a citizen of and resident of one of the Low or Lower-Middle or Upper-Middle Income Countries listed by World Bank.  Low-Income Countries. Lower-Middle Income Countries. Upper-Middle Income Countries.

Registration fee for all conference registrations categories includes:

  • Entry to all conference sessions
  • Entrance to the exhibition area and poster sessions
  • Final programme e-book (pdf)
  • Access to conference mobile application including abstracts
  • Name badge
  • Coffee breaks
  • Poster welcome reception

Please note that each participant must complete a separate registration form.

Letter of confirmation
A confirmation letter will be mailed within one week of receipt of the total registration fee.

Conference Organising Secretariat: Kenes M+
Ms. Lara Volkan
Registration & Accommodation Specialist

Cancellation Policy

Your registration will be confirmed by letter once the Conference Organising Secretariat receives your full payment. Cancellation of registration will be accepted until the early registration deadline June 2, 2020 up to which date the registration fee will be refunded with a 50,00.-EUR deduction for administrative expenses. For cancellations received on and after June 3, 2020 the registration fee will be non-refundable.
- Notification of changes in reservation and/or cancellations must be done in writing to the Conference Organising Secretariat, Ms. Lara Volkan
- All prices are inclusive of VAT taxes.
- A confirmation letter will be mailed within one weeks of receipt of the total registration fee.
- Please make your bank transfer for your registration fee excluding the bank transfer charges.


Terms of Payment

The official currency of the Conference is EUR.
Payments should be made in advance via bank transfer or via credit card. We regret that we are unable to accept personal, company, bank or EUR cheques.

Bank transfer payment
Bank account details for SIOG 2020 Annual Conference are indicated below. Participants preferring bank transfer payment are kindly required to send the proof of payment to the Conference Organising Secretariat.
ACCOUNT NAME: SIOG 2020 Conference, Geneva 
ACCOUNT NO (EUR): 1500934-92-216
IBAN (EUR): CH03 0483 5150 0934 9221 6
BANK NAME: Credit Suisse 
BRANCH: Genève  
ADDRESS OF THE BANK: Rue de la Monnaie 1-3 | 1204 Genève | Switzerland

Credit card payment
Holders of Visa or Eurocard / Mastercard may use their cards for charging all costs. Please indicate card number, expiry date and security code on the registration form. Please note that daily exchange rates will be applied and slight differences on the total charged amount may arise due to fluctuations in the daily exchange rates.


Registration & Information Desk

During the Conference, there will be a Registration Desk within CICG – International Conference Centre Geneva for on-site registrations, distribution of the name badges and for helping the participants in the issues related with their registrations.

SIOG 2020 Scientific Committee


Holly Holmes,
Kwok-Leung Cheung,


Nicolo Matteo Luca Battisti,
Raúl Córdoba Mascuñano,
Nienke de Glas,
The Netherlands
Theodora Karnakis,
Melissa Loh,
Isacco Montroni,
Lucinda Morris,
Martine Puts,
Hans Wildiers,

Scientific Programme

This year's conference theme is: "Geriatric Oncology: the Past, Present and Future".

The scientific programme will cover the following 5 tracks:
Track 1: Solid tumours and basic science
Track 2: Hematologic malignancies and basic science
Track 3: Supportive and palliative care
Track 4: Geriatric assessment
Track 5: Other

Please click on the image below to enlarge it.


Geriatric Assessment Workshops

These workshops are intended for physicians, nurses and other allied health professionals who want to increase their knowledge and skills in the conduct of comprehensive geriatric assessment, commonly used tools and how to use them in your daily practice.
You will rotate through several stations focusing on one of the domains of the comprehensive geriatric assessment to practice your assessment skills by using cases.

The workshops will be will be held on 1st October 2020 and 2nd October 2020 and will be ticketed (35 Euros per workshop). 
Seats are limited and will be attributed on a first come – first served basis.
Important: Different geriatric domains and tools will be discussed each day.

