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International Conference on Advances in Radiation Oncology (ICARO-3)

16–19 February 2021, Vienna, Austria

Conference on Advances in Radiation Oncology (ICARO-3) 2021

Please note the change of date from 23-26 February to 16-19 February.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is organizing the third International Conference on Advances in Radiation Oncology (ICARO-3), following the successes of the first and second conferences (ICARO-1 and ICARO-2), which were held in 2009 and 2017. The advances in radiotherapy in the last years have been striking, although numerous challenges remain, including achieving access to high standard cancer care in many countries. New radiotherapy techniques have been implemented in the past decades, including three-dimensional conformal therapy, stereotactic radiotherapy, intensity modulated radiation therapy, image guided and stereotactic body radiation therapy, tomotherapy, new brachytherapy and unsealed-source techniques, and proton and heavy ion therapy. The increased use of these complex techniques, coupled with the need to treat more patients in less time, will continue to drive a reliance on high-end technologies and impose a financial burden on health care programmes. In addition, the development and implementation of quality assurance programmes for these new techniques pose major challenges in Member States.

The conference will give health care professionals an opportunity to review the current developments in clinical applications in the fields of radiation oncology, radiation biology and medical physics, with a view to addressing the challenges of appropriate cancer management in Member States.

It will also critically examine the pivotal role of emerging radiotherapy techniques in tackling the health challenges common to many Member States.

An appropriate number of accredited continuing medical education (CME) credits will be awarded to participants.


The conference is aimed at defining the current role and future potential of technological, medical physics and molecular/biological innovations for their incorporation into routine clinical practice in radiation oncology. It will also provide a forum where advances in technology, best practices and quality assurance methodologies can be disseminated and scientific knowledge exchanged. The conference will have the following specific objectives:

  • To review the current role and future potential of technological, medical physics and molecular/biological innovations for clinical use in radiation oncology
  • To explore the applications of improved imaging tools in treatment planning
  • To review the current status of evidence-based recommendations for the treatment of common cancers
  • To review the latest developments in medical dosimetry and dose auditing procedures for new radiotherapy techniques
  • To review the current status of comprehensive audits in radiotherapy
  • To review resource sparing approaches in clinical radiotherapy practice
  • To exchange information on the current advances and implementation challenges in the field among leading experts
  • To define future challenges and directions in the clinical use of radiotherapy

Topics for Technical Sessions

The IAEA invites participants to provide high quality contributions on all aspects of radiotherapy. The topics to be addressed during the conference will be centred on technological as well as biological, medical physics and clinical advances, and should consider real clinical settings in all Member States. Both academic and practice-based papers under the umbrella of the following topics will be considered:

  • Technological advances and challenges
  • Roadmap for setting up modern radiation oncology facilities
  • New treatment and imaging techniques and clinical evidence
  • Health economics in radiotherapy
  • Developments in treatment planning
  • Small field dosimetry
  • Auditing procedures
  • Personalized medicine
  • Advances in the treatment of recurrent patients
  • National cancer control strategies
  • Developments in quality assurance and new approaches to quality management
  • Safety in radiation therapy
  • Intensity modulated radiotherapy, including arc-based approaches
  • Image-guided radiotherapy
  • Stereotactic body radiotherapy
  • Particle therapy
  • Telemedicine
  • Radiobiology
  • Spatially fractionated radiation therapy
  • FLASH therapy
  • Combined therapies
  • Paediatric radiotherapy
  • Clinical research
  • Applied brachytherapy
  • Education and training of professionals

Target Audience

This conference will offer an opportunity to review the latest technological, clinical and biological developments that are relevant to radiotherapy, and the main target audience therefore comprises:

  • Radiation oncologists
  • Radiobiologists
  • Medical physicists
  • Technologists

The conference would also be of interest to scientists, researchers and biomedical engineers working in the field of radiotherapy.


A limited amount of space will be available for commercial vendors’ displays/exhibits during the conference. Interested parties should contact the Scientific Secretariat by email by 31 July 2020.

Key Deadlines and Dates

  • 30 June 2020: Electronic submission of synopses through INDICO
  • 31 July 2020: Submission of Forms A and B through official channel
  • 31 August 2020: Notification of acceptance of synopses
  • No deadline: Registration only (submission of Form A through official channel)


To demonstrate its commitment to sustainability, the IAEA will organize this conference as a 'green meeting' according to the guidelines of the Austrian Ecolabel.

There will be a focus on the areas of paper smart documentation, waste reduction and recycling, and environmentally friendly catering.

Conference app

The IAEA Conferences and Meetings App provides a one-stop access to information on the Conference, exhibitions and scheduled side events. The app also allows users to put together their own personalized schedule of events. Via this app participants will be able to view contributed papers and the latest conference programme, message other participants, and view PowerPoint presentations released after the event. Participants will receive an email inviting them to register for the app approximately one week before the conference.

For iPhone or iPad users, get your free download through the Apple iTunes Store; those with Android devices can visit the Google Play Store.


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