Research Course in Translational Radiation Biology

The course will provide an overview on current research topics in radiation biology and translational radiation oncology. In 2020, a specific highlight will be on Radio-Immunology.

The course is aimed at radiation oncologists and researchers (e.g. biologists, physicists, statisticians) in training and in practice at any academic level (PhD students, postdoctoral fellows and heads of laboratories) and interested in conducting an active translational research program in radiation biology and radiation oncology. Lectures and tutorials are constructed in such a way that relatively little or no background knowledge of molecular and cellular biology is necessary. A background in preclinical radiobiology and translational research is a plus, but neither of these is a requirement.

Course Directors

  • Martin Pruschy, Biologist, University Hospital Zürich, Zürich (CH)
  • Marie-Catherine Vozenin, Biologist, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, Lausanne (CH)


  • Marc Vooijs, Biologist, Maastricht University Medical Center (MUMC+), Maastricht (NL)
  • Conchita Vens, Biologist, Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam (NL)
  • Daniel Zips, Radiation Oncologist, Universitätsklinik für Radio-Onkologie, Tübingen (DE)
  • Tim Illidge,Clinical Oncologist, The University of Manchester, Manchester (UK)

The purpose of this course is to provide an understanding on current research trends and to outline “hot topics” and research opportunities that have recently emerged in radiation biology and translational radiation oncology to improve clinical practice and outcome. A combination of lectures and tutorial sessions with question/answer sessions are used to comprehend and discuss these topics and how new translational research approaches could address clinical/radiation oncology challenges. The most innovative research aspects in radiation biology of recent years will be presented. Radioimmunotherapy will be the focus of the course in 2020: a whole day will be dedicated to radio-immunology and its translational impact.

Following completion, participants should have sufficient knowledge to read and appreciate the current research literature, understand the concepts and challenges of translational research in the field of radiation oncology, follow new developments in applied radiation biology and radiation oncology, and begin with the development of their own translational research projects with and within their local research groups in this field. Opportunities are provided to discuss research grant proposals.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course participants should be familiar with:

  • Current research topics of translational research in the field of radiation oncology
  • Relevant methodologies for translational research in the field of radiation oncology
  • Relevant endpoints of translational research in the field of radiation oncology.

By the end of this course participants should feel motivated to improve:

  • Their basic research projects with translational research aspects
  • Their clinical research projects with translational research aspects.

Course Content

Experts in the field of basic and translational radiation biology will present and discuss current hot topics in basic and translational radiation oncology research in the framework of clinical challenges. Landmark and latest research papers will be discussed and the presented concepts consolidated by tutorials. Research and methodological approaches will be presented and outlined alongside approved research grants by the experts in the respective fields. The course embraces blended learning techniques and integrates small group discussions and activities. Sufficient time slots will be given for participants to discuss their own research interests with experts in the respective fields of research.


Curiosity and a natural passion to increase knowledge, understand or carry out research in order to improve clinical practice.

Teaching Methods

We will use state-of-the art virtual tools, including breakout rooms, tutorials and polls to make online sessions as attractive as possible

  • 70% of time: lectures and discussion
  • 20% of time: tutorials
  • 10% of time: work on own research proposal.

Methods of Assessment

  • MCQ
  • Evaluation form.


Final programme available here

Key Words

Radiation biology, radiation oncology, translational research, from bench to bedside and vice versa.

Further Reading

Please consult the ESTRO website page of this course for further information.



ESTRO members can order products at substantially reduced prices. Please note that in order to benefit from the member price, you must renew your membership for 2020 before registering to the course.To benefit from these member rates, please visit the membership page to become a member or renew your membership BEFORE proceeding with your order.



Standard Rate

Desk Rate

ESTRO members working in countries with a less competitive economic background*/ In-training members**

 350 EUR

 600 EUR


 400 EUR 

 600 EUR

Non Members

 500 EUR

 600 EUR

*  All specialties: Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia,, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine

RTTs and physicists only: Cyprus  

RTTs only: Italy 

To apply for the above rate, please contact at least 2 weeks before the start of the course. Thereafter, the desk rate will be applied.

** Members with specialty Radiation Therapist (RTT) may register at the In Training fee

The standard rate is applied up to 2 weeks before the starting date of the course.

Desk rates are applied 2 weeks before the starting date of the course.


Advance registration & payment are required.              

Registration will close on the date published on the front page of the course.


A registration to the online workshop may be cancelled without any fees before pre-online course material is sent out. Pre-online course material is sent out a few days before the first workshop lesson. After the pre-online course material is sent out, no refund of the  registration fee is possible.

Fee for ESTRO members working in countries with a less competitive economic background:

ESTRO members working in countries with a less competitive economic background can benefit from the above fees if three conditions are met:

  1. Only ESTRO members for 2020 are eligible (please make sure your 2020 membership is in order before you apply for the reduced fees
  2. Sponsored candidates are not entitled to these fees (the invoicing address has to be the one of the participant)  
  3. Your application is submitted 2 weeks before the course start dat