Summer School in Lyon

Training Courses – Summer School 2017

Please note that there is exceptionally no IARC Summer School in 2018. The Summer School 2019 will be announced in November 2018.

The aim of the IARC Summer School is to stimulate research in cancer epidemiology and cancer prevention by improving scientific knowledge and developing skills among researchers worldwide. Special attention is given to countries where resources for the control of chronic diseases in general and cancer in particular are limited. By helping to develop local expertise and by strengthening research institutions through international collaborations, IARC aims to enhance cancer prevention.

Target participants

Ideal candidates are epidemiologists, statisticians, physicians and oncologists, public health specialists and others with a direct interest in working in cancer epidemiology, registration and activities related to cancer control particularly in low- and medium-resource countries. The programme aims to provide training for personnel at all levels of experience, leaders in research as well as supporting workers. Participants will be accepted from any institution or group involved in cancer monitoring, in the evaluation of care practices and preventive interventions, or in etiological research.

Equipment and material

Participants will be provided with manuals and textbooks, personal computers and software as required during the course.
Practical sessions and demonstration exercises will make use of widely available software (i.e. Canreg5). IARC is committed to assisting participants with obtaining such software for use in their home institute.


The Summer School is organized in modules.

All lectures are complemented with practical sessions and group work.

In 2017, three modules were held from 19 June to 7 July. The first week (19-23 June), two modules (1a -Cancer Survival Methods for Cancer Registries and 1b: Implementing Cancer Prevention and Early Detection) ran in parallel and the third module (Introduction to Cancer Epidemiology) lasted two weeks starting on 26 June.

Participation requirements

The regular modules are open to cancer registry staff, health workers, health-related professionals and post-graduate students interested in initiating or pursuing work on cancer epidemiology, canecr control activities and related disciplines. Priority is given to applicants from countries in greatest need of developing human resources in this areas.

All participants must be fluent in English, the working language of the course.
Participants may take one or two modules and may return in different years to take different modules.
Please note that this is an intensive course with homework assignments during the Modules and also prior to the Modules. The daily schedule is 09:00 to 18:00. Training material along with pre-course recommended reading and assignments will be shared and communicated to participants through a dedicated space on the IARC learning platform. A good internet connection is required to access the learning space before the Summer School starts.
Prior to the start of Module 2 participants may wish to familiarize themselves with the course text book, Cancer Epidemiology: Principles and Methods, edited by I. Dos Santos Silva, available in pdf format at

We do not insist that participants have qualifications in statistics, but some experience would be beneficial to take full advantage of the course. Experience with STATA software would also be useful.

Course Certificate and Assessment

Participants are expected to be present throughout the full duration of the course. Upon completion of the course, each participant will receive a certificate of participation provided that all sessions have been attended. There is no formal examination.


Course Fee: Participants based in the low, lower-middle and upper-middle income countries listed here are exempt from a course fee. For participants from high-income countries there is a fee of 500 Euros for one module and 600 Euros for two modules which includes course materials and tea/coffee at each break. The deadline for payment of the fee is 30 May 2017.

Participants are responsible for the cost of travel and accommodation. Financial support for travel and accommodation is available for a limited number of participants from low- and medium-resource countries. Selected participants from low-resource countries would be offered travel and living expenses whereas those from medium-resources countries would be offered living expenses only and would have to find other financial support for their travel.


Lecturers will be a combination of IARC scientists and external invited specialists.

Visa and accommodation

Participants are responsible for obtaining a visa to France, if required. IARC will provide them with an invitation letter to facilitate this process. IARC will assist participants in arranging accommodation in student-type residences in Lyon at preferential rates.

Application procedure

(1) Make sure that a support letter on headed paper is completed and signed by your supervisor prior to completing the application form. Applications will not be considered if this support letter is not provided. (2) Complete the online application form in English. Answer each question. All relevant information should be included in the application form.

 IARC Courses Programme
 International Agency for Research on Cancer
 150 cours Albert Thomas
 F-69008 Lyon
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