Belgian EBCP mirror group symposium 2023 : "Strengthening together Belgium’s efforts against cancer : from concept to reality"

Last updated on 5-9-2023 by Marie Malingreau

Thu, 21/09/2023 - 10:00 to 18:00


To curb the burden of cancer in Europe, the European Commission has launched two major initiatives:  the Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan (EBCP) which is a policy-driven strategy that addresses every stage of the disease: prevention, early detection, diagnosis, and treatment; as well as the Mission on Cancer which focuses on research and innovation to improve the lives of 3 million cancer patients and survivors by 2030. 

In support of the implementation of the EBCP, the Cancer Center of Sciensano coordinates a large national stakeholder platform: the Belgian EBCP Mirror Group. The BE-EBCP Mirror Group will host its first  Symposium on « Strengthening together Belgium’s efforts against cancer: from concept to reality » in Brussels on September 21st, 2023. 

This event will bring together key representatives of European and Belgian institutions to foster dialogue and exchange about the impact of the EBCP in Belgium thus far, and what still needs to be done to improve the outcomes and quality of life of Belgian cancer patients and survivors. 

Register for the event — before 14/09 
* Please note that the capacity for our symposium is limited, and we will reach out to you shortly to confirm your attendance
** This event will be held in English only and will take place at the BIP (Rue Royale 2-4, Brussels)





09h30-10h00 Registration in the lobby /
10h00-10h30 Welcome & introduction Marc Van den Bulcke (Belgian Cancer Centre — Sciensano)
Anouk Waeytens (Cabinet of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Social Affairs and Public Health)
10h30-10h45 Keynote speech Katlijn Sanctorum (Familial Adenomatous Polyposis Association) ” Patient involvement: is it here to stay? “
10h45-12h00 First plenary: State of play of the European strategy on cancer

Moderated by Marc Van den Bulcke
Liora Bowers (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development – OECD)
Delphine Heenen (Kick Cancer)
Barbara Kersteins (European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation - European Commission)
Saila Rinne (European Commission’s Directorate‑General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology – European Commission)
Matthias Schuppe (European Commission’s Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety — European Commission)
12h00-12h15 Presentation of Belgian EBCP mirror group Marie Delnord (Belgian Cancer Centre — Sciensano)
12h15- 13h30           Lunch break /
13h30-15h00 Second plenary: How is Belgium meeting the 2030 objectives on cancer prevention, care, and quality of life of cancer patients and survivors?

Moderated by Marc Van den Bulcke    

Boudewijn Catry (Healthcare-associated infections and antimicrobial resistance, Sciensano)
Pedro Facon (RIZIV/INAMI)
Dirk Van Gestel (Collège of oncology, Institut Jules Bordet)
Speaker to be confirmerd (FPS Public Gealth, Food Chain Safety and Environment)
Stefan Gijssels (Patient Expert Center)

15h00-15h30 Coffee break /

Parallel sessions on various cancer themes covering different stages of the disease such as prevention and early detection, diagnosis, treatment, quality of life, children and young adults with cancer…

Régine Kiasuwa Mbengi, Hélène Antoine Poirel, Cindy Simoens, Els Van Valckenborgh (Belgian Cancer Centre - Sciensano)


17h00-17h30 Closing remarks Marc Van den Bulcke (Belgian Cancer Centre — Sciensano)

Contact us 

Register for the event — before 14/09 

More info on the project page

This event contributes to Sciensano's activities in the field of: 


BIP, rue Royale 2-4
1000 Brussels


Free, but the registration is mandatory

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