Six CLLAN nominees attended the WECAN Academy 2023

July 9, 2023

Under the motto “There is no shortcut to knowledge”, the Workgroup of European Cancer Patient Advocacy Networks (WECAN) organized the 2nd WECAN Academy, a face-to-face training event held in Frankfurt (Germany) from 1-4 July 2023, with the goal of addressing the educational needs of the cancer advocacy community. WECAN is a network of leaders from over 20 cancer patient umbrella organisations active in Europe. The WECAN Academy is THE leading capacity-building event for cancer patient advocates.

Over 100 European patient advocates participated in this year´s WECAN Academy and received comprehensive training in advocacy tools, skills, and various important topics such as healthcare systems, policy and access, research, and data.

The WECAN Academy featured two significant capacity-building programs for patient advocates with a total of 3 tracks and more than 25 sessions:

  • WECAN Smart Start: This program focused on training individuals new to patient advocacy, providing them with the knowledge and skills necessary to initiate and develop national non-profit patient groups.
  • WECAN Masterclass on Patient Advocacy: Designed for experienced patient advocacy leaders, this program offered advanced training to further enhance their advocacy skills and expertise.

WECAN had accepted and hosted six CLL Advocates Network nominees:

We would like to thank our nominees for their proactive contribution and for proudly representing CLLAN!

WECAN Academy 2023 key takeaways:

  • Great WECAN Academy with lots of high caliber presenters and highly motivated attendees
  • Patient Advocate journey got painted clear and executable at local level
  • A variety of tools were presented to make advocacy easier
  • WECAN Academy strengthened the European patient advocate community
  • Lots of ideas for collaboration were identified and will get worked on

LINK to all presentations delivered at the WECAN Academy 2023.
LINK to WECAN Academy 2023 photo album.

For more information about WECAN please visit:

For more information about the WECAN Academy 2023 please visit:

Press Contacts

Nicole Schröter
CLLAN Project Manager
Get in Touch

Get in touch for information about the CLL Advocates Network and membership.

Read more