It was with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Professor Hans-Peter Wagner in early 2022. Professor Wagner was a founding member of the SIOP Global Health Network (formerly known as SIOP PODC Committee) and our 2017 SIOP Lifetime Achievement Award winner. He was the head of the Paediatric Oncology Department of the University Hospital in Berne, Switzerland until 1995, as well as the creator and long-term president of the Swiss Paediatric Oncology Group (SPOG). He was the founder and president of the Paediatric Bone Marrow Transplantation Foundation, which is now the Berne Foundation for Children and Adolescents with Cancer.  He began his career at a time when children with leukaemia or other paediatric cancers could not be cured.

Professor Wagner was a true pioneer in the field of paediatric oncology and his enthusiasm, drive and passion for his patients and colleagues will be dearly missed by our community. After his professional retirement, he remained very active and present in the SIOP Global Health Network (formerly PODC Committee).

We hope this prize will honour his work and follow his lead in reaching out beyond our own workplaces to collaborate with colleagues in less-resourced settings. This work impacts on the children and adolescents in the 90% of the world who do not enjoy high-income-level cancer care. He was and continues to be an inspiration to us all!

Congratulations to our 2023 Winner!

Venkatraman Radhakrishnan, Cancer Institute (WIA) India


The prize will consist of:

  • coverage of travel expenses*, (return economy airfare between the winner’s professional home city and the meeting venue)
  • coverage of three nights’ hotel costs
  • complimentary registration for the congress
  • free SIOP membership (or extension of current by one more year)

* if we need to change the format of the congress to a virtual meeting , the travel support, free registration and membership will be carried forward to the next in-person congress.

It is expected that the winner will present his or her work at the time of the SIOP Congress. It will not be published in the Abstract Book.


Applicants must be residing in a LIC/LMIC/UMIC, and the work described must have been conducted in a LIC/LMIC/UMIC (according to the World Bank List). There is no applicant age restriction for this prize. The applicant’s head of department must certify both of these points in the recommendation letter.



The article should be sent together with a full CV including recent publications by the applicant, and a cover letter from the applicant’s mentor via e-mail to:

info@siop-online.org before March 22 , 2023 (12 midnight CET; same as abstract submission deadline)

An abstract describing the same work must be submitted to the SIOP 2023 Ottawa, Canada, congress via the official congress abstract online submission – click here to submit abstract

Questions? Please contact our SIOP Office at info@siop-online

from left to right: Dr Eric Bouffet (SIOP past president) & Prof Hans Peter Wagner receiving the SIOP Lifetime Achievement Award at the SIOP Annual Congress 2017 in Washington, D.C.

Prof Hans-Peter Wagner attending the SIOP Global Health Annual Business Meeting (January 2022)