IPEM Science, Technology and Engineering Forum (STEF)



What is STEF?

THE IPEM Science, Technology and Engineering Forum (STEF) not only replaces the former MPEC event, but will bring together IPEM members and guests to consider the latest developments across the medical physics, clinical engineering and technology landscape, and the major healthcare science challenges that will impact the professions in the very near future.  

The Forum will champion the importance of professional knowledge and innovation, identifying and raising awareness of the key challenges that lie ahead for physics and engineering in medicine and biology, and will present an opportunity to come together in person to collaborate, innovate and accelerate knowledge and understanding as  a community. 

IPEM’s highly regarded Biennial Radiotherapy Meeting will also be a key element of STEF, with further details to follow.


Where and when?

The event will take place at the University of Strathclyde, Technology & Innovation Centre, Glasgow on 28 February and 1st March 2023, and will showcase some of the most significant developments in different areas of medical physics and clinical engineering. Sessions will be built around radiotherapy, imaging and engineering, but will intentionally cut across traditional specialism boundaries, and explore the need for alignment and collaboration between healthcare, academia and industry.


Guest speakers

Confirmed speakers to date include:

  • Matthew Simpson UK Health Security Agency with a demonstration of measurement equipment and walk through of a Radiation Monitoring Unit


  • Martin Hultman (and PI Christer Ahlström) of Linköping University, Sweden, winners of the Martin Black Prize for best paper in Physiological Measurement 2021 for their work: Driver sleepiness detection with deep neural networks using electrophysiological data


  • Dr Fiammetta Fedele, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust on 3-D printing, from image to physical model


  • Grace Keane, University of Utrecht and Professor Roger Staff, NHS Grampian, on Molecular radiotherapy and brachytherapy


  • Dr Lorna Harper, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde on  governance of Artificial Intelligence


  • Professor Steve Smye on Physics for Life


  • Professor Gary Royle, University College London, on Radiation technologies for metastatic and / or recurrent cancers 


  • Dr John McLean, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Dr Geoff Charles-Edwards, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust on Implantable devices in MRI

Science Leadership Strategy

Several of the grand challenges identified in IPEM’s forthcoming Science Leadership Strategy, such as climate change, workforce, safety and security will be discussed, particularly in the context of how tackling these challenges will require the harnessing of emerging trends, technologies and enabling platforms expected to make a significant impact on the health and care landscape. Trends identified are:

  • Alignment and collaboration
  • Smart digitization
  • Personalised (or person-centred) health



Delegate bookings will open imminently.