Do you have a question about NCRI Virtual Showcase? Take a look at the most frequently asked questions below.

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Anyone working or aspiring to work in 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 both days of the NCRI Virtual Showcase: 2-3 November 2020.

Your registration fee includes:

  • Access to all virtual scientific sessions (and the opportunity to submit questions live)
  • Access to all accepted abstracts and e-posters via the NCRI Conference & Events App
  • On-demand viewing – access to recordings of sessions for 30 days
  • 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 Virtual Showcase 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 Virtual Showcase. Substitutions are not possible.

Read the full terms & conditions here.


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Abstract submission 6 July 2020 13 September 2020
Registration 6 July 2020 3 November 2020
Registration deadline for presenters 1 November 2020
E-poster submission deadline 25 October 2020
Recording submission deadline 21 October 2020
  • Showcase your data to the international cancer research community
  • Be considered for virtual-oral presentation
  • Win prestigious awards and prizes
  • Be featured in a press release as part of our media programme reaching over 1.9 billion readers
  • Gain recognition from your peers; all abstracts are citable and will be published on this website
  • As author of an accepted abstract, you’ll be able to upload your work as an e-poster which will be available through the NCRI Conference & Events App

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 Virtual Showcase 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 topics are eligible for submission
  • Case reports are not accepted
  • Encore abstracts are eligible for presentation at the NCRI Virtual Showcase
  • 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 Virtual Showcase 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 topic to submit your abstract which are as follows:

  • Big data and AI
  • Prevention and early detection
  • Immunology and immunotherapy
  • Living with and beyond cancer
  • Cancer research and COVID-19

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 Virtual Showcase. However, to be considered for the media programme the work you submit must be original and not published before.​

The NCRI Virtual Showcase 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 Virtual Showcase topics.

All accepted abstracts will be presented as an e-poster (which will be available through the NCRI Conference & Events App) and will be considered for virtual-oral presentation in proffered paper and other sessions. 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 Virtual Showcase. 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 Virtual Showcase. The deadline for registration and e-poster submission is 25 October 2020.

Please advise the NCRI Conference and Events Team of any substitute presenters ASAP and no later than 25 October 2020. The substitute must register to the NCRI Virtual Showcase.

You will be able to amend your abstract directly before the abstract submission deadline simply 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 and search for abstracts and e-posters. It will be released a few weeks prior to the NCRI Virtual Showcase.

Patient Experts

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