The Global Challenge Network+ in Advanced Radiotherapy aims to build a multidisciplinary community by bringing together cancer clinicians, clinical scientists and researchers with researchers from the STFC community, in areas as diverse as particle and astrophysics, nuclear science, accelerator science, imaging, computational science and detectors.

The Network is aimed at creating a new environment for radiotherapy research and will develop a pipeline, which directly translates into patient benefit and quality of life. Working closely with the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Clinical and Translational Radiotherapy Group (CTRad) and PPRIG (Proton Physics Research and Implementation Group) the Network + will contribute to a coordinated national plan and roadmap for advanced radiotherapy research across the UK.





Upcoming Events


Extracting Meaning from Big Data: Sandpit Event

Date: 19th – 20th February 2018

Venue: The Midland, Manchester

Big data is all around us and in the radiotherapy arena there is a lot of data (images, scans, outcomes, PROMs to name but a few). The STFC community really knows how to get the most out of big data, look at CERN and the large hadron Collider, and the vast amount of data that has to be analysed before major discoveries such as the Higgs Boson can be made. Look at the astrophysics community that uses big data to probe distant galaxies, find new stars and “see” black holes.

Can we bring the STFC community, which works, on very small particles and very large suns to apply their expertise to develop innovative methods for analyzing the very large data sets that we have in radiotherapy?

Pump-priming funding (typically £1,500 to £15,000) is available to initiate the best projects resulting from collaborations developed during the Sandpit.

For an application form please email:
(Deadline extended  7th February 2018)



Computing Radiation Effects for Advancing Medicine (CREAM-1): Hackathon Event

Date: 3rd – 6th April 2018

Venue: Queen’s University, Belfast

Would you like to:

  • Build your own virtual radiotherapy machine?
  • Calculate what radiation does when it enters biological systems?
  • Simulate the small animal irradiator/linac/CT scanner relevant to your research?
  • Play with high energy virtual beams of protons, carbon ions, photons, neutrons?
  • Work out the dosimetry for your experiments?
  • Discover computational approaches to radiobiology?
  • Contribute to and develop multi-scale models of biological response to radiation?
  • Network with experts doing these kinds of things?
  • Use Geant4 through TOPAS – the easy way to do hard stuff well?

If the answer to any of these is Yes then you should come to CREAM-1 the TOPAS Workshop & Computational Radiation Biology Hackathon being held at Queen’s University, Belfast on the 3rd – 6th of April 2018

Click here for further details