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FORUM 2020

ICC Birmingham - 11th & 12th June 2020

A look at the 2019 Oncology Forum


Dear Colleagues Due to the Covid-19 virus, the UK Oncology Forum Faculty have decided to make a decision about the 2020 UK Oncology in early/mid-April. We unanimously agree that there will be a clearer outlook then on how the virus is effecting large group gatherings and UK healthcare professionals, attending meetings. There will also be more clarity and guidance from government and local trusts.

We are currently liaising with the venue ~ if the situation escalates we are NOT looking to cancel but to postpone the meeting (possibly to September more details to follow).

If Birmingham is severely impacted by the virus, we will instigate an emergency Faculty meeting ahead of the April scheduled Faculty meeting, re-assess the situation and move the meeting. Athena will inform all delegates, industry, cancer organisations and with immediate effect.

If we do have to postpone the meeting we do hope that we can rely on your continued support of this much needed national, pan-tumour educational meeting.

Until April – we are working very much to “business as usual” and are continuing to accept registrations.

Countdown to 2020 Forum event

Thank you for your continued support of the 2020 UK Oncology Forum and your kind understanding at this testing and unsettling time. The well-being of all our colleagues, delegates, sponsors and all stakeholders is of the utmost importance to us, including the health of the cancer patients that we all treat. Please be assured we will do everything in our power to ensure that we deliver a first class meeting that is safe and successful for all stake-holders.

I hope that this demonstrates and reassures you that we are closely monitoring the situation. If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Sharon or Lisa from Athena, to discuss further.

Thank you for your patience and understanding,
Kind regards
Professor Ruth Plummer
UK Oncology Forum Chair 
(Professor Daniel Hochhauser, Professor Richard Adams, Professor Richard Wilson, Dr Martin Eatock)

The venue (The ICC) has the following policy/increased measures in place for the COVID-19 situation:
- A well-coordinated emergency management system is in place at all times.
- A comprehensive escalation process, with duty silver, gold and out of hours support.
- Maintenance of a robust daily cleaning schedule which includes monitoring of toilet facilities and all public and event space on a frequent basis. Having been reviewed, we are confident in our approach and it will continue for all our events.
- Additional bottles of hand sanitiser have been introduced in toilets and our catering areas.
- Additional signage reinforcing the ‘Catch It. Bin It. Kill It’ message. On site first aid responders.
- Specialist cleaners on standby.
- Allocated isolation room.

Please see Programme & Meeting page for further details



08:30 - 12:00

10:30 – 11:30
Various Cancer Organisation Fringe Meetings (strictly invitation only)
Pfizer & Merck Serono Kidney Cancer Symposium
11:45 - 12:45 PLATINUM SPONSOR – Novartis Melanoma Symposium – open to healthcare professionals only ~ all welcome
12:00 - 13.00 FIRST FLOOR – Arrival, lunch, registration and exhibition
13:00 - 13:55
MAIN PLENARY - Welcome by Professor Ruth Plummer and the Opening Keynote Speaker Professor KJ Patel MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge
14:00 - 14:25 EXHIBITION - Exhibition, cancer charity corner & coffee
14:30 - 17:25 BREAKOUT ROOMS - Clinical Sessions (Day 1) 13 Parallel clinical Streams
Chaired by Professor Daniel Hochhauser UCL London
18:45 Meeting concludes (free time)
20:00 - 22:30 Conference Dinner - ICC

FRIDAY 12th JUNE 2020

07:15 - 08:25 EXHIBITION HALL - Coffee, tea, breakfast sandwich rolls, exhibition and cancer charity corner
07:25 – 08:25 Breakfast Industry Symposia HCPs Only:

07:30 - 08:30 GSK Gynaecology Symposium
07:30 - 08:30 Bayer symposium “Tumour Agnostic/Histology Independent Treatment Approaches”
07:45 - 08:30 Pierre Fabre Breast Cancer Symposium

* Working breakfast served in all symposiums
08:30 - 08:45 MAIN PLENARY - Welcome by Professor Plummer
08:45- 12:10 BREAK OUT ROOMS - Clinical Sessions (Day 2) You must choose a different stream from day one
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09:15 - 10:15 MAIN PLENARY - Optional workshop for industry and charities only. Exciting news coming soon on top speaker
10:15 - 11:25 EXHIBITION, cancer charity corner & coffee (rolling coffee break)
12:10 DAY TWO clinical sessions conclude
12:15 - 13:15 MAIN PLENARY - Closing Keynote Speaker TBC
13:15 - 14:30 EXHIBITION Lunch and departures

Venue information

The International Convention Centre (ICC)
Broad St
B1 2EA