ESMO Workshop: Science for Advocates

Munich, Germany - 13 Oct - 15 Oct 2017

Patient and patient advocates are increasingly involved in decision-making in healthcare and the setting of research agenda. Knowing how to access scientific literature, correctly analyse and interpret data, hold a scientific argument and to effectively and correctly communicate scientific content have therefore become essential advocacy skills.


‘Science for advocates’ will be a 2-day interactive workshop (Friday afternoon till Sunday lunch-time) with a combination of lectures, independent and group work. To ensure effective communication, the workshop size will be limited to 35-40 European Cancer patient advocates. Participation is upon application only.

The ESMO-MCBS faculty will select some recent relevant studies in various solid tumour settings to use as test cases for the workshop. During the weekend, participants will have the opportunity to directly apply learned skills, including the statistical background and calculation of the magnitude of the clinical benefit of therapies using the ESMO-MCBS. They will also be able to use their acquired knowledge to generate  infographics that can be used in scientific communications in their areas of interest.

Download the preliminary programme

Learning objectives

This ESMO workshop will provide European Cancer Patient Advocates with the necessary tools to be able to follow the scientific development in their specific cancer field, including

  • how to find, access, read and evaluate scientific literature
  • an introduction to relevant statistics
  • an introduction to the ESMO Magnitude of Clinical Benefit Scale to assess relative value between therapies with hands-on exercises
  • Science communication and tools, including infographics

Travel Grants

A limited amount of travel grant is available to support patient advocates ‘participation

Travel Grants policy

We are delighted to be offering a limited number of travel grants to enable European Patient Advocates to attend the Science for Advocates Workshop taking place in Munich, 13-15 October 2017

Eligibility is based primarily on proven interest in Science and scientific affairs, experience and potential outreach.

Priority will be given to patient advocates active in the cancer community who indicate that they work as volunteers on behalf of a non-profit organization that provides programs, information, resources, and support for people affected by rare cancers (rather than directly employed by a non-profit organization).

Scholarships are limited to up to 1 employees per organization.

By applying for and accepting a travel grants, recipients must agree to provide a brief testimonial (200 words or less) at the conclusion of the workshop. The testimonial should summarize the recipient’s overall experience and the education they gained from attending the workshop. Recipients must agree that the testimonial or a portion thereof may be posted on the ESMO website.


ESMO will arrange the accommodation in Munich for all travel grant recipients -2 nights, check in 13th and check out 15th October 2017 at the workshop headquarter hotel, Sheraton Westpark Munich.

How to apply

To apply for a grant, please send your CV and a letter of motivation, by e-mail to: with the subject line: ESMO Science for Advocate Workshops– travel grant – your name.

Application deadline

The deadline for receipt of applications is 2 October 2017. Successful applicants will be notified soon after.

Additional requests received after the deadline, will be kept in a waiting list and processed at a later stage, based on the amount of financial support still available.

Each grant will reimburse travel costs up to a maximum of 300 EUR.  Advocates awarded a travel grants will be asked to make their own travel reservation, paying all expenses up front. Reimbursements will be processed after the event, and upon receipt of original travel and accommodation bills/invoices.


ESMO will arrange the accommodation in Munich for all travel grant recipients -2 nights, check in 13th and check out 15th October 2017 at the workshop headquarter hotel, Sheraton Westpark Munich