Education with a focus on translational cancer research is still an unmet need. To cover that need, the Summer School in Translational Cancer Research was initiated in 2011 by the EurocanPlatform. Since 2016, the course has been hosted annually by Cancer Core Europe and the German Cancer Research Center, organized by the National Center for Tumor Diseases Heidelberg, and supported by the German Cancer Consortium as well as others

The Summer School covers a broad spectrum of topics ranging from basic and clinical research to the implementation of scientific insights into the health care system. Esteemed lecturers give overview presentations and are available for discussions. An important goal of the Summer School is the interaction between participants as well as speakers, coming from both preclinical laboratories and clinical centers worldwide. We aim at stimulating interactions to foster multidisciplinary collaborations at an international level. Participants have the opportunity to present their research projects and data in oral or poster presentations. 

Program 2020 – canceled due to the pandemic

*** After careful monitoring of the dynamics of the Cvoid-19 pandemic and the unprecedented challenges that we all are experiencing, we have decided with a heavy heart to cancel our 2020 summer school. Protecting the health of all people involvedand assuring the slowest possible spread of the virus is our first priority, and has led to this decision. Thank you for understanding in this situation. We are already planning our 2021 Summer School and hope to see you then. For updates, please check our website regularly**

*** Note: we are currently planning the Summer School 2021 as on-site event in Albufeira, Portugal. However, due to the continuing uncertainty related to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will also be prepared to offer a reduced program in a virtual format. ***

Cancer Core Europe (CCE) Virtual Keynote Session on Translational Cancer Research, October 13th, 2020

For connecting the dots in translational cancer research also in 2020, a year in which the Summer School unfortunately could not take place, we have organized a CCE Virtual Keynote Session on Translational Cancer Research in the afternoon of October 13th, 2020.

For this major educational event, we could win the following four outstanding speakers:

Emile E. Voest, Medical Director of the Netherlands Cancer Institute, Chair of the CCE Board of Directors, The Netherlands

Jean-Charles Soria, General Director of Gustave Roussy, Medical Oncologist and Professor of Medicine at Paris-Saclay University, Member of the CCE Board of Directors, France

Núria López-Bigas, ICREA Research Professor at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine Barcelona (IRB Barcelona), Group Leader at Barcelona Biomedical Genomics Lab, Spain

Robert A. Weinberg, Founding Member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and Professor of Biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

We thank all speakers and the around 400 participants for joining the CCE Virtual Keynote Session! Moreover, we thank Stefan Fröhling and Ingemar Ernberg for chairing this exciting event.


Gustave Roussy

Gustave Roussy assemble the skills needed to carry out top-notch oncology research, integrating fundamental, clinical and translational research –thereby ensuring continuum between research and care inducing therapeutic advances and improvements in patient diagnosis.



The National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCT) Heidelberg was founded as an exceptional alliance between the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) and the Heidelberg University Hospital together with the Heidelberg Medical Faculty and the German Cancer Aid.


Netherlands Cancer Institute

A cure for every cancer. This is what we owe all 18 million people worldwide diagnosed with cancer each year. We are ranked among the global top 10 of cancer centers and we simply want to make the world a better and healthier place through our research and patient care.


Karolinska Institutet

Karolinska Institutet (KI) is a comprehensive medical university covering basic, clinical, epidemiological and nursing research in virtuality all medical disciplines.