Paul M. Parizel

Chair of the ESR Board of Directors

Dear ESR Member,
Dear Colleague,

Dear Friend,

Those of you who studied Latin in school will be familiar with the expression “Annus mirabilis”. Translated literally, this Latin phrase means "a wonderful year", "a miraculous year" or simply "an amazing year". It is a term that we still use today to refer to a year during which events of major importance occurred, events that will be remembered. Well, as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the European Society of Radiology, I am happy to share a little secret with you: 2017 was without any doubt an Annus Mirabilis for our society (ESR) and for our congress (ECR).

Let’s talk about the society first. You may remember that, at the end of August, the ESR passed the 70,000 members threshold. Today, barely 3 months later, I am happy to announce that we have reached a new record total of over 75,500 members. I am profoundly grateful to each and every one of you for your support and your confidence. At the same time, I take the opportunity to inform you that membership subscription for 2018 opens on December 4. Do not forget to renew your membership in time so that you continue to enjoy the advantages of being an ESR member. We need your support to ensure the further growth of our society, and to advance our profession.

2017 was also a record-breaking year for our congress.  ECR 2017 received a grand total of almost 27,000 participants, which was an absolute all-time record for ECR. But the news gets even better: we are confident that ECR 2018 will break that record, thanks to the new all-time high of abstracts submitted, and thanks to the new formats and initiatives that were launched by Prof. Hamm, our ECR 2018 Programme Planning Committee Chair. Our congress continues to grow in importance, attracting more participants and exhibitors every year, and I am very happy and confident that we shall continue this trend.

Two weeks ago, as every year in November, I had the honour and pleasure of welcoming
the representatives of national and subspecialty and allied sciences member societies to the ESR Annual Leadership Meeting (ALM) in Barcelona. During a full day meeting, over 120 leaders in radiology exchanged information and discussed topics of common interest to all of us. The high number of participants proves the ongoing popularity of this meeting. This year’s agenda was very diverse and ranged from discussions on how to best serve our member societies to thinking about the future of radiology with presentations on artificial intelligence. As part of the updates from the ESR Institutional Member Societies, Prof. Konstantin Nikolaou, President of ESMOFIR (European Society of Molecular and Functional Imaging in Radiology) and Prof. Katrine Riklund, President of ESHI (European Society for Hybrid Medical Imaging), announced that ESMOFIR will merge with ESHI in order to benefit from synergies. The new European Society for Hybrid, Molecular and Translational Imaging (ESHIMT) aims to increase visibility, to enlarge the community and to integrate and widen the scope of science and education in hybrid, multimodal, functional/molecular and translation imaging. More information will follow soon.

Another item on the agenda was an exchange of views on the European Basic Safety Standards Directive, with representatives of different member societies, and a presentation of the ESR’s perspective. We dedicated a session of the Annual Leadership Meeting to the European Board of Radiology including the Accreditation Council in Imaging as well as the new concept of the European Training Assessment Programme (ETAP). In this context, I would like to underline the successful collaboration with the UEMS (European Union of Medical Specialists) Radiology Section in these two endeavours. As part of the discussion on the European Diploma in Radiology, witness statements of two recent EDiR holders provided valuable insights from a candidate’s perspective. The day concluded with a very animated session on Artificial Intelligence and Quantitative Imaging. The presentations provided a look into future developments of our profession, and this was followed by a lively Q&A. As Chair of the ESR Board of Directors, I would like to express my sincere thanks to the distinguished leaders in radiology from all over Europe who attended our Annual Leadership Meeting.  We had a very successful and enjoyable day.

© Pablo Rogero

Many ESR leaders have just been at the RSNA Annual Meeting and we have met many of our international cooperation partners on this occasion. I am happy to announce that the ESR has recently renewed its Memorandum of Understanding with the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) for another two years, underlining the successful collaboration of the past and paving the way for future joint projects.

To conclude this last issue of [email protected] for 2017, I would like to wish you the very best for the remainder of this year, a happy holiday season and a successful start into the New Year 2018.

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Prof. dr. Paul M. Parizel
Chair of the ESR Board of Directors