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Reporting back from Defence is the Best Attack: Immuno-Oncology Breakthroughs

213 participants from 31 countries gathered in Barcelona from 9 - 11 October 2017 for the EACR Conference Defence is the Best Attack: Immuno-Oncology Breakthroughs, held at La Pedrera, Gaudí's famous building in the centre of Barcelona.

Part of the highly rated EACR Conference Series, Defence is the Best Attack was a great scientific success, with participants praising the quality of the speakers.

As always with the EACR Conference Series, we aimed to foster interaction and discussion in an intimate atmosphere, with limited participant numbers. The many different networking sessions were very popular including our new Poster Spotlights, which allowed selected authors to present their posters to a wider audience.

Feedback from participants

98% of participants would recommend the conference to others

100% satisfaction rating for the quality of the scientific content at the conference

99% praised the networking opportunities as excellent or very good

“Interesting topics presented in an accessible manner. Various perspectives. Well planned program and very nice people.”

“Good and comprehensive scientific program, very good & well prepared talks. Perfect size of the meeting --> good possibilities to interact.”

“Nice meeting, very interesting presentation, very stimulating atmosphere. I also enjoyed the size of the meeting, not too many participants, easy to get in touch with speakers. Wonderful location!”

Meeting Bursary Awards

We were delighted to offer four EACR-Worldwide Cancer Research Bursary Awards and five EFIS-EJI Meeting Bursary Awards to assist members to attend this edition of the conference. Our congratulations go to:

EACR-Worldwide Cancer Research Meeting Bursary winners

Marina Natoli, UK; Jorrit De Waele, Belgium; Eleanor Scott, UK; Flávia Castro, Portugal

EFIS-EJI Meeting Bursary winners

Anna Khokhlova, Russia; Lynda Vuong, UK; Kellie Mouchemore, Australia; Rita Acúrcio, Portugal; Carlos Alberto Fajardo, Spain

Interested in a free registration and funds for travel/accommodation? Our next meeting bursaries available are for the EACR Conference A Matter of Life or Death: From Basic Cell Death Mechanisms to Novel Cancer Treatments || Amsterdam, Netherlands || 1 - 3 February 2018. Apply before 10 November 2017

Poster Prize winners

Finally we would like to send a big congratulations to our two EACR Poster Prize winners, Pedro Veliça (Sweden) and Anne Montfort (France), who were awarded these prizes based on the scientific content and layout of their posters as well as their verbal discussion with the poster judges.

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