3D dose analysis of a treatment plan (generated with matRad)
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During the last years, computational methods for radiotherapy (RT) gained enormous importance in medical physics research. Generally, the recent developments in data science tools, like GPU based programming, machine learning, artificial intelligence and big data are becoming more and more a standard in the field of medical physics.

They will be introduced in this 3rd virtual summer school in medical physics with overview talks by specialists in the field. After introducing these tools, we want to focus on some key applications: treatment planning, Monte Carlo Simulations, radiobiological and biophysical modelling as well as medical image analysis and processing (esp. image segmentation and registration). We will also touch some applications in radiomics and radiology in general.

After two very successful summer schools in medical physics in 2017 and 2018 (see course archive www.dkfz.de/medphys_edu), we would like to offer this 3rd virtual summer school to national and to international students and young scientists to put a strong focus on computational methods and tools that are becoming increasingly important in the field of medical physics.

Thanks to our funds from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), participation is free of charge but limited to a certain number of participants!

Dates and Program

Main Entrance, DKFZ
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Application Deadline: July 30th 2021

Online Phase: Sept. 06th - Oct. 01st 2021

Live Online Sessions:

  1. tbd.
  2. Tue. Sept. 09th 2021, 4 - 6pm (CEST)
  3. Tue. Sept. 14th 2021, 4 - 6pm (CEST)
  4. tbd.

Live Online Phase: Oct. 04th - 08th 2021

The teaching language is English.

More information will follow soon.

Description of Online Phase

Our 3rd virtual summer school starts with an online phase of about four weeks. During this period, participants get access to the virtual learning platform Moodle which provides all learning materials such as pre-recorded video lectures and lecture notes as PDFs and further short tasks. Furthermore, mandatory Live Online Sessions via Zoom with experts from Heidelberg are scheduled within this online phase (days and times see program). The online phase is terminated by a mandatory online test consisting of Multiple-Choice questions abot all topics taught during the online phase. The test can be done during the last two weeks of the online phase whenever participants have time and its successful completion (50% of points indicated) is a pre-requisit to particpate in the Live Online Phase in October.

Please also download and read our technical requirements to attend our virtual summer school.

Description of Live Online Phase

During the Live Online Phase in October, there are several interactive online sessions scheduled each day with our experts from Heidelberg. Participation is mandatory for all attendees. The whole summer school will be terminated by a Wrap-Up Session with the course leader.

Target Group and Certificate

Our virtual summer school is dedicated to national and international young scientists and graduates (BSc or MSc) with a degree in physics, medical physics or medical technology, computer science, radiation oncology or similar.

Once successfully completed, participants will get a certificate of attendance, issued by the German Cancer Research Center.


Application Documents

  1. copy of your degree (as PDF)
  2. tabular CV (as PDF)
  3. motivation letter (max. 1 page, PDF)

Application Procedure

Call of application opens beginning of June and lasts until July 30th 2021. Please use the link below to submit your application documents. Decision will be made until beginning/mid of August. Participation is free of charge, but limited to 20 people.


Anna Moshanina, Marcel Schäfer, Dr. Simone Barthold-Beß
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Please feel free to contact us by email to symposium.medphys@dkfz-heidelberg.de if you have any further questions.

Local Organizing Team

Anna Moshanina, Dr. Simone Barthold-Beß, Marcel Schäfer
Division of Medical Physics in Radiation Oncology

German Cancer Research Center
Im Neuenheimer Feld 223
DE-69120 Heidelberg, Germany

Phone: +49-6221/42-3481
Please note: our team is currently working from home. So please contact us by email. Thank you!

Financial Support

The summer school is financially supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).



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