ESMP 2012

 The 2012 session will begin on October 18  

Last Minute: Registration is still open. Do not hesitate to apply!
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poster 2012

Last Minute: Registration is still open. Do not hesitate to apply!

 Arrival in Geneva by Plane

The Archamps Campus

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Some views of the "Saleve" building where is the School and its environment (note the snow on the Saleve mountains in centre)


The School's amphitheatre

A lunch together...

A coffee together...

The Annecy lake


       Fifteenth  Session 
        18 OCTOBER 2012 - 27 NOVEMBER 2012


            A collaboration between

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European Scientific Institute 


European Federation of Organisations for Medical Physics

  With the support of  

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CERN (Geneva-CH)

   Le Département de Haute-Savoie (France)

Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique (CEA-DSV, Paris)

Highlights of the 2012 Session:
arch by air - The session will comprise six weeks on different topics.
   Minimal registration is for a full week (Priority to several weeks applicants).

- Optional examination leads to Credits Points for each week of the School.
- Course supervisors (experts in the particular field) for each week
- Afternoon tutorial sessions consolidating morning lectures
- Practical exercises and demonstrations in the evening
- Saturday afternoon visits to radiation detection & medical equipment in hospital (Geneva Hospital, CERN)
- Each week includes about 37 hours of lectures, tutorials, visits and practical exercises.
- Selection of literature relevant to each topics available at low cost
Arch-class-small - Classes on a Thursday to Tuesday basis enabling lecturers to spend more time at the School
  and all participants to benefit from cheaper weekend fares. (No classes on Sunday)
- Full European Environment (lecturers, students and European vision of medical physics)
- Accommodation on site (studios or shared flats with TV, Internet and fully equipped kitchenette)
- Group excursion on the Sunday (skiing if weather allows but only under students' responsability)
faculty Faculty
With extensive professional experience and proven teaching ability, lecturers are invited from hospitals,
institutes and universities throughout Europe (see later).
Language The working language of the School is English; extensive use is made of visual materials

Courses are held at the university training and Research Centre at Archamps, France. Archamps is a 

fifteen-minute drive from Geneva-Cointrin International Airport, on the border between France and 

Switzerland. Well known resorts like Megève or Chamonix-Mont-Blanc are between 45 and 55 minutes 

from Archamps by car.

Physics graduates recently or soon to be qualified as medical physicists (Qualified Medical Physicist 

as  defined by EFOMP or those working in an environment of biomedical research.

All courses are proposed in accordance with EFOMP guidelines for education and training in medical 
physics, as laid out in policy statements.

       Programme of the 2012 session


Medical Imaging-1-: 
Imaging Principles, Radiology & Ultrasound 
Week 1 : 18 - 23 Oct. 2012

Supervisor:           Dr. C. Cachard (Lyon-F)  
Co-Supervisor:     Dr. J. Geleijns (Leiden-NL)

Faculty includes (in addition to supervisors): 
D. Bandon (HCUGE-Geneva-CH),  F.Bertora (Genova-I), G. Beyer (Geneva-CH), P. de Bruins (Leiden - NL),
I. Castellano 
 N. de Jong (Rotterdam-NL), N. Guerrini (Oxford-UK),  K-F. Kamm (Philips-Hamburg-D),  H. Liebgott (Lyon-F), JM. Mari (Lyon-F), P. Sharp (Aberdeen-UK),  P. Tortoli (Firenze-I). .

Topics : 
- Principles of Digital Images and image quality (theory, 
- Advances in radiation detectors and Electronic signal treatment.
- Digital imaging and Computer Tomography, Mammography, Fluoroscopy & X-rays guided Interventions. 
- Upcoming Methods in Computed Tomography
- Basics Physics & engineering Principles of ultrasound.

