22nd Annual Scientist↔Survivor Program at the Annual Meeting

Turning Science into Lifesaving Care

April 24-29, 2020 
San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, California

Now accepting applications for Scientist↔Survivor Program at the Annual Meeting
Application deadline: Dec. 16, 2019

The AACR Annual Meeting highlights the best cancer science and medicine from institutions all over the world. Attendees are invited to stretch their boundaries, form collaborations, attend sessions outside their own areas of expertise, and learn how to apply exciting new concepts, tools, and techniques to their own research. 

About the Scientist↔Survivor Program at the Annual Meeting

Survivor and patient advocates who participate in the Scientist↔Survivor Program at the annual meeting will:

  • Attend special lectures about cancer research that are tailored to a lay audience;
  • Discuss relevant and timely cancer topics during small group meetings, roundtable discussions and meetings with scientific mentors;
  • Explore the scientific sessions of the annual meeting on their own or with scientific mentors or other advocates;
  • Communicate to scientists the key issues, questions and concerns of the survivor and patient advocacy communities;
  • Create and promote their (organizations') mission by participating in the poster sessions; and
  • Network with scientists and fellow advocates from local, national, and international cancer organizations.


Scientist↔Survivor Program participants are accepted by competitive application. Survivor and patient advocates are encouraged to apply if they:

  • Actively support cancer research through policy advocacy, research advocacy, and/or community outreach;
  • Have a constituency with which they will share the knowledge they gain through the program;
  • Have access to avenues for disseminating the knowledge gained from the program to colleagues and/or constituents;
  • Are able to present an advocate poster during a poster session;
  • Are able to participate in all components of the four-day program. 

The AACR covers travel and lodging for accepted participants during the program. Participants are responsible for any incidental expenses, including tips, meals outside the program, phone, laundry, baggage fees, poster costs, and rental cars.

(Participants who do not adhere to the above requirements will not receive a certificate of completion and will be asked to reimburse the cost of registration, hotel, and travel.)


All applications must be submitted online. A letter of recomendation and poster description is required for a complete application. The application deadline is Dec. 16, 2019. 

If you have never participated in the Scientist↔Survivor Program Applications, please complete the New Applicant application.

If you have participated in the Scientist↔Survivor Program, please complete the Past Participant application.

If you have participated in the Scientist↔Survivor Program twice at the Annual Meeting, please complete the Advocate Mentor application.

Advocates may only participate in the Scientist↔Survivor Program at Annual Meeting twice. Current cancer clinicians and researchers (including post-docs) cannot apply to participate in the program as an advocate.

If interested in attending the AACR Annual Meeting outside of the Scientist↔Survivor Program, please contact for discounted advocate registration rates.


The AACR is thankful to its supporters of the ​Scientist↔Survivor Program.

If you or your organization would like to become a sponsor of the AACR's Scientist↔Survivor Program, please contact Peter VanPelt, AACR Foundation, at 1-215-446-7256.

Contact Information

Survivor and Patient Advocacy Program
American Association for Cancer Research
615 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Fax: 215-446-7262