The European Congress of Radiology (ECR) is the annual meeting of the European Society of Radiology (ESR). It is a trend-setting, dynamic and service-oriented congress, well-known as one of the most innovative meetings within the scientific community, embedded in a unique and inspiring ambience.
The European Congress of Radiology represents the medical specialty of radiology throughout Europe and the Mediterranean. The ECR comprises a Congress Committee, a Programme Planning Committee, and 17 Scientific Subcommittees.
The next ECR congress will be held from February 28 – March 4, 2018 (Wednesday to Sunday), in Vienna, Austria.
For more information on ECR meetings and initiatives, see the related sections of this website.
|2017||Paul M. Parizel||Antwerp/BE|
|2013||José Ignacio Bilbao||Pamplona/ES|
|2008||Maximilian F. Reiser||Munich/DE|
|2007||Christian J. Herold||Vienna/AT|
|2005||Antonio Chiesa||Brescia/IT||† 2009|
|2004||Helen M.L. Carty||Liverpool/UK|
|2002||Philippe A. Grenier||Paris/FR|
|2001||Holger Pettersson||Lund/SE||† 2011|
|2000||Rolf W. Günther||Aachen/DE|
|1999||Roberto Passariello||Rome/IT||† 2013|
|1997||Hans G. Ringertz||Stockholm/SE|
|1995||Albert L. Baert||Leuven/BE|
|1993||Albert L. Baert||Leuven/BE|
|1991||Josef Lissner||Munich/DE||† 2006|
|1987||Maria Emilia Silvestre||Lisbon/PT|
|1983||Guy Delorme||Pessac/FR||† 2010|
|1979||Walter Frommhold||Tübingen/DE||† 2011|
|1975||E. Samuel||Johannesburg/ZA||† 1997|
|1971||Johann R. Von Ronnen||The Hague/NL||† 1995|
|1967||F. Galvez-Armengaud||Barcelona/ES||† 1975|
European x-ray congresses have been taking place since 1967, the year the European Congress of Radiology was founded by Prof. Boris Rajewsky and Prof. Charles Marie Gros. The event originally took place every four years in different locations, starting in Barcelona, and then followed by Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Hamburg, Bordeaux and Lisbon.
The idea to develop a new type of congress, and introduce a new era in European radiology, became more intensively discussed as the North American congress of Radiology (RSNA) began to represent an increasingly competitive attraction for European radiologists.
The second reason for the ambitious change was a practical and financial consideration, due to the rotating location of the congress and the lack of a consistent group of experienced radiologists with responsibility for the preparation of the congress. The industry and the changing congress landscape were the major driving forces behind these changes.
In 1985, the European Congress of Radiology founded a committee, chaired by Prof. Dr. Josef Lissner, with the specific purpose of congress organisation. It was decided by the committee that the congress should take place every two years and that, if possible, the location should not change.
As the next step, it was determined that the location of the congress should be Vienna, partly due to its geographical location in relation to Eastern European countries, and so the society ‘Verein Europäischer Röntgenkongress (ECR)’ was founded, and a congress-organising institution was established at the Medical Academy of Vienna.
By the end of the 1980s, the Programme Planning Committee had also been founded, comprising 120 European radiologists and chaired by Professors Albert L. Baert, Peter Josef Ell, Jacques Henry, Herwig Imhof, and Paul F.G.M. van Waes.
After several years of developing ideas and concepts, establishing and expanding contacts with the industry and other essential partners, and after tireless efforts from all involved, the first ‘new’ European Congress of Radiology was opened on Saturday, September 15, 1991, under the presidency of Prof. Dr. Lissner. And it turned out to be an enormous success.
Overall, 4,500 radiologists took part, as well as 4,500 technicians and others – a total of 9,000 participants. 98 further training courses were held by 202 European lecturers and 25 non-European speakers, mostly from America, Canada, and Japan.
1991 was also the year that marked the formal establishment of the ECR Office in Vienna, which henceforth has been the official organiser of the European Congress of Radiology.
The two year cycle of the congress was continued until 1999, when it was decided that the rapid development of the medical specialty of radiology required an annual meeting of Europe’s radiological community and all its partners.
The European Congress of Radiology has continued to evolve and refine itself ever since. It is now the largest radiological meeting in Europe, attracting more than 20,000 participants from over 100 countries and boasting an impressive scientific and educational programme that includes 1,500 oral scientific presentations and around 3,000 electronic poster presentations in EPOS™.