Who we are

About us

Europa Uomo (Italian for Europe man) is a European advocacy movement representing 27 prostate patients’ groups in countries across Europe.

  • We work to improve diagnosis, treatment,
    support and quality of life
  • We carry out research and influence policy
    at national and international level
  • We work with health professionals to help
    them understand patient perspectives
  • We support our national member
    organisations as they strive to improve
    services and awareness
“Treatment was just the beginning of my journey”


Quality of life

Conducting ground-breaking research into quality of life of men with prostate cancer in Europe

Screening for prostate cancer

Campaigning to make PSA-based screening programmes available across Europe

Supporting and representing our members

Helping and giving voice to patient support groups around Europe

Improving treatment and awareness

Raising awareness of prostate cancer among the public and politicians in Europe


What we do

Find out more about our work strands


Europa Uomo’s founding agenda for action

Statutes and bylaws

Available for download

Funding and sponsors

Sources of income

Annual reports and statements

Records of activity and other documents

Board Members

Günther Carl, Germany


Erik Briers, Belgium

Vice Chairman

Nils Petter Sjøholt, Norway


Steven H. Lerys, France


Ioannis Vanezos, Cyprus


Tania Estapé, Spain

Board member

Marko Koivuneva, Finland

Board member

Cosimo Pieri, Italy

Board member

Paulius Rakstys, Lithuania

Board member

Past Chairman

  • André Deschamps, Belgium

Ex-Officio Board Members

  • Alberto Costa, Italy
  • Hein Van Poppel, Belgium

Chairman Scientific Committee

  • Hein Van Poppel, Belgium

Scientific Committee

Europa Uomo’s Scientific Committee provides advice and expertise to the Board.

Chairman: Hendrik (Hein) Van Poppel, Adjunct-Secretary General of the European Association of Urology [with photo]

Members: Peter Albertsen, Walter Artibani, Thorsten Bach, Chris Bangma, Joaquim Bellmunt, Alberto Bossi, Christopher Chapple, Olivier Cussenot, Sara Faithfull, Freddie Hamdy, Timo Joensuu, Steven Joniau, Nora Kearney, Michael Marberger, Francesco Montorsi, Chris Parker, Monique Roobol, Roman Sosnowski, Cora Sternberg, Ian Tannock, Bertrand Tombal, Riccardo Valdagni, Tim Ward, Manfred Wirth


Europa Uomo was founded in Rome in 2002, at a meeting examining unmet needs in men with prostate cancer, instigated by Dr Alberto Costa and Professor Umberto Veronesi.  A temporary committee for a new support organisation for men with prostate cancer was established, supported by Alberto Costa and Louis Denis as consultants.

A constitution and manifesto were produced in 2003, at a meeting in the Oncology Centre, Antwerp. Following the example of Europa Donna (a pan-European coalition advocating for women with breast cancer established in 1994) Europa Uomo was legally established as a parallel organisation for men with prostate cancer in Milan in June 2004.

From the start, and continuing since, the organisation has received support from the European School of Oncology (ESO) and the European Association of Urology (EAU) and from the Oncology Centre Antwerp until its closure. This explains the ex-officio Board members still representing ESO and the EAU: Alberto Costa and Hein Van Poppel.

Past Chairmen are: Tom Hudson (2002 to 2013), Hans Randsdorp (2013-2014), Ken Mastris (2014 to 2018), André Deschamps (2018-2022)

Read our founding manifesto.

Europa Uomo is located in Antwerp and registered under Belgian law, company n° 556-724-867.