The Annual Meeting of the Association for Radiation Research 2018 was held on 25th-27th June 2018 at Riddell Hall, Queen’s University Belfast. This was a joint special meeting with the Irish Radiation Research Society (IRRS), designed to showcase the breadth of radiation research within the UK, Ireland and beyond. With the overarching theme of health and environmental implications of multidisciplinary radiation research, session topics included: radiation chemistry and physics, the tumour microenvironment, protons and other ions, radiation protection, personalised radiotherapy, advances in radiobiology and treatment, normal tissue response and the DNA damage response. With almost 100 delegates, the meeting was well attended, with high profile invited speakers including Bob Anderson, Don Jones, Mary Helen Barcellos-Hoff, Charles Limoli, Ester Hammond, Michael Merchant, Clare von Neubeck, Jacintha O’Sullivan, Soile Tapio, Suneil Jain, Randi Syljuasen, Jaqueline Williams, Karen McCloskey, David Fernandez, Robert Griffin, Fiona McDonald, Penny Jeggo and Anderson Ryan. The Weiss medal award was presented by Ester Hammond to Dr Simon Bouffler from Public Health England, in the impressive venue, The Great Hall, Queen’s Lanyon Building.
Affirming the commitment of the ARR to Scientists in Training (SITs), the ARR awarded six early career investigator awards, included SITs as co-chairs in each session and had SIT speakers contributing to most sessions within the programme. Hilary Byrne form the University of Sydney won the prize for the best SIT talk, and poster prizes were awarded to Daniel Harrison (Sheffield University), Christopher Emerson (Queen’s University Belfast) and Emma Searle (University of Manchester).
As ever we would like to acknowledge the generous support from our meeting sponsors who included RPS services, Medical Supplies Company, Baker Ruskinn, Xstrahl, the Irish Environmental Protection Agency and the School of Pharmacy, Queen’s University Belfast. We hope you enjoyed Belfast and look forward to catching up at ICRR2019 in Manchester.