- Doppler Methods.
- Clinical applications and biological aspects of ultrasound.
- Radio-isotopes : Production & Use

Biograph-small.jpg Medical Imaging-2-:
Medical imaging with Magnetic Resonance, PET & SPECT 
week 2: 25 - 30 October  2012

Supervisor:         Prof J. Alger (UCLA, Los Angeles-USA) 
Co-Supervisor:   Prof. J. Balosso (UJF, Grenoble-F)

Faculty includes (in addition to supervisors): 
 A. Caner (Archamps-F), C. Comtat (SHFJ-Orsay-F), E.M. Hiltbrand (Geneva & Archamps),
F. Lazeyras (Geneva-CH), 
M. Leach (Sutton-UK), X. Montet (Geneva-CH), P. Salvadori (Pisa-I), I. Tarassov (CERN-CH), A. Todd-Pokropek (London).
Topics :
- Principle of SPECT & PET.
- Clinical PET
- Advance PET & applications; 
- Quality control & performance  assessments.
- Principles of magnetic resonance
- Image formation (concepts and mathematical theory). 
- Magnetic resonance imaging & magnetic resonance spectroscopy.

- Clinical & anatomy MRI 
- Advanced MRI & applications
- Image processing & storage.


Medical Computing 
week 3: 1- 6 November 2012

Supervisor:         Dr. L. Bidaut (Dundee-UK)
Co-Supervisor:   Dr. P. Arce (CIEMAT, Madrid-E)

Faculty includes(in addition to supervisors): 
J. Apostolakis (Cern-CH), A. Djafari (CNRS, Gif/Yvette-F), Z. El Bitar (Strasbourg-F), U. Fuchs (CERN-CH), S. Giani (Cern-CH),
B. Gibaud (Rennes-F),  T. Glatard (Lyon-F), H. Hoffmann 
(Cern-CH),  Ph. Millet (Geneva-Ch), R. Miralbell (HCU-Geneva-Ch) 
W. Müller-Schauenburg (Tübingen-D),  S. Vanderberghe (Ghent-B).

Topics :
- Simulation/modeling of physics systems, courses and exercises.
- Simulation/modeling of live systems: courses and exercises (GEANT4, EGS4, EGSnrc...)
- Simulation and Pharmacokinetics
- Imaging; processing; use of images and data
- Networks; data communications
- Practical exercises on Computer

Physics of Modern Radiotherapy 
week 4: 8 - 13Nov. 2012 

Supervisor:             Prof. Dr. U. Oelfke (DKFZ-Heidelberg-D)
Co-Supervisor:       Dr. B. McLean (Trinity-Dublin-IRL)

Faculty includes (in addition to supervisors): 
U. Amaldi (Milan-I),  G. Di Pasquale 
(HCU-Geneva-Ch), R. Ferrand (CPO-Orsay-F), G. Hartmann (Heidelberg-D),
R. Miralbell (Barcelona-E), S. Nill (DKFZ-Heidelberg-D), G. Reinig (Seimens-D), P. Remeijer (Amsterdam-NL)
D. Verellen (ZU-VUB, Brussels-Be)

Topics :  
- Fundamentals of radiobiology.
- Radiotherapy strategies. 
- Accuracy requirements.
- Imaging in treatment planning.
- Treatment planning : courses and exercises.
- Conformal treatment techniques.
- Hadrontherapy.
- Clinical application of 3D conformal therapy.

week 5 : 15 - 20 Nov. 2012 

Supervisor:         Dr. J. Bonnet (Toulouse-F)  
Co-supervisor:    Dr. 
A. Rijnders (Brussels-B) & A. Carlson-Tedgren (Lindköping-Se)
Faculty includes (in addition to supervisors): 
S. Bernard (Varian-Be),  W-J Dries (Eindhoven-NL),  T. Kaulich (Tübingen-D), Dr. Inger-Lena Lamm (Lund - S),
C.  Malet (Lyon- F),
J.J. Mazeron (Paris-F), P. Nouet (HCU, Geneva-CH), Y. Popowski (Geneva-CH).

