[POSTPONED UNTIL 2021] Foundations of Leadership in Radiation Oncology

Vienna, Austria

Great leaders are born, not made – or are they? ESTRO believes you can learn to be a leader. This joint ESTRO-CARO-RANZCR course will equip you with the knowledge, skills and attributes to start the pathway to becoming an effective leader. You will learn by examining and reflecting on your own behaviour and interactions with others; by exploring ways to build effective teams; through lots of interactive activities and much more.

[ Application deadline: 31 January 2020 (12:00 CET) ]
[ Early deadline: 21 February 2020 ]

6 weeks with live session before ESTRO 2020:

• Online programme to start with a webinar on 25/26 February 2020
• Live session on 2 April (afternoon) and 3 April 2020 (full day)


Joint Course organised in collaboration with CARO and RANZCR



Launched for the first time in 2018, this course introduces foundation principles of effective leadership as they apply to senior trainees and junior practitioners in the radiation oncology professions. Feedback from the first fully-subscribed course has been very positive. The course is directed at professionals interested in developing expertise in leading teams for quality improvement, advocacy and in all situations where they might positively influence the future of our discipline within both local and international settings. The course links to a specific radiation oncology competency knowledge and skill-set developed through Delphi consensus process. (dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.radonc.2017.04.009).

Who should attend?

The target group consists of senior trainees or junior practitioners (approximately first five years after training) in the radiation oncology professions, including radiation or clinical oncologists, radiation physicists, radiation therapists/technologists, nurses and scientists.

Course Directors

Kim Benstead, Clinical Oncologist, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Cheltenham (UK)

Meredith Giuliani, Radiation Oncologist, Princess Margaret Cancer Center, Toronto (CA)

Sandra Turner, Radiation Oncologist, Westmead Hospital, Sydney (AU)


Michelle Leech, Radiation Therapist, TCD Division of Radiotherapy, St James Hospital Trinity Centre for Health, Dublin (IE)

Barbara-Ann Millar, Radiation Oncologist, Princess Margaret Cancer Center, Toronto (CA)

Lucinda Morris, Radiation Oncologist, Sydney (AU)

Matthew Seel, Radiation Oncologist, Hamilton (NZ)


The course aims to equip participants with the knowledge, skills and attributes viewed as the building blocks for effective leadership.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the course, successful learners will be able to:

  • Examine and reflect on their own behaviour, reactions and interactions with team members
  • Describe basic leadership theory and styles as they might apply to practical situations
  • Describe the foundations of effective change management and dealing with conflict
  • Explore strategies to establish and lead effective teams
  • Apply basic quality improvement tools to approach an improvement process

Course Content

This course consists of a blended learning programme of two months’ duration including online and face to face components. All sections of the programme are highly interactive and highlight practical relevance to the workplace and facilitate improvements within our discipline.

The online components will start in early March 2020 with a Webex tutorial and consist of an introductory 90-minute tutorial with the participants and teachers followed by online exercises and compulsory electronic learning modules to be completed prior to the ESTRO 2020 conference. Live sessions will take place during ESTRO 2020 in Vienna: a half-day (afternoon) on 2 April and a full day on 3 April 2020.

Online and live course topics include:

  • An introduction to leadership – what it means and why it is our responsibility
  • Basics of leadership theory and styles - how to apply these
  • Self-awareness, personality and emotional intelligence – how they link to leadership
  • Leading and managing change
  • Tools and strategies for leading quality improvement processes
  • Team building and engagement – including dealing with conflict
  • Creating and communicating a vision for change.   


To follow



Schottenring 3

1010 Vienna



No accommodation agent or preferred hotel has been selected for this course. Delegates are welcome to book their own accommodation in the hotel of their choice. Note that the hotel is located at 2 minutes walking distance from the metro station Schottentor (line U2 - purple).


To apply for the course, please send your statement of interest & motivation letter to education@estro.org  by 31 January 2020 (12:00 CET) in the form of an open letter (maximum 2 A4 pages in length) with the following information:

  • Name and gender
  • Profession and year of training or year of independent practice (post- qualification)
  • Location of workplace: department/organisation and country
  • Interest and motivation in wishing to attend the course, which may address some/all the following:
    • Previous experiences in which leadership (self or others) was or was not displayed
    • Areas where the applicant feels they particularly need or wish to develop relevant skills and knowledge
    • Leadership goals – short and long-term
    • Other reasons for strong interest in course
    • Demonstration of commitment to engage in all aspects of the course
    • Evidence that course learning will likely lead to a change in behaviour or involvement in activities as a result of participation

You will be contacted regarding the outcome of your application by 7 February 2020. 



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 2020 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*   400 EUR  575 EUR
Members   550 EUR   675 EUR
Non Members   700 EUR  800 EUR

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

After communication of the outcome of your application,

Early rates are applied up to 21 February 2020 at 12:00 CET. 
Late rates are applied after 21 February 2020 at 12:00 CET.

The fee includes the course material, coffees and on one lunch.

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.