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Engagement project gives Copenhagen the edge for radiotherapy congress

The combination of an ambitious engagement project, a strong national host group and an attractive host city were the deciding factors for The European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology, ESTRO, when choosing Copenhagen for their 2022 Annual Meeting. 

The Congress will run over five days at the Bella Center Copenhagen and attract an estimated 6,000 participants.  

The Danish bid for ESTRO comprised of two parts; an engagement project and a functional bid.  

The groundbreaking engagement project with the overarching theme ‘Improved cancer outcome through collaboration’ offers two areas of focus. Through projects and events, it aims to showcase and translate Danish experience and expertise to ESTRO members before, during and after the congress while also using the ESTRO congress as a catalyst to improve radiotherapy in Denmark and Europe.

Umberto Ricardi, President of ESTRO, says: “We are very impressed with Copenhagen and the Danish engagement project, which is perfectly aligned with the ESTRO 2030 vision “Optimal Health for All, Together”. This vision aims to improve the outcome and health by enabling and catalysing large networks. Therefore, we are excited to go to Copenhagen in 2022 but also very much looking forward to the engagement work that will take place before, during and after the actual congress.”

The national radiotherapy research center under the Danish Comprehensive Cancer Center, DCCC Radiotherapy, has been instrumental in putting together the engagement project and securing the winning bid. The center encompasses all cancer departments in Denmark treating patients with radiotherapy as well as the Center for Nuclear Technologies at DTU Nutech, The Danish Centre for Particle Therapy at Aarhus University Hospital and all Danish universities.

“To host the ESTRO 2022 is a huge honour and it offers a significant opportunity for DCCC to bring together and showcase all our national strengths as well as learn from our international network. Danish radiotherapy professionals have had a continued relationship with ESTRO over the course of several decades and we are excited to take lead on this groundbreaking engagement project and create lasting impacts both locally and globally,” says Cai Grau, DCCC Radiotherapy.

Copenhagen will be the focal point for the congress, with events, meetings and symposia all over Denmark leading up to the congress, ensuring the event is a national effort and a testament to Danish collaboration.

Kit Lykketoft, Director of Conventions, Wonderful Copenhagen CVB, says: “It’s been a really exciting process for us as a CVB to be actively involved in not only the functional part of the bid but also the engagement project. ESTRO is a perfect example of the increased focus on creating impact and legacies for congresses held in Denmark. We’re convinced that this is the way forward in terms of the way we collaborate with international associations and national stakeholders.”

(via Copenhagen Convention Bureau)