January 2019

The annual meeting of the European Society of Radiology (ESR) will focus on artificial intelligence as well as the latest trends in radiology, offering an even bigger interventional radiology area than last year, providing education, science and training at the highest level, as well as premiering an opening ceremony like never seen before. The European Congress of Radiology is taking place from February 27 – March 3 in Vienna, Austria.

This year’s motto ‘the bigger picture’ does not only relate to the congress poster celebrating the 25th ECR in Vienna and consisting of elements from the past 24 ECRs, but also to the ESR’s vision that its annual meeting is more than just a radiology congress. It is the event where radiologists, radiographers, nuclear medicine physicians, medical physicists and professionals from related professions come together under one roof to discuss, explore, and present every aspect medical imaging has to offer.

After a hugely successful debut outing, the Cube, the ECR's educational space exclusively dedicated to interventional radiology, returns bigger, better and bolder to ECR 2019. Due to its huge demand and popularity in 2018, the Cube 2.0 will move to a new location, the DC Tower, expanding to cover more than double the space than before. Participants can expect a huge array of simulators, devices, expert-led sessions and more, making the Cube 2.0 the best place to experience an immersive, hands-on introduction to IR, in a variety that is offered only at ECR.

A new project under the leadership of Professor Hedvig Hricak, chair of the radiology department at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, has been developed to debut at ECR 2019, at the beautiful setting of ‘The Church’. Women in Focus will see inspiring speakers share their views on a range of topics related to women working in healthcare. The programme will tackle issues such as leadership, mentoring and working in challenging environments. It will explore and celebrate the crucial role that women play in healthcare, whilst offering advice and insights to those wishing to advance their careers within this sector. The entire programme will be held in memoriam Professor Alexander Margulis.

Over the last years, due to a continued increase in participation, the ECR started to occupy more and more buildings surrounding the congress centre, creating its very own ECR City. The majestic DC Tower, the location of the Cube 2.0, the Techgate and the DC Box are the latest additions to the ECR City map.

To celebrate this 25th anniversary in style, the former traditional opening ceremony will be completely ‘refurbished’, so to say, and in its new format as a magnificent inauguration, it will embody the ECR 2019 slogan ‘the bigger picture’ and the congress’s perpetual pursuit for excellence and innovation. Furthermore, the ESR has chosen a specific motto for the Grand Opening – ‘Five Senses’. The five senses will permeate the whole Grand Opening; special scents will be created to set a unique atmosphere; the eyes will be entertained with a spectacular stage & light design by the brilliant visual artist Amra Bergman; and there will be music throughout, reflecting the dignitaries’ favourite tunes.

As every year the ESR support programmes Invest in the Youth and Shape Your Skills were highly popular and the ESR is glad to report that all together more than 1,200 young professionals and radiographers will be given free congress registration and an accommodation voucher.

Education, science and training at the highest level are an ECR trademark and the 2019 congress will again offer insights into the latest trends in radiology.

“The ECR programme committees have worked hard to present a programme that includes every aspect of medical imaging, including the latest highlights and trends, but also basic training and refresher courses for professionals of all career stages. The famous New Horizons Sessions put the spotlight on the role of imaging in the era of liquid biopsy, artificial intelligence driven by radiologists and the tumour board of the future. Artificial intelligence will run as a common thread through the entire programme and will also be presented in its own area within the technical exhibition called the ‘AIX’. Some of the most popular and interesting sessions, which I highly recommend to attend, will be the multidisciplinary sessions, in which radiologists and clinicians together, will discuss their diagnostic and therapeutic approach to patients with a specific pathologic condition,” said ESR President Professor Lorenzo Derchi, from Genoa, Italy, providing a preview to some of the ECR 2019 scientific highlights.

A fixed point at ECR, since its introduction three years ago, is the Voice of EPOS™, which will again offer a platform for poster authors to present their work in a moderated poster session to an international audience at ECR 2019.

After their highly successful debut at ECR 2018, the ‘Coffee & Talk’ sessions, which take place in a relaxed atmosphere in one of the Austria Center’s stylish lounges, featuring short lectures and discussions, will return. Participants are welcomed and encouraged to stop by and contribute to the informal discussions while sipping their coffee or tea.

Another out-of-the-box session format, the ‘My Thesis in 3 Minutes (MyT3)’ presentations, will make a comeback at the spectacular Sky High Stage, providing a platform for residents and young radiologists who would like to present their thesis as a first author, in a dynamic and entertaining scientific session. The same location will also play host to the popular Clinical Trialssessions.

EuroSafe Imaging, the ESR’s flagship initiative on radiation protection, will also be heavily featured throughout the congress programme, hosting seven dedicated sessions as well as numerous Coffee&Talk and joint sessions.

To make it more widely accessible, the ECR will once again broadcast nearly every lecture via live web streams on ECR Online, a service delegates have used increasingly since its introduction four years ago. Additional video content of a lighter note will be broadcasted to interested viewers around the world from the onsite ESR Connect studio. The studio will bring the atmosphere and vividness of ECR right to your screen.

Another popular feature of the ECR, the ‘ESR meets’ programme, which sees national radiological societies, societies of a specific geographic region and related professional societies invited to the congress, will feature Italy, Pakistan and Africa as the programme’s guest countries for 2019 as well as the European Federation of Radiographer Societies (EFRS) and the International Society of Radiographers and Radiological Technologists (ISSRT).

The ECR is the annual meeting of the European Society of Radiology (ESR), which represents more than 83,000 members worldwide, the European Federation of Radiographer Societies (EFRS) and the European Society for Hybrid, Molecular and Translational Imaging (ESHIMT). The ECR is one of the largest medical congresses in the world, attracting more than 28,000 congress participants. With 300 companies exhibiting across more than 26,000m², its exhibition is also one of the largest medical exhibitions in Europe.