The European School of Radiology (ESOR) has completed thirteen years in action; thirteen years of commitment to radiological education. Since ECR 2018, when I took over the position of Scientific/Educational Director of ESOR, my will has been to pursue and increase the investment in radiological education in Europe and beyond.

The three main goals of ESOR, set at its inception in 2005, are still to assist in harmonising radiological education throughout Europe by supporting the adoption and utilisation of the European Training Curricula (ETC); to build a genuine and firm interest in subspecialisation in radiology; and to raise the scientific profile in radiological education in Europe and around the globe.

Professor Valérie Vilgrain is the Scientific/Educational Director of the European School of Radiology (ESOR) and chair of the ESR’s ESOR Committee.

During the past thirteen years, ESOR has gradually evolved into a major international provider of complementary education in radiology, offering a wide range of modular activities, including foundation and advanced courses, teach-the-teachers and visiting professorship programmes, visiting schools, seminars, tutorials, preparatory courses for the European Diploma in Radiology (EDiR), scholarships, exchange programmes for fellowships and full one-year fellowships. With its expanded course programme and the intercontinental scholarships and exchange programmes for fellowships, ESOR is able to respond adequately to the actual needs of radiologists around the globe, following agreements between the ESR and corresponding member societies. So far, ESOR has delivered structured continuing education to more than 27,000 residents and board-certified radiologists worldwide.

In 2019, 118 final-year residents and young board-certified radiologists had the opportunity to train, for periods ranging from several months to one year, at expert training centres. Most of the centres are in Europe, but ESOR has also developed partnerships in the US (and will soon do so in Canada) to be able to offer overseas experience too.

Scholarships and Fellowships are the main pillars of ESOR and 2020 marks the third year of the Bracco Fellowships. This programme, which offers 90 grants over a period of three years, offers not only clinical fellowships but also fellowships in research and in management. In order to foster the ESOR community even further, ESOR has launched an ESOR Alumni Club for past scholars and fellows. Through this initiative, ESOR aims to maintain the link with successful scholars and fellows through active participation in education.

Among the 2020 highlights are the ESOR courses on Artificial Intelligence (AI). One foundation course on Artificial Intelligence in Radiology was organised in Rome in January and aimed to provide education on AI particularly for young radiologists. The main event on AI will take place online on July 20–23, 2020, as part of the ‘ECR Highlight Week on AI’, and will focus on AI in oncologic imaging. This emphasis on AI shows our willingness not only to support education in radiology but also to prepare the new generation for methods that could impact multiple facets of radiology.

In November 2019, ESOR held an excellent first course in Kolkata, India, organised jointly with the Indian Radiological and Imaging Association (IRIA). It attracted 120 participants from south-east Asia, making the first ever ESOR activity in India a huge success.

Other 2020 highlights are newly introduced one-day online courses taking place in autumn 2020 focusing on MR Imaging of the Abdomen, Neuroradiology, Cardiac MR Imaging, Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound and Urogenital Radiology. While face-to-face courses and personal interaction between faculty and students are extremely important and will always be part of the portfolio, ESOR continues to develop online courses and to contribute to the huge catalogue of ESR e-learning resources.

ESOR is instrumental in mobilising resources for radiological education in Europe and throughout the world, and in creating a long-term educational commitment and a structured network. All of this hugely appreciated use of teaching resources has been implemented with the unlimited support of highly esteemed and renowned lecturers, tutors, mentors, volunteer reference training centres, local organisers, subspecialty and national societies, academic and research institutions, and valued industrial partners. ESOR is greatly indebted to them all.

I am extremely grateful to the ESR for entrusting me with the leadership of ESOR. I am very happy to work closely with the ESOR Steering and Programme Planning Committee and the ESOR community as a whole and I am confident that ESOR will continue to deliver education successfully, connecting the world of radiology. I encourage all of you to find out what ESOR can offer you.

C 1 The scholar and fellow’s experience
Organised by ESOR

  • Visiting scholar in Europe
    Filippo Pesapane; Milan/IT
  • Visiting scholar in USA
    Julian Kirchner; Düsseldorf/DE
  • Exchange fellow in Europe
    Nino Bogveradze; Tbilisi/GE
  • Bracco clinical fellow
    Chloë Standaert; Ghent/BE

C 2 Quality and standards
Organised by ESOR

  • What a fellow should learn about ‘Quality and Standards’
    Adrian Brady; Cork/IE
  • What a fellow wants to learn about ‘Quality and Standards’
    Maja Marolt Music; Ljubljana/SI
  • Role of radiographers in ‘Quality and Standards’
    Hakon H. Hjemly; Oslo/NO
  • Role of structured reporting to foster ‘Quality and Standards’
    Wieland H. Sommer; Munich/DE

C 3 Imaging research: making the most of our opportunities
Organised by ESOR

  • Why is imaging research important?
    Gary Cook; London/UK
  • Why should you undertake a PhD?
    Damiano Caruso; Rome/IT
  • Being an academic radiologist: what does this really mean in practice?
    Sofia Gourtsoyianni; Athens/GR
  • Research in the artificial intelligence era: how can we compete?
    Kieran Foley; Llantrisant/UK
  • Making the most of interdisciplinary research: artificial intelligence and beyond
  • Vicky J. Goh; London/UK

C 4 ESOR and its role in online education
Organised by ESOR

  • ESR Education on demand: how does it work, what is there for you
    Sue Barter; Bedford/UK
  • ESOR in ESR Connect: where is the future?
    Valérie Vilgrain; Clichy/FR

C 5 What would the next generation of radiologists look like?
Organised by ESOR

  • A clinical radiologist
    Ramy Mansour; Oxford/UK
  • An interventional radiologist
    Alessandro Napoli; Rome/IT
  • An ‘artificial intelligent’ radiologist
    Luis Martí-Bonmatí; Valencia/ES
  • A researcher
    Olivier Clément; Paris/FR

C 7 Why are research fellowships important for young radiologists?
Organised by ESOR

  • My experience as a young research fellowship recipient
    Joao Amorim; Porto/PT
  • Multidisciplinary collaboration to improve research in radiology
    Angel Alberich-Bayarri; Valencia/ES
  • How to mentor research fellowship programmes
    Riccardo Manfredi; Rome/IT

C 8 ESOR one-year fellowship
Organised by ESOR

  • Why should you apply for a one-year fellowship? (Part 1)
    Thi Dan Linh Nguyen-Kim; Zurich/CH
  • Why should you apply for a one-year fellowship? (Part 2)
    Eun Kyoung Hong; Seoul/KR

ESOR Education in research

  • ESOR in action 2020
    Valérie Vilgrain; Clichy/FR
  • Getting involved in clinical trials: it is never too early
    Vicky J. Goh; London/UK
  • The importance of networking in research
    Carlo Catalano; Rome/IT
  • My experience: Bracco research fellowship
    Ziga Snoj; Ljubljana/SI
    This session is organised by the European School of Radiology.