Welcome Address

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

It is our pleasure to welcome you to Groningen to attend The 19th European Symposium on Radiopharmacy and Radiopharmaceuticals in April 2018.

Groningen, an old Hanseatic city with 180.000 inhabitants including 40.000 students, has an old University from 1614, a University Medical Center of 1300 beds and a referral base of 2.5 Million inhabitants from the Northern provinces in the Netherlands. As a result Groningen is a very cozy city with many hotels, bars and restaurants and almost everything is within walking distance. The Martiniplaza venue is located at about 20 min walking from the city center and the railway station and is very conveniently located for arrivals by car. Groningen can be easily reached by car and train. For those who travel by plane, the closest airport is Amsterdam Schiphol connecting to Groningen with trains leaving every 30 min. The train ride takes 2 hours.

The Department of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging in Groningen has a longstanding tradition (>40 years) in the development and production of radiopharmaceuticals and is very active within different activities in the Netherlands and the EANM with respect to radiopharmaceuticals.

The current infrastructure includes an IBA C18 cyclotron, a fully equipped GMP-PET laboratory  including 17 hot cells and GMP-SPECT cleanrooms also including a facility for 89Zr-labelling.

Therefore Groningen is the ideal location to host an attractive and innovative Radiopharmacy meeting covering all scientific and regulation aspects. We are looking forward to host you and set the scene for fruitful meetings and discussions.

See you in Groningen

Philip Elsinga
Erik de Vries
Gert Luurtsema
Hendrikus Boersma