Second RADIATE-ITN Meeting, Dec 2016, Zürich

The second RADIATE-ITN Meeting took place in Zurich, 6-8 Dec 2016 and was organised by Prof. Martin Pruschy.


The subject of this meeting was Radiotherapy: from the Energy Source to Planning and Treatment (Photon and Proton Radiotherapy).

Day 1 of the 2 day meeting, involved tours of two facilities and several lectures. The group toured the Swiss Light Source (SLS) – a 3rd generation synchrotron light source; and the treatment Gantries at the Paul Scherrer Institute – Center for Proton Therapy. There were three lectures on Day 1; Dr Geoff Higgins, University of Oxford, gave an overview of how clinicians deliver radiation therapy treatment. Dr Paul Schneider, Paul Scherrer Institute, highlighted the methodologies used in proton radiotherapy and Prof. Martin Pruschy, University Hospital Zurich, explained how to compare proton versus photon radiotherapy in the treatment of cancer.

The RADIATE Student Meeting dinner (Swiss fondue) provided a good opportunity for socialising amongst the ESRs.

Day 2 consisted of the ESR Poster presentation workshop and the European Commission Mid-Term Review (MTR) Meeting. The MTR Meeting is an assessment of the project’s progress, by representatives of the funding agency, as well as an opportunity to discuss any issues which may have arisen in the course of the project. The MTR Meeting was held at the Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich. RADIATE Coordinator Prof. Ruth Muschel presented a report on the progress of the project. The ESRs were given the opportunity to present their work in the form of posters to the other members of the RADIATE consortium and also to the Research Executive Agency (REA) Project Officer, Mr Riccardo Ricci and External Monitor, Dr Julian Giordani. There was good dialogue between the ESRs and the REA Project Officer and Monitor, who considered the RADIATE project to be on “Good Track”. The poster session also provided a good opportunity for ESRs to view each other’s work and highlighted areas for collaboration.

Overall the Zurich Student meeting was deemed a big success by the ESRs.