Successful EACR conference in Luxembourg: Bringing together the international oncology research community

The conference ‘Precision Medicine for Cancer’ , which is part of a new conference series of the European Association for Cancer Research  (EACR), was held from 1st  to 4th  March 2015 within the nice settings of the Neumünster Abbey in the old town of Luxembourg city. Prof Dr Simone Niclou from the NorLux Neuro-Oncology Laboratory was part of the scientific organising committee. Gathering top level scientists together with 116 participants from the field of oncology, young researchers to a large majority, the conference was highly appreciated by all attendees. As much as 95% rated it as ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’ and 99% would recommend it to their peers.

With its conference series, the EACR aims at providing small focused meetings on cancer-related topics that favour interaction between speakers and participants. The conferences are regularly organised in different locations in Europe, such as Berlin, Amsterdam and Cambridge. Now Luxembourg, as further location for the newly initiated conference series on precision medicine, also appears on the map of cancer research for the international science community. The conference focused on novel insights into personalised cancer treatment as well as on the challenges in implementing this concept in clinical management.

The program was divided into seven sessions comprising presentations of 17 invited speakers, a range of short scientific talks from selected applicants and two dedicated two-hour poster sessions with more than 50 posters. Two poster prices were awarded to young researchers. Additionally, two one-hour long round table discussions were held, where speakers chatted informally with participants about research, career and life. The participants greatly appreciated the opportunity to talk informally to the speakers in smaller groups. Interaction and networking were further stimulated by two special social events: a free guided tour of the Bock casemates, where participants could explore some of Luxembourg’s history, and a multi-course conference dinner served in the abbey cloister.

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This conference, jointly organised by the EACR, the Luxembourg Institute of Health and the Organisation of European Cancer Institutes  (OECI) will be reiterated in Luxembourg in two years. The Luxembourg National Research Fund  (FNR) supported the event by allocating travel grants to young researchers.