The main task of the Scientific Committee (SC) is to organise the scientific programme of the annual SIOP congress.

SIOP 2024

October 17-20, 2024, Hawaii Convention Center, Honolulu, USA

Committee Members

Asim Belgaumi


Representative Hematology Oncology

Marilyn Hockenberry

Representative Nursing Group

Anita Mahajan

Representative Radiation Oncology Group

Wade Kyono

Chairman Local Organising Committee SIOP 2024, Honolulu, USA

Jonathan Karpelowsky

Representative Surgical Oncology Group

Lorena Baroni

Representative Hematology Oncology

Lamia Barakat

Representative Paediatric Psycho Oncology

Luisa Basset

CCI Representative

Monica Cypriano

Representative Solid Tumours

Marianne van de Wetering

Representative Supportive Care

Suzanne Turner

Representative Translational


The main task of the Scientific Committee (SC) is to organise all aspects of the scientific program of the annual SIOP meeting in liaison with the Secretariat and to provide independent scientific advice.

  • Responsible for scientific program of annual SIOP meeting as described below
  • Decide on format, program, plenaries, breakout sessions, invited speakers
  • Review abstracts submitted for annual conference and ensure that those selected are of high quality and reflect innovation and diversity in the field of paediatric oncology and posters
  • Work closely with secretariat and ensure coordination with LOC



The SIOP Scientific Programme Advisory WG (former Scientific Programme Advisory Committee “SPAC”) has been founded in 2008 and consists of experts in specific fields of paediatric oncology.

The WG plays a vital role in creating the program for our annual congress. WG members suggest topics for Keynotes, Symposia, and Meet the Expert Sessions at the Congress and review and score submitted abstracts to help the Scientific Committee (SC) select abstracts for oral and poster presentation.


A Scientifi Programme Advisory WG member is expected to fulfill the following criteria:

  • WG members are expected to be internationally recognized experts in their field with appropriate clinical, translational and basic research accomplishments and publications
  • Show commitment and be in a position to sustain reliable communication (especially e-mail) with the SIOP Office and congress teams especially during the abstract review period which takes place early April of the congress year
  • Be an active member of the society


Benefits of being a WG member:

  • WG members are eligible to register for the annual meeting with the Early-Bird-Rate after the deadline
  • All WG members are invited to a networking reception during the annual meeting to hear feedback and enjoy a good company


The Scientific Programme Advisory WG members will rotate every 3 years in order to refresh ideas and people and to increase the number of experts involved in SIOP, in order to continuously renew and, thus, improve the quality of the scientific programme.

The fields are as follows:

Disease Orientated

    •  Haematology
      • Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia
      • Myeloid Leukemias, Myelodysplastic and Myeloproliferative Syndromes
      • Lymphomas
      • Stem Cell Transplantation
    • Solid Non Brain Tumours 
      • Neuroblastoma
      • Renal Tumours
      • Bone Tumours
      • Soft Tissue Sarcomas
      • Retinoblastoma
      • Liver Tumours
      • Germ Cell Tumours
      • Rare Tumours and Histiocytosis
    • Brain Tumours


    • Treatment and Care
      • Surgery (IPSO)
      • Radiation Oncology (PROS)
      • New Drugs/Experimental Therapeutics
      • Supportive Care
      • Palliative Care
      • Psychosocial (PPO)
      • Nursing
      • Tumour Biology, Immunology and Immunotherapy
    • Epidemiology
    • Policy and Advocacy
    • Survivorship
    • Childhood Cancer International (CCI)

2024 Scientific Program Advisory Working Group

Coming soon!