SIOP Europe Education Update


SIOP Europe Educational Steering Committee

SIOP Europe has taken on the exciting new challenge of further expanding its educational programme. In order to anticipate and meet the future educational needs of the SIOP Europe community, we have formed an  Educational Steering Committee, which will take on an advisory, strategic and quality assurance role.

The SIOP Europe Educational Steering Committee is chaired by SIOP Europe Board Member Andishe Attarbaschi (Austria) and its members are Teresa de Rojas (Spain), Jelena Lazic (Serbia), Fiona Poyer (Austria), Reineke Schoot (NL), and Roelof van Ewijk (NL).


Childhood Cancer: Causes and Epidemiology

While cure rates of children and adolescents with cancer have dramatically improved over the last decades, the causes of childhood cancer remain poorly understood. Research in this area remains a major research priority. Cancer in children and adolescents has a strong genetic component and at least 10% of patients have an underlying cancer predisposition syndrome with broad clinical implications.

In patients without defined cancer prone syndromes heritable factors such as low-penetrant risk alleles play important roles. Environmental cancer risk factors, such as infections or exposure to genotoxic factors also contribute to the development of childhood cancer.

Studying cancer risk factors requires skills in the areas of cancer biology, cancer genetics, and cancer epidemiology. Experts from these areas will teach in this course.

The course is open to fellows in paediatric haematology and oncology and junior faculty at academic medical centres from across Europe.

More information:

Submit your application to attend by 7 February 2022


ERN PaedCan and Young SIOPE Interactive Webinar Series: Most Challenging Cases in Paediatric Oncology.

The ERN PaedCan and Young SIOPE Interactive Webinar Series on Most Challenging cases in Paediatric Oncology has been a huge success so far, and therefore, we are pleased to announce that we will continue with this initiative in 2022.

Seven interactive webinars will be held in 20222 to discuss difficult clinical cases. A young oncologist will present the case, followed by a live discussion with an invited expert.

The full list of webinars, recordings of past webinars and free registration links are available here:


SIOP Europe Annual Meeting

The SIOP Europe Annual Meeting will take place on 21-25 March 2022 in Valencia, Spain.

This next edition, will focus on Joint Sessions, enabling direct interactions between tumour and clinical trial groups, parent groups & survivors and Plenary Sessions with multi-stakeholder discussions on important cross-tumour topics. Several workshops and debates in smaller groups will also take place to increase direct collaboration between stakeholders.

During the SIOP Europe Annual Meeting, several Educational Sessions will be held. Some of the topics are:  

  • Current relevant topics in statistics
  • Cytomorphology of the normal bone marrow and an insight into BENIGN hematology
  • How to communicate via email
  • Diagnostics and therapy of invasive mycosis
  • Development of an academic career in pediatric oncology
  • Evolution of the management approach to systemic LCH

The preliminary programme will be published soon. Check the Annual Meeting website for any updates.