The SIOG National Representatives (NRs) Commitee is one of strategic bodies of SIOG, with an important role in linking SIOG’s core with members, institutions and experts around the globe.

As SIOG spokespersons in their respective countries, our National Representatives act as ambassadors of SIOG’s mission, sharing the same values and pursuing the same objectives, in the joint effort to promote progress and innovation in geriatric oncology. They work closely with the SIOG head office to handle various topics of importance at the local and international level. The members of the SIOG NR play a critical role in ensuring that the national priorities are respected, that SIOG’s activities stimulates human resource development with the respective national contexts.

With guidance from the member of the SIOG NR on the design, facilitations and evaluation of its activities and impact, SIOG ensures an integrative approach in the implementation of its activities worldwide.

Why become a National Representative (NR)?

SIOG’s approach is rooted in the highest level of ethics of collaboration and partnership. Recognising the importance of national contexts and priorities, SIOG aligns its activities to national capacities and resources as well as local medical and clinical practices.

In the recent report on ageing and health, the World Health Organisation has called for action on ‘population ageing’. This engagement needs to be contextualised with the societal frameworks relevant to each country. Advocacy for more visibility of geriatric oncology as a specialty and encouraging cooperation between geriatricians and oncologists, as well as with other disciplines, are of utmost importance.

Establishing close collaborations with health authorities and developing concrete measures for a better recognition of cancer care in the elderly through the strengthening of human resources for health (HRH) are achievable goals. SIOG NRs are key actors in raising awareness to improvements made in their countries taking specificities of each health system into account.

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You may have noticed that your own country has no appointed NR yet. If you are interested in this position, please contact the Chair of the Membership and National Representatives Committee, Dr. Raul Cordoba, at

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National Representatives 2020-2022