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Message from the President of SIOG, Prof Hans Wildiers

The coronavirus pandemic has dramatically affected health care professionals and patients worldwide. This is a very unsettling time for everyone and everywhere. In light of the current circumstances and in abundance of caution, it is very unlikely that travel and attendance will return to normal by the time of the 2020 SIOG Annual Conference.

The SIOG Board of Directors has therefore decided to cancel SIOG 2020 in Geneva scheduled to be hosted from 1-3 October 2020. A remote 3-hour meeting will be held instead. The exact scientific content will made available to registered delegates within the next month by the scientific committee. New registration fee will be communicated and amended for those that have already registered. The programme will comprise of:

  •     A short celebration of the 20th anniversary of SIOG;
  •     Presentations from the SIOG Working Group on COVID-19 including an ethical debate;
  •     1 or 2 highlights in geriatric oncology;
  •     General Assembly (SIOG members only).

This virtual meeting will ensure that the SIOG community continues to connect and collaborate, in times when live attendance is not possible due this serious global health challenge. We truly appreciate your flexibility and understanding.

We look forward to seeing you at this event and hope that you will enjoy the benefits of the remote sessions to the fullest.

Kind greetings,

Prof. Hans Wildiers
On behalf of the SIOG Board and SIOG 2020 Scientific Committee (lead by Prof KL Cheung and Dr Holly Holmes).

SIOG 2020 Scientific Committee

Co-chairs

Holly Holmes,
USA
Kwok-Leung Cheung,
UK

Members

Nicolo Matteo Luca Battisti,
UK
Raúl Córdoba Mascuñano,
Spain
Nienke de Glas,
The Netherlands
Theodora Karnakis,
Brazil
Melissa Loh,
USA
Isacco Montroni,
Italy
Lucinda Morris,
Australia
Martine Puts,
Canada
Hans Wildiers,
Belgium

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