Dear SIOP members and colleagues caring for children with cancer all over the world,

It gives me great pleasure to announce that HRH Princess Dina Mired of Jordan has accepted to be the first official Patron of SIOP.  Princess Dina is the mother of a cancer survivor and a passionate advocate for children and young people with cancer, as well as cancer control more generally. She has just ended her term as President of the UICC and is ready to support us in implementing our new strategy for the years ahead.

We have also completed a wide range of advocacy activities during Childhood Cancer Awareness month in September 2020.

Next week (October 15th) sees the opening of our first ever virtual Annual Congress.  This online format has increased the accessibility of our congress to professionals around the world, with 2,770+ delegates from 119 countries currently registered.

SIOP thanks you for your support in making this new format a success.  We hope you will all participate during the live congress and use the on-line content for local educational activities at home.  Your feedback after the event will be very important in deciding what elements of the virtual format we plan to continue in future in-person meetings.

In this WHO Year of the Nurse and Midwife, I am delighted to announce that the SIOP Nursing Lifetime Achievement award is being given to Rachel Hollis, who has been an inspirational nurse educator and leader and who continues to support nurse training around the world.

Professor Tim Eden is the recipient of this year’s SIOP Lifetime Achievement award. Tim was SIOP president 2004-07 and is well known to many of you for his outstanding efforts in childhood leukaemia and his continued support to childhood cancer twinning programmes in Africa and Asia.

The achievements of both awardees will be celebrated during the Opening Ceremony of the 2020 Congress on 15th October at 09.10am EDT/UTC-4.

We look forward to meeting with you all online at SIOP 2020!


Kathy Pritchard-Jones

SIOP President, and on behalf of the SIOP Board of Directors