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European Academy of Cancer Sciences

Under the auspices of ECCO, the European Academy of Cancer Sciences is a key initiative that aims to structure the cancer community in an effort to fulfil its role in achieving and further developing the European Research Area (ERA).

The Academy, which is be hosted under the auspices of ECCO, strives for excellence, independence, leadership, diversity and flexibility. Throughout its work, the Academy provides independent, authoritative and evidence-based advice to underpin policy for the prevention, the management and the palliation of cancer in Europe. In practice, the Academy is a virtual reference point for policy-makers and professionals in the field of oncology research and care, at national, European, and global level. Eminent representatives from within the European cancer community covering all areas of the cancer continuum, including personalities such as Professor Umberto Veronesi, Sir David Lane and Nobel Prize laureates Professor Harald zur Hausen and Sir Paul Nurse have already accepted to be part of this initiative.

From the nominations received from ECCO’s members, European academies of science and European oncology organisations, 114 highly-renowned scientists and clinicians from all areas of the cancer continuum have been selected to be part of the Founding Group of the Academy.

The Founding Group is responsible for defining the overall objectives of the Academy, addressing issues such as credibility of the institution, membership and governance. To steer the process, a ‘Governing Body’ consisting of a President, a Vice-President, a Secretary-General and five fellows representing all disciplines Europe-wide, will be established. To address issues as they arise, ad hoc taskforces will be organised amongst members of the Academy, specific to their area of expertise.

To begin with, the Academy will be asked to prepare a collective vision of cancer research in Europe by the end of 2010. By doing so, the Academy will be directly contributing to both the achievement and further development of the European Research Area (ERA) and the EU Joint Programming initiative, and most importantly, addressing the societal challenge that cancer is posing in Europe at large.

The launch of the European Academy of Cancer Sciences, with the official presentation of the “Founding group” and the development plan for the future of this initiative, was one of the highlights at the opening of the ECCO 15 - 34th ESMO Multidisciplinary Congress on 21st September, 2009 in Berlin.

You can find further information on the European Academy of Cancer Sciences website.

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