Topics : 
- Brachytherapy sources; calibration and quality assurance
- Dosimetry for photon sources & beta sources; dose calculation models.
- Treatment units for HDR/LDR/PDR; reporting in Brachytherapy.
- BT for benign disorders; BT for malignant disorders.
- Radiation protection and quality assurance.
- Practical exercises : treatment planning for some medical cases.


Radioprotection in Medical Physics  
week 6 : 22 - 27 November 2012

Supervisor:         Dr. Stelios Christofides (Nicosia-CY), 
Co-supervisor:    Dr. Pawel Kukolowicz (Kielce-PL)

Faculty includes (in addition to supervisors): 
P. Kukolowicz (Kielce-PL), J. Malone (Dublin-Irl),  R. Padovani (Udine-I), M. Rehani (IAEA, Vienna-A),
N. Samet (Chisinau-MD), M. Silari (CERN-Geneva--CH), P. Voytila (CERN-CH), A. Wojcik, (Stockholm, S)

Topics : 
- Biological effects of radiation; Risk assesment of radiation hazards.
- International system of radiation protection.
- Shielding & facility design. Emergency plans.
- Optimisation of RP in Diagnostic Radiology; in Neurology; in cardiology; in gynaecology; in RT and BT...
- X-Rays Usage Outside X-Ray department.

- Patient Dosimetry in NM, RT and BT.
- General Aspects of  Interventional Procedures.

- Special case of Targeted Radionuclide Therapy.
- Practical exercises : Radiation Protection Optimisation.


Opening of registration : February 15th, 2012

Last Minute: Registration is still open. Do not hesitate to apply!

The number of participants is limited <<<===== !!!

Further Information

- On the web :  or

- At ESMP secretariat :
Info service
Centre Universitaire de
Formation et de Recherche
F-74166 Archamps

e-mail: info

tel.: +33 4 50 31 50 10
fax: +33 4 50 95 38 01

Application form

Mail to ESMP


The time-tables are not yet totally finalized but last year time-tables can give you an idea:

    2012Time-Table Week 1 : MEDICAL IMAGING (1) : Principles, Ultrasound
& Radiology

   2012 Time-Table Week 2 : MEDICAL IMAGING (2) : Magnetic Resonance, PET & SPECT 

2012Time-Table Week 3 : MEDICAL COMPUTING 

2012 Time-Table Week 4 : PHYSICS of MODERN RADIOTHERAPY 

2012 Time-Table Week 5 : BRACHYTHERAPY 


 2012 Time-Table Week 6 : RADIATION PROTECTION 

Meet your lecturers….


General students’ Information


Registration conditions



Physics graduates recently or soon to be qualified as medical physicists (Qualified Medical Physicist as defined by EFOMP) or those working in an environment of biomedical research.

All courses are proposed in accordance with EFOMP guidelines for education and training in medical physics, as laid out in policy statements.

The medical imaging courses are proposed as a comprehensive two-week program. Priority will be given to  participants  registering at least for both weeks

Registration fee: 550euro  per week.
Special rates for 2 , 3,  4, 5  or 6 weeks registration (plus administrative fees of 50euros, see later)

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Fees payment/money transfer :

Upon acceptation of your application you will receive an invoice together with all the necessary bank information to allow bank transfer.
Please pay the fees ONLY after receiving the invoice . 

Do not forget to QUOTE the received INVOICE NUMBER on bank transfer BEFORE the name of the paying person to allow us tracking of your payment. (If your payment not recognised, you could not be in the accepted happy fews!)
Payment by bank transfer before  September 30, 2012
Please inform the secretariat if you suspect any delay

Invoicing address :
If your fees are being paid by a sponsor or a specific department within your organisation, please send all the details and postal address to for us to draft the invoice and track payment.

  Accommodation on site

Several  solutions:

 -1- IBIS hotel which is only at 50 metres from ESMP School

You have to reserve your accommodation at IBIS hotel : Route de Chosal ,  74160 - ARCHAMPS,   
Telephone.: +33450953818,  Fax.: +33450953895. Price is about 70 Euros per night (Ask special ESI rate)
 On the web:
Services are those of an hotel.

