Prof. Bernd Hamm

Chairman of the ESR Board of Directors

Dear ESR Member,
Dear Colleague,
Dear Friend,

Welcome to this summer edition of our newsletter! As mentioned in our last edition, we have celebrated the unprecedented success of our past congress in March, and are now looking forward to receiving another new record number of abstract submissions for ECR 2019. Our society-related activities aside from the congress are also in full swing and I am happy to provide you with an update, as well as a brief outlook, on our upcoming endeavours.

Before doing so, I would like to bring to your attention one more piece of ECR 2018-related news. Thanks to a cooperation agreement with the Chinese Society of Radiology (CSR), one of our Associate Institutional Member Societies and ‘ESR Meets’ countries at ECR, 500 ECR presentations have been translated into Mandarin and are now available on the CSR website and on ECR Online. I would like to sincerely thank the CSR and its President, Professor Zheng Yu Jin, for having made this possible. The access numbers speak for themselves and show the overwhelming popularity of the initiative.

This is only one step on our way to bringing the ECR closer to our member societies on different continents. As you will probably have read in our special news release in June, we plan to bring the ‘Best of ECR’ to other regions of the world, not only virtually, but also by increasing our presence at international congresses. Our tour will start in South America in 2019. Further information about this brand new initiative will follow soon.

In parallel, the ESR Board of Directors and Executive Council followed up on ongoing topics in their meetings in Berlin at the beginning of June, above all relating to the constant improvement of the services we provide to our members. Regarding education and the next generation of radiologists, we are exploring ways to increase the role and participation of residents in our society through our Education Committee and, in particular, the Radiology Trainees Forum (RTF). The future of hybrid imaging was also on the agenda, and we are currently substantiating plans regarding combined training together with our member society ESHIMT (European Society for Hybrid, Molecular and Translational Imaging). We also agreed on a number of slight updates and specifications of our criteria for the endorsement of subspecialty diplomas with the aim of homogenising the outlines of the diplomas we endorse. I would like to cordially thank our subspecialty societies for their ongoing trust and collaboration, which I believe is of mutual benefit and underlines the importance of standing together within radiology.

Artificial intelligence, and how radiology and the patient can best benefit from it, has been and will remain another major topic on our agenda.

Last, but not least, I am particularly happy and proud to inform you that our flagship journal European Radiology has received a new Impact Factor (2017) of 4.027, up from 3.967 in 2016. This marks the second highest score in the history of the journal. I take this opportunity to sincerely congratulate Editor-in-Chief Prof. Yves Menu as well as his predecessor Prof. Maximilian Reiser on this important achievement.

As always, I invite you to visit us on Facebook, Twitter, or the ESR blog if you have any questions or comments, or to get in touch with the editorial team at [email protected].

Finally, as I wish you an enjoyable summer break, I would like to thank you for your ongoing interest and commitment to the ESR. I hope you will have the opportunity to recharge your batteries and I look forward to getting back to you with a new exciting update in autumn.

Prof. Bernd Hamm
Chairman of the ESR Board of Directors