ECR 2023 (July 5-9) - See you in Vienna next summer

The Cycle of Life 

The ECR 2023 poster takes its inspiration from the congress slogan, ‘The Cycle of Life’ and from the beautiful country of Ireland, which is home to ECR 2023 President, Dr. Adrian Brady. 

The foundation of the poster is based on the tri-spiral (triskelion), or ‘Spiral of Life’, an ancient motif carved in the Irish neolithic passage tomb at Newgrange, built around 3200 BC, and represented at the apex of the poster. It has been ascribed many different meanings in different usages; one suggestion is that the spiral of life represents the cycle of life, death, and rebirth.  

We see the various stages of life depicted on our own poster: a foetus represents the beginning of life, while the roses and the beautiful harp (another nod to Ireland) symbolise melodic growth and blossoming into adulthood. The sun at the 6 o’clock position represents the zenith of life, with a human couple standing together and reaching for the moon. The inclusion of the sun and moon also serve to represent another constant cycle in nature – that of night and day. The images of the heart and kidney represent vital organs necessary to sustain our life cycle, as well as indicating the importance of radiology in enabling us to observe anatomy and pathology throughout life. The later stage of life is represented by an image of disease, a tumour growing in the kidney. One life ends and another begins – the cycle goes on.  

The clock on which all these elements are mounted is shown at 20.23 hrs, the year of our congress.

Finally, all of these elements are connected together through an intricate array of cogs and wheels, powered by one man on a bicycle, keeping all the elements turning by the strength and capacity of his body. This acts as a reminder that each person’s cycle of life is unique, sustained as much as possible by their own abilities and efforts.


European Congress of Radiology (ECR)

ECR in General

  • The ECR is an international meeting and one of the leading events in radiology.
  • The ECR is one of the largest medical meetings in Europe and the second-largest radiological meeting in the world.
  • ECR attendees span all areas of the radiology arena including: radiology professionals, radiographers, physicists, industry representatives, and press reporters for both the medical and consumer press.

Future & Past Congresses


Programme Team



ECR 2023 Programme Team for ECR 2023 Vienna, AT July 5-9, 2023
ECR 2024 Programme Team for ECR 2024 Vienna, AT July 3-7, 2024
ECR 2025 Programme Team for ECR 2025  Vienna, AT July 2-6, 2025

The Past Congresses section allows you to access the scientific programmes and participation statistics, including the books of abstracts, of the previous ECR congresses.

Past Congresses

Green Meeting

Being awarded the Austrian Ecolabel (Österreichisches Umweltzeichen) for the first time in 2014, we have implemented numerous measures designed to reduce the congress’ environmental impact over the years and are striving to expand our efforts every year. Find some examples on how we became the largest officially certified green congress below.

  • Minimising the CO2 emissions is of central concern when running a green congress. Large congresses are by their nature power hungry events. Our venue, the Austria Center Vienna, prioritises green energy, which is essential to limiting a congress’ carbon footprint.
  • Encouraging and enabling the use of public transport by congress attendees is another means by which the ECR’s carbon footprint can be diminished. Vienna’s fully integrated public transport network makes getting to and from the congress simple no matter where attendees stay in the city.
  • Improving waste management is also an important goal for any green congress. To reduce unnecessary waste, the ESR works with environmentally certified caterers who utilise reusable plates, drinking vessels and cutlery. Exhibitors are encouraged to reuse their stands and decoration and discouraged to distribute giveaways. Further, the amount of printed material used at the congress has been drastically reduced while making more materials, such as the congress’ programme, easily accessible online.
  • As far as digital developments go, our streamingplatform platform ESR Connect is an initiative that is very much in the spirit of green meetings. On ESR Connect you can participate from home while still claiming CME credits. Also, ECR’s sessions are available on demand on this platform, extending the value of the knowledge transfer far beyond the 5 days of the congress.