-2 Best Western hotel which is only at 100 metres from ESMP School
You have to reserve your accommodation at Best Western hotel
: Route de Chosal ,  74160 - ARCHAMPS,   
Telephone.: +33450953818,  Fax.: +33450953895. Price is about 95 Euros per night .
 On the web:,Best-Western-Porte-Sud-De-Geneve,93539

-3- Accommodation  in the Students' residence  (in Alliance building at 300 m) for a full  week  .e. for a stay of up to 7 nights and not divisible. (After 7 nights, it can be day by day) . Ask our secretariat to reserve a room 
Services are those of a confortable and modern students' residence (fully equiped, bathroom, kitchenette, TV.... )
Please note that the check-in for the residence can be done only Wednesday between 12:00 and 19:00. Please arrange your travel schedule in such a way you will arrive in Archamps between these limits.

    The use of the accommodation in the students' residence will be under your own responsibility (cleanliness, supplied equipments...). A reservation of accommodation by the secretariat will be done only after the payment of the administrative fee of 50 Euros. This amount could be reimbursed only the last day (office working hours) after restitution of the keys and verification of the flat / studio (cleanliness & supplied equipment) or other  equipment lent by the School. Please prepare your departure in consequences.

A reservation of accommodation by the secretariat will be done after the payment of the administrative fee of 50 Euros. The remaining payment for School Fees depending of the number of weeks you reserve must be paid before September 1st.



=> Wednesday shuttle to Archamps : A shuttle between airport (Swiss side) and Archamps will leave
17:45,  provided  there are a sufficient number of reservation. Schedule will be confirmed later.
Note that the Geneva airport has a Swiss sector and a French sector. 
The Rendez-vous (Meeting Point) will be in the SWISS sector !

Please join the "meeting point" (red dots on lighted white cube) in the arrival hall (Swiss sector) at least 15 minutes before departure .

If you arrive in the Cornavin Central Railways Main Station, you can take a train to the Cointrin Airport Railways Station (about every 15 minutes before 22:30) which communicates to the Airport Arrival Hall. This train can be used to go to Archamps using the city transport system but only if you have done the route previously (see later). It can be used also to go downtown if you have several hours of  waiting time !

To use the Shuttle going to Archamps, priority will be given to people having reserved by giving their name to the secretariat (

  => An alternative is to take a taxi directly to Archamps. This could be interesting if you have a long  waiting time before the Courtesy Bus or/and
if you share the taxi cost with other persons. The price is usually about 60 Swiss Francs (50 Euros). Ask the driver to go to "Archamps Technopole" by the highway in direction to Chamonix. The right exit is number 13.1  after the customs. IBIS hotel is in front of you. Just after the bridge on the highway, the students' residence is in the large
"ALLIANCE" building you can see in front of you at about 300 m. Enter the commercial hall. The entry of the residence  is just in the middle of the hall on the opposite side you entered . Call with the interphone if the door is closed. Dont confuse with LOGITOP-Grand-Angle.  Then take the lift just on your right and go to the first floor ("accueil"). If you arrive just before 19:00, it is suggested to rush to the residence because "accueil" will be closed after 19:00. If you arrive later you can get your keys at the security office ("Poste de Sécurité") in the entrance corridor in the middle of the Alliance Building (closed after 1 AM!) . 


In the past, people who have used their own cars for travels have been able to make the most of their stay
in this beautiful part of the world.

The students'
residences have their own parking spaces in the Alliance Buildings three-level underground car-park.

Students are expected to fund their own travel and living expenses including meals.

A very limited number of scholarships are available.
Please contact the secretariat for further details. 
(, before April 5th.

Images of Accommodation

Hôtel ibis Archamps Porte de Genève :


Students' residence in Alliance building:


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 Some views of "RESIDENTIAL"


Welcome desk

Studio T1 (one person)

Studio T1 (one person)

Flat T2 (2 persons)

Flat T2 (2 persons)

Flat T3 (3 persons)


Residential entry from commercial hall


Application form

Mail to ESMP


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