The domains included in our workshops are:
1st October 2020 - Day 1 

1. Geriatric screening tools (e.g.: VES-13, Geriatric 8)
2. Cognitive assessments (e.g.: MOCA, MMSE, Mini-Cog)
3. Functional status (e.g.: ADL, IADL, falls)
4. Psychological health (e.g.: GDS, GAD) and comorbidity (e.g.: OARS comorbidity, Charlson)
5. Chemotherapy toxicity calculators (CARG, CRASH, MAX2)

 2nd October 2020 - Day 2

6. Life expectancy calculators (e.g.: eprognosis)
7. Physical Performance Batteries (e.g.: SPPB, TUG, gait speed, grip strength)
8. Social support and psychological health (e.g.: GDS, GAD)
9. Medications and polypharmacy (e.g.: BEERS, START/STOPP)
10. Nutritional status (e.g.: MNA, self-reported weight loss)

By the end of the workshop, learners will have the knowledge and skills to assess older adults, use these assessments to guide treatment decision-making, and identify geriatric issues that need interventions to optimize health and function. We will also discuss challenges and barriers performing these assessments in clinical practice, and ways to increase implementation (e.g.: using technology, workflow).


Why support SIOG 2020 Annual Conference?

Today, all oncologists are now geriatric oncologists. Geriatric Oncology is no longer a niche field with only a few dedicated researchers and practitioners. SIOG is and remains the leading force in channelling the knowledge and foresights of professionals to help determine the top priorities and actions to enhance the effectiveness of including geriatric protocols in the treatment and care of cancers of the elderly patients.

Every year, we host the SIOG conference in iconic cities across Europe. Our conference delegates leave with new ideas and skills to improve their experiences, increased professional network and added value to their works through many useful conversations.

Benefit from your mutual presence and:

  • Gain exposure to 500 oncologists, researchers, clinical practitioners, geriatricians, radiologists, psychologists, nutritionists, nurses and other healthcare professionals as well as the next generation of leaders in this field.
  • Raise the awarenessof your company by associating with the event marketing.
  • Create future sales contacts for your organization with the leaders in this sector.
  • Find out the current trends in techniques and developments.
  • Opportunity to learn/identify expected future trends and necessary developments in the geriatric oncology field.

Companies with an interest and focus on oncology and geriatric topics are valuable to us.

Our sponsors include different industries. Below is a non-exhaustive list of sectors that are welcome to come and make a difference by supporting SIOG 2020 Annual Conference:

  • Pharmaceutical
  • Medical devices
  • Medical software
  • Data analysing
  • 3D modelling
  • Nutrition


EthicalMedTech is a platform, supported by MedTech Europe, dedicated to ethics and compliance projects in the MedTech industry.
The 20th Annual Conference of the International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG 2020) is COMPLIANT with the MedTech Europe Code of Ethical Business Practice.

What is the MedTech Europe Code?

The MedTech Europe Code of Ethical Business Practice regulates all aspects of the industry's relationships with Healthcare Professionals (HCPs) and Healthcare Organisations (HCOs).

Important updates about the Code of Ethics
A code for more transparency, effective 1st January 2018.

One important change introduced by the Code as of 1 January 2018 is discontinuation of directsponsorship of HCPs. As of that date, independent medical education has to be supported exclusively by means of Educational Grants. Such Educational Grants can be provided to HCOs and PCOs.

Kenes Group is officially recognised by MedTech Europe as a compliant, trusted PCO to rely on in the process of organising medical educational events.

The Networking Dinner will take place at the Caves des Vollandes on Friday, October 2nd from 19:30-23:00.

The Caves des Vollandes is unique and atypical place in the centre of Geneva. This place of character was built towards the end of the 17th century using stones from the region. Originally built for the Swiss army, they were later used as a cooler to sell ice cream to Geneva restaurants and bistros. They were then exploited by a primeur who grew various vegetables and refined his cheeses. In the early seventies, for almost twenty years, a Geneva wine merchant took possession of the premises.

