Prof. Lorenzo E. Derchi

Chairman of the ESR Board of Directors

Dear ESR Member,
Dear Colleague,
Dear Friend,

On behalf of the ESR, I would like to welcome you to this first edition of [email protected] of the new ESR working year.

First of all, let me reiterate my gratitude for having made ECR 2019 such a huge success. We surpassed the 30,000 attendee threshold for the first time, and I cannot say ‘thank you’, or ‘grazie’ as I would say in my mother tongue, often enough.

The ECR traditionally marks the turn of the ESR working year and the beginning of the terms of office of the new ESR Board of Directors and Executive Council. I am happy to welcome Prof. Regina Beets-Tan, who has joined the Board of Directors as 2nd Vice-President, and our new Executive Council members Prof. Andrea Rockall, National Societies Committee Chair, Prof. Marion Smits, Publications Committee Chair, and Prof. Marc Dewey, Research Committee Chair. For myself, my new role as Chairman of the Board of Directors means that after the pleasant and rewarding experience of having presided over the ECR, I am now responsible for the ongoing business and thus all strategic decisions of the ESR as a society. I look forward to working with everyone in the ESR organisation and strongly count on the ongoing support from you as a member and partner. I can only reiterate what my predecessors said: Our members are the essence of the ESR, and the support from you and your organisation is vital for our society and, above all, the profession of radiology and ultimately the benefit of the patient. The motto I mentioned during the Grand Opening of the ECR when introducing the famous song by John Lennon will also be my guiding principle during the year ahead: ‘You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one’. I very much hope you will join in and continue supporting us.

The recent tremendous rise in our membership bodes well that we will be able to tackle the challenges ahead and make radiology even stronger. Rather than resting on our laurels, we are continuing our efforts to reach out to colleagues and societies involved in medical imaging. One of my personal goals is to further strengthen the bonds and intensify communication with our national member societies in Europe and internationally. At ECR we had a meeting with the presidents of our European national radiological member societies to hear their ideas about the future role of the radiologist, a topic that will certainly run like a common thread through our future strategies.  

We also met partners and member societies from all other continents. I strongly hope we can further expand on our relations with Africa, which was our ‘ESR meets’ continent at ECR 2019. Regarding Latin America, several societies have recently helped us offer our membership and its benefits to even more of their affiliates. In addition, we signed a new memorandum of understanding with the Peruvian Society of Radiology to increase collaboration and for the first time met with the Board of the Radiological Society of Uruguay to explore avenues of increased cooperation.

The ECR’s success makes me particularly confident regarding our new exciting project ‘Best of ECR’, which my predecessor Prof. Bernd Hamm initiated. It will have its premiere at the Brazilian Congress of Radiology in the beautiful city of Fortaleza on October 10-11. I am grateful to Prof. Boris Brkljačić, current ESR President and Chairman of the next ECR, and the Executive Board of the Brazilian College of Radiology (CBR) for having elaborated a first-class programme. My sincere thanks go of course also to our ten speakers.

The discussion of the role of the radiologist mentioned above also brings me to our relations with other professions. Seeking even closer interaction with other stakeholders in healthcare will certainly be crucial for the advancement of patient care and for underlining the vital role of radiology in diagnosis and treatment. Together with the UEMS Radiology Section and its divisions as well as our Institutional Member Societies CIRSE (Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe) and ESNR (European Society of Neuroradiology), we have, for example, initiated contacts with the European Academy of Neurology (EAN) and very much hope this will lead to a fruitful dialogue.

We are also investigating novel ways of expanding our activities to the benefit of our members and patients around the globe. Online services such as ‘ESR Connect’, which you can access through ECR Online for free, will certainly become more and more important.

Other hot topics are data science and artificial intelligence, and I look forward to the upcoming ESR Premium Event which ESOR will bring to you on April 5-6 under the title of ‘Intelligence. Innovation. Imaging. The Perfect Vision of AI’. You can join the live streaming free of charge!

Finally, let me thank you in advance for your support. Please do not forget that your opinion matters to us, so please visit us on Facebook, Twitter, or the ESR blog or to get in touch with the editorial team at [email protected] if you have any topic suggestions for [email protected]


Prof. Lorenzo E. Derchi
Chairman of the ESR Board of Directors