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.