Prague, Czech Republic

Advanced treatment planning

Course Aim

This five-day course intends to:

  • Enhance the knowledge of comprehensive treatment planning and the understanding of strategies to obtain optimal treatment plans for patients. This implies a complex integration of clinical, imaging, biological and physical/technological knowledge, skills and competencies
  • Focus on challenging scenarios related to the interaction of these issues with a specific focus on dose distribution, with and without computer aided optimization and modelling, in particular in more complex cases


Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course participants should be able to:

  • Have a comprehensive understanding of all parts of the planning process and also plan evaluation for intensity modulated radiotherapy (both step-and-shoot IMRT and VMAT)
  • Increase accuracy as well as effectiveness in the planning process
  • Understand the problem of competing priorities in planning
  • Appreciate the concept of plan optimisation
  • Understand the basis for comparing different plans for the same case.


Course Content

  • Broadening the therapeutic band width
  • Dose calculation algorithms and their differences in clinical impact
  • Applying ICRU in treatment planning
  • Practical guidelines for both step-and-shoot IMRT and VMAT planning
  • Relationships between 3D dose distributions and clinical toxicities, chest, head and neck, pelvis
  • Particle therapy planning
  • Physical and biological optimisation
  • Pareto fronts in clinical practice
  • Geometric uncertainties and how to deal with them
  • Molecular imaging in treatment planning
  • Adaptive planning strategies (both online and offline)
  • Autoplanning, online planning, library planning, dose painting planning, robust and probabilistic planning.

Treatment Planning Systems

Eclipse, Monaco, Pinnacle³, RayStation and TomoTherapy.


Experience of treatment planning with IMRT is desirable.  The course is aimed at staff routinely involved in advanced treatment planning in their daily routine, preferably with at least two years of experience. We encourage attendance not only for radiation therapists (RTTs) but also for physicists and radiation oncologists with clinical experience and a basic understanding of the fundamental components of treatment planning, who wish to deepen their knowledge of advanced treatment planning concepts and techniques, including the underlying optimization, prioritizing and balancing of clinical objectives

Teaching Methods

  • 19 hours of lectures
  • 9 hours of practical workshops
  • 4 hours of case discussions.

Methods of Assessment

  • MCQ
  • Evaluation form.


Course Director

Gert Meijer, Medical Physicist, UMC Utrecht, Utrecht (NL)


Neil Burnet, Radiation Oncologist, The Christie Hospital, Manchester (UK)


  • Nicola Dinapoli, Radiation Oncologist, University Clinics A. Gemelli, Rome (IT)
  • Ursula Nestle, Radiation Oncologist, Kliniken Maria Hilf, Mönchengladbach and Universitätsklinikum Freiburg, Freiburg (DE)
  • Markus Stock, Medical Physicist, EBG MedAustron GmbH, Wiener Neustadt (AT)
  • Desirée van den Bongard, Radiation Oncologist, Amsterdam UMC, Amsterdam (NL)
  • Marcel van Herk, Radiotherapy Physicist, The Christie, Manchester (UK)


Vienna House Diplomat Prague

Evropska 15

16041 Prague



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 2022 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.



Early rate

Late rate

In-training members*

  500 EUR

 675 EUR


  650 EUR 

 775 EUR

Non Members

  800 EUR

 900 EUR

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

Early rates are applied up to three months before the starting date of the course.

Late rates are applied three months before the starting date of the course.

The fee includes the course material, coffees, lunches, and the social event.

Advance registration & payment are required.

Since the number of participants is limited, late registrants are advised to contact the ESTRO office before payment, to inquire about availability of places. Access to homework and/or course material will become available upon receipt of full payment.

Insurance and cancellation

The organiser does not accept liability for individual medical, travel or personal insurance. Participants are strongly advised to take out their own personal insurance policies.   

In case an unforeseen event would force ESTRO to cancel the meeting, the Society will reimburse the participants fully the registration fees. ESTRO will not be responsible for the refund of travel and accommodation costs.

In case of cancellation, full refund of the registration fee minus 15% for administrative costs may be obtained up to three months before the course and 50% of the fee up to one month before the course. No refund will be made if the cancellation request is postmarked less than one month before the start of the course.

Reduced fees

Members from emerging countries may register at a preferential rate of 350 Euro. Emerging country fee applies to individuals from low-income and lower-middle-income economies according to the World Bank listing here.

Additionally, all specialties from the following countries can benefit from this preferential rate: 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.  In addition, medical physicists from Cyprus can email to apply for this fee.

The preferential rate of 350 Euro is granted automatically when you click on the  BOOK NOW  button and the three conditions below are met:

  1. Only ESTRO members for 2022 are eligible (please make sure your 2022 membership is in order before you click on the BOOK NOW  button)
  2. Only one course per person per year can be subsidized by ESTRO
  3. Sponsored candidates are not entitled to reduced fees (the invoicing address has to be the one of the participant)  

 Please note:

  • We can only guarantee a certain number of reduced fees per course
  • Application deadlines are the same as early registration fees (3 months before the course date).

Learn how to create the best treatment plans for your patients. Come and explore new techniques, focus on challenging scenarios and improve your understanding of every step of the planning process.