BIR Medal for Outstanding International Achievement


This prestigious prize recognises transformative and outstanding achievement in radiology, radiation oncology or the associated sciences across the world.

The first award was presented in 2020 and consideration of suitable recipients of the award will be made every two years thereafter by the BIR nomination and judging panel.


Announcing the winner of the 2022 Award


Professor Søren M. Bentzen has been awarded the BIR Medal for Outstanding International Achievement and was presented with his award by Professor Stephen Keevil, BIR President at the BIR Radiotherapy and Oncology meeting on 31 March 2023. Professor Bentzen PhD, DMSc, FASTRO is Professor and Director of the Division of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health; Professor of Radiation Oncology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, USA. Read more here



Professor Eliseo Vano (2020)

Dr Professor Eliseo Vano has become the first ever winner of the BIR Medal for Outstanding International Achievement for his extensive services to the field of radiation safety.

Professor Vano is a full Professor of Medical Physics at the Faculty of Medicine of the Complutense University in Madrid and Head of the Medical Physics Service at the San Carlos University Hospital. He has been at the forefront of radiation protection at an international level for many years.

 Read more about Professor Vano in our news article here.



Selection Criteria

  • Nominations should be individuals who have made major contributions to their subject over an extended period and at an international level.
  •  The contributions made will have materially advanced the medical applications of radiation and may have been achieved (for example) via academia, clinical practice, scientific endeavour, product development or raising of international standards (e.g. through education programmes or development of clinical or scientific protocols, etc). 
  • Those eligible will be radiologists, radiation oncologists, radiographers (diagnostic or therapy), physicists, radiobiologists, engineers and industrialists.
  • Nominees for the award need not be BIR members.
  • A nomination and judging panel will put forward nominations and each member of the panel may only select ONE individual who satisfies the selection criteria.
  • Nominations to be supported by a statement (maximum 500 words) relating to the candidate they nominate.


  • The recipient will receive a high quality medal and a certificate.
  • The recipient will also receive honorary fellowship of the BIR.


Presentation of prize

  • The recipient will be invited to receive the award at the BIR Annual Congress, if this is appropriate and practical.
  • It could also be presented in the home country of the recipient or at a relevant Congress 
  • The recipient will be invited to present a talk at the BIR Annual Congress but this is not a condition of the Award.
  • The BIR will fund the travel and accommodation for a speaking engagement, if agreed.




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