December 2014

ECR sets the bar higher for 2015

The annual meeting of the European Society of Radiology will promote science and innovation from March 4–8, 2015, in Vienna, Austria.

Vienna, December 11, 2014 (ESR) – The latest results and trends in medical imaging will be unveiled during the 27th European Congress of Radiology (ECR) at the Austria Center Vienna next March. Over 20,000 delegates from 101 countries are expected for the conference, which will mark the tenth anniversary of the European Society of Radiology (ESR).

A renowned hub for specialists, the ECR will feature an increased number of slots for scientific sessions to match the growing demand of the international radiological community. The innovative meeting will offer a glimpse into the future of radiology through its New Horizons Sessions, which will focus on image-guided interventions of the prostate, comprehensive personalised imaging of cardiothoracic diseases, and optical molecular imaging.

There will be three State of the Art Symposia, nine Professional Challenges Sessions, 16 Special Focus Sessions, 72 Refresher Courses and three multidisciplinary sessions, which feature radiologists, oncologists, haematologists and surgeons involved in the management of cancer patients.

The ECR has been driven by innovation since its inception. In 2015, it will introduce online voting to determine best paper awards, giving more voice to its community.

Efforts have also been made to improve the visibility of the meeting’s varied educational programme. Many educational session formats have been merged into the European Excellence in Education (E³) programme, to bring clarity to the schedule, ESR President Prof. Lorenzo Bonomo from Rome explained. “The restructuring of the session categories according to the European Training Curriculum for Radiology is an important change, which makes the programme easier to navigate and improves synergy with all the ESR’s other educational activities,” he said.

The E³ programme will cover the entire range of educational issues from undergraduate medical education to subspecialised continuing professional development. It will feature the established Rising Stars and Beauty of Basic Knowledge Sessions, and three new formats – the European Diploma Prep Sessions, ECR Academies and ECR Master Classes – that will deal with many aspects of radiology. These five branches will reflect the different levels of education in radiology by addressing the different stages of an individual’s professional career.

Delegates and speakers alike should benefit from this clearer structure, according to ECR 2015 President Prof. Bernd Hamm from Berlin. “We expect that the new structure will make it easier for participants to choose the courses that will benefit them most. In addition, it might help speakers in preparing their presentations, by providing a clearer idea of the kind of audience to address. I am curious to see how the new session structure will be received by the audience and whether it turns out to be a good basis for further development in the years to come,” he said.

To make it more widely accessible, the ECR will broadcast nearly every lecture via live web streams on ECR Live, a service delegates have used increasingly since its introduction two years ago. Lectures will also be available to watch on demand afterwards. This option will make it possible for delegates who are not able to attend a session in person during the congress to join in afterwards.

“The option of saving sessions to watch later is a long-awaited solution to a problem faced by many attendees over the years: that it is impossible to create the perfect schedule. There are so many lectures, courses and workshops worth attending that timetable clashes are inevitable, and ECR 2015 is, of course, no exception. In previous years this would just have been bad luck, but now you can watch every one of these highlights at your own convenience,” Prof. Bonomo said.

Another popular feature of the ECR, the ‘ESR meets’ programme, which invites three national radiological societies and one partner discipline to present their own sessions, will look to the East. Germany, Turkey and Korea will be the programme’s guest countries, along with the European Association of Urologists, who will hold a session on prostate cancer. The European Federation of Radiographer Societies (EFRS) will also host their own ‘EFRS meets Germany’ session, which will emphasise the essential role of radiographers in medical imaging.