WECAN Academy 2020/2021

The WECAN Academy is a training program for leading patient advocates from Europe. In 2020/2021 the Academy comprised of a virtual training series and combined two programs- WECAN Smartstart and Masterclass.


The WECAN Academy is a training program for leading patient advocates from Europe. The program was conducted for the first time in 2019 with great success. Visit the WECAN Academy 2019 to learn more about the program.

In June 2020, WECAN planned to again host the WECAN Academy. Due to the COVID Pandemic, we have had to postpone the 2020 WECAN Academy from June 2020 to January 2021, then again to July 2021. Ultimately, we have had to cancel the four-day face-to-face training out of concern for our participants and speakers who are mainly cancer patient themselves. To bridge the long gap for the patient advocates since the WECAN Academy 2019, WECAN transformed the WECAN Academy into a virtual training series.

From December 2020 into July 2022, WECAN hosted a series of monthly webinars on the topics otherwise covered in the WECAN Academy in person event.

Course Program

The WECAN Academy 2020/2021 program included virtual trainings from in the three pillars Advocacy Tools & Skills, Healthcare Systems, Policy & Access and Research & Data. Topics covered are listed below. Virtual trainings were held monthly covering topics for both novice and expert patient advocates.


WECAN Academy 2020/2021 is hosted by the European Patient Advocacy Institute gUG on behalf of WECAN. Funding was obtained from the following funders. Supporters had no role in the development of this project