ESTI 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting








Welcome Words 2021 Oxford

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

On behalf of the European Society of Thoracic Imaging, it will be my great pleasure to welcome you to Oxford, from June 03-05, 2021, to the 28th annual meeting of European Society of Thoracic Imaging.

Unfortunately the planned ESTI 2020 meeting due to be held in Oxford was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but I am absolutely delighted to announce that that the ESTI Board has decided to host the 2021 meeting in Oxford.

The conference will take place in the Mathematical Institute in the centre of Oxford, on the grounds of the old Radcliffe Infirmary, the site of the initial use of penicillin, and now known as the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter. The first Mathematical Institute, was completed in 1620, and the current in 2013, a beautiful building linking historic and modern Oxford. The Institute is within walking distance of the Oxford colleges, the historic buildings of Oxford, and the city train station.

The scientific programme encompasses state-of-the-art scientific presentations, and will focus on all aspects of Imaging of Respiratory Disease, with lectures on the latest advances in CT, MRI, and interventional radiology, together with refresher lectures, and multidisciplinary scientific presentations. Among the topics covered will be, interstitial lung disease, lung cancer screening and pulmonary nodules, molecular imaging and the role of artificial intelligence in thoracic imaging.

Lectures on chest X-ray reading, lung nodule management and high resolution CT will take place the day before the main meeting.

Oxford is one of the most famous cities in the world, the home of the University of Oxford, and is known as the “City of Dreaming Spires.” The University is comprised of 38 colleges, some, University College, Balliol and Merton, dating back to the 13th century. Oxford has many famous and beautiful buildings which are open to visitors, such as the Bodleian library, the Ashmolean and Pitt Rivers Museums, and the Radcliffe Camera, and of course to some famous pubs, previously frequented by famous authors including JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis. The city is close to the Cotswolds, an area of outstanding natural beauty, and home to some of the most picturesque scenery and the prettiest villages and pubs in Britain. It is within easy reach of London by car, coach and train, and Heathrow airport is only 50 miles away.

I hope that you will appreciate the more informal features of the meeting, where there will be many opportunities for discussion outside the lecture sessions, to meet colleagues from many different backgrounds and horizons, to exchange ideas, compare notes and learn from each other. Above all, I hope that you find this joint meeting to be an enjoyable and stimulating occasion and that you can also find time to explore one of the greatest cities in the world.

I look forward to welcoming you to Oxford!

Fergus Gleeson
ESTI 2021 President