Breur Award Lecture  

The Breur Award is named after Prof. Klaas Breur one of the founding fathers of ESTRO. If he had not died prematurely in 1981, he would probably have become ESTRO's first president. Professor Breur was the head of the Radiotherapy Department of the Wilhelmina Ziekenhuis van Amsterdam (Universiteit van Amsterdam) and participated in founding the EORTC.

As a tribute to Professor Breur’s pioneering work, ESTRO created this annual “Gold Medal“ award lecture in his name. The Breur Award is the highest honour that can be conferred on an ESTRO member and is awarded in recognition of the major contribution made by the winner to European Radiotherapy.

The recipient of this prestigious award delivers a lecture during the Opening Ceremony of the ESTRO Congress. 

Regaud Award

The Regaud Award is given in honour of Claudius Regaud. In 1911, Regaud described the principles of fractionation from his work on the testis and, in 1927, the need for quality and a multidisciplinary approach in cancer care. With Coutard, he introduced the principles of fractionation in clinical practice, a good example of translational research. "Observe and translate" was his message. 

The recipient of this prestigious award delivers an award lecture at the ESTRO Congress. 

van der Schueren Award  

The Emmanuel van der Schueren Award is given in honour of the founding father of ESTRO and in recognition of excellent scientific work, enormous contribution within ESTRO to the field of education and promotion of radiation oncology as a discipline. 

The recipient of this prestigious award delivers an award lecture at the ESTRO Congress. 

Interdisciplinary Award

The Interdisciplinary Award is given to a radiotherapy professional who has made an outstanding contribution to a cause in radiotherapy beyond the scope of their specialty. This award celebrates the truly multidisciplinary nature of radiotherapy and the value of working as part of a team.

The recipient of this prestigious award delivers an award lecture at the ESTRO Congress. 

Donal Hollywood Award

The Hollywood Award is given in the memory of ESTRO President-Elect Donal Hollywood, who passed away from cancer before taking on the duties of President. This annual award is given to the best abstract selected for presentation at an ESTRO congress.

The Scientific Programme Committee decides on the recipient of the award from all the submitted/accepted abstracts. Selection criteria are based on clarity, supporting data, scientific rigour, potential significance, interest in the topic chosen and innovation or usefulness, as well as translational work and interdisciplinarity.  

The recipient of this prestigious award delivers an award lecture at the ESTRO Congress. 

Jens Overgaard Legacy Award

The Jens Overgaard legacy award recognises his outstanding contribution to promoting scholarly science in radiation oncology during his 25-year tenure as Editor-in-Chief of Radiotherapy & Oncology.

The recipient of this prestigious award delivers an award lecture at the ESTRO Congress. 

GEC-ESTRO Iridium 192 Award

The "GEC-ESTRO Iridium Award" is presented to the brachytherapist or physicist who, in the opinion of the GEC-ESTRO Committee members, has made a major contribution to the development of the Brachytherapy speciality.

The recipient of this prestigious award delivers an award lecture at the ESTRO Congress. 

Lifetime Achievement Awards  

The Lifetime Achievement Awards are awarded to an ESTRO member who is at the end of their active career and has contributed tremendously to ESTRO activities.

Honorary Members Awards  

The Honorary Members Awards are awarded to outstanding scientific contributors in the field of oncology. The residence of the nominee is worldwide and not restricted to Europe.

ESTRO Best Paper Awards

ESTRO sponsors Best Paper awards of €1,000 each for the best paper submitted to the Brachytherapy, Clinical, Interdisciplinary, Physics, Radiobiology and RTT tracks.

Criteria for selection

  • Only abstracts accepted for proffered paper presentation at ESTRO 2023 will be considered for the award.
  • Presentations are evaluated on (in decreasing order of importance): the scientific value of the data; the clarity of the presentation; and the visual quality of the presentation layout.

How to apply

No application is needed. You are automatically considered if your abstract is accepted. Prizes will be handed out at the Highlights of Proffered Papers session during the ESTRO Congress. 

ctRO, phiRO, tipsRO Young Investigator Awards  

The ctRO, phiRO, tipsRO Young Investigator Awards are presented under the auspices of ESTRO’s journals, Clinical & Translational Radiation Oncology (ctRO), Physics & Imaging in Radiation Oncology (phiRO), and Technical Innovations & Patient Support in Radiation Oncology (tipsRO) and are sponsored by Elsevier.

The winners are entitled to a grant of €1,000 and are invited to submit a paper to the awarding journal which will be published at no cost to the author if accepted following the peer-review process.

Criteria for selection

  • Only abstracts accepted for presentation at ESTRO 2023, by authors under 40 years of age, will be considered for the award.
  • Presentations are evaluated on (in decreasing order of importance): the scientific value of the data; the clarity of the presentation; and the visual quality of the presentation layout.

How to apply

No application is needed. You are automatically considered if your abstract is accepted. Prizes will be handed out during the Young Networking Event during the ESTRO Congress. 

ESTRO-Elekta Brachytherapy Award

A prize of €2,000 will be given to the most innovative paper submitted for presentation at the congress. The winning abstract will be selected by the Scientific Programme Committee.

Criteria for selection

  • Abstracts accepted for oral presentation for the congress will be considered for the award.
  • Since the selection of the winner will be based only on the data provided in the abstract (and not on the presentation) it is advisable that you draft your abstract with extreme care, providing sufficient data for the evaluation by the jury.

How to apply

By submitting a brachytherapy abstract for ESTRO 2023, you are automatically considered for the “ESTRO-Elekta Brachytherapy Award”.

GEC-ESTRO Best Junior Presentation - Sponsored by Elekta Brachytherapy

A prize of €1,500 will be given to the best junior presentation for brachytherapy. The winning abstract will be selected by the Scientific Programme Committee.

Criteria for selection

  • Submit an abstract to the brachytherapy track for ESTRO 2023.
  • Applicants should be ‘in training’ members of ESTRO for 2023 and under 40 years of age.
  • Since the selection of the winner will be based only on the data provided in the abstract (and not on the presentation) it is advisable that you draft your abstract with extreme care, providing sufficient data for the evaluation by the jury.

How to apply

By submitting a brachytherapy abstract for ESTRO 2023 and being an in-training member of ESTRO under the age of 40, you are automatically considered for the “GEC-ESTRO Best Junior Presentation”.

Junior Brachytherapy Travel Grants - Sponsored by Elekta Brachytherapy

ESTRO members currently in-training who need support to attend the meeting may apply for the Junior Brachytherapy Travel Grants sponsored by Elekta Brachytherapy. Five grants of €1,000 are available.

Criteria for selection

  • Applicants should be ‘in training’ members of ESTRO for 2023.

How to apply

Candidates should submit one PDF file by email to Jessica Pledge (contact details below) containing in this order:

  • A cover letter from the Head of Department stating that the work has been done by the ‘in-training’ member.
  • A motivation letter indicating their interest in brachytherapy and reasons why you should be considered for this grant. Please indicate your full name, age and ESTRO membership type in your letter.

Priority will be given to applicants who have an abstract accepted for the congress and to the presentation type for the accepted abstract in this order: oral communication (proffered paper); mini-oral; poster (poster discussion; digital poster).

Deadline to apply: 23 November 2022 (23:59 CET).

Applications for the travel grants are to be addressed to:

Jessica Pledge
Scientific Programme Manager 
E-mail: jpledge@estro.org
Tel: +32 477 250 151 
ESTRO Office
Avenue Marnix 17
1000 Brussels, Belgium