Aarhus, Denmark

Particle Therapy

You may know your ions from your protons, but do you know the difference between active and passive beam delivery technology? Or the radiobiological, physical or clinical rationale for proton and carbon ion therapy? The course covers all this, as well as reviewing the current evidence for particle therapy, the status of clinical trials and the latest technological developments in this novel and important form of radiation treatment.


Celebrate with us the 15th anniversary of this course.

The course is aimed at radiation oncologists, medical physicists and professionals in allied fields, including trainees interested in particle therapy. Basic knowledge of radiation oncology and radiation physics are prerequisites. The course targets individuals who are either directly involved in a clinical particle therapy project, already practice particle therapy, or who desire to update their knowledge on particle therapy.

Course directors

  • Marco Krengli, Radiation Oncologist, University of Piemonte Orientale & Centro Nazionale Adroterapia Oncologica (CNAO), Pavia, (IT)
  • Tony Lomax, Medical Physicist, Paul Scherrer Institute, Villigen (CH) & ETH Zurich


  • Dirk De Ruysscher, Radiation Oncologist/ Radiotherapist, MAASTRO Clinic, Maastricht (NL)
  • Piero Fossati, Radiation Oncologist, MedAustron, Wiener Neustadt (AT)
  • Semi Harrabi, Heidelberg University Hospital, Heidelberg (DE)
  • Silvia Molinelli, Medical Physicist, Fondazione CNAO, Pavia (IT)
  • Marco Schippers, Medical Physicist, Paul Scherrer Institute, Villigen (CH)
  • Marco Schwarz, Medical Physicist, Proton Therapy Centre, Trento (IT)
  • Beate Timmermann, Radiation Oncologist, Klinik für Partikeltherapie, Universitätsklinikum, Essen (DE)

Local organiser

  • Morten Hoyer, Medical director, Aarhus University Hospital, DCPT, Aarhus


The course aims to:

  • Provide a detailed overview of the clinical rationale and indications of particle therapy, and the status of supporting medical evidence including status of clinical trials
  • Make understandable the distinguishing features of particle therapy compared to other radiotherapy modalities
  • Deepen knowledge of physical, biological, and technical aspects of particle therapy implementation in clinical practice
  • Describe and explain particle treatment systems, dosimetry, treatment delivery, treatment planning and articulate the latest technological developments in particle therapy
  • Share challenges of particle centre projects in different health care environments.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Understand the radiobiological, physical and clinical rationale for particle therapy
  • Have a basic understanding of accelerator technology, current equipment and the practical complexities of building a particle centre
  • Understand the differences between active and passive beam delivery technology, and details of treatment planning, specifically of intensity modulated therapy and motion management
  • Know the clinical rationale for proton and carbon ion therapy, the current indications and clinical practice according to various disease sites
  • Know the current clinical evidence for particle therapy, and the status of clinical trials
  • Have a general understanding of the integration of particle therapy in general radiation oncology
  • Summarise the latest technical developments
  • Have some knowledge of future directions in the research and development of particle therapy

    Course Content

    Physics and biology: image guidance techniques, dosimetry and quality assurance

  • Physical aspects of particle therapy
  • Ion source accelerator, beam line and beam delivery technology
  • Passive and active delivery
  • Biological aspects of particle therapy
  • RBE determination, biophysical modelling plan optimisation
  • Medical Physics: image guidance techniques, dosimetry and quality assurance

  • Imaging for treatment planning
  • Treatment planning for proton and carbon ion therapy
  • Plan evaluation, robustness, quality assurance
  • Intensity-modulated particle therapy and image-guided particle therapy.
  • Physical and technical approaches to the treatment of moving organs.
  • Clinical indications, anti-cancer effects, toxicity, challenges and limitations of particle therapy

  • Clinical challenges and pitfalls of proton and carbon ion therapy
  • Current clinical indications and applications for proton and carbon ion therapy also in combination with systemic treatments, according to pathological and anatomical disease characteristics
  • Clinical case reviews and discussions, review of clinical trials
  • New trends in radiation oncology and integration of particle therapy
  • Future clinical directions and developments.
  • Roadmap for a particle therapy project

  • How to build a new particle therapy facility – from project planning to starting clinical operation
  • New technologies for hospital based particle centres
  • How to expand an existing radiotherapy department with particle therapy.
  • Protocol and journal club about latest clinical and physics developments.

    Guided tour of particle therapy facility.


    Before commencing this course, participants should:

  • Have a basic understanding of radiobiology and radiation physics
  • Know the basics of radiotherapy and radiotherapy planning
  • Have a general understanding about the evaluation of medical evidence.
  • Teaching Methods

    Interactive lectures, tutorials, journal club, case reviews and discussions, tour of the proton facility.

    Methods of Assessment

  • MCQ
  • Evaluation form.
  • Accreditation

    Application for CME recognition will be submitted to the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME), an institution of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS). EACCME credits are recognised by the American Medical Association towards the Physician’s Recognition Award (PRA). Information on the status of the applications can be obtained from the ESTRO office.

Programme will follow


Application for CME and CDP recognition will be submitted to the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME), an institution of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS). EACCME credits are recognised by the American Medical Association towards the Physician’s Recognition Award (PRA). Information on the status of the applications can be obtained from the ESTRO office.


Aarhus University Hospital

Auditorium G206-142

Entrance G

Palle Juul-Jensens Boulevard 99

8200 Aarhus C



Entrance G is close to the stop of the light train - L2

Auditorium G206-142 is to the left of the Entrance G




Booking codes for the following hotels will follow shortly


High Quality and good service are the focal point of the designer hotel, Hotel Oasia Aarhus in the beating heart of Aarhus with 100 newly renovated rooms. Here you can lean back, let yourself be spoiled and enjoy the elegant and discrete luxury, the clean lines and the Scandinavian design. The hotel is certified Green Key and has obtained the organic cuisine label (Silver level).



Milling Hotel Ritz, built in 1932 and several time renovated, has been redecorated and carefully refurbished in keeping with the original architecture. The hotel will seem like an oasis where the friendly atmosphere will captivate you as soon as the doors have closed gently behind you, shutting out the rumblings of the city; prepare for a unique hotel experience.



Scandic The Mayor is a hotel situated in the heart of Aarhus. The hotel is encircled by the Music Hall, the City Hall and the beautiful City Hall Park with only a few minutes’ walk to the airport shuttle, the Central Station and Aarhus Harbour. Scandic The Mayor has been awarded the Nordic Eco label and holds a dedicated focus on sustainability, and furthermore, a respectful approach towards the environment is among the core values of the hotel. The hotel has banqueting rooms and meeting rooms with a maximum capacity of 150 persons, a café, bar and restaurant.



This new boutique hostel opened its doors in early May 2021 having been converted from the iconic former Aarhus Library. This one-of-a-kind design hostel in the city centre has views of the ARoS Aarhus Art Museum and offers 444 beds in 178 rooms. Exclusive design, vibrant areas, cool bar, food court, sauna, pop up shops and quality beds.




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 education@estro.org 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).


Early Deadline: 1 March 2022