Paul M. Parizel

Chair of the ESR Board of Directors

Dear ESR Member,
Dear Colleague,
Dear Friend,

First of all I would like to wish you all a very happy, healthy and successful New Year 2018. I hope your New Year is off to a good start, and that, up to now, you were able to keep your New Year’s resolutions ;-). As you already know, the ESR had a truly awesome and wondrous year in 2017, but the good news is that 2018 promises to be even more amazing for our society. And I am happy to let you know that we were off to a running start, since we already had our first meetings of the ESR Executive Council and the Board of Directors in Vienna and things are looking good.

It will come as no surprise to you that, at this time of the year, final preparations for ECR 2018 are in full swing. Our annual meeting is the highlight of the ESR calendar and signifies the end of an ESR working year. The congress is not only a scientific and educational event, but it also an occasion for face-to-face meetings of the ESR committees, subcommittees, working groups and bilateral meetings with our partner societies. This year we received an all time high in submitted abstracts, which bears witness to the triumphant growth of our field, of our society and of our congress. The successful Invest in the Youth candidates have all been pre-contacted in preparation for ECR. Through the ESR public communication channels, you have already been informed during the past months, about many of the highlights of ECR 2018. But, I would like to draw your attention to one more very important highpoint: we are putting the last hand to the newly revised ESR European Training Curricula for Level I+II and for Level III. They are scheduled for online publication at ECR 2018. More information will follow soon; the current and future versions of the curricula will be accessible here:

As you know, there has been a change in the Editors-in-Chief for European Radiology and for Insights into Imaging (I3). As of the beginning of the year, Professor Yves Menu has been confirmed as the new Editor-in-Chief for European Radiology and Professor Luis Martí-Bonmatí for Insights into Imaging. I wish them the best of luck in their new endeavours.

On the international level, I am particularly happy to warmly welcome three new associate institutional members of the ESR. The radiological societies of the Ivory Coast, Nigeria, and Uganda have joined us earlier this month. We now have 45 non-European radiological member societies.

Please do not forget to renew your individual ESR membership for 2018 (you can renew your membership via the ESR website. Please encourage your colleagues to join the ESR so that they can also benefit from a wide range of advantages, if they are not members yet.

Finally, this will be the last issue of [email protected] under my chairmanship of the ESR Board of Directors (BoD). I gratefully take this opportunity to thank you all for your support, your commitment and your dedication to the ESR. If our society has been very successful during the past year, it is thanks to your hard work, your enthusiasm and your positive energy. For me personally, it has been a privilege and a joy to serve our society during a remarkably successful year, an “annus mirabilis” for the ESR. I wish my successor, Professor Bernd Hamm, all the very best when he will take on the mantle of Chairman of the ESR Board of Directors, at the end of the General Assembly at ECR 2018.

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Long live the ESR!!!


Prof. dr. Paul M. ParizelChair of the ESR Board of Directors