EMP News Summer 2020 Issue

Publication Date: Jun 6th, 2020 07:13, Category: EMP News

Dear Reader,

EFOMP is delighted to announce the publication of the Summer 2020 issue of its Newsletter, European Medical Physics News!

The ingenuity and resourcefulness of our medical physics community during the COVID-19 pandemic is very much in evidence in this issue. As featured on the front cover, a group of Serbian medical physicists put their talents to excellent use by 3d-printing face shields; another article describes how a northern-Italian medical physics department adapted to the pandemic. Early on, EFOMP established a COVID-19 forum, has been an extremely useful resource. Another article, also highlighted on the front page, describes the series of “Lockdown Lectures” webinars which were established by the Irish Association of Physicists in Medicine together with EFOMP.

One casualty of the pandemic has been our ability to get together to present and discuss our science at national and international conferences. Our own conference, the 3rd European Congress of Medical Physics, originally planned for September 2020 in Turin, will now take place at the same location in June 2021. In his President’s Message, Marco Brambilla discusses the postponement and the reasoning behind it. 

Thanks to our many talented and eager contributors, this issue contains a fantastic selection of articles that will interest all medical physicists. It includes the first of a regular series by Physica Medica’s Editor-in-Chief, Paolo Russo, in which he highlights papers recently published in the journal. You can find articles from two of our NMOs, describing medical physics education and career progression in Lithuania and in Estonia. Our popular series on medical physicists’ hobby activities is represented by two extremely diverse activities, namely organic olive oil production in Greece and choral singing in Serbia! The results of the latest EFOMP photo contest are also announced in this issue.

Articles from EFOMP Company Members are always appreciated by our readership; this time you can find articles from AGFA, Bracco, ELSE Solutions, IBA Dosimetry, RTsafe and Sun Nuclear.

Finally, it is worth mentioning that 2020 marks the 40th anniversary of the founding of EFOMP! We are planning to feature the anniversary in the Autumn 2020 issue of EMP News, but there is no harm in starting our celebrations early! To that end, as the first “EFOMP@40” event, EFOMP held a bake-an-EFOMP-birthday-cake competition, the results of which can be found in this newsletter.

I hope you will enjoy reading this issue of European Medical Physics News! Please do feel free to pass on the link or the pdf to friends, colleagues and students who you think might be interested.


David Lurie and the Editorial Team (pubcommittee@efomp.org), June 2020

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