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Summer School in Lyon

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 cancer registry staff, epidemiologists, statisticians, physicians and oncologists, public health specialists, post-graduate students 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. 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. 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.


The Summer School is organized in modules: the traditional “Introduction to Cancer Epidemiology”, a module on Cancer Registration, generally covering an advanced topic in that field and a module entitled “Implementing Cancer Prevention and Early Detection”.

The programme is published with the call for applications. Participants may take one or two modules and may return in different years to take different modules.

All lectures are complemented with practical sessions and group work. 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 eLearning platform.

The IARC Summer School is held every two years in IARC. The next Summer School will be held in June-July 2021.

Details regarding costs, practical aspects and applications procedure are provided within each call.

More detailed information is available from:
IARC Courses Programme
International Agency for Research on Cancer
150 cours Albert-Thomas, 69372 Lyon Cedex 08, France
Tel: +33 4 72 73 80 72; e-mail:

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