Training Courses

WECAN Academy 2019

The WECAN Academy 2019 combined two leading capacity building programmes in patient advocacy:

WECAN Smart Start: Starting and Building a National Non-Profit Patient Group focused on “beginners” in patient advocacy, and the WECAN Masterclass on Patient Advocacy  on experienced patient advocacy leaders.

These two 3-day training programmes were held for 6-9 July 2019 in Frankfurt/Germany to grow the knowledge and skills of about 100 leading patient advocates from Europe in the areas of “Advocacy Tools & Skills”, “Healthcare Systems, Policy and Access” as well as “Research and Data”.

For more information please see the WECAN Academy Website


WECAN Academy 2021

The next WECAN Academy 2021 is planned for 9-12 July 2021. For more information please see


SmartStart is a unique, three-day patient advocates’ educational course during which those who are relatively new to cancer patient support and advocacy will have the opportunity to learn knowledge and tools which will provide the solid foundations for them to create and maintain a national not-for-profit advocacy/support organisation in their own country.

This training course provides

  • the right knowledge to set up a national cancer patient advocacy and/or support group in Europe
  • experienced patient group leaders and other knowledgeable trainers who will share their experiences and best practices with the participants
  • a time-tested, balanced mix of practical advocacy and support “tools” for patient advocates.

The Training Course is organised by SPAEN (previously Das Wissenshaus GmbH Institute of Oncology) on behalf of different intl. Cancer Umbrella Organisations such as CML-Advocates, Europa Uomo, ELPA, IBTA, IKCC, MPNE and SPAEN.


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