Jul 3 – 7, 2023
Europe/Zurich timezone

Train-the-Trainer hands-on session

The Train-the-Trainer hands-on session is based on the matRad open-source toolkit developed by DKFZ, tailored to students’ and researchers’ requirements in Treatment Planning. The aim is to give the school participants the necessary background to become tutors themselves; thus enabling them to contribute to the particle therapy masterclasses that are organized every year worldwide. 

A standalone version of matRad executable can be used by students attending this course to perform the hands-on exercises in full. However, though not essential, more features and flexibility are possible if one has access to a MATLAB license via their academic institution or through other means. 

It is best that the installation is already done before the course starts following the instructions below and the recordings here 

Please submit the results of the hands-on by email to: nicholas.sammut@um.edu.mt and Manjit.Dosanjh@cern.ch by DATE.

For any issues related to the Train-the-Trainers Hands-on Session please contact: yiota.foka@cern.ch or n.wahl@dkfz-heidelberg.de

The lecturers involved in Train-the-Trainer hands-on session are listed below (To Be Confirmed).

On Tuesday 4 July starting at 17:30, during the first hands-on session, the installation procedure will be showcased by: Niklas Wahl (DKFZ) with the assistance of Noa Homolka (DKFZ). Students will have the opportunity to ask questions and resolve any issues with the installation. 

On Wednesday 5 July starting at 14:15, during the second hands-on session, the focus will be on the preparation of treatment plans following workflows similar to workflow1  (recordings1) and/or workflow2 (recordings2), workflow3 (recordings3). This material (recordings from previous hands-on sessions) is available for students who wish to further practice using the workflows independently and explore matRad beyond what can be achieved during the planned hands-on sessions. The workflows will be performed by: Niklas Wahl (DKFZ) with the assistance of Noa Homolka (DKFZ), Joa Seco (DKFZ), Albana Topi (GSI). The session will be concluded by presenting the concepts and methods of the Particle Therapy MasterClass and showcasing the material that can be used by the trained participants to perform it at their institutes as tutors. This will be presented by: Yiota Foka (GSI)

Yiota Foka


Foka is a senior researcher currently involved in medical applications and the development of a next-generation ion facility for tumor cancer research and therapy with ions within the framework of the collaboration of the NIMMS/CERN group and her home institute GSI, where she holds a permanent position. Her career was mostly developed within the ALICE experiment at CERN's LHC, where she also served in management positions such as deputy physics coordinator, outreach coordinator, and system coordinator for data quality monitoring and event display. Active in the dissemination of information on scientific advances via the organization of conferences, seminars, and educational outreach activities, she introduced and coordinates the new "Particle Therapy Masterclass" since 2019.


Joao Seco

Prof Seco graduated with a PhD from the University of London, at the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) and Royal Marsden Hospital in London, UK. He then went on to become an Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at Harvard Medical School in Boston, working at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). He then returned to Europe to work at the German Cancer Research Center, DKFZ in Heidelberg, heading up a new group dedicated to ion beam research with a focus on 1)novel imaging technologies to reduce Bragg peak positioning errors in patients and 2)investigating the mechanism of radiation triggered DNA damage via reactive oxygen species. He is also presently the Chair of Medical Physics at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Heidelberg University and is a member of the EFOMP Scientific Committee, representing the DGMP, German Society for Medical Physics.


Niklas Wahl

Niklas Wahl is a postdoctoral researcher and leader of the group Radiotherapy Optimization, embedded into the Department of Medical Physics in Radiation Oncology led by Prof. Jäkel, at the German Cancer Research Center – DKFZ. His career at DKFZ started in 2015, studying probabilistic proton dose calculation and optimization to obtain his PhD with honors in 2018. Afterwards, he continued as postdoctoral researcher and project coordinator, expanding his research to other numerical and computational challenges in radiotherapy treatment planning focusing on proton and ion beams. His research touches the topics of FLASH particle therapy, AI integration, nano-dosimetric planning and range-guided as well as multi-modality therapy. Niklas Wahl currently leads the development of the open-source treatment planning toolkit matRad. Besides his research activities, Niklas Wahl is part of multiple scientific and educational outreach activities like the Particle Therapy Masterclass since 2019.