Radiation research and radiooncology are highly interdisciplinary fields, involving close cooperation between experts in medicine, biology, physics, engineering and computer science. These disciplines are brought together within the National Center for Radiation Research in Oncology (NCRO).

A central aim is to train junior scientists in interdisciplinary research, by equipping them with essential prerequisites for productive scientific cooperation: active communication between researchers and a solid understanding of the research field. The lecture series "Radiation Research in Oncology" aims to address these goals with 18 talks over the course of 2 years. They are given by lecturers from Heidelberg or Dresden, and can also be attended at the partner site via a live video stream. The lectures are aimed at a general audience with the goal of providing an overview of each of a wide range of topics relevant to radiooncological research, including in the fields of medicine, biology, chemistry, physics and technology.

Talks in this lecture series are open to anyone who is interested, but are particularly aimed at PhD students at DKFZ.

Lecture Series 2020/21

Until further notice, the lecture series will take place online only. All DKFZ employees will be invited by e-mail with the required login credentails.

Please note: PhD students at DKFZ please additionally register via the Training Portal to get your credit points!

Interested colleagues from other partner institutes, please contact Marcel Schäfer via e-mail at marcel.schaefer@dkfz-heidelberg.de to get all relevant information.

The poster and program of the current term are available here:



Dates and topics at a glance (2020/21)

Date: Thursday, Oct. 22nd 2020, 5 - 6.30pm
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Oliver Jäkel
Topic: Particle Radiotherapy

Date: Thursday, Nov. 26th 2020, 5.15 - 6.45pm
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Nasreddin Abolmaali
Topic: Fundamentals of Radiologic Imaging

Date: Thursday, Dec. 12th 2020, 5 - 6.30pm
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Marc Kachelrieß
Topic: Imaging Technology I

Date: Thursday, Jan. 21st 2021, 5 - 6.30pm
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Mark Ladd
Topic: Imaging Technology II

Date: Thursday, Feb. 25th 2021, 5 - 6.30pm
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Jörg Kotzerke
Topic: Fundamentals of Nuclear Medicine

Date: Thursday, Mar. 25th 2021, 5 - 6.30pm
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Oliver Jäkel
Topic: Cyclotrons and Synchrotrons

Date: Thursday, Apr. 22nd 2021, 5 - 6.30pm
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Christian Karger
Topic: Radiation Response of Normal Tissue

Date: Thursday, Jun. 24th 2021, 5 - 6.30pm
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Anna Dubrovska
Topic: Cancer stem cells and radiotherapy

Date: Thursday, May 20th 2021, 5 - 6.30pm
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Mechthild Krause
Topic: Tumor Radiobiology

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