Types of sessions at the 2018 NCRI Cancer Conference

Plenary lectures

Plenary sessions focus on the newest and late-breaking practice-changing data in addition to an overview of the topic. Presentations cover a comprehensive range of topics from the main programme streams and feature experts from the UK and overseas, invited by the Scientific Committee. Speakers are briefed to give talks that are accessible to a broad scientific audience. Their talks may address a broad area of work, summarise their state-of-the-art research on a specific topic or discuss an important area of policy relating to cancer, for example. There are plenary lectures on each day of the Conference.

Recent advances sessions

These sessions aim to explore practice-changing topics and give knowledge and updates on specific areas of research and their outcomes. They follow the main streams of the programme. All sessions should be accessible to a broad scientific audience and discuss topics with a multidisciplinary approach in mind.

Specialist sessions

These sessions aim to attract professionals in the areas on which they focus. They cover all streams and present detailed information with a more focussed approach than Recent advances sessions.

Bench to bedside and back sessions

These sessions generally present site-specific research with a cross-cutting approach that covers basic, translational and clinical science. Sites are identified by the Scientific Committee and change every year unless there are important developments or new data on a specific site that has been included before.


Workshops cover a topic with a hands-on approach and aim to involve attendees and produce very specific outcomes. For example these sessions could include debates, discussion fora, use of data sets, analysis tools, research methods, grant proposal writing etc.

Educational sessions

These sessions are designed to get attendees up to speed on a topic and are generally run before that topic is presented at the Conference.

Meet the expert sessions

These sessions are informal sessions during which attendees have an opportunity to meet an eminent researcher in their field (typically a plenary speaker presenting on that day) and ask questions in a more relaxed environment. Sessions are generally moderated by someone from the Scientific Committee.