The European Commission has organised a series of 3 invitation-only online workshops for consortium members of EU-funded projects and initiatives on data-driven approaches in Cancer Research and data infrastructures relevant to cancer:
- First workshop: Introduction and landscaping of data-driven projects in cancer, October 26th, 2023.
- Second workshop: Discussion on cancer data topics requiring coordination & support, on November 15th, 2023.
- Third Workshop: Reflection on future collaboration and support actions, on December 5th, 2023.
The overall aim of the workshops is for the participating projects to explore synergies among the different actions and contribute to a policy dialogue with the EC services. The workshops specific objectives are the following:
- take stock of available resources (data, tools, methodologies and services) from participating projects and initiatives;
- identify synergies, complementarities, and potential collaboration areas;
- identify common gap areas relating to available data types, harmonised ontologies, federation architecture, governance, secure and controlled access mechanisms etc.;
- decide on common priority areas for enhanced collaboration, and/or ned of additional support;
- tentatively explore how above issues can concretely be acted upon by project consortia, with the support of respective EU services as needed;
- establish a dialogue between projects and with Commission services;
- communicate EU policy priorities and clarify concepts, e.g. concerning the on-going.
The iToBoS project was selected between 38 projects and infrastructures related to data-driven cancer solutions.
In the first workshop: Introduction and landscaping of data-driven projects in cancer, that took place on October 26th, have attended the Prof. Rafael Garcia, as iToBoS Project Coordinator (University of Girona), Dr. Josep Malvehy (Hospital Clinic of Barcelona) and Dr. Sebastian Lapuschkin (Fraunhofer Institute), as project partners.
In the workshop, the EC services have given the welcome to the participants and have introduced the European Commission policies and priorities: Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan (EBCP), European Health Data Space (EHDS), Cancer Mission, Patient Digital Centre, Research Infrastructures and European Open Science Cloud, 1+MG Initiative and European Cancer Imaging Initiative and Knowledge Centre on Cancer.
Next, the project’s pitch presentations of the invited projects took place, in total 14 projects and infrastructures were presented.
Later, the group had an open discussion in which the participants completed the landscaping and agreement on three topics for in-dept discussion in the second workshop.
Finally, the EC services closed the workshop informing about the next steps.