Prof. Bernd Hamm

Chairman of the ESR Board of Directors

Dear ESR Member,
Dear Colleague,
Dear Friend,

As the year is coming to a close, it is time to reflect on what the ESR has achieved and what is still ahead of us for the remainder of our working year until ECR. 2018 has been a year of records both for our society and our congress.

Before I provide you with several positive announcements, I have also some sad news to report. As you can read in a separate item of this newsletter, Prof. Michel Claudon deceased a few days ago. With his passing, we have lost an esteemed colleague, dear friend and respected contributor to ESR and ECR.

As I have already announced recently at our Annual Leadership Meeting, our membership number has risen to a new record of 83,801 members worldwide. I think this clearly shows that our constant commitment to strive for new heights has been more than successful. Membership for this year closes in a few days, on November 30. Watch out for news on the final number!

We have also grown regarding member societies and now count 111 compared to 105 societies one year ago. I am happy to welcome our newest member, the Oman Radiology and Molecular Imaging Society.

Speaking of our Annual Leadership Meeting (ALM), I hope you watched and enjoyed the live streaming, which we offered for the very first time. The meeting itself is a longstanding tradition and one of the ESR's most important annual events, involving leading professionals in ESR bodies, as well as high-ranking representatives of our European national and subspecialties and allied sciences member societies. I thus had the honour and pleasure to welcome the presidents and other board members of our institutional member societies in my hometown Berlin.

The reason why we decided to broadcast the ALM was the topicality of the items on the agenda and the quality of the presentations of our speakers, whose talks we wanted to make available to a much broader audience. The positive feedback we received from our members around the world confirms us in our commitment to making our high-quality services accessible to as many people as possible.

Our decision to livestream the ALM was also motivated by the huge success of the Conference on Hybrid Imaging Live (CHILI) which the ESR and our member society, the European Society for Hybrid, Molecular & Translational Imaging (ESHIMT), delivered online in October. As you may have read, this brand new, completely virtual conference was a resounding success, with almost 2,400 live viewers from 107 countries and over 1,000 people watching the recording since then. I would like to cordially thank all those of you who tuned in to either or both of the broadcasts, and I hope you enjoyed and benefited from them.

Online activities attract above all the younger generation, which is vital to secure the future of our profession. Therefore, the ESR is launching ‘ESR Connect’. This brand-new project will offer high-quality online content such as news, live webinars, interviews, roundtables and other forms of radiology education to professionals around the globe. More details will be announced in due time.

Our ambition to offer excellent services to our members is also bearing fruit regarding our journals. As you may have read, our youngest journal, European Radiology Experimental, is now indexed on PubMed Central.

Regarding our educational offer, the UEMS (European Union of Medical Specialists) Council has recently approved the European Training Requirements in Radiology, i.e. the ESR European Training Curriculum for Radiology Level I-II 2018 edition. I take this opportunity to thank Prof. Ricci, President of the UEMS Radiology Section, for his efforts in this regard, as well as Prof. Catalano, our Education Committee Chair, and the ESR’s subspecialties and allied sciences member societies for their contributions to the new version of the curriculum.

Getting back to the records I mentioned above, ECR 2018 marked a record attendance of 28,474 participants, thanks to an 8% increase in professional delegates and an increase of 13% in ECR Online (live) viewers. For ECR 2019, we have reached a new all-time high of 8,469 submitted abstracts. I take this opportunity to cordially congratulate our President and Programme Planning Committee Chairman Prof. Lorenzo Derchi and wish him all the best for another marvellous congress! I can only encourage you all to register before the next deadline on December 13, to benefit from reduced fees and to help us reach another record-breaking attendance.

Before I get back to you with hopefully much good news in the January edition of [email protected], let me cordially thank you for your continued support and wish you an enjoyable festive season and a prosperous, happy New Year.

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Prof. Bernd Hamm
Chairman of the ESR Board of Directors