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Dear Colleagues,

The SIOG Annual Conference is returning to Geneva, its home, to formally celebrate SIOG’s 20th Anniversary!

As the Co-Chairs of the Scientific Programme Committee, we are excited to announce the 21st Conference of the International Society of Geriatric Oncology / SIOG 2021 in Geneva, Switzerland on November 4-6, 2021.

Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, we had to change the SIOG 2020 Annual Conference scheduled to be hosted in October to be a remote 3-hour meeting. In consequence, SIOG 2021 will be a special event, when we will physically meet again to formally celebrate the 20th anniversary of SIOG, with a three-day 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 2021 will bring together the leading experts in geriatric oncology to enhance the knowledge and competence across diverse, multidisciplinary settings.

The SIOG 2021 Annual Conference programme structure and theme will be announced soon.

We look forward to welcoming you to SIOG 2021 in Geneva, Switzerland.

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


SIOG 2021 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 of this conference and a vehicle to share new research results and findings. 

Abstract submission will open on February 4, 2021.

Registration will open on February 4, 2021.

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
  • Access to the exhibition area and poster sessions
  • Final programme e-book (pdf)
  • Name badge
  • Coffee breaks
  • Poster welcome reception

Please note that each participant must complete a separate registration form

SIOG 2021 Scientific Committee


Holly Holmes,
Kwok-Leung Cheung,


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

Scientific Programme

The 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

Download the SIOG 2021 Preliminary Programme (pdf)

Please click on the image below to enlarge it.

Geriatric Assessment Workshops

These workshops are intended for physicians, nurses and other allied health professionals aiming to increase their knowledge and skills in conducting comprehensive geriatric assessments, commonly used tools and their implementation in daily practice.
In a station rotation model, delegates will be invited to small group discussions focusing on one of the domains of the comprehensive geriatric assessment to practice assessment skills by using cases.

The workshops will be will be held on November 4, 2021 and November 5, 2021 and will be priced at 35 Euros per workshop. 
Seats are limited and will be available on a first come – first served basis.
Important: Different geriatric domains and tools will be discussed on each each day.

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 optimise health and function. The workshop will also address challenges and barriers in performing these assessments in clinical practice, and ways to increase implementation (e.g.: using technology, workflow).


Why support SIOG 2021 Annual Conference?

With the world population ageing, geriatric oncology is one of the greatest needs for older patients. As result, today oncologists are widely considered as geriatric oncologists. Geriatric Oncology is no longer a niche field with only a few dedicated researchers and practitioners. SIOG is the leading network of key opinion leaders in this domain. The SIOG Annaul Conference supports the channelling of knowledge and foresights of professionals to enhance the effectiveness of including geriatric protocols in the treatment and care of older cancer patients.

Every year, the SIOG conference is hosted in iconic cities across Europe. Our conference delegates leave with new ideas and skills to improve their professional experience, increased global 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 awareness of 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.

Our sponsors include different industries with an interest in oncology and geriatric topics. Below is a non-exhaustive list of sectors that are welcome to support SIOG 2021 Annual Conference and contribute to improved patient outcome. 

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

More information coming soon.

The Networking Dinner of the SIOG 2021 Conference will take place at the Caves Restaurant on Friday, November 5 from 19:30-23:00.

The Caves 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

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 to Geneva?

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 2021 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 2021 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 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 of less than three months.

All participants of SIOG 2021 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 

More information coming soon.