Brussels, Belgium

Research Course in Radiation Oncology

Edition 2

How to Develop Research/Validation Programmes when Implementing MRI Linac?

Attendants should be:

Radiation oncologists, medical physicists, RTTs interested in the implementation of new technology (MRI Linac, Hadron imaging…)

Participation of teams from the same department are encouraged 
Colleagues from small or large departments, with or without research expertise, are all welcome

Course directors 

  • Eric Lartigau, Radiation Oncologist, Centre Oscar Lambret, Lille (FR)


  • Carsten Brink, Physicist, Odense University Hospital, Odense (DK)
  • Felipe Calvo, Radiation Oncologist, Clinica Universidad de Navarra, Madrid (ES)   
  • Lieke Meijers, Radiation Therapist, UMC Utrecht, Utrecht (NL) 
  • Marielle Philippens, Medical Physicist, UMC Utrecht, Utrecht (NL)  
  • Nick Reynaert, Medical Physicist, Institut Jules Bordet, Brussels (BE) 
  • Heinz-Peter Schlemmer, Radiologist, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Heidelberg (DE)
  • Lenny Verkooijen, Methodologist, UMC Utrecht, Utrecht (NL)  


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, 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.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course participants should be able to:

  • Critically validate and enhance the quality of research projects concerning novelty, potential impact, urgency, feasibility and risk 
  • Effectively discuss research ideas/projects with colleagues to maximise scientific value 
  • Discuss current trends and research opportunities in new technology implement

Course content

1. Discussions on research projects submitted by participants, aiming at improving the projects, and to learn, by example from peers and the expert faculty, how to turn research ideas into a successful project

2. Lectures 

  • Trends, unresolved issues and research opportunities in MR imaging in radiotherapy (including dose painting) 
  • Tips and tricks for writing a successful grant proposal 
  • Tips and tricks for writing a scientific paper and getting it accepted 
  • Grant opportunities in Europe.

Methods of assessment

Evaluation form

Teaching methods

  • 2 days for presentation of submitted research projects, discussions and working on the improvement of projects 
  • 1,5 days of lectures.


The draft programme is available here

Key Words

  • New technology
  • Research
  • Validation
  • Implementation

Further reading / web resources

To be provided if available


Application for CME and recognition will be submitted to the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME), an institution of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS). EACCME credits are recognised by the American Medical Association towards the Physician’s Recognition Award (PRA). Information on the status of the applications can be obtained from the ESTRO office.


To follow

How to apply

Anyone interested can submit a proposal or idea for a research project, or a scientific paper, etc. Proposals/ideas for research must be submitted by 14 May 2021 in pdf format with a maximum 750 words. 

The content should strictly adhere to the following format: 

1. Title

2. Name and affiliation of investigator

3. Background of research

4. Proposed research and research hypotheses

5. Expected results and conclusions/messages. 


The submission must be accompanied by a brief CV (pdf, max 500 words). Please send the research proposal and CV to the course manager, Alessandra Nappa ( Attendance will be limited to 36 participants. Selection will be based on the submitted proposals and on a first come, first served basis. If selected, the participant should prepare a 10-minute PowerPoint presentation with the format given above. The pptx will be presented at the Masterclass and will be the basis for further improvement of the research proposal.





ESTRO members can order products at substantially reduced prices. Please note that in order to benefit from the member price, you must renew your membership for 2021 before registering to the course.To benefit from these member rates, please visit the membership page to become a member or renew your membership BEFORE proceeding with your order.



Early rate

Late rate

In-training members*

  450 EUR

 625 EUR


  600 EUR 

 725 EUR

Non Members

  750 EUR

 850 EUR

* Members with specialty RadiationTherapist (RTT) may register at the In Training fee

Early rates are applied up to three months before the starting date of the course.

Late rates are applied three months before the starting date of the course.

The fee includes the course material, coffees, lunches, and the social event.

Insurance and cancellation

The organiser does not accept liability for individual medical, travel or personal insurance. Participants are strongly advised to take out their own personal insurance policies.   

In case an unforeseen event would force ESTRO to cancel the meeting, the Society will reimburse the participants fully the registration fees. ESTRO will not be responsible for the refund of travel and accommodation costs.

In case of cancellation, full refund of the registration fee minus 15% for administrative costs may be obtained up to three months before the course and 50% of the fee up to one month before the course. No refund will be made if the cancellation request is postmarked less than one month before the start of the course.

Reduced fees

ESTRO members from economically challenged countries may register at a preferential rate of 350 Euro if three conditions are met:

  1. Only ESTRO members for 2021 are eligible (please make sure your 2021 membership is in order before you apply for the reduced fees)
  2. Only one course per person per year can be subsidized by ESTRO
  3. Sponsored candidates are not entitled to reduced fees (the invoicing address has to be the one of the participant)  

Please note:

  • We can only guarantee a certain number of reduced fees per course


Application deadline: 14th May 2021