World Cancer Day 4 February 2020

Join us in Sydney on World Cancer Day as we celebrate cancer survivors over two special events. Scientists, clinicians and members of the community will come together for breakfast and to hear how we are taking action to create a world without cancer through collaborative research. Then a group of cancer survivors will climb the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge. In the afternoon, we will profile researchers and health professionals who have dedicated their careers to improving the lives of those touched by cancer.

Event Schedule

  • Event One

    Bridgeclimb Breakfast

    Tuesday 4 February 2020
    7:30am Bridge Climb

  • Event Two


    Tuesday 4 February 2020
    Sydney Opera House

Featured speakers

  • Prof Afaf Girgis

    Prof Afaf Girgis

    Director, Psycho-oncology Research Group, Centre for Oncology Education and Research Translation (CONCERT), Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research, UNSW Sydney Conjoint Professor, Western Sydney University, University of Queensland and Griffith University

  • Prof Michael Barton

    Prof Michael Barton

    Lead, Cancer Clinical Academic Group, Maridulu Budyari Gumal - Sydney Partnership for Health Education Research & Enterprise (SPHERE) Scientia Professor and Cancer Research Theme Principal, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW Sydney Clinical Academic Specialist, Radiation Oncology, Liverpool Cancer Therapy Centre

  • Dr Ben Smith

    Dr Ben Smith

    Translational Research Fellow, Centre for Oncology Education and Research Translation (CONCERT), Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research Conjoint, UNSW Sydney

  • Prof David Thomas

    Prof David Thomas

    Head, Cancer Division, Garvan Institute of Medical Research Director, The Kinghorn Cancer Centre CEO, Australian Genomic Cancer Medicine Conjoint Professor, UNSW Sydney

See All Speakers


Thanks to research, cancer outcomes have improved enormously over the last 30 years. There are now many cancer survivors living with the long-term effects of their disease, needing therapy and support. We are transforming cancer detection, treatment and survivorship through research, using our strengths and expertise to make a difference. On World Cancer Day, we are celebrating cancer survivors and showing how our research is making the outlook brighter into the future.

Contact our team by email:


All Partners

Venue info

Brought to you by:

We are Maridulu Budyari Gumal, the Sydney Partnership for Health, Education, Research and Enterprise (SPHERE). Fourteen leading organisations on a mission to come together to solve this century’s biggest health challenges and move healthcare into the future.

Our Cancer Clinical Academic Group is uniting cancer research into a globally-leading partnership to deliver continuing evidence-based practice in diagnosis, intervention and support.

Learn More

In Partnership With:

Unable to load Tweets

We acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, whose lands we live andwork on. We uphold your culture and connection to community, land and water. We honour your elders, today and yesterday, and will look to them to inspire a better tomorrow.