Press Information

Welcome to the ESMO 20th World Congress on Gastrointestinal Cancer, the premier global congress on GI malignancies taking place from 20–23 June 2018 at the International Convention Center of Barcelona (Centre de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona) in Barcelona, Spain. The Congress is developed and managed by Imedex, an HMP Company.

As a member of the press, you will have the opportunity to interact with some of the world’s leading authorities in the study and treatment of gastrointestinal cancers. More than 70 leading specialists from a range of disciplines will participate in the scientific program. Their presentations will provide delegates with information on the latest developments in basic and clinical research throughout the meeting, and their report on the expert discussion will bring the Congress to a close.

Abstracts for the ESMO 20th World Congress on Gastrointestinal Cancer will be available online 20 June 2018 as a supplement of Annals of Oncology. Accepted abstracts will also be distributed onsite at the Congress.

Press Registration

A Press badge will be granted to journalists employed by recognized news organizations for the purpose of editorial coverage. Representatives from qualified media outlets must represent editorial staff, not the advertising or marketing staff.

Members of the press can register at this link.

Journalists are required to submit appropriate media credentials as part of their registration application, including:

  • Copy of a current press identification card or business card from an established and recognized publication containing the editorial title, and a letter of assignment from the media organization being represented.
  • Freelance journalists are required to submit two bylined medical/health/science articles published within the last six months, or coverage from the previous year’s meeting (if applicable), and a copy of the publication.

Registered media are not eligible for continuing education credit.

Please Note: Non-editorial personnel, exhibitors, and marketing, public relations, or advertising/sales representatives are not eligible for media credentials and do not have access to the press room. They must register through the World Congress on Gastrointestinal Cancer registration system and pay the Congress registration fee.

Media who have pre-registered may pick up their press credentials and media kit in the general attendee registration area during normal registration hours.

Onsite Press Resources


The Press Room will be located in the International Conventional Center of Barcelona (CCIB). [Note: the exact location and hours will be made available in the spring.]

Press room facilities include a media-only work area with internet access. Congress materials, scientific highlights, information on Congress representatives, and general information on gastrointestinal cancers will be available.


A room for conducting interviews will be available (TBA). Press conferences are not allowed in the media room. Interviews are allowed. The media room is available only to approved media with press credentials and their guests.


Among the specialists available for interviews are the Co-Chairs of the Congress—Mario Dicato, MD, of the Luxembourg Medical Center in Luxembourg; Eric Van Cutsem, MD, PhD, of the University Hospital Gasthuisberg in Leuven, Belgium; and Josep Tabernero, MD, of Vall’dHebron University Hospital in Barcelona.

Please contact us as soon as possible if you are interested in speaking with the presenters of the studies or independent international experts in GI cancers, including the Congress faculty and chairs. A list of press contacts available onsite during the meeting will be posted here in the spring.


Accredited members of the press have free access to all scientific sessions and symposia. Press registration does not include access to the Exhibit Hall. Registered press will receive a complete Congress bag. Social events are also not included with press registration.


No daily press briefings are scheduled.


Video recording of the scientific sessions, including general sessions, satellite symposia, oral presentations, or poster presentations, is strictly prohibited without written authorization from Imedex. Recording inside the Exhibit Hall is also prohibited.

Non-flash photography and audio recording using hand-held equipment of scientific and educational sessions is allowed for personal, press-related, and non-commercial use only, provided it is not disruptive.


All abstracts will be made available online on Tuesday, 20 June 2018 at 8:00 local Barcelona time.

Abstracts selected by the Scientific Committee for presentation as part of the agenda for the ESMO 20th World Congress on Gastrointestinal Cancer (designated with an O or LB before their number) are embargoed until the end of the scientific session during which they are presented.

Companies planning to distribute a press release containing embargoed information must ensure that the release clearly displays the embargo date and time. The company issuing the release assumes responsibility for ensuring embargoed releases are only distributed to reporters who will abide by the Congress embargo policy.

All press releases should be shared with the Congress Organizer, Imedex, at least 7 days before release. Please forward all press releases to Kelly McCurdy, Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations, via email at


Media must agree that information gathered at the ESMO 20th World Congress on Gastrointestinal Cancer will not be used in the development of any continuing medical education materials or programs.

Media may not distribute promotional materials of any kind unless they are also a registered exhibitor and have a booth on the Exhibition Floor, and distribution may only occur within the exhibit booth.

Guidelines for Industry/Supporters

Industry/Supporter Press Conferences

Press briefings by industry/supporters will be allowed at the ESMO 20th World Congress on Gastrointestinal Cancer. In order to avoid any competing activities that could deter a significant number of attendees/faculty from participating in the program, the following policies will apply.

  1. They must be narrowly targeted (i.e., less than 30 people in attendance).
  2. They may not otherwise interfere with the ESMO 20th World Congress on Gastrointestinal Cancer activities (i.e., noise, large camera crews, etc.) and must conform to Congress Ancillary meeting policies. The Ancillary Meeting Manual can be found here.
  3. They may not be held in the designated Press Room or Media Room at the Convention Center, but they may be held in a separate room or offsite.
  4. Imedex must be notified of the time and location of the briefing in advance of the event.

Press briefings may be held during blackout times if the above guidelines are met. Other timeslots will be considered if the same guidelines will be met.

If you are interested in arranging space for a press conference, please view Ancillary Meeting Manual.

General Congress Information

For more information on ESMO 20th World Congress on Gastrointestinal Cancer, please visit the meeting website.