IAEA workshop on Monte Carlo Radiation Transport and Associated Data Needs for Medical Applications

17 - 28 october 2011, Trieste, Italy

Hosted by The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics 


Workshop director: Roberto Capote

Workshop assistant: Kira Nathani


Monte Carlo (MC) techniques have been used extensively in medical physics applications, and offer the most powerful tool for modelling radiation transport in different media. The availability of general purpose MC codes (e.g. EGSnrc, Penelope and Geant4) combined with the ever-increasing computer speed and decreasing costs have lead to a boom in MC studies in recent years. MC techniques will dominate the field of radiation dosimetry and benchmark dose calculations in radiotherapy for many years to come.


AGENDA as of 4 of October is available here.

Registration will start on Sunday, 15:00 - 18:00, and continue on Monday morning from 8:00 - 10:00 at the ICTP Adriatico Guesthouse (AGH), Office no. 4, Underground Floor. Each participant will receive an access badge that contains your computer login for individual use during the Workshop. Please use the opportunity to register on Sunday in order to avoid delays on Monday morning before the first session.

Those of you who receive funds may collect their payments at the Fermi Building. First, please go to the Operations and Travel Office, Ground Floor where you will be issued a voucher. Upon presentation of this voucher at the UNICREDIT Bank (also Ground Floor, M-F, 8:30 - 12:30) you will receive your payment. Do not forget to bring a valid ID. If possible, please postpone collecting your payment to Tuesday or later in the week, since two other courses are starting that same Monday which might cause queues at the bank and keep you from making the first lecture in time. For shuttle service schedules between Galileo/Enrico Fermi and Adriatico Building please refer to the ICTP visitors' guide. There is a shuttle departing at 10:00 am from Galileo Guesthouse close to the Enrico Fermi building (bank). Additional/general information about ICTP can be found here.

For airport transfer possibilities Venice-ICTP by train, please see TRAIN information and Bus N.35 information.. For airport transfer possibilities Trieste -ICTP please see page 37 in the visitor's guide. ICTP offers a special transfer service, Science Bus. For more information please see ICTP Scientific Bus.

The Workshop constitutes a unique opportunity for scientists, engineers and medical physicists to gain extensive and up-to-date training in the use and understanding of Monte Carlo methods of relevance to medical applications in therapy and diagnostics, in particular in the use of the state-of-the-art BEAMnrc/ EGSnrc codes.

Scientists and engineers from all countries that are members of the United Nations, UNESCO or IAEA may attend the Workshop. They should hold an advanced degree in medical physics, nuclear physics, nuclear engineering or related subjects, and preferably possess several years' professional experience in medical physics and/or medical application of nuclear technology. Students will also be given the opportunity to give a short presentation of their own Monte Carlo technical work at the workshop. As this activity will be conducted in English, participants must have an adequate working knowledge of this language.

As a rule, travel and subsistence expenses for participants should be borne by their home institutions. However, limited funds will be available to support some participants, who are nationals of, and working in, a developing country. Such financial support will be available only to those who attend the entire activity. Thus, every effort should be made by candidates to secure support for their fare from their home countries. No registration fee is associated with attendance at the Workshop.

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