March 2015

ECR more than ever a roof for European science in 2015.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 (ECR) – As economic turmoil divides Europe, the European Congress of Radiology (ECR) will be a celebration of the unity of the European scientific community, as well as the tenth anniversary of its organiser the European Society of Radiology (ESR).

ECR 2015 is expected to attract more than 20,000 participants and will see the latest trends in imaging unveiled from March 4 to 8. The congress will unfold under the motto ‘radiology without borders’, highlighting its unifying role, said ECR 2015 Congress President Prof. Bernd Hamm, Chairman of the three merged departments of radiology at the Charité, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Freie Universität, ahead of the Opening Press Conference on Wednesday.

“ECR 2015 will mark the anniversary of the ESR, whose establishment brought a much needed unity to radiology in Europe. This unity has led to great improvements in the benefits available to imaging professionals and trainees, including the huge educational and scientific opportunity offered by the ECR. Our motto reflects this strength in unity and the fact that the ECR brings together radiologists and radiographers from so many nations across Europe and the globe,” he said.

The record number of submitted abstracts (5,750) will further ensure that ECR 2015 goes down in history. Delegates will also remember 2015 as the year of clarity, as a partially restructured programme will help them make the most of the huge range of educational sessions offer.

Many of the educational session formats have been merged under the European Excellence in Education (E³) label, which will cover the whole range of educational levels, from undergraduate medical education to subspecialised continuing professional development.

The E³ programme will include the Rising Stars sessions and Beauty of Basic Knowledge sessions, as well as three new session formats. The European Diploma Prep Sessions will help trainee radiologists prepare for the European Diploma in Radiology (EDiR) examination, by providing a concise overview of the diploma curriculum. EDiR certifies a standard of radiological knowledge deemed appropriate by the ESR for independent practice in general radiology.

The ECR Academies will offer sessions on emerging issues that should appeal to general radiologists or radiologists with a subspecialisation. Topics at ECR 2015 will include hybrid imaging, image-guided interventions in oncology, and modern imaging of the GI tract.

Finally, the ECR Master Classes have been designed for participants and subspecialists seeking cutting-edge information in specific fields of interest. One ECR Master Class will be offered for each subspecialty in radiology (level III and beyond) and presented by experts in the field.

These five branches will reflect the different levels of education in radiology, by covering all the different stages of an individual’s professional career.

“We expect that the new structure, which emphasises the importance of lifelong learning, will make it easier for participants to choose the courses that will benefit them most. It might also help speakers in preparing their presentations, by providing a clearer idea of the kind of audience to address,” Prof. Hamm said.

The ECR’s iconic Invest in the Youth programme has again given young radiologists and radiographers in training the chance to participate in the meeting, by providing free registration for ECR 2015 and a €350 accommodation voucher. More than 4,000 radiology trainees and radiographers in training have benefited from this initiative over the past twelve years.

The ‘ESR meets’ programme will welcome the German Radiological Society, the Turkish Society of Radiology and the Korean Society of Radiology. In addition, the European Association of Urology will be a guest of the programme.

The European Federation of Radiographer Societies (EFRS) will also host their own ‘meets’ session, namely ‘EFRS meets Germany’, in which they will invite the German Society of Radiographers to give insight into radiographers’ clinical and research work with high-end and hybrid technology.

Furthermore, the ECR in cooperation with the EFRS will offer dedicated sessions for radiographers, to match their growing interest in the ECR and foster interdisciplinary dialogue. “We are happy for ECR to become ‘the’ congress for radiologists and radiographers as well,” Prof. Hamm said.

As a special service ECR Live will enable viewers to attend the congress remotely by broadcasting over 1,500 lectures via live web stream accessible via the ESR website. The popular Social Media Wall will also return, bringing together all ECR-related social media activity in one convenient online stream, which will be visible on more than 100 screens throughout the venue.

Bernd Hamm: Chairman of the three merged departments of radiology at the Charité, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany; ECR 2015 Congress President