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The Round Table Foundation

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he Round Table Foundation (TRTF) was created by scien­tists of dif­fe­rent count­ries and fields. Its Mission has been codi­fied in the Found­a­tion's sta­tutes.

TRTF's Latin motto runs:
Tabula Rotunda — Tabula Fecunda (sit):
A round table should be a creative table.

Its var­ious Chapters pro­mote learn­ing and teach­ing, inter­disci­plinary science and research, sup­port­ing academia and inter­cul­tural under­stand­ing, and aiding the young. Learn more about the Chapters and other activities of the Foundation by choosing your topic of interest in the table of contents.

The President of TRTF, Peter A. Rinck, summarized the main mission features of the Foundation in his

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The Pro Academia Prize — Exemplary Groups

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n today's science and research, places of quiet dis­cus­sion free from strife are rare, and, though ge­ne­ral­ly preach­ed, broad-based in­te­rdis­ci­pli­nary ex­change usually remains minor-league.

Single out­standing scien­tists have become a rarity. They still exist; however, in most cases research and academia require teams, or­ganiz­ed as a net­work of groups with a com­mon inter­est. Lead­ing in­di­vi­duals, with a clear re­search ori­en­tation, forge success­ful groups and net­works with ac­com­plished and com­­pe­­tent re­sear­chers.

The Pro Academia Prize is be­stowed on the leader and — if possible — the mem­bers of aca­de­mic groups that serve as an exam­ple. The next prize de­ci­sion is ex­pect­ed in mid-2023.

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European Magnetic Resonance Forum — EMRF

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he European Magnetic Resonance Forum (EMRF) is the oldest scientific institution in Europe de­vot­ed to inter­dis­ci­pli­nary medi­cal and bio­logi­cal mag­netic reso­nance, bridging the gap between the exact scien­ces and me­di­cine. After its incor­pora­tion into TRTF in 2007, the or­ga­ni­zation an­nounc­ed the adoption of a new struc­ture and mission stra­te­gy.

As a Chapter of TRTF, the Forum has reorganized its acti­vities and extended its teaching program to the internet.

EMRF's status as an inde­pen­dent insti­tu­tion