Cost: 75 Euros

Accommodation Deals – Special Offers

Book your room now and benefit from the best deals on accommodation for SIOG 2020 Annual Conference participants. 

Geneva, a unique city!

What makes Geneva so unique?
It is the epicentre of watchmaking expertise, the capital of peace and a crossroads for religions, all at the same time. It also boasts some stunning landscapes, plus an incredibly diverse cultural scene! 
Embedded between nearby Alpine peaks and the hilly terrain of the Jura, the French-speaking city of Geneva lies in the bay where the Rhone leaves Lake Geneva. With its humanitarian tradition and cosmopolitan flair, the European seat of the UNO and headquarters of the Red Cross is known as the «capital of peace».

Geneva is Switzerland’s most international city, a centre for culture and history. 
Dominated by the Romans, the Burgundians and then the Franks, the city of Geneva was already an independent diocese by the end of the 13th century.
After being occupied by the French in 1798, Geneva became the administrative centre of the Departement du Léman. The Republic was restored on 31 December 1813 and two years later Geneva became part of Switzerland. The International Committee of the Red Cross was founded in the city in 1863 and the following year the basis of international humanitarian law was laid with the signing of the First Geneva Convention. In 1919 the city was chosen as the headquarters of the League of Nations, the forerunner of the UN which today has its European headquarters in Geneva.

Located in the heart of Europe, Geneva is home to a whole host of typically Swiss experiences!
The symbol of the «world’s smallest metropolis» is the "Jet d’eau" - a fountain with a 140-metre-high water jet at the periphery of Lake Geneva. Most of the large hotels and many restaurants are situated on the right-hand shore of the lake. The old town, the heart of Geneva with the shopping and business quarter, holds sway over the left-hand shore. It is dominated by St. Peter's Cathedral; however, the actual centre of the old town is the Place du Bourg-de-Four, which is the oldest square in the city. Quays, lakeside promenades, countless parks, lively side streets in the old town and elegant shops invite guests to stroll.
One of the best-maintained streets is the Grand-Rue, where Jean-Jacques Rousseau was born. The «mouettes», a type of water taxi, enable crossings to be made from one lakeshore to the other, while larger vessels invite visitors to enjoy cruises on Lake Geneva.

Please click here to visit the Geneva Tourism Office’s website for further information about Geneva.
Please click here to visit MySwitzerland, Switzerland Tourism website for further information about Geneva and Switzerland. 

How to get there?

By Plane
Geneva Airport (GVA) is located just out of the city centre. There are several direct domestic and international flights arriving to and departing from Geneva Airport.
Key figures about Geneva Airport:

  • more than 50 European and international airlines
  • 142 direct flight destinations
  • a 'French sector’ to arrive in or board from France without entering Switzerland
  • a railway station with connections to the centre of Geneva, Switzerland and Europe
  • more than 80 boutiques and a wide selection of restaurants
  • long-stay parking
  • two duty-free shops (arrival and departure)

Genève Aéroport
Information: +41 22 717 71 05
Flight information: 0900 57 15 00

By Train
Geneva can be reached very easily by train with its three railway stations at the core of Europe’s rail network. The Swiss Railway network reaches every corner of Switzerland. And France’s high-speed trains TGV from Paris reach Geneva’s main railway station (Gare Cornavin) in just three hours! 

When you arrive to the Gare Cornavin, please proceed to the Place de Cornavin to get on a tram / bus to reach your hotel. The free ticket claimed at the airport is valid for 80 minutes, therefore, it can be used for the tram/bus journey to get your hotel. Please do check the tram/bus line to be used and the station to get off with your hotel before your arrival to the city.

Please click here for further information about Gare Cornavin. 
Please click here to review the layout plan of Gare Cornavin. 

The tram/bus line and station information for the Conference venue (CICG) is provided on the Venue page.

