Research Course in Radiotherapy Physics

Madrid, Spain

[ Application deadline: 28 June 2019 ]
[ Physics ]
  • Early starters in research (including PhD students)  in radiotherapy physics or related fields like imaging science, computer science, mathematics, and biophysics, who want to develop research skills. Possibly, but not necessarily, they have relevant experience outside research, e.g. in a radiotherapy clinic.

  • Residents in medical physics who want to develop research skills.

  • Clinical medical physicists that want to be more involved in research.

Course director 

  • Ben Heijmen, Physicist, Erasmus Medical Centre, Rotterdam (NL)


  • Claudio Fiorino, Physicist, San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Milan (IT) 

  • Mischa Hoogeman, Physicist, Erasmus Medical Centre, Rotterdam (NL) 

  • Oliver Jäkel, Physicist, German Cancer Research Centre, Heidelberg University, Heidelberg (DE) 

  • Stine Korreman, Physicist, Roskilde University, Roskilde (DK) 

  • Eirik Malinen, Physicist, DNR - Norwegian Radium Hospital, Oslo (NO) 

  • Uwe Oelfke, Physicist, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, London (UK) 

  • Hugo Palmans, Physicist, National Physical Laboratory, Teddington (UK) 

  • Kari Tanderup, Physicist, Aarhus University, Aarhus (DK) 

  • Uulke van der Heide, Physicist, Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam (NL) 

  • Peter van Luijk, Physicist, University Medical Centre Groningen, Groningen ( NL)

Local organiser 

  • Dr. Fernández Letón, Hospital HM Sanchinarro

Attendants to the Masterclass should submit a proposal or idea for a research project, or a scientific paper to be further improved under supervision of a team of internationally renowned scientists. By discussing the submitted proposals and ideas in small groups in a safe and friendly atmosphere, attendants will learn by example from their peers and the attending faculty how to turn an initial idea into a successful project with scientific output. Leading the discussions are questions such as: “What are the interesting research hypotheses and messages and how can they be improved?”, and “Why would others be interested in reading my paper?”.

In addition, for a broad range of radiotherapy research fields, expert faculty members will highlight current trends and discuss important unresolved issues with future research opportunities. Some general aspects of scientific research (e.g. paper and grant writing) will also be covered by lectures.

Ample time will be allotted for discussions with faculty members and fellow attendants, allowing development of new, potentially long lasting, scientific/mentorship relationships.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course participants should be able to

  • Critically validate and enhance the quality of research projects concerning novelty, potential impact, urgency, and feasibility and risk.

  • Effectively discuss research ideas/projects with colleagues to maximise scientific value.

  • Discuss current trends and research opportunities in radiotherapy physics and related technical fields.

Course content

  1. Discussions on research projects submitted by participants, aiming at improving the projects, and to learn, by example from peers and the expert faculty, how to turn research ideas into a successful project.

  2. Lectures 

    • Trends, unresolved issues and research opportunities in:
    1. MR imaging in radiotherapy (including dose painting)
    2. PET imaging in radiotherapy (including dose painting)
    3. IGRT and adaptive therapy to compensate for anatomical variations
    4. Physics and technology in personalised medicine
    5. Dose response modelling
    6. Biophysics in radiotherapy
    7. Brachytherapy physics
    8. Treatment planning
    9. Respiratory motion management
    10. Radiotherapy dosimetry
    11. Microbeam radiotherapy
    12. Ion beam therapy (guest lecture)
    • Tips and tricks for writing a successful grant proposal
    • Tips and tricks for writing a scientific paper and getting it accepted
    • Grant opportunities in Europe.

Methods of assessment

Evaluation form.

Teaching methods

  • 2 days for presentation of submitted research

  • projects, discussions and working on the improvement of projects

  • 1,5 days of lectures.


The preliminary programme is available here.

Key words

  • Research,
  • Physics,
  • Imaging science,
  • Computer science,
  • Mathematics,
  • Biophysics


Application for CPD recognition is submitted to the European Federation of Organisations for Medical Physics (EFOMP), as a CPD event for medical physicists. Information on the status of the applications can be obtained from the ESTRO office.


Universidad de Navarra

Sede de Postgrado - Edificio Alumni

C/ Marquesado de Santa Marta, 3

28027 Madrid



We recommend that you search suitable accommodation through one of the online booking websites.  ESTRO will not be providing any accommodation for this course.

How to apply

Anyone interested must submit a proposal or idea for a research project, or a scientific paper, etc. The deadline for this is 28 June 2019Proposals/ideas for research must be submitted in pdf format with a maximum 750 words. The content should strictly adhere to the following format:

  1. Title
  2. Name and affiliation of investigator
  3. Background of research
  4. Proposed research and research hypotheses
  5. Expected results and conclusions/messages.

The submission must be accompanied by a brief CV (pdf, max 500 words). Please send the research proposal and CV to the course manager, Mieke Akkers. Attendance will be limited to 30 participants. Selection will be based on the submitted proposals and on a first come, first served principle.If selected, the participant should  prepare a 10 minute Powerpoint presentation with the format given above.The pptx will be presented at the Masterclass, and will be the basis for further improvement of the research proposal.



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 2019 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* 450 EUR 625 EUR
Members 600 EUR 725 EUR
Non Members 750 EUR 850 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.

If online registration is not possible please contact us:   
Tel.: +32 2 775 93 39 - Fax: +32 2 779 54 94 - E-mail:

Advance registration & payment are required.

On-site registration will not be available.

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 & 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

ESTRO members from economically challenged countries may register at a preferential rate of 350 Euro if three conditions are met:

  1. Only ESTRO members for 2019 are eligible (please make sure your 2019 membership is in order before you apply for the reduced fees)
  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)

List of Economically challenged countries and eligible courses 


Many of our course participants are able to find full or partial funding from sources available locally. 

For more please go to: GRANTS

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