Registration for a


at the high-level conference on
“Improving cancer care in Europe”

taking place on 3 September 2020
from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
in Heidelberg, Germany

With around 3.9 million new patients and 1.3 million deaths per year in Europe as well as a sharp increase in the number of citizens who are living either with or after the disease, cancer represents a major disease burden for our society. Clearly, concerted EU-wide efforts to improve prevention, detection, and treatment of cancer and counseling of patients and their families throughout their disease journey are needed to complement national programs. The German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) as the national center for cancer research in Germany fully supports the commitment and initiative of the European Commission to fight the growing burden of cancer in an aging society by implementing an ambitious EU-wide Cancer Plan. The European cancer burden is one central topic of the new Trio Presidency of the Council of the European Union, which started on 1 January 2019.

During this conference internationally, renowned experts and high-ranking politicians will address and discuss urgent topics with the aim to reduce the cancer burden in Europe and to improve cancer care for European citizens.

(click here to download the PDF)

The conference will take place as a face-to-face event at the DKFZ in Heidelberg. In view of the Covid-19 pandemic only very few selected guests have been invited to attend in person.

However, we will be live-streaming this conference in order to offer a wider range of interested persons the option to participate virtually. 

After your successful registration and a few days prior to the conference you will receive the live-stream-link to your e-mail address provided in your registration.  

Registration Deadline: 2 September 2020.


Conference moderator (confirmed)

Dr. Petra Wilson, Managing Director of Health Connect Partners

Speakers and panelists (confirmed)

Prof. Michael Baumann, Chairman and Scientific Director of the German Cancer Research Center

Prof. Anton Berns, President of the European Academy of Cancer Sciences

Prof. Alexander Eggermont, Chief Scientific Officer of Princess Maxima Center Utrecht

Dr. Tomaž Gantar, Minister of Health of the Republic of Slovenia

Jan Geißler, Managing Director of Patvocates

Prof. Janez Jazbec, Head of Haematology and Oncology Department at Children's Hospital Ljubljana

Prof. Monika Klinkhammer-Schalke, Chairperson of the Association of German Tumor Centers

Dr. Hans Henri P. Kluge, Regional Director for Europe at the World Health Organization

Thomas Rachel, Parliamentary State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Dr. António Lacerda Sales, State Secretary for Health, Ministry of Health of the Portuguese Republic

Jens Spahn, Minister of Health of the Federal Republic of Germany

Dr. Simone Wesselmann, Section Director of Certification at the German Cancer Society

Prof. Olaf Witt, Director at the Hopp Children's Cancer Center Heidelberg


Session Topics

Towards a common European data space for improving cancer care of patients

Caring for patients with cancer in the COVID-19 era

European solidarity and equality in cancer care