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The first MPP graduates (thirteen students) were the first to receive a Master's in Medical Physics. A ceremony honoring their achievements was held on Friday 11 December in the ICTP Budinich Lecture Hall.

First Graduation Ceremony of the Master's Programme in Medical Physics (ICTP/University of Trieste)

To raise awareness about the role of medical physicists, the IAEA joins the medical physics community to celebrate the International Day of Medical Physics (IDMP) on November 7, an important date for medical physics. On that day in 1867, Marie Sklodowska-Curie, known for her pioneering research on radioactivity, was born in Poland. We celebrate the 3rd IDMP on November 7, 2015. The theme of IDMP 2015 is ‘Better Medical Physics = Better Cancer Care in Radiation Oncology’.

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