Do you have a question about our virtual events? Take a look at the most frequently asked questions below.

If you still can’t find what you’re looking for, please feel free to get in touch with the Conference and Events Team

NCRI Prime

There is a one-off charge of £79 to access all ‘NCRI Prime’ sessions from the date you sign up to the end of the subscription period (31 March 2022).

Our income from events has been severely impacted due to the pandemic and whilst we want to continue to offer virtual sessions and events at a reasonable charge, we need to be able to cover our costs.

No, you don’t have to subscribe to ‘NCRI Prime’, you can pay to attend sessions as-you-go at a cost of £15 per session.

  • Access webinar recordings on-demand from April 2021 – March 2022

No, some events on the calendar are not part of the NCRI Prime subscription service and may incur an additional charge. Events that are included in the service are highlighted in purple.

No, each time a new session is added to the ‘NCRI Prime’ series you will need to log back into your registration and select the session you’d like to attend. You will receive an email notification when new sessions are added. Please watch our video tutorial to help guide you through the process.

Registration - NCRI Festival

Anyone working or aspiring to work in basic, translational and clinical research related to cancer is welcome to attend.

Details on how to register and fees can be found here.

If you are interested in booking a sponsorship package, please click here.

Online booking is subject to successful card payment. Accepted cards are Visa, MasterCard, Visa Electron, Maestro, American Express and JBC.

No, we will not be offering single-day rates. The registration fee covers your attendance to all days of the NCRI Festival: 8-12 November 2021.

Your registration fee includes:

  • Access to all virtual scientific sessions (and the opportunity to submit questions live)
  • On-demand viewing – session recordings will be available for 30 days after the event
  • Access to all accepted abstracts and e-posters (with the option of emailing the authors directly)
  • Message other delegates
  • Access to speakers slides
  • CPD points/certificate included (as applicable)

Yes you will be able to claim CPD credits for attending. Please complete the appropriate section of the electronic survey to request your certificate. A link to the survey will be sent to you after the event. Certificates will only be sent electronically and may take up to 10 working days.

Full refunds for NCRI Festival bookings will only be offered for cancellations made in writing up to 48 hours after the booking, provided there are at least 10 working days before the event starting date. After 48 hours of the booking, refunds will incur a £15 administration charge. No refunds will be offered for booking cancellations (or part thereof) made within 10 working days of the NCRI Festival. Substitutions are not possible.

Read the full terms & conditions here.

Abstracts - NCRI Festival

Opens Deadline
Abstract submission 12 April 2021 13 June 2021
Earlybird registration 12 April 2021 30 June 2021
Standard registration 1 July 2021  30 Sept 2021
Late registration 1 Oct 2021 TBC
Registration deadline for presenters 10 Oct 2021
E-poster submission deadline 10 Oct 2021
  • Showcase your data to the international cancer research community
  • Be considered for virtual-oral presentation
  • Win prestigious awards and prizes
  • Gain recognition from your peers; all abstracts are citable and will be published on this website

Any author working in cancer research or related fields who has acquired the relevant permissions.

No, submitting an abstract is free of charge but presenting authors must register and attend the NCRI Festival should their abstract be accepted.

  • Individuals may submit up to two abstracts as the main author
  • Individuals may submit an unlimited number of abstracts as co-authors
  • All types of cancer-related research that fall within our 5 macro areas are eligible for submission
  • Case reports are not accepted
  • Encore abstracts are eligible for presentation at the NCRI Festival
  • Submission of multiple abstracts from the same author on the same study may result in the rejection of one or more abstracts

Submitter: This is the person submitting the abstract. They may or may not be a listed author and they will be administering the submission. Regardless of who submit the abstracts, once an abstract is accepted we will correspond with the main author and the presenting author about it.

Main author: This is usually the researcher who has undertaken the research work. Some institutions prefer to list the principal investigator as main author instead so this is something you would need to check before submitting.

Presenting author: This is the person who will be presenting the abstract at the NCRI Festival if selected. Main author and presenting author are often the same person but they don’t have to be (as long as the presenting author is one of the co-authors).

Co-author: This is someone who has contributed to the research being presented. You can list up to 25 co-authors.

Corresponding author: This is the person we would contact if we have any questions about the content of your research. In our system, this is by default the main author.

  • Full contact details of the main author and title, name, surname, organisation, city, country and email address of all co-authors (omit department names, divisions, institutes, etc.)
  • Any disclosures including research funding and conflicts of interest of any listed authors
  • Confirmation that the research undertaken was approved by an appropriate ethics committee or review board and that, if appropriate, informed consent was obtained for all subjects
  • Permission from all co-authors to submit the abstract

You will have to select a macro area to submit your abstract which are as follows:

  • Discovery/underpinning research
  • Prevention and early detection
  • Treatment
  • Living with and beyond cancer
  • Clinical trials

You will also be asked to identify up to two keywords and a site for site-specific research. A list of keywords available can be found here.

Your abstract will have four main sections: Background, Methods, Results, and Conclusions. You will also be asked to summarise in a sentence the impact of your work. The total word count must be no more than 350 words long. Tables can be included and any contents do count towards the word limit. References and citations to previously published work should be avoided.

Abstracts that have been presented at other conferences will, if accepted, be eligible for presentation at the NCRI Festival. However, to be considered for the media programme the work you submit must be original and not published before.​

The NCRI Festival is accepting abstract submissions from Trials in Progress – providing an opportunity for researchers to present ongoing trials. We recognise that Trials in Progress are ongoing projects and might have not reached definite results by the time of submission so it is acceptable to only include background and methods in any such submissions. When reviewing them, the Scientific Committee will pay particular attention to the trial design, the strength of the science being submitted, the potential for collaboration and their relevance to the NCRI Festival macro areas.

All accepted abstracts will be presented as an e-poster and will be considered for virtual-oral presentation. Presenters might be asked to submit a pre-recorded presentation or to be available for a live session as relevant.

An e-poster is an electronic version of a poster. Accepted presenters will be sent a link where they will be able to download a template to create their e-poster. The template can be amended as necessary (colours, font type and background can be changed) and images, charts and logos added as necessary (no animations or videos) and is designed to adapt to different screen sizes.

Presenting authors must register for the NCRI Festival. You must submit your e-poster in advance. Please ensure that you have registered and paid the appropriate registration fee by the deadline. Accepted abstracts for which a presenting author has not registered and paid the registration fee will be withdrawn, and will not be presented at the NCRI Festival. The deadline for registration and e-poster submission is 10 October 2021.

Please advise the NCRI Conference and Events Team of any substitute presenters ASAP and no later than 22 October 2021. The substitute must register for the NCRI Festival.

You will be able to amend your abstract directly before the abstract submission deadline, by following the link that will be sent to you when you start the submission process. Requests to amend minor errors such as typos and misspellings, or to withdraw abstracts after the amendments deadline has passed must be submitted by email to Please note publication deadlines might be different from this and you will be emailed the details if relevant

We maintain a database of submissions to previous conferences, dating back to 2008.


Yes, the NCRI Conference & Events App is the essential guide for an up-to-date programme and event news. The App allows all delegates to build their own programme, search for abstracts and e-posters and network with other delegates via the messaging service. It will be released a few weeks prior to the NCRI Festival.

Patient Experts

The NCRI Festival is targeted at a professional audience but patients and carers formally involved in cancer research are welcome to attend free of charge.