Plenary Sessions and Guests of Honor




19:00 – 20:45: Opening Plenary Session (PL01)
Room:   Hall D (Plenary Hall)

  • Welcome Address – Robert Pirker, Austria, Conference President
  • Welcome Address – David Carbone, USA, IASLC President
  • Distinguished Award Winner Presentations – Fred Hirsch, USA, IASLC CEO
  • Performance by the Vienna Boys Choir
  • Keynote Lecture: Is Smoking a Sole Factor in Lung Cancer Development? – Harald zur Hausen, Nobel Laureate, Germany
  • Performance by the Vienna Boys Choir


08:45 – 09:00: Distinguished Lecture (PL02A)
Room:   Hall D (Plenary Hall)
Chairs: Robert Pirker, Austria, David Carbone, USA & Fred Hirsch, USA

  • Welcome Address – Heinz Fischer, Former Federal President of the Republic of Austria (2004-2016)

09:00 – 10:20: Plenary Session (PL02B): Tobacco Control
Room:   Hall D (Plenary Hall)
Chairs: Carolyn Dresler, USA & Peter Goldstraw, UK

  • Implementing Tobacco Control Measures in Uruguay – Tabaré Vázquez, Uruguay
  • Framework Convention on Tobacco Control: Its impact on Global Health – Vera da Costa e Silva, Switzerland
  • Free Trade & Investment Agreement Threatens Public Health – Zarihah Zain, Malaysia
  • Tobacco Control – Luke Clancy, Ireland


08:35 – 10:25: Plenary Session (PL03): Presidential Symposium
Room:   Hall D (Plenary Hall)
Chairs: David Carbone, USA & Robert Pirker, Austria

  • Presidential Address – David Carbone, USA
  • Lung Cancer Staging – Changing the Clinical Practice – Ramon Rami-Porta, Spain
  • TOP 4 Rated Abstracts with Discussants Tetsuya Mitsudomi, Japan, Jacek Jassem, Poland, Fiona Blakhall, UK and David R. Gandara, USA


08:35 – 09:40: Plenary Session (PL04A): Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors in Advanced NSCLC
Room:   Hall D (Plenary Hall)
Chairs: Jean-Charles Soria, France & Caicun Zhou, China

  • Top 4 Immunotherapy Abstracts with Discussant Michael Boyer, Australia

09:45 – 10:15: Plenary Keynote Lecture (PL04B)
Room:   Hall D (Plenary Hall)
Chairs: Fred Hirsch, USA & Robert Pirker, Austria

  • The Role of Doctors in a Globalized World Alfred Gusenbauer, Former Federal Chancellor of the Republic of Austria 

16:00 – 18:00 Closing Plenary Session (PL05): A Life in Thoracic Oncology – Reflections from Giants on Milestones in the Treatment Advances in Lung Cancer
Room: Hall D (Plenary Hall)
Chairs: Paul Bunn, JR, USA & Tony Mok, Hong Kong

– Adi Gazdar, USA
Surgery – Peter Goldstraw, UK
Radio-Oncology – David Ball, Australia
Translational Lung Cancer Research – Nagahiro Saijo, Japan
Chemotherapy – Thierry Le Chevalier, France
Targeted Therapy – Frances Shepherd, Canada
A Wise Man’s Conclusion – Lawrence Einhorn, USA
Welcome to Yokohama for WCLC2017 – Hisao Asamura, Japan
Farewell – Robert Pirker, Austria