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Glasgow wins Europe’s largest congress on radiation oncology

Glasgow has been selected to host ESTROs Annual Congress in 2023. Europes largest meeting on radiation oncology, attracting over 6,000 participants, will take place at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC).

Professor Anthony Chalmers from the University of Glasgow worked closely with the SEC and Glasgow Convention Bureau to secure the event, competing with major cities from across Europe.

The selection of the location for the conference was based on two distinct elements - the logistical capacity to host this global event in Glasgow at the SEC, and more importantly, the co-creation of an engagement project led by Professor Chalmers. This engagement project will have a tangible impact on patient outcomes, delivering on ESTROs vision: “Optimal Health for All, Together”.

Professor Anthony Chalmers, Chair of Clinical Oncology at the University of Glasgow said: “We are thrilled that Glasgow has been selected as the host for ESTROs Annual Congress. ESTROs goal is to demonstrate progress in the optimal use of radiation oncology. The congress is a catalyst for us to deliver the local engagement project which aims to increase the use of radiotherapy for cancer patients across the West of Scotland.

“Winning the bid is a result of great teamwork between the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre, the University of Glasgow and the Beatson Cancer Charity.”

Kathleen Warden, Director of Conference Sales at the SEC, commented: “Its very exciting to be selected to host ESTROs Annual Congress in 2023. This event creates a wonderful opportunity to showcase Glasgows expertise and progressive approach to radiotherapy and oncology to a European audience. The event also demonstrates the value of medical conferences, which not only deliver great economic benefit, but also provide a platform for changes in health, and therefore, positively impacting society.”

Head of Conventions at Glasgow Convention Bureau, Aileen Crawford, said: “Welcoming the prestigious ESTRO Congress to Glasgow is a great example of Team Glasgow working in partnership to offer a conference location that is truly aligned to the vision and mission of the association.”

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------University of Glasgow

Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world. We are one of the top 100 of the worlds universities and have been named Scottish University of the Year by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.


The University of Glasgow

• is ranked joint 69th in the world and was the first UK university to be rated as 5 Stars Plus overall (QS World University Rankings 2019)

• is ranked joint 93rd in the world by the Times Higher World University Rankings 2019

• welcomes students from more than 140 countries worldwide

• has around 29,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students

• has a global community of over 219,000 alumni

• is a major employer in the city of Glasgow with more than 8,000 staff, including more than 3,400 research and teaching staff

• has annual research income of more than £179m

• is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities

• is ranked 1st in the Russell Group for teaching (NSS 2018)

• is a founding member of Universitas 21, an international grouping of universities dedicated to setting worldwide standards for higher education

• is a founding member of The Guild of European Research Intensive Universities

• has strategic partnerships with the Universities of Columbia, Hong Kong, McGill and Sydney

• has unique partnerships with the Singapore Institute of Technology, Nankai University and the University of Electronic Science & Technology of China meaning that we continue to extend our global footprint through innovative transnational education

• includes among its alumni, the father of economics Adam Smith, Scotlands architect of devolution Donald Dewar and renowned physicist and engineer Lord Kelvin.


The European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology is a non-profit, scientific organisation which aims to foster, in all its aspects, radiotherapy (also known as radiation oncology), clinical oncology and related subjects, including physics as applied to radiotherapy, radiation technology and radiobiology. The Society is based in Brussels, Belgium, and has over 7,300 professional members.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Glasgow Convention Bureau

Glasgow is one of the worlds leading conference destinations and, today, business tourism contributes significantly to the citys economy. In the 2018/19 financial year, Glasgow won 500 new international and UK conferences through to 2024 worth £134 million.


Glasgow Convention Bureau is the citys primary point of contact for conference organisers, working with partners on more than 100 bids for major UK and international conferences each year.


The Scottish Event Campus (SEC) comprises SEC Centre, SEC Armadillo and The SSE Hydro.


It is situated in the heart of Glasgow, Scotlands cultural and commercial capital and is one of the UKs largest integrated spaces, purpose-built for exhibitions, conferences and live entertainment. A truly iconic structure, The SSE Hydro hosts national and international music mega stars as well as global entertainment and sporting events. With a capacity of 13,000, the venue stages around 140 events a year.


Capable of delivering events for two to well over 10,000, SEC Centre has infinite flexibility and includes main meeting hub, the Loch Suite. Combined with the 3,000 seat SEC Armadillo they offer 22,344m2 of event space.