Message from the Chair of the ESR Board of Directors (Jan 2017)

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to the first issue of ESR@Work in 2017 and a belated happy New Year to all of you!

For the ESR, this year has started off as actively as the last one ended, namely with many fruitful discussions at the ESR Executive Council and Board of Directors meetings on January 20 in Vienna. The ESR electronic elections for the next changes in office ended yesterday, Sunday, January 29, and the elected officers will assume their positions at the close of the ESR General Assembly during the ECR on March 5. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all elected officersin advance.

As always at this time of the year, preparations for the ECR are in full swing. Our congress is not only a scientific and educational event, but also traditionally hosts face-to-face meetings of the ESR committees, subcommittees and working groups as well as leadership meetings with our partner societies. Moreover, notifications have been sent out to the successful candidates of this year’s Invest in the Youth programme, which grants 1,000 of our members in training (young radiologists, physicists and radiographers) free registration for the entire ECR and free accommodation in Vienna during the conference. Furthermore, on the occasion of the ECR, the revised ESR Training Curriculum for Undergraduate Radiological Education will be announced. It is currently being finalised and will be ready for download at www.myESR.org/TrainingCurriculum.

Back in November, several fruitful leadership meetings were held with our international collaboration partners at RSNA 2016, where we signed a Memorandum of understanding with the SPR (Radiological and Diagnostic Imaging Society of Sao Paulo), paving the way for intensified collaboration and joint future projects. The ESR has also recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the organisers of Arab Health 2017, where the successful ESR meets Arab Health session held in previous years will again take place. Moreover, on the occasion of this event, a meeting with the Radiology Society of Emirates, an ESR Associate Institutional Member society, is scheduled in order to strengthen relations and discuss further cooperation possibilities in the Arab region.

As this is the last issue of ESR@Work under my chairpersonship of the ESR Board of Directors, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your collaboration and support throughout this working year. Although the working year has not ended yet and there are still a number of activities ongoing until ECR 2017, I can already say that serving in this position has been a most rewarding experience. I would like to wish my successor Prof. Paul M. Parizel all the best for his term as Chairperson of the ESR Board of Directors and thus as the person responsible for the society’s ongoing business and representing the ESR in all matters from March 2017 to March 2018.

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Looking forward to meeting many of you at ECR 2017!

Prof. Dr. Katrine Riklund

Chairperson of the ESR Board of Directors