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Since 2017 we offered 4 Summer Schools in Medical Physics on different topics such as Computational Methods for Radiotherapy or Image-Guided Radiotherapy (see our course archive here for further information about our past summer schools).

For 2023 we are happy to announce our 5th Summer School in Medical Physics about Data Science and Machine Learning in Radiotherapy, to be held in September 2023. The course is organized under the auspices of the Heidelberg Institute of Radiation Oncology (HIRO) in close cooperation with our partners (see below).

The course is subdivided in an online phase of about four weeks and an attendance phase of one week, following the hybrid mode, so all sessions of the attendance phase are additionally available online as Live Online Phase via Zoom. Thus, participants can decide to follow the course online and on-site or 100% virtually.

The online phase introduces the basics in machine learning, focusing on 3D voxelized geometries, its most frequent applications, and methodological as well as ethical aspects with pre-recorded lectures. The Live Online Phase and attendance phase will then unravel how machine learning disrupts radiotherapy workflows in detail: It will deepen the knowledge on deep learning methodologies for image synthesis, for organ and target segmentation, and for image registration in the context of radiotherapy. Further, applications in computational dosimetry and plan optimization will be discussed, ranging from dose prediction, guided plan optimization, and treatment outcome prediction.

Scheduled interactive sessions during the course will allow the attendees to exchange thoughts and ideas with each other and the leading experts in the field lecturing during the summer school.

We are happy to receive your applications. More information about the application procedure is available here.

Dates and Program

Application deadline: June 01st 2023 (11.55pm (CEST)

Confirmation of acceptance: Mid of July 2023

Online Phase: Sep. 04th - Sep. 24th 2023

1st Online Test (Multiple Choice): Sep. 15th - Sep. 24th 2022 (During this period participants can do the online test whenever they have time.)

Live Online Session via Zoom (taking place during the online phase):

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Attendance Phase in Heidelberg or Live Online Phase via Zoom: Sep. 25th - Sep. 29th 2023

2nd Online Test (Multiple Choice): Sep. 29th - Oct. 09th 2023 (During this period participants can do the online test whenever they have time.)

Teaching Language: English

Description of Online Phase

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Our summer school starts with an online phase of about three 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 and other international experts are scheduled within this online phase (days and times see program).

The online phase is terminated by the first 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 attendance phase or the Live Online Phase.

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

Description of Attendance Phase and Live Online Phase

New Building Imaging and Radiology at DKFZ
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Marsilius Kolleg of Heidelberg University
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The attendance phase takes place the following venue:

Sep. 25th - 29th 2023

Im Neuenheimer Feld 130.1
DE-69120 Heidelberg

The Marilius-Kolleg lies obliquely opposite the main entrance of the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ).

How to get there

Target Group and Certificate

Fees & Application

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Application Procedure

Who should not apply?

If you already have a PhD, please do not apply for our course. The summer school is dedicated for young scientist (usually younger than 30 years old) and not for experienced researchers. If you are a registered student of a university, but older than 30 years old, please clearly explain in your motivation letter why you would conider yourself as "yound scientist" and why you should be accepted.

On-site Fees:

PhD Students: €100

Master's & Bachelor's Students: €75

Online Attendance: 75€


Prof. Oliver Jäkel, PhD

Head of the Division of Medical Physics in Radiation Oncology, DKFZ, Heidelberg

Course Leaders and Speakers

Kristina Giske, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher and Research Group Leader: Computational Patient Models
Division of Medical Physics in Radiation Oncology, DKFZ, Heidelberg

Niklas Wahl, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher and Research Group Leader: Radiotherapy Optimization
Division of Medical Physics in Radiation Oncology, DKFZ, Heidelberg


Anna Moshanina, Marcel Schäfer, Simone Barthold-Beß, PhD

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 280
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!


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