President’s message

After two years of a virtual congress, I’m delighted to be writing about being just 4 weeks away from the return to an in-person UKIO – the UK’s largest multidisciplinary imaging, oncology and radiological sciences event. While the online events held in 2020 and 2021 provided essential and valuable CPD at a time when we couldn’t come together, nothing truly replaces the value of networking and face-to-face learning and we are excited to be back at the ACC in Liverpool, UK on 4-6 July with UKIO 2022: Harnessing disruption – clinical excellence in a time of chaos.

A cutting-edge programme for a multi-disciplinary audience
The congress is a three-day congress and exhibition and the only event in the UK aimed at a multidisciplinary audience in the diverse field of diagnostic imaging, oncology and radiological sciences. The UKIO Working Party have spent the last few months putting together a cutting-edge programme that aims to address the medical, scientific, educational and management issues of the audience’s fields of work. The programme provides more than 100 sessions to choose from – there is something for everyone. View the programme here.

An exciting plenary programme
Alongside the scientific sessions, we have an exciting plenary programme. This year we’re delighted to be welcoming two fascinating speakers. On Monday 4 July, Formula 1’s Chief Technical Officer, Pat Symonds, will open the congress by addressing the audience on ‘Human factors, data analysis and engineering – keeping the team safe and at the cutting edge of transformations in Formula 1’. After Pat’s talk, you can visit the exhibition and see if you could make it as a Formula 1 driver in our full size F1 simulator and leaderboard competition,

Then on Wednesday 6 July, the congress will be closed by Dr Mike Capps. Mike is a game designer, lead programmer, and research professor, and is best known for his decade as the President of Epic Games, makers of the global gaming phenomenon, Fortnite. Following his time at Epic Games, he co-founded the AI company Diveplane Corporation with the mission to put humanity back into AI. Mike will be giving a talk on the future of human-understandable AI.

In between those exciting keynote speakers is Tuesday’s plenary when UKIO Question Time will be back by popular demand – pose questions to a panel who will be discussing the topic: Can advanced practice radiography be the saviour of UK radiology services?

The latest research
We were pleased to receive a large number of abstracts submitted to be considered for presentation. These will be presented in the fully interactive ePoster display and the proffered papers programme.

An interactive exhibition
As well as the scientific sessions, you’ll also be able to attend the exhibition, which features all the key suppliers under one roof, displaying the latest state-of-the-art equipment, services and technology available in the industry. You can find out more about who you’ll meet by clicking here.

The exhibitors also add value to the educational content by running their own sessions – see the programme for details. A key initiative new for this year is the Innovation in action hub – where our exhibitors will showcase their AI offering in a tangible way for the end user by demonstrating their solution in action within a workflow. The hub is supported by the NHS AI Lab at the NHS Transformation Directorate.

A focus on networking
As we return in person for the first time in a while, we’re placing an emphasis on networking. Amongst other activities during the congress, our diverse social programme offers the opportunity to meet with other delegates in more informal settings – from pizza-making and walking tours to a silent disco and a night at the iconic Cavern Club, we hope you’ll find something you enjoy. Add a ticket to your congress booking.

We hope we’ll see you in Liverpool – book your place here

Dr Rizwan Malik
President, UKIO
Dr Rizwan Malik is a leading radiologist with an interest in health tech, digital imaging, and the potential of AI to support clinicians and patients.