by Sean Ruck
, Contributing Editor | February 14, 2020
ECR 2020 takes place March 11 – 15 in its traditional Vienna locale. Another tradition is an interview with the ESR president in advance of the show. This year, we spoke with ESR president, professor Boris Brkljačić from Zagreb, Croatia.
HCB News: How long have you been a member of the European Society of Radiology?
I have been a member of the ESR ever since it was first founded in 2005, by merging the European Congress of Radiology (ECR) and the European Association of Radiology (EAR).
HCB News: Is ESR the premier radiology organization across Europe or are there any that are as large or larger in certain countries?
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The ESR is not only the largest radiological society in Europe, but with more than 120,000 members from 182 countries, it’s also the largest worldwide. While other societies are facing stalling growth rates, our society is still growing year by year, which is one of the big ESR success stories. The annual meeting, the European Congress of Radiology, is amongst the most innovative medical meetings, having exceeded the 30,000 participants threshold last year.
HCB News: What are the main goals you are championing as president?
The most important task of an ESR president is to prepare and advance the European Congress of Radiology. Together with the members of the program planning committee, we did an excellent job for ECR 2020 and created a very comprehensive educational program of the highest quality. We had the bravery to introduce several changes that I hope will advance the quality of the congress even further. I am very grateful to my PPC and subcommittee members, as well as to the ESR Congress office staff for their great work and dedication.
A major focus for me over the last few months was furthering and intensifying our relations with other radiological and related societies. I represented the ESR at many national congresses and international meetings, where, in addition to professional talks, I presented the ESR’s various activities. Also, we consolidated our cooperation with the European Cancer Organisation and took up new relations with the European Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine.
Radiation protection is certainly something that deserves our enhanced attention, and to this end, I have strongly supported the activities of ESR’s EuroSafe Imaging campaign. In particular, supporting activities in Eastern Europe as well as the dissemination of ESR’s imaging referral guidelines embedded in a clinical decision support solution, ESR iGuide.