Dear ESR Member,
Welcome to the first edition of ESR@Work in 2019! I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a happy New Year and hope you have had a successful start to 2019. For the ESR it was indeed a promising beginning. As you certainly will have read, thanks to a 34% increase, the ESR was able to surpass the 100,000 mark in members by the end of 2018.
This result perfectly rounds up the year of records which I summarised in the last edition of this newsletter, and I wish to sincerely thank you for your contribution to it. The remarkable plus in members was primarily due to the support from our national member societies, particularly those outside of Europe, and I extend my special gratitude to all those of you who promoted the ESR among your colleagues and society affiliates.
Our Board of Directors and Executive Council have recently met in Vienna to follow up on issues that are in progress as well as to discuss new matters. The Executive Council dedicated a whole afternoon to brainstorm about the future role of the radiologist, in particular in the context of data science and artificial intelligence. We will continue discussing the definition of our role, which was a common thread running through our entire meeting agenda, at various levels. Aside from these discussions, our committee chairs gave updates on their ongoing projects, such as papers that are under finalisation, so watch out for new publications in Insights into Imaging in the near future.
Another project that we are finalising is our first edition of ‘Best of ECR’, which will bring our best speakers to Brazil next October. We are now working on the programme in close collaboration with the Brazilian College of Radiology.
In the last newsletter, I briefly announced ‘ESR Connect’, and I am now happy to inform you that we will have a studio at ECR dedicated to this new online initiative. The ESR Connect Studio will be located at the DC Box, a new addition to the ECR City. Providing various reports, video messages and interviews, here we will make sure that all ECR participants and all those who are not able to travel to Vienna will benefit from the happenings at ECR 2019 via our ECR Online platform.
The ECR is not only a scientific and educational highlight, but it marks the end of the ESR working year and the beginning of a new one, with some members of the Executive Council ending their terms of office. Their successors have been elected by our full members in the electronic voting, which closed last week, and I heartily congratulate Prof. Regina Beets-Tan, who has been elected 2nd Vice-President, Prof. Andrea Rockall, our incoming National Societies Committee Chair, Prof. Marion Smits, our new Publications Committee Chair, and Prof. Marc Dewey, our new Research Committee Chair.
The working year is not over yet, nor is it time to bid farewell. However, this is the last ESR@Work under my chairmanship of the Board of Directors, and I take this opportunity to sincerely thank you for your trust and support over the past year. For me, it has been a period of particularly hard work, but first and foremost an extremely gratifying experience and pleasure. Thanks to our committee and subcommittee chairs and members, who have all dedicated much time and effort to their projects, and your support, we have achieved a lot. You as members are the heart and soul of our society, and I strongly hope you will continue cherishing and supporting the ESR. I wish my successor, Prof. Lorenzo Derchi, who will take on the Chairmanship of the ESR Board of Directors at the closing of the General Assembly on March 3, the very best for another successful working year.
Finally, as always, I invite you to visit us on Facebook, Twitter, or the ESR blog or to get in touch with the editorial team at workeditor@myESR.org if you have any topic suggestions for ESR@Work.
Prof. Bernd Hamm
Chairman of the ESR Board of Directors