UNICA4EU recently held an in-person meeting in Brussels in February 2023, which focused on the project’s overall aim of leveraging Artificial Intelligence (AI) to improve outcomes for children with cancer. The meeting built on previous discussions that aimed to answer the challenge of what clinicians and patients need from AI, and how to get there.

The UNICA4EU project is a pilot initiative building on the EU4CHILD project, and by the end of the project, it aims to provide clear, justifiable, and realistic recommendations for all the relevant stakeholders involved in the fight against childhood cancer.

To encourage lively interaction and discussion, the agenda was structured to allow for active participation from all attendees. Lead discussants were allocated to each session based loosely on the work package (WP) and tasks for the project, but there was also room for attendees to express their opinions and lead the discussion if they felt strongly about any specific session.

Each lead discussant was tasked with preparing no more than a 10-minute introduction to promote discussion and facilitate the session. The aim of the meeting was for everyone to define their progress on the relevant activities from their tasks, so the group could see how it all fit together and identify any remaining gaps in knowledge, activities, and engagement.

This was an excellent opportunity for the UNICA4EU consortium to come together and discuss their progress towards their goal of improving outcomes for children with cancer through the use of AI. By fostering active participation and discussion, the meeting allowed the consortium to identify gaps and find ways to work together to fill them.

The future results of the UNICA4EU project have the potential to make a significant impact on the lives of children with cancer and their families. The consortium’s commitment to working together and utilizing the latest technologies is a testament to their dedication and passion for this important cause.