World Congress of Brachytherapy 2020

Vienna, Austria

Dear colleagues,
It is my privilege and great pleasure to invite you to the World Congress of Brachytherapy (WCB) which will take place from 2-4 April 2020 in Vienna, Austria.

We are pleased that this year the World Congress of Brachytherapy will be followed by ESTRO 39 (the annual congress of ESTRO) which will take place from 3-7 April 2020 in Vienna, Austria at the same venue as the WCB.

Following up on the very successful World Congress in Barcelona in 2012 and San Francisco, CA, US in 2016, the World Congress of Brachytherapy will aim to gather leaders in the field of brachytherapy to deliver an exciting scientific programme.

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Scientific programme committee (SPC)

  • Members: Andrej Bece (AU), Ann Klopp (US), Christopher Deufel (US), Tom├ís Merino (CL), Amandeep Taggar (CA), Tomoaki Tamaki (JP), Umesh Mahantshetty (IN), Christian Kirisits (AT), Bradley Pieters (NL)

Read the full list of SPC members

Conference secretariat

ESTRO Office 
Rue Martin V, 40 
1200 Brussels 

General queries: contact us

Abstract queries: contact us

  • Abstract submission: 23 October 2019

  • Early registration: 14 January 2020

  • Late registration: 3 March 2020


Reed Messe Vienna GmbH
Congress Center
Messeplatz 1
A-1021 Vienna, Austria
Metro stop: Krieau



Mondial Congress & Events has been appointed the official hotel provider for the congress.


Make your reservation via the online booking website:

Group hotel bookings for 10 or more delegates are made via a group booking form.

Please contact Ellen from Mondial Congress & Events, to arrange details and obtain the forms.

Ellen Valckenaere

Mondial GmbH & Co KG

Mondial Congress & Events
Operngasse 20B, 1040 Vienna, Austria
Tel: +43 (0)1 58804 143

The exhibition of the World Congress of Brachytherapy will be located in Hall C of the Messe Congress Centre, in in the same venue as the ESTRO 2020. 

You can access here the Exhibitor Manual and Rules & Regulations of WCB. 

Please find here the booking forms for: 

In case you have any questions, please contact

Hande Yilmaz

+32 (0) 2 775 90 18

Deadline: 23 October 2019 (23.59 HRS CET)


Abstracts must be submitted on-line on the ESTRO website at:

We highly recommend completing your submission early - otherwise authors may experience technical delay due to server overload.

For questions regarding the on-line submission process, please e-mail


With the submission of an abstract for World Congress of Brachytherapy the corresponding (presenting) author:

• Accepts responsibility for the accuracy of the abstract and ascertains that all authors are aware of the content before submission

• Accepts to be the contact person for all correspondence related to the abstract and to inform the co-authors about its status

• Accepts to identify any financial interest in products or processes described in the abstract. This includes stock ownership, membership on any advisory boards, commercially sponsored research or any other substantial relationships

• Certifies that the information to be reported is for exclusive presentation in the session to which the abstract will be assigned if accepted and that the information will not be presented as such at any commercially sponsored satellite symposia during the conference.

Further notes:

• Please log in to the abstract submission site with the presenting author login details

• Abstracts must be submitted and presented at the conference in English. The Scientific Committee reserves the right to reject an abstract written in poor English

• Abstracts will be anonymised before review to ensure fairness and eliminate possible bias. Therefore, it is strictly forbidden to include the authors’ names or institutions in the body of the abstracts.


• Topic category: choose the topic category that refers to the main subject of the abstract. The Scientific Committee reserves the right to re-categorise the abstract.

• Keywords: authors are required to select a keyword from a pre-defined menu. The list of keywords corresponding to each topic category indicated in the table can be a useful guide to determine the most appropriate topic category under which to submit the abstract. When submitting your abstract only one keyword can be selected from the pre-defined list below.

• Presentation preference: authors should indicate the presentation preference (oral, poster or no preference). Please note that the final decision on the presentation format rests with the Scientific Committee.

• Title: abstract titles should be brief and reflect the content of the abstract. The title (maximum 100 characters) is important since it focuses attention (it is the “showcase” for the presentation). Do not use capital letters in the title except for words that are always capitalised and do not use non-standard abbreviations.

• Body of the abstract: abstracts should be structured in such a way as to include (1) Purpose/Objective; (2) Material/methods; (3) Results; (4) Conclusion.

• The on-line abstract submission procedure: the on-line abstract submission system will not accept abstracts that exceed 3,000 characters (body of the abstract, including spaces).

• The use of standard abbreviations is desirable. A special or unusual abbreviation must be placed (in round brackets) after the first appearance of the word for which it stands.

• Table and image: with their submission authors may include maximum two (2) uploads (tables or images) in JPG, PNG or TIFF formats. These uploads are not included in the number of characters. The maximum pixel size of an image is 600(w) x 800 (h) pixel.

• Data table: authors may include one data table using the insert table icon (we advise not to copy-paste a table into the body of the abstract). The characters in a data table are included in the overall number of characters allowed.

• Equations: can be inserted in the text as images.


Abstracts submitted for presentation will be reviewed by an international panel of experts in the field of the subject.

Abstract review criteria are based on clarity, supporting data, scientific rigour, potential significance, interest in the topic chosen and innovation or usefulness.

Work in progress: abstracts on research obviously not yet performed and results not yet obtained will be banned.

Encore abstracts: papers already presented in another meeting will not be considered, unless the previous audience is distinct from the congress audience (e.g. national meetings).

Papers already accepted for publication will not be considered. 

Abstracts will be selected for one of the following presentation formats:

Oral presentation: abstracts selected for oral presentation are presented at one of the proffered paper sessions in the programme.

Poster: abstracts selected as poster will be presented in one of the following three presentation formats:

Poster Highlights: Poster (in printed version) is to be mounted on the designated poster panel in the poster area. The poster is presented/discussed verbally during a Poster Highlights session in the poster area at the poster grouping of your topic. These sessions will be led by two chairpersons. The authors of the selected posters will visit all the posters within each group (topic), along with the session chairs and participants. Each author will present his/her poster verbally in 5 minutes, followed by 3 minutes for discussion.

Authors of the abstracts selected for a Poster Highlights session must print their poster via the ESTRO subsidised poster platform. More information will be provided in due time.

Poster Discussion: Poster (in electronic version only) is presented/discussed verbally during a Poster Discussion session. Poster Discussion sessions will take place during the designated coffee breaks. These sessions will be led by two chairpersons. The author will present his/her poster verbally around a station where the posters are shown in electronic format in 3 minutes, and then there will be 2 minutes for discussion.

Authors of the abstracts selected for a Poster Discussion session must upload an electronic version of their poster via the ESTRO subsidised poster platform. More information will be provided in due time.

Poster: Poster (in electronic version only) will be available for viewing at special stations in the congress venue. These posters in electronic format are not discussed by the authors during specific sessions in the programme. However, authors are free to invite interested participants to one of the e-poster stations to explain the poster content during the congress.

Authors of the abstracts selected as Poster must upload an electronic version of their poster via the ESTRO subsidised poster platform. More information will be provided in due time.

Withdrawal of an abstract: abstracts can be withdrawn until 10 December 2019 (to withdraw your abstract you should send an email to After this date, withdrawal of abstracts is no longer possible. Abstracts selected for oral /

poster presentation should be presented at the meeting. In case the first (presenting) author cannot attend the conference, he / she should assign a replacement and inform the ESTRO office of the replacement as soon as possible.

Notification of outcome of abstract submission will be sent by the second week of January 2020.

The notification email is sent to the email address of the person whose credentials were used to login to the submission page.


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