ECR 2018: uniting radiologists to show diversity of discipline

ECR Today spoke with the incoming ESR President, Prof. Bernd Hamm, from Berlin, Germany, to learn about his ideas for next year’s congress.

ECR Today: You were already ECR Congress President in 2015. How did you come to be president again in 2018?

Bernd Hamm: This is not the first time that I have been asked: “why are you president again?” It was a great pleasure and responsibility to be the ECR President in 2015. For many years, we had two presidents – one to manage the affairs of the European Society of Radiology (ESR) and another to organise the society’s annual congress (ECR). And frankly, in my opinion this was a good division of labour. However, “the times they are a changin’ …” and, therefore, our society changed its statutes, and now we only have one president, who is both President of the ECR and President of the ESR.

This new combined ESR/ECR President begins his or her term of office at the end of each ECR by organising and chairing the next ECR and then the following year, as Chairman of the Board, focuses on professional and administrative business of the ESR. For me, this means a double honour and double responsibility. When I was elected to be the congress president for ECR 2015, I made a great effort to make the ECR a success and I will do my best to make ECR 2018 a success too.

However, I wish to underline that the ECR is a team effort and that the Programme Planning Committee with its brilliant members is a major asset in compiling an attractive scientific programme and that the organisation of a congress like the ECR is not possible without the highly professional staff of the ESR Office. Working together with many colleagues from many countries and different fields of radiology is very inspiring and is what ultimately underlies an attractive congress. This joint effort is rewarding and enlightening.

ECRT: As a motto for ECR 2018 you chose ‘Diverse and United’. Could you tell us a little about this?

BH: Radiology is such a diverse specialty, ranging from more and more refined diagnostic options to image-guided minimally invasive treatment options. Our specialty has something to offer for all of us and also for future generations of physicians, radiographers and students. However, like in a mosaic, it is the connection of all the pieces that create the big picture. By using this metaphor I wish to express my sincere wish and hope that, despite these different and interesting facets and subspecialties, radiologists should see themselves as a community and join forces to strengthen our specialty in the best interest of our patients.

In 2015 we also had a motto – ‘Radiology without borders’. In the beginning of 2015, none of us would have expected to see new fences being erected in Europe and borders becoming important once again. In view of these tendencies, it is even more important for our scientific community to practice radiology without borders and to advance our specialty through free academic discourse and by benefiting from a diversity of ideas.

Read the whole interview on our blog!

Your Timeline to ECR 2018

July 3 – October 10, 2017 Abstract Submission Scientific Papers
July 3 – October 10, 2017 Poster Abstract Submission to EPOS™
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July 3 – October 10, 2017 Student Abstract Submission Scientific Papers
July 3 – October 10, 2017 Invest in the Youth Programme
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July 3 – November 20, 2017        Abstract Submission Clinical Trials in Radiology
August 31, 2017 ESR Membership Application Deadline for reduced ECR 2018 fees
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November 30, 2017

ESR Membership 2017 Final Application Deadline

Deadline: December 12, 2017

Submission for Case-Based Diagnosis Training

Deadline:  December 15, 2017   Poster Upload to EPOS™ (for Accepted Abstracts)
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Jan Balak; Prague/CZ
Catarina Baraças; Pedrouços - Maia/PT
Carlos Bilreiro; Portimão/PT
Carlos Francisco Monteiro Da Silva; Setúbal/PT
Takao Kiguchi; Ichinomiya/JP
Kevin Premat; Paris/FR
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