Physics Biennial Meeting

The Chair’s recommendation

Chair: Ludvig Muren

The Physics Biennial Conference aims to provide delegates with a full spectrum of radiotherapy physics educational and scientific information. If you are attending an ESTRO (Physics) conference for the first time, you will very soon learn to take advantage of the well-established composition of these events. The educational programme this year offers two pre-meeting courses as well as eight morning teaching lectures during the conference. The more scientifically focused part of the conference consists of 15 symposia, one debate and a number of proffered paper sessions with various presentation formats. They are too many to mention here, but below is a short description on some selected sessions and trends of this conference:

Adaptive radiotherapy
Several symposia will be devoted to elements related to the development of adaptive radiotherapy. One session will deal with the concept of margins in an adaptive context, another session will be devoted to the challenges of dose accumulation, and a third session will focus on the actual implementation of adaptive radiotherapy. These sessions should be particularly relevant for those who are involved or interested in this field.

Particle and proton therapy
The programme will also have a strong component addressing another ‘hot’ issue in radiotherapy - the use of protons and heavier charged particles. In the physics programme there will be one session focusing on the dosimetry challenges of proton therapy while another session will address the technology developments in particle beam therapy (including e.g. prompt gamma analysis and proton radiography/CT). In the inter-disciplinary track, there will be a session on the biology of particle therapy with respect to effects on both targets and normal tissues. These sessions should be of considerable general interest.

Otherwise we can look forward to a number of high quality sessions on interesting issues such as various flavours of functional imaging as well as real-time imaging. On the last day, a session on the future of medical physics should give direction as well as inspiration for the future expansion of our field.