The conference programme is being designed to promote and
facilitate the surgical research profile in the UK.
The programme details will be published
These feature experts from the UK and overseas, invited by the
Scientific Committee to give plenary lectures. All have been
briefed to give talks that are accessible to a wider audience.
Their talks may address a broad area of work, summarise their own
research, or discuss an important area of policy relating to
cancer. There are plenary lectures on each of the four days of the
Each symposium comprises three talks from speakers of international
standing around a broad theme. The aim is to consider one topic
from three different angles, with a mix of disciplinary approaches.
A symposium may cover basic, translational and clinical research,
or it may reach into areas such as social and behavioural studies,
as well as approaches to prevention. Symposia should help the
audience see their own work within a broader context of studies
beyond their own expertise.
These are more specialist sessions that mainly attract
professionals in the areas on which they focus. On each day there
will be at least one parallel session intended to be accessible to
a lay audience, though professionals frequently attend these
Workshops are organised on a demand-led basis and vary somewhat in
format. Some are educational or commercially-led training sessions,
while others debate a hot topic or discuss the availability of
research resources such as biosamples or datasets. Workshops are
intended to include more audience participation and are essentially
The Scientific Committee select abstracts on clinical trials from
those that are submitted. Trials selected for presentation in the
Clinical Trials Showcase are often practice-changing, of high
quality and/ or are presenting new data.