What is a SIOP YI?

We are often asked “what is a Young Investigator?”. This has now been clarified within our terms of reference and we are happy to confirm that a young investigator is any SIOP member or associate member under the age of 40 years*, from any clinical or academic background, and no postgraduate qualifications are necessary (*if the potential YI is able to demonstrate that they have been away from the field, for example, for a career break, carers or parental leave or long-term sick leave, this will be taken into account when considering the upper age limit).

SIOP YI Educational Day

The SIOP Young Investigator (YI) Educational Day will be held on Wednesday 23rd October 2019, ahead of this year’s SIOP congress in Lyon. Building on the successes of the past four years, the committee are excited to highlight this year’s programme: The morning will consist of talks on “How I built a successful research career – learning from my failures” and “how to give a successful academic interview”, followed by a joint session with the PODC and Nurses group on mentorship. Our very popular Expert Lunch returns, where 90 lucky YIs will have the opportunity to dine and converse with some of the greatest clinicians and researchers from specialities including brain tumours, soft tissue sarcoma, palliative care, psycho-oncology and leukaemia.

In the afternoon we have talks on: “Peer Review” and “Predatory journals and the pressure to publish”, “Ethical aspects of trials- lessons learned from Precision Medicine”, “Harnessing YI contributions to the WHO initiative” and “Five years of the Collaborative Wilms Tumour Africa Project – Mission, Vision and Lessons Learned”. These sessions will be interactive and informative, aiming to prepare YIs for the rest of the congress and for their future careers. We’re looking forward to meeting with old friends and making new ones in Lyon – see you there!!”