EBCP Belgian Mirror Group : Thematic Working Groups

The Belgian EBCP mirror group initiation will work through the establishment of different Thematic Working Groups, as explained in the concept note available on this website. In these Thematic Working Groups (TWGs), we will develop all content around particular topics. This is an opportunity for all the relevant stakeholders in Belgium to contribute more actively in shaping the activities that will take place as part of the Belgian EBCP Mirror Group.

The Thematic Working Groups serve in an advisory capacity by identifying the European Commission’s proposals most relevant to address cancer needs and challenges in Belgium, and also by proposing relevant topics to include in future EU calls. Whereas some calls will be more a prerogative at federal level (i.e. Joint Actions are direct grants to EU-MS national competent authorities), others will be more relevant for research centres and agencies that concentrate expertise in specific domains (i.e. Action grants). The TWGs will work with  'one-pagers' to summarize information on the calls, and a set of key performance indicators will be developed. Several stakeholders have expressed interest in joining the different TWGs. The launch of TWG activities is planned in the beginning of 2022.

A standardized workflow will be deployed starting with the launch of Thematic Working Groups (TWGs). The following TWGs have been proposed (some of these TWGs are transversal issues that will be linked with the other groups):

  1.     Prevention
  2.     Early detection and Screening
  3.     Diagnosis and Treatment
  4.     Care and Care organisation (including palliative and psycho-social care)
  5.     Rehabilitation and socio-professional integration
  6.     Patient and citizen engagement
  7.     Quality of life
  8.     Paediatrics cancers
  9.     Artificial intelligence
  10.   Cancer research

In these Thematic Working Groups we look forward to the participation of health care providers, researchers, academics, health policy planners and regulators, as well as representatives of professionals societies and patients...

Therefore, if you are interested, please let us know which TWG you would like to join.

In order to express your interest, and have your voice heard on these topics, we kindly ask you to complete this online registration form.

We estimate that the Thematic Working Groups will be meeting about once a month, depending on the identified needs and opportunities. Preferably, we will organise face-to-face meetings at the premises of Sciensano at Eurostation in Brussels (in front of Brussels-South train station where we also have car parking facilities). Otherwise the meetings will be held online.