In 2027 young Radiation Oncology professionals feel at home in ESTRO, and are being prepared to lead ESTRO and the profession into the 2030’s.
That is the vision of the yESTRO Committee.

“Feeling at home” means for us that young members know what ESTRO can do for them. And that young members know what they can do for ESTRO and feel comfortable contributing.
“Are being prepared to lead” underlines the importance of young members for the future of ESTRO. In addition, it stresses the need for professional programs for leadership development (like the mentorship program). 

If you would like to know more about how we aim to reach our vision, watch the video below, recorded at ESTRO 2022 in Copenhagen.

yESTRO represents the young radiotherapy community within Europe, and consists of members from four specialities (clinicians, physicists, biologists and RTTs). The committee has the responsibility to ensure that the voices of the next generation of researchers and practitioners are heard, regarding the future of ESTRO as an interdisciplinary organisation. The aims of yESTRO are to secure a high level of relevance of ESTRO for young members in the field of radiation oncology in terms of educational, scientific and professional issues. 

  • Provides a networking platform for young professionals
  • Is responsible for the annual congress young track
  • Is responsible for the Agora meeting, a tool for ESTRO to prepare and ‘educate’ young members for new responsibilities/challenges?
  • Collaborates with the National Societies and supports the creation of young groups at national level
  • Has observers in the ESTRO standing committees
  • Engages in educational activities, with a special focus on online learning

Chair: Steven Petit, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 

Pierfrancesco Franco, Novara, Italy 

Jenny Bertholet, Bern, Switzerland 

Martin-Immanuel Bittner, Oxford, United Kingdom 

Cyrus Chargari, Villejuif, France 

Ludwig Dubois, Maastricht, The Netherlands 

Jolien Heukelom, Maastricht, The Netherlands

Daan Nevens, Antwerp, Belgium

Sophie Perryck, Zurich, Switzerland 

Kathrine Roe Redalen, Trondheim, Norway 

Bartłomiej Tomasik, Gdansk, Poland

Amanda Webster, London, UK

The young committee is contactable through young@estro.org  at ESTRO office.

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Are you a young professional working, training, or studying in Radiation Oncology? Would you like to be able to share your opinion, help us better represent you, contribute to taskforces or simply just take your first step within the ESTRO community?

Here is your chance!

ESTRO is delighted to announce that we have established an opinion panel for our young members. We are looking for Radiotherapy professionals up to 39 years of age or within 10 years from finishing their training/Phd, who are ESTRO members or are motivated to contribute to ESTRO initiatives. Panellists would be expected to complete the opinion panel questionnaire every 2 months. Panellists would also be agreeing to their information being shared with ESTRO committees, task forces, and initiatives.

ESTRO strives for a diverse cohort of panellists in terms of gender, professional background, and geographical location, and we look forward to hearing from you!
 

Sign up here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SP2R97H

There are currently two vacancies available in the yESTRO committee. We are looking for one additional radiation oncologist and one RTT, biologist or physicist.

As a yESTRO committee member, you will:

  • Work together with a highly motivated group of yESTRO members
  • Be a spokesperson for young professionals at the start of their career
  • Help organizing our activities, such as the young track at the annual congress, the Agora future leadership retreats, the (pilot) mentoring program, the yESTRO newsletter, etc.
  • Typically spend two hours per week on average on yESTRO activities

 

Who can apply?

For the current call, we are looking for a) one clinician (radiation or clinical oncologist) and b) one RTT or physicist, or biologist (either specialists or in training), aged less than 35 years and/or within five years after finishing training / PhD*. Applicants that do not fulfill the age/years of experience requirement should motivate their application as a young ESTRO member (e.g. due to career breaks). For one of the candidates, experience with and interest in brachytherapy is preferred. We strive for a diverse committee in terms of gender, professional background and geographical allocation.

 

How to apply?

To apply, please fill out the online form at the following link. Deadline: July 15th 2022

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/yESTRO

Based on the received applications, candidates will be selected for an online interview, that will take place late August or September. Should you have any questions, please contact us at (young@estro.org).

 

* The criteria for a young member are younger than 40 years or within 10 years of finishing a PhD or training. Exceptions can be granted based on e.g career breaks. Since the term of a membership is 3 years and can be renewed once, the criteria for the vacancies of 35 years and 5years from finishing training, more or less ensure that yESTRO members can be considered ‘young’ during their terms.