The scientific work of IARC is organized into research Sections, which themselves are composed of one or more research Groups. The Sections focus on particular areas of cancer research, while often collaborating closely on issues of common interest. Scientific staff include visiting scientists and post-doctoral students in addition to short- and long-term staff members. IARC takes very seriously its role in training the next generation of cancer researchers, and its worldwide perspective is reflected in the development of expertise in people who will return to work in low- to medium-income countries. Many students complete part or all of their studies for higher qualifications at IARC and make valuable contributions to the research programmes before pursuing a cancer research career elsewhere.
IARC currently has around 300 staff coming from more than 50 countries.
The Section of Support to Research supports and facilitates the Agency’s scientific activities and manages its budget. For the biennium 2016-2017, the Governing Council granted the Agency a regular budget of €43 413 599. The support services include: Administrative Services; Budget and Finance; Human Resources; Grants Office; and Information Technology, which all play an essential role in the research of the IARC. In addition, the clerical, technical and laboratory expertise embedded within the Sections provides further vital support to the Agency’s scientists.
The Director of IARC is elected by, and reports to, IARC’s Governing Council. The Director is responsible for the development and implementation of IARC’s scientific programme and oversees the day-to-day operation of the Agency. The present Director, Dr Elisabete Weiderpass, took up the position on January 1, 2019.