European radiology institutions merge to form European Society of
8 January 2006
Vienna, Austria. Europe's leading radiological institutions, the European
Association of Radiology (EAR) and the European Congress of Radiology (ECR)
founded the joint European Society of Radiology (ESR) in Vienna in December.
The aim of replacing EAR and ECR by establishing a single house of radiology
is to strengthen and unify European radiology and to ensure competitiveness
compared to other radiological events and institutions.
The primary aims of the ESR are to:
- Organise the leading meeting in radiology by maintaining and
increasing the excellence of the annual European Congress of Radiology.
- Maximise the efficiency and avoid duplication of effort
- Create synergies.
- Optimise the resources necessary for the tasks ahead.
- Harmonise teaching programmes throughout Europe to ensure easier
movement of European radiologists and enable cross-pollination of
knowledge and skills.
- Establish a new research institute to coordinate research activities
and to support major research initiatives (EIBIR).
- Create a programme of extending teaching resources outside Europe,
global e-learning initiatives will raise standards in those countries
where the science of radiology still is not fully developed (School of
- Create structured public awareness campaigns to bring radiology in
closer relationship to the patients, and improve and raise its position
amongst other medical specialities.
- Establish effective methods and teams to influence policy within the
European Union to ensure that radiology is no longer a Cinderella
discipline in European medicine.
Currently the members of the EAR are national radiological organisations
and radiological subspecialty organisations, those of ECR are radiologists,
physicists, radiographers and professionals of related disciplines. New: The
ESR envisages individual European membership, which will enhance the
visibility of the annual ECR meeting as well as of its educational