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

180 participants from 28 countries gathered in Barcelona from 11-13 March 2019 for the second EACR Conference Defence is the Best Attack: Immuno-Oncology Breakthroughs, held at La Pedrera, Gaudí’s famous building in the centre of Barcelona. We were lucky to be able to offer participants a limited number of free tickets for tours of this extraordinary building.

La Pedrera
The venue, La Pedrera

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success, with participants praising the quality of the speakers, breadth of the scientific programme and amount of unpublished work presented.

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 Poster Spotlights, which allowed selected authors to present their posters to a wider audience.

Feedback from participants

96% of participants would recommend the conference to others

98% satisfaction rating for the quality of the scientific content at the conference

Laurence Zitvogel
Closing Keynote Lecture by Laurence Zitvogel

“It was a very interesting conference where a huge variety of hot immuno-oncology concepts were presented and discussed, from the basic research to the clinical practice.”

“The conference had a great atmosphere; it was intimate with good opportunities to talk to all participants including principal investigators.”

“High quality speakers, great atmosphere, very good organisation, lots of unpublished data presented.”

Meeting Bursary Awards

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

Valeria Quaranta
Valeria Quaranta, who won both a Meeting Bursary and a Poster Prize
EACR-Worldwide Cancer Research Meeting Bursary winners
  • Marit Martina Melssen, USA
  • Valeria Quaranta, UK
  • Jonas Van Audenaerde, Belgium
EFIS-EJI Meeting Bursary winners
  • Yotam Bar-Ephraïm, Netherlands
  • Jitske van den Bulk, Netherlands

Thank you to both Worldwide Cancer Research and EFIS-EJI for contributing to the bursaries to allow early-career researchers to attend.

Poster Prize winners

Finally we would like to send a big congratulations to our two EACR Poster Prize winners, Valeria Quaranta, Liverpool University, UK and Natasja de Vries, Medical University of Innsbruck, Austria, 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.

Facebook gallery

A gallery of images from the conference is available on the EACR official Facebook page. Click here to access the gallery. 

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Defence is the Best Attack: Immuno-Oncology Breakthroughs
15 – 17 February 2021 | Barcelona, Spain