Dear friends andHeather Danysh colleagues,

Since it’s inception in 2014, the SIOP Young Investigator NETwork (YI-NET) has grown substantially within the society, with new members and expanding projects. We are very happy to announce new additions to the YI-NET Board: Jess Morgan, MD (United Kingdom) and Liliana Vasquez, MD (Peru).

The SIOP Young Investigator NETwork (YI-NET) Educational Day program will be held on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at the annual SIOP congress in Washington DC. Building on the successes of the past two years, this year’s Educational Day has many great sessions planned, including sessions on career building, mentorship, international collaboration and scientific writing. The day will include a Meet-the-Expert lunch, giving young investigators the opportunity to have lunch with an expert from one of various research areas. New this year, the Educational Day program will include a choice of interactive workshops where YIs can develop their methodological skills, either in their own area or through branching out into something new! Please stayed tuned for the detailed YI-NET Educational Day program.

Also during the annual congress in Washington DC, we will be holding the 3rd annual Junior Investigator Collaborative Event on Thursday, October 12th, following the Educational Day sessions and the congress Opening Ceremony. The event will be held at a local venue and will provide an opportunity for networking among junior and senior investigators. The details of the event will be announced shortly.

In addition to the YI events to take place during the annual congress, the SIOP YI-NET is launching several new exciting projects! In February, we launched a new platform for young investigators to share their experiences in paediatric oncology: the SIOP YI-NET blog. In this weekly blog, YI members post about work and private life issues they face as researchers and clinicians in pediatric oncology. The posts are written by YIs from a range of different backgrounds (epidemiologists, clinicians, basic scientists, etc.) and countries, including low- and middle-income countries. Discussion topics so far have included: “Mentoring opportunities”, “Great apps for a PhD student”, “Erasmus+: Not just for Students!”, “Time management as a PhD student” and “SIOP YI 2016 in Dublin – A Breath of Fresh Air!”. Future posts are planned on topics including using social media and conducting research in developing countries. Keep an eye out for new posts, and please comment and share with your colleagues! Only with your help can we build an international online platform for networking and collaboration in pediatric oncology!

We are also happy to announce another new project: the SIOP YI-NET mentorship program! Through the mentorship program we will connect YIs to more established SIOP researchers also working in pediatric oncology. The purpose of this program is to develop and grow YIs working in pediatric oncology and to provide an opportunity for more experienced researchers to share their experiences and insight with junior scientists and clinicians. In 2017 we will start with the pilot phase of this project in western Europe and Latin America. After the pilot phase we plan to develop this project into a global mentorship program. To make this project successful need we need dedicated mentors. So please contact us if you are interested in mentoring talented future colleagues!

Please follow the SIOP YI-NET on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn to be keep up on the activities of SIOP and the SIOP YI-NET, important scientific information, training opportunities, the latest relevant papers published by SIOP YIs, to be alerted of new blog posts, and, finally, to increase childhood cancer awareness by building a SIOP YI community.

We’re looking forward to meeting with old friends and making new ones at SIOP 2017 in Washington DC – see you there!

Heather Danysh on behalf of the SIOP Young Investigator Group