12th Annual Symposium on Global Cancer Research (Call for Proposals)

2024 Call for Proposals is Now Closed

The call for scientific sessions and abstracts is now closed. Decision notifications will be sent late March. Please see below for more information on the call. 

Presentation Types

The organizers invite all persons wishing to present on topics related to global cancer research and control to submit a scientific abstract and/or scientific session proposal. Accepted abstracts will be selected for poster and/or oral presentation and published in a special supplement of JCO Global Oncology. We encourage submissions from early career investigators.

Submitters may submit both an abstract and a session proposal, but please note these are separate submission processes.

Session Proposal

Scientific Session
Live  •  60 min

Scientific sessions will provide an opportunity to convene speakers to address a current topic in global cancer research and control that aligns with the theme, engages the audience, and seeks to highlight concrete ways to advance the field. Submitters of accepted sessions will be responsible for developing the 60-minute session with support of the Scientific Steering Committee. These sessions will take place live and will be recorded and posted on the Symposium website.

Abstract Proposal

Poster Presentation

Abstracts selected for poster presentation will be available to view as e-posters on the event page throughout and following the conference through July 2024. Presenters will also be able to connect with attendees during dedicated, live, interactive poster sessions held via Gather Town, during the Symposium.

Rapid-Fire Presentation
Live  •  5 min

High scoring accepted abstracts may be selected for rapid fire presentation by the Scientific Steering Committee. Rapid fire presentations are short, live presentations during the conference that offer a high-level overview of the research or program. This session will take place live and will be recorded and posted on the Symposium website.


To ensure that the Symposium content is inclusive and relevant to all participants, sessions are encouraged to include representation crossing multiple:

  • Countries and World Regions
  • Experience and Career levels
  • Professional Roles
  • Institutions and Organizations
  • Identities, including racial, ethnic, and gender

Session Requirements:

  • Submission components. Session proposals must include the following:
    • Contact. One primary contact responsible for coordination of the session and liaising with the ASGCR organizers and speakers. This will include working alongside the ASGCR Steering Committee to ensure that the accepted session is integrated into the overall theme and objectives of the ASGCR program.
    • Title. Session title up to 250 characters
    • Description. Session description up to 2,500 characters with spaces (350 words).
    • Aims. Up to three sentences describing the aim of your proposed session and a justification for why this is a priority topic of global interest and how the session aligns with the Symposium theme: Collaborating for Impact.
    • Objectives. Up to three learning objectives
    • Speakers. List of up to three presenters and/or panelists and up to two moderators. Speakers should have agreed to roles prior to submission and should be available to attend the virtual Symposium if accepted.
    • Submitters are encouraged to view available session recordings from previous meetings for examples of past session foci.
  • Timing: All session proposals should be 60 minutes, inclusive of discussion/question and answer time
  • Speakers/Chairs: Sessions must have representation from a low-resource setting.
  • Steering Committee Role: Submitters of accepted sessions should be prepared to work with the Symposium Scientific Steering Committee from March to May. This will include joining occasional scientific program planning meetings to ensure that the accepted session is integrated into the overall theme and objectives of the ASGCR program. Session proposals should be fully developed; submitters will be responsible for developing and leading the content and execution of a 60-minute session, with guidance from the entire Scientific Steering Committee.

Session Review Criteria

  • Relevance: The proposed topic addresses a relevant topic in global cancer research and control.
  • Relevance to Theme: Collaborating for Impact
  • Value to Attendees: The proposal adds something new to the existing dialogue in the field. Participants should leave the session with new knowledge, methods, and/or practical tools that they can adapt/use and put into practice in their own local settings.
  • Audience Engagement: The proposal promotes active learning and audience engagement, creating a forum for dialogue. Submitters may utilize web-based, interactive software, such as Mentimeter or Slido, to encourage audience participation. Acquisition and utilization of any software is at the discretion of Symposium organizers.
  • Clarity of Ideas: Session proposal clearly and succinctly communicates the topic it will cover and learning objectives.
  • Diversity & Representation: Extra consideration will be given to proposals that include diverse perspectives. Diversity encompasses many dimensions such as racial identities, ethnic identities, gender identities, geographic locations, disciplines, and career levels.


Track and Area of Focus: Abstracts may fall under two tracks: 1) Research, or 2) Program implementation, of which, submitters must select an area of focus.

  1. Research: original research that establishes facts and reaches new conclusions.
  2. Program Implementation: projects or programs that move the field forward, disseminate and translate evidence into practice.

Abstracts must select one area of focus from the International Cancer Research Partnership’s (ICRP) Common Scientific Outline (CSO) classification system. The six topic areas include:

  1. Biology
  2. Etiology
  3. Prevention
  4. Early detection, diagnosis, and prognosis
  5. Treatment
  6. Cancer control, survivorship, and outcomes research

Abstract requirements

  • Submission components. Abstract proposals must include the following:
    • Structured abstract with the following sections with the headings: Purpose, Methods, Results, Conclusion

    • Abstracts must be 2,500 characters with spaces (350 words) or less and written in English and should not contain figures or tables. In-text citations are not required.

  • Correspondence: The person who submits the proposal is the primary contact and is responsible for all communications and coordination on behalf of all authors.
  • Authorship: Abstracts highlighting research or programs conducted in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) must contain at least one author affiliated with an institution from the same LMIC.

Abstract Review Criteria

Abstracts will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance: The proposed topic should address a relevant topic in global cancer research and control
  • Methodology: methods are adequately described and appropriate for research, project, or program
  • Significance: information presented adds something new to the field to improve global cancer control equitably
  • Clarity of Ideas: clearly and succinctly communicates research, project, or program.

Only abstracts that comply with all the above guidelines will be considered for presentation and publication.



  • January 11, 2024: Online proposal submission opens
  • February 25, 2024: Submission deadline
  • March 2024: Notification of proposal acceptance/rejection and abstract presentation type. Additional session-related information to be shared with accepted session leads.
  • March and April 2024
    • Registration: All accepted speakers and presenters, including session speakers and moderators, abstract poster presenters, and rapid-fire presenters must register (free of charge) for the Symposium.
    • Presentations and speaker information: All speakers, including session speakers and moderators and rapid-fire presenters must submit a speaker bio and headshot to Symposium organizers. Additional session-related information to be shared with accepted session leads.
    • Posters: All abstract poster presenters must submit their poster to Symposium organizers
  • May 6-9, 2024: Annual Symposium for Global Cancer Research

For all questions regarding session and abstract proposals, please contact Linsey Eldridge: linsey.eldridge@nih.gov

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