The upcoming European Congress of Radiology (ECR 2020), which will take place March 11–15, 2020 in Vienna, will again enchant the audience of its Grand Opening with a spectacular performance.

The ECR 2020 Grand Opening will operate under the motto ‘Adagio’, lending this expression from the world of music to set an atmosphere of slow tempo, graceful movements and a leisurely manner. A dark-hued setting and a monochrome stage, interspersed with miniature elements in brilliant colours, will provide an inimitable ambience and draw the focus on what lies at the heart of a successful medical meeting – top-notch science and the people behind it.

L’uomo vitruviano or the Vitruvian Man, one of the most iconic images in the world of medicine and healthcare, will feature prominently in the introduction to the European Society of Radiology’s annual meeting. Leonardo da Vinci’s famous drawing depicts a man in two superimposed positions, representing ideal human body proportions. The picture demonstrates the blend of mathematics and art and is considered a cornerstone of Leonardo’s attempts to relate man to nature. As such, it perfectly exemplifies the core of the art of medicine, which always strives to combine the latest research, the most novel technology and medicine’s commitment to humanism and care. A reference to this work of art and his creator, the epitome of universal genius, seems to be the appropriate aperture for a congress that prides itself on its innovative spirit and superior science.

The well-known Greek-German stage director Sarantos Georgios Zervoulakos could be won over to orchestrate the ECR 2020 Grand Opening. As a traveller between worlds, as a former medical student who became an acclaimed stage director at a young age, cherishing both his Greek ancestry and the German-speaking regions where he realises most of his work, Zervoulakos is the perfect choice to create a conference opening that combines science and art in an inimitable way.

In good ECR tradition, music will play a major part in the Grand Opening, featuring the popular Croatian pianist and singer-songwriter Lana Janjanin, who will be supported by a big band orchestra that is sure to brighten everybody’s mood with their rhythm and swing.

ECR 2020’s second underlying motto, ‘Be a tree’, will also be visible and perceptible throughout the Grand Opening, transforming the main hall of the congress venue, the Austria Center Vienna, into a virtual, futuristic fairy-tale landscape. Brace yourself for a surprising, breath-taking, magnificent feast for your eyes and ears …

Date and Location

Wednesday, March 11
17:45 – 19:15
FORUM (Hall A)
Austria Center Vienna


‘The Pairing of Science & Art’

A visual introduction

‘The Vetruvian Man’

Dance Performance

Opening Speech

Boris Brkljačić, ESR President

Presentation of ESR Honorary Membership

Dante R. Casale Menier, Ciudad Juarez/Mexico
Yi-Hong Chou, Taipei/Taiwan, Chinese Taipeh
Valerie P. Jackson, Tucson, AZ/USA

‘Be a tree’

Dance Performance

Presentation of the ESR Gold Medal

Richard FitzGerald, Wolverhampton/United Kingdom
Jim A. Reekers, Amsterdam/Netherlands
Katrine Riklund, Umeå/Sweden

Co-host: Sona MacDonald
Musical entertainment by Lana Janjanin & Band

Director: Sarantos Georgios Zervoulakos
Musical Director: Erich Hofmann

ECR 2020 Dignitaries

ESR Honorary Membership

Dante R. Casale Menier
Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
Yi-Hong Chou
Taipei City, Taiwan/Chinese Taipei
Valerie P. Jackson
Tucson, AZ/USA

ESR Gold Medallists

Richard FitzGerald
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
Jim Reekers
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Katrine Riklund
Umeå, Sweden