16 – 18 oct 2024
Lisbon, Portugal

This year’s edition aims to bring together a diverse range of researchers to explore fundamental aspects of cancer initiation and progression within the organism's broader context.

A main focus of the symposium will be the multidimensional interplay of tumour cells with different components of the local microenvironment, including diverse subsets of immune cells, the vasculature, neurons and stromal cells. Furthermore, #CRSy24 will address the long-range impacts of the microbiome on cancer development and vice versa, how cancer impacts systemic metabolism and overall physiology. The symposium is also expected to highlight new avenues opened up through the advancement of new technologies, including genome engineering, spectral flow cytometry, spatial and single cell omics. Its ultimate goal is to deepen our understanding of cancer-host interactions, and to identify new avenues for research, collaboration and application.
#CRSy24 will take the form of a single-track scientific meeting with internationally renowned speakers, talks selected from abstracts and 2 poster sessions, among other networking and social activities.

During three eventful days, the symposium will provide a forum for a broader community of basic researchers, clinicians, technology entrepreneurs and patient advocates to discuss emerging themes in the field of cancer biology that are expected to shape future directions of cancer therapies.

The Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown in Lisbon, Portugal, is expected to receive participants from all over the world at a venue with unique and remarkable features that we are certain will foster a lively and stimulating scientific meeting.

The Symposium Chairs,

Ana Luísa Correia
Carlos Minutti
Klaas van Gisbergen

meet the speakers and editors

keynote speakers

invited speakers

invited editors

selected speakers

Submit your abstract until 19 July and apply for a selected talk


The Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, inaugurated on 5 October 2010, enriches the historic riverside of Belém, adjacent to the iconic Tower of Belém. This area holds significant historical value as the starting point for Portuguese explorers who ventured into the "unknown" during the 15th and 16th centuries. Today, the Centre bridges this legacy with contemporary scientific endeavors, fostering an atmosphere conducive to cutting-edge multidisciplinary research in biomedicine. Its modern architecture and functional design provide an optimal environment for scholars, researchers, and healthcare professionals from Portugal and beyond to pursue excellence and tangible outcomes.

The Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown is a state-of-the-art facility for science, medicine, technology and public use.

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