About the Education and Training Programme

Since 1967, IARC's Education and Training Programme has made a substantial contribution to the development of cancer research in many countries through the training of cancer researchers in areas of the Agency's competence. This has, in turn, contributed to the shaping of the Agency's research strategy and to widening its network of collaborators; it has also promoted and enhanced IARC's reputation and standing worldwide as an international organization.

The Education and Training Programme was restructured in 2005, with the goal of ensuring that IARC's resources were devoted to providing a unique contribution to training in cancer research. As a result, IARC Fellowships have been uniquely tenable at the Agency since 2005, and target scientists from low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) or those with research projects relevant to these countries. Previously, the Agency's resources were primarily focused on one Summer School on Cancer Epidemiology held every year at IARC. Increasingly however, Groups in the Agency have organized courses specific to their research programmes, mainly using extra-budgetary funding.

Recognizing the importance of education and training activities as part of the Agency's mission, the Education and Training Group (ETR) was established as a distinct structure within the Director's Office. The mission of ETR is to coordinate the various IARC training initiatives and promote them both internally and externally.