ESTRO Physics Research Masterclass for beginners in research

10-13 September, 2017
Florence, Italy



Attendants are:

  • interested in research in radiotherapy physics or a related field, e.g. imaging science, computer science, mathematics, biophysics, …
  • early starters in research who want to develop research skills.

Possibly, but not necessarily, they have relevant experience outside research, e.g. in a radiotherapy clinic.


Course director
Ben Heijmen, Physicist, Erasmus Medical Centre, Rotterdam (NL)

Claudio Fiorino, Physicist, San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Milan (IT)
Mischa Hoogeman, Physicist, Erasmus Medical Centre, Rotterdam (NL)
Oliver Jäkel, Physicist, German Cancer Research Centre, Heidelberg University, Heidelberg (DE)
Stine Korreman, Physicist, Roskilde University, Roskilde (DK)
Eirik Malinen, Physicist, DNR - Norwegian Radium Hospital, Oslo (NO)
Uwe Oelfke, Physicist, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, London (UK)
Hugo Palmans, Physicist, National Physical Laboratory, Teddington (UK)
Dirk de Ruysscher, Radiation Oncologist, University Hospitals Leuven/ KU Leuven, Leuven (BE)
Kari Tanderup, Physicist, Aarhus University, Aarhus (DK)
Uulke van der Heide, Physicist, Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam (NL)
Peter van Luijk, Physicist, University Medical Centre Groningen, Groningen ( NL)

Local organiser
Michele Stasi, Medical Physicist, A.O Ordine Mauriziano di Torino, Turin


Attendants to the Masterclass should submit a proposal or idea for a research project, or a scientific paper to be further improved under supervision of a team of internationally renowned scientists. By discussing the submitted proposals and ideas in small groups in a safe and friendly atmosphere, attendants will learn by example from their peers and the attending faculty how to turn an initial idea into a successful project with scientific output. Leading the discussions are questions such as: “What are the interesting research hypotheses and messages and how can they be improved?”, and “Why would others be interested in reading my paper?”.
In addition, for a broad range of radiotherapy research fields, expert faculty members will highlight current trends and discuss important unresolved issues with future research opportunities. Some general aspects of scientific research (e.g. paper and grant writing) will also be covered by lectures.
Ample time will be allotted for discussions with faculty members and fellow attendants, allowing development of new, potentially long lasting, scientific/mentorship relationships.


Read here the report for the Research Masterclass in Radiotherapy Physics course which took place in September 2015 in Prague, Czech Republic.



ESTRO Research Masterclass in Radiotherapy Physics benefitted from an unrestricted educational grant from Elekta