Knowledge Hub

Proton Therapy Knowledge Hub

We are excited to invite you to attend the Proton Therapy Knowledge Hub which will be held on 29 November, as a satellite meeting to the Flash Radiotherapy and Particle Therapy Conference (FRPT 2022) starting on 30 November. This full-day event will be focused on sharing best practices from across Europe on how to build and operate a proton centre.

We have invited well-known experts to share their experience with you.

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This will be a full-day meeting which will be held one day before the official start of the 2nd Flash Radiotherapy and Particle Therapy Conference (FRPT 2022).

CCIB- International Barcelona Convention Center
Convention & Exhibition Centre
Address: Plaça de Willy Brandt, 11-14
Barcelona 08019
Tel: + 34 93 230 10 00

To view CCIB- International Barcelona Convention Center website, please click HERE

If you have not yet registered for the Conference, you may reserve your place via the Online Registration Form.
If you have already registered and wish to add the Proton Therapy Knowledge Hub, please email

To register and see the registration fees, please click HERE. 

You can register only for the Knowledge Hub Day or add it to your main conference registration.

  • In-person participation in all Knowledge Hub sessions
  • Coffee breaks and light lunch as per the program
  • Meet the speakers and experts in-person


*All times are stated in Central European Time (CET).
**The sessions will not be live-streamed or recorded.

09:00 – 10:00

Building a Proton Centre: What Is Required and How Long Does It Take?


  • Karin Haustermans, UZ Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
  • Ranald MacKay, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Christie Medical Physics and Engineering, Manchester, UK

10:00 – 11:00

Commissioning a Proton Therapy Centre


  • Alejandro Mazal, Centro de Protonterapia Quironsalud, Medical Physics, Madrid, Spain
  • Mischa Hoogeman, Erasmus University Medical Center, Radiotherapy, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

11:00 – 11:20

Coffee Break & Networking Time

11:20 – 12:30

Patient Selection & Data Collection

Model Based Selection

  • Speaker: Roel Steenbakkers, University of Groningen | RUG · Department of Radiotherapy, Groningen, the Netherlands

Indications, Trials and Evaluative Commissioning

  • Speaker: Ed Smith, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester, UK

Model-based Selection for Proton Therapy and Its Practical Aspects

  • Speaker: Petros Kalendralis, MAASTRO clinic-Maastricht University, GROW School for Oncology and Developmental Biology, Maastricht, the Netherlands

12:30 – 13:30

Lunch Break (Light lunch will be provided)

13:30 – 14:30

Operating a Proton Centre


  • Cai Grau, Department of Clinical Medicine – DCPT – Danish Center for Particle Therapy, Aarhus, Denmark
  • Esther Troost, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, Dresden|Department of Radiotherapy and Radiation Oncology of University Hospital and Faculty of Medicine Carl Gustav Carus of the Technische Universität Dresden (UKD), Dresden, Germany

14:30 – 15:30

RTT Experience of Treating Patients with Protons


  • Lauren Kerr, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester, UK
  • Rachel Bailey, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester, UK

15:30 – 16:30

The Need for a Research Room in a Proton Therapy Centre


  • Michael Merchant, The University of Manchester, Division of Cancer Sciences, Manchester, UK
  • Elke Beyreuther, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden – Rossendorf, Institute of Radiation Physics, Dresden, Germany

16:30 – 16:45

Coffee Break & Networking Time

16:45 – 17:45

Debate: All Centers in the Same Country Treat All Types of Indications?


  • Ranald MacKay, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Christie Medical Physics and Engineering, Manchester, UK