This is the monthly newsletter on public affairs sent by ESTRO to national societies
This is the ESTRO Public Affairs newsletter: a monitoring service offered by ESTRO to national societies of the radiation oncology area to keep up-to-date with oncopolicy issues.
This issue of the newsletter is dedicated to the National Societies meeting, at ESTRO 38, Milan 2019 as well as special focus on HTA collaborations in Europe.
Focus of the month
National Societies Meeting, at ESTRO 38, Milan 2019

Other news
  • Open Access to the Joint Research Centre (JRC) Research Infrastructures
  • Join the European Medicines Agency (EMA) Committee for Advanced Therapies 
  • Support for strengthened EU cooperation on Health Technology Assessment (HTA)
  • Calls for Proposals


National Societies Meeting, at ESTRO 38, Milan


On this occasion, we are glad to invite you to submit requests to the National Societies Meeting next year, 2019, that will be held in conjunction with the ESTRO 38 Annual Congress in Milan from 26 - 30 April. Accommodating feedback from the gathering earlier this year in Barcelona, two major changes will mark next years' programme differentiating it from previous editions. The first, being that the assembly will convene around 10:30AM to lodge requests for those traveling early in the morning and run until the end of the day. Secondly, speakers on behalf of the National Societies will be part of the programme. 


The general format, with updates from the ongoing projects will remain similar to the existing schedule with numerous dedicated sessions for societies to participate. Moreover, we are pleased to invite you to enhance the value of this occasion by contributing to the programme as a Representative on behalf of your National Society. In order to give you a better idea of what could be included, please find a list of potential items below:

  1. POSITION of radiotherapy in your country
  2. ACTION and support medical professional and students in the field of radiotherapy
  3. SUPPORT patients and patient organisations
  4. INFLUENCE decision makers

In particular, to the benefit of fellow societies it is encouraged that reference is made to:

  • Best Practices
  • Partnerships with other societies /hospitals / universities and/ or public institutions  
  • Gaps and areas of special attentions showcasing by exemplifications
  • SUCCESS stories

Taking the above information into account, please provide a short description of your presentation by email to Gabriella Axelsson before 31 August. A selection of 5 - 6 sessions will be made by the National Societies Committee based on the submissions received. 

Kindly note only organisations listed in the ESTRO National Societies register are eligible to apply. 

We look forward to hearing from you! 

With our best regards, 
On behalf of the National Societies Committee


Network Reminders  

  • Please ensure the CONTACT DETAILS of your National Society has been updated via this form  after 26 April this year: In order to encourage compliance with the new GDPR frame that came into effect 25 May and to allow for the transition period, it is crucial that your society updates the data via this form. It will take around 5 minutes to complete. 

Thanks to all that have already submitted their information. 

Only contacts listed in this register will receive updates / invitations related to the ESTRO NATIONAL SOCIETIES effective 1 September 2018.

Greetings from the National Societies Committee 

We look forward to picking up after the holiday period, to sharing with you updates on the activities, collaborations, and as always, continue strengthening the multidisciplinary partnership resulting in the best benefits of the radiotherapy service provision to all European citizens, and together with your help, increase the lay level of knowledge. 


We remain committed to the National Societies, as much as our valuable exchange and partnerships with many of you, in your respective countries.

We wish you a wonderful summer! 

Open Access to the Joint Research Centre (JRC) Research Infrastructure 

The JRC offers access to its non-nuclear facilities to researchers and scientists from EU Member States. Visit the Scientific Laboratories and Facilities for academia and research organisations, as well as industry and small and medium enterprises (SMEs). 

More information is available here

Join the European Medicines Agency (EMA) Committee for Advanced Therapies 
The Commission has launched a selection procedure to appoint the members and alternates representing patients' associations and clinicians in the Committee for Advanced Therapies.

Members to be appointed
  • two members and two alternates representing patients' associations
  • two members and two alternates representing clinicians 

The successful candidates will be appointed for a three-year-mandate starting on July 1 2019.
The deadline for submission is prolonged, apply today
Support for strengthened EU cooperation on HTA

Stakeholders confirm their support for the strengthened EU cooperation on Health Technology Assessment (HTA). On 9 July over 300 policy makers, healthcare providers, patient representatives and other experts gathered in Brussels to discuss their views on HTA. Conclusions made, stated that after 20 years of joint work, more room should be made for structuring HTA across Europe in order to advance optimal use of resources and the sharing of expertise across Europe.

Complete programme, presentations as well as video recoding available here.
The input from patients, health professionals and industry in HTA discussion is essential:
"We now have an opportunity to establish a mechanism that ensures that HTA is used to its maximum potential throughout the EU. I believe that joint assessments would not only help patients to have access to the most effective health technologies, but would also contribute to the sustainability of health systems. The broad involvement of stakeholders also ensures quality and predictability. Moreover, I believe that our proposal would bring more transparency in the HTA processes in the EU."
-Commissioner  Vytenis Andriukaitis     

Calls for Proposals 

European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant   deadline 30 August 2018
Individual Fellowships - Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions deadline 12 September 2018 
Cofunding of regional, national and international programmes - Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions deadline 26 September 2018

Understanding causative mechanisms in co- and multimorbidities deadline 2 October 2018
Innovative training networks - Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions deadline 15 January 2019
Integrating activities for advanced communities deadline 20 March 2019
Actions in support of the International Consortium for Personalised Medicine deadline 16 April 2019
Big data and artificial Intelligence for monitoring health status and quality of life after the cancer treatment deadline 24 April 2019 

For a list of 10 calls on the topics of Nuclear Fission, Fusion and radiation Protection Research here.
If you have any questions  please contact Gabriella Axelsson
ESTRO Public Affairs Project Manager
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