By Car
Geneva is located at the crossroads of the European motorway network. A perfect city for a perfect city break - or a weekend – on the way from North to South.
The N1 motorway alongside Lake Geneva circles the city and leads straight into the centre. At the French border in Bardonnex, it joins the A40 towards Lyon and Paris, or Chamonix and Italy.
Access to the Swiss motorways requires a motorway tax sticker (40 CHF), available at post offices, at the border or at garages. 

Driving speed:
In town: 50 km/hr (some zones 30 km/hr)
Outside built-up areas (national roads): 80 km/hr
Motorways: 120 km/hr

The wearing of seat belts both in front and back seats of vehicles is compulsory. 

Transportation to Geneva city from the airport

Genève-Aéroport is the final (and the first) train station for all trains coming to/departing from Geneva city. All trains departing from Geneva Airport station stop in the city centre of Geneva in Gare Cornavin. It is only a 7-minutes trip between the two stations, up to seven trains per hour at peak hours. 

Geneva Airport offers passengers on arrival a free ticket to use public transport in Geneva for 80 minutes, including the journey by train from Geneva Airport to Gare Cornavin. The free tickets can be picked-up from the ticket machine in the baggage reclaim area (Arrivals), just next to the Info desk. Kindly note that there are no additional ticket machines to claim these free tickets when you exit this area, therefore, please keep in mind to get your free ticket before leaving the baggage reclaim hall.  

It is required to keep your flight ticket during the usage of this free ticket which may be asked in the case of a ticket control in the train. 

When you arrive to the Gare Cornavin, please proceed to the Place de Cornavin to get on a tram / bus to reach your hotel. The free ticket claimed at the airport is valid for 80 minutes, therefore, it can be used for the tram/bus journey to get your hotel. Please do check the tram/bus line to be used and the station to get off with your hotel before your arrival to the city.

Please click here for further information about Gare Cornavin.
Please click here to review the layout plan of Gare Cornavin.

The tram/bus line and station information for the Conference venue (CICG) is provided on the General Information page.


CICG - International Conference Centre Geneva
Address: 17 rue de Varembé, CH - 1202 Geneva


The official language of SIOG 2020 Annual Conference is English.

Time Zone

Geneva, Switzerland operates Central European Summer Time (CEST) during the Conference dates which is 2 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+2).


The climate is moderate with no excessive heat, cold or humidity.
In autumn (September to November), the daytime temperature range is 8°-15 °C (46°-59° F).
The seasons are clearly distinguishable. In autumn (September to November), the fruit ripens, and the leaves of deciduous trees change colour. The winters were formerly generally cold and snowy, but now freezing temperatures and snow are no longer the rule, especially in the lowlands. Nowadays, many ski resorts could hardly survive without artificial snow.
Depending on the altitude the temperature range may vary. It is highly recommended to visitors to pack a sweater, good walking shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses, a compact umbrella and/or a light rain coat.


The dress code for SIOG 2020 Annual Conference is business formal or business casual for all occasions unless stated otherwise. 

Currency & Exchange 

The currency of Switzerland is Swiss Franc (commonly known as Franc), usually indicated as CHF which is derived from the Latin name of the country, "Confoederatio Helvetica," with the "F" standing for "franc". While Switzerland is not part of the European Union and thus is not obliged to convert to the Euro, many prices are nonetheless indicated in euros so that visitors may compare prices.
Currency Converter
You can change money at the following places:

  • any Swiss bank
  • airport
  • main railway stations (western union)
  • major hotels

Swiss banks offer the best exchange rates for your travellers' checks or cash for foreign currencies (only bank notes). Official exchange offices and hotels may charge a fee for their services.
Credit & Debit Cards: The safest and easiest form of money are travellers' checks and credit cards. The cards most used are American Express, MasterCard and Visa.
Cash Withdrawal: Many banks in Switzerland have equipped their ATM machines with the CIRRUS or MAESTRO system. Many other Swiss banks offer ATM machines for cash advances with your credit card. It is recommended to have a small amount of cash on hand upon arrival in Switzerland for immediate expenses, i.e. taxies, city transportation etc.


