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3D dose analysis of a treatment plan (generated with matRad)

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, 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!

Please feel free to download and share our flyer to tell your colleagues!

Dates and Program

Main Entrance, DKFZ

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

Live Online Sessions via Zoom (taking place during the Online Phase):

  1. Tue. Sep. 07th 2021, 4 - 6pm (CEST)
  2. Thu. Sep. 09th 2021, 4 - 6pm (CEST)
  3. Tue. Sep. 14th 2021, 4 - 6pm (CEST)
  4. Thu. Sep. 23rd 2021, 4 - 6pm (CEST)
  5. Tue. Sep. 28th 2021, 4 - 6pm (CEST)

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

The teaching language is English.

Please download our program (version as of Sep. 28th 2021) for more details about the topics and dates of our virtual summer school.

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 about 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 prerequisite to participate 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 or PhD students) 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 Procedure

Call of application was extended until August 15th 2021. Please use the link below to submit your application documents. Decision will be made at the end of August. Participation is free of charge, but limited to 20 people.

Application is closed!


Anna Moshanina, Marcel Schäfer, Dr. Simone Barthold-Beß

Please feel free to contact us by email to 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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