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Scientist↔Survivor Program®: Annual Meeting

Discovery Science Driving Clinical Breakthroughs

The health and safety of AACR Annual Meeting attendees, as well as the patients and communities they serve, remain the AACR’s highest priorities. Therefore, the AACR will be requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination for all attendees.

Details on the vaccination verification process will be provided for accepted participants.

The AACR Annual Meeting is the focal point of the cancer research community, where scientists, clinicians, other health care professionals, survivors, patients, and advocates gather to share the latest advances in cancer science and medicine. From population science and prevention; to cancer biology, translational, and clinical studies; to survivorship and advocacy; the AACR Annual Meeting highlights the work of the best minds in cancer research from institutions all over the world

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.

(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.)


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

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

If you have participated in the Scientist↔Survivor Program® at least twice at the Annual Meeting, you are eligible to apply as an advocate mentor. Please complete the Advocate Mentor Application.

The deadline for all applications is Friday, December 17, 2021.

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 [email protected] 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 [email protected]

Contact Information

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