After carefully evaluating the development of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 NCRI Cancer Conference, originally scheduled for 2-4 November in Belfast, UK. The next face-to-face Conference will take place in Manchester, as initially planned, from 7-9 November 2021.

To ensure you stay connected with what’s happening in the cancer research landscape during this time, our team have created a series of virtual events. Check out our new weekly webinar series.


The NCRI Cancer Conference is the UK’s largest forum showcasing the latest advances in cancer research. We unite the brightest minds to discuss and debate some of the greatest issues in the field. The Conference provides a platform for researchers, clinicians, people affected by cancer and industry representatives to come together to discuss, present and showcase high-quality research. By bringing together professionals from all cancer research disciplines, in all research settings, we create a unique environment for interdisciplinary learning and the cross-fertilisation of ideas.

Informative and interactive educational sessions attract over 1,500 delegates each year and create the ideal setting to showcase discoveries, spark new collaborations, share knowledge and best practice, network with like-minded individuals, and ultimately create the synergy needed to accelerate progress for patients.

Who should attend?

Anyone working in basic, translational and clinical research related to cancer is invited to attend the Conference. Amongst others, this includes:

Scientists, Medical/clinical oncologists, Surgeons, Trainees, Nurses, Allied Health Professionals, Immunologists, PhD students, Research Managers / Funders, Patient experts


Reasons to attend 

Meet and network with like-minded individuals

Learn new developments in cancer research covering the entire research spectrum

Form new collaborations with researchers from across the globe

Reasons to submit an abstract

Present your research in front of an engaged audience

Get selected for a media programme reaching over 1.9 billion readers

Have a chance to win prestigious awards and bursaries




“All the speakers were very good presenters and were very engaging to all the backgrounds that were attending – the talks were very accessible regardless of background or prior knowledge.”

“Attending the Conference for the first time, it was great to hear world-leading experts talk about their current research. The Conference gave a great opportunity to network, collaborate and learn.”


“Good opportunity to catch up/network with colleagues”

“Fantastic opportunity to help build my knowledge and understanding to better support my role as an NCRI Consumer.”

“The NCRI conference gives a great overview of cancer research in the UK, and worldwide – covering everything from basic science to clinical trials. Every year there will be at least one or two sessions highly relevant to my own work, plus many others that enlighten on developments in very different areas.”

“This has been a fantastic Conference that really showcases what new research has to offer. I have come away with a host of new information and papers to further my own research and learning, new connections made and new inspiration for future study.”

“Best way to keep abreast of the broad spectrum of research and by far the best networking opportunities. It is also a chance to meet some extremely well-informed and enthusiastic patient representatives.”

“The NCRI Cancer Conference remains the best meeting in the UK in terms of getting a broad update on cancer research, covering everything from basic cell biology through to clinical trials and survivorship.”

“NCRI provides a great overview of current developments in a wide range of cancer research topics. Engaging speakers and high impact talks. There is something for everyone.”

“This has been a fantastic Conference that really showcased what new research has to offer. I have come away with a host of new information and papers to further my own research and learning, new connections made and new inspiration for future study.”



Winners of the 'Best Conference by an In-House Conference Organiser' ABPCO award