In Switzerland the standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. The power plugs and sockets are of type J which can also work for C type plugs.

Public transportation within the city

There is a very practical and well-planned public transportation network in Geneva. Trams and busses are available all around the city, at all times along the day and night. Signages (digital or printed) at all stops have information about the timetable of related lines.
Please click here to review the Geneva’s public transport network.

Geneva Transport Card” is provided by the Geneva City free of charge for all visitors of Geneva, staying in a hotel or a hostel as a benefit arising from city tax they are paying.
This personal (to be issued with name) and non-transferable card will be given to you when you arrive at your accommodation. It permits unlimited travel on Geneva's public transport network (UNIRESO: bus (TPG), train (CFF) and boat (Mouettes Genevoises) for the full duration of your stay including your check out day. It is also valid for going from Gare Cornavin to the Geneva Airport on your return after the Conference. 

Free WI-FI 

You can stay connected and share your experiences with the free Wi-Fi in town, Geneva city offers free Wi-Fi access in certain municipal sites including Geneva’s lakefront, Parc de la Grange et parc des Eaux-Vives, Place de Nations, etc... 

Please click here for the locations of public places with free wi-fi. The page is only in French; however, you may find a map to view the locations. 

How to Connect the Free Wi-Fi Network?

  • The network name is "((o)) ville-geneve".
  • Activate Wi-Fi on your equipment and select the wireless network ((o)) ville-geneve.
  • In principle, you will automatically be redirected to the login page. If this is not the case, open a web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, etc.) that will automatically redirect you to the login page when you first access the Internet.
  • Enter your mobile phone number, without spaces between the numbers (make sure to have your cellular data open, first), and click on the "Register" button.
  • You will receive an access code by SMS message, valid for 6 months.
  • Enter your mobile phone number and the code received by SMS, then click on "Login" button.

Liability & Insurance

The Conference Organising Secretariat (Kenes) and Organisers (SIOG) cannot accept liability for personal accidents or loss of or damage to private property of participants. Upon registration, participants agree that neither the SIOG Board, Organising Committee nor the Conference Organising Secretariat assumes any liability.

Participants are advised to take out their own personal travel and health insurance for their trip.

Safety & Security

Please do not leave bags or suitcases unattended at any time, whether inside or outside the session halls. Hotels strongly recommend that you use their safety deposit boxes for your valuables.
As with the rest of the Switzerland, in any emergency please call the below emergency numbers:
Police: 117
Fire: 118
Ambulance: 144
Swiss Rescue: 1414

Visa requirement

Every traveller must have a valid passport.
The majority of foreign nationals wishing to stay in Switzerland for up to three months require a short stay visa or Schengen visa. Foreign nationals from countries of the American Continent (except Belize, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Colombia and Peru), Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand are exempt from the visa requirement for their short stays less than three months.

All participants of SIOG 2020 Annual Conference are kindly required to check the visa requirement for themselves and apply accordingly.

For information on visa please contact the Swiss Consulate General located nearest you or read more:
Visa Application Form

Invitation letter for Visa purposes 

Participants who require a signed and stamped letter are kindly requested to contact Ms. Lara Volkan, Registration & Accommodation Specialist at Please make sure to provide your full name (as printed in your passport), passport number, issue and expiry dates, and full postal address.
Applications for invitation letters from the Secretariat must be received at least 6 weeks prior to the Conference.
Unfortunately, we are unable to send invitation letters directly to consulates. Invitation letters are prepared solely for individuals and are sent directly to them.

General Inquiries
Ms. Pinar Akbulut
Project Manager

Registration, Accommodation & Travel Inquiries
Ms. Lara Volkan
Registration & Accommodation Specialist

Scientific Related Inquiries
Ms. Mojca Rodic
Scientific Programme Coordinator

Sponsorship & Exhibition Inquiries
Mr. Muzaffer Komek
Industry Liaison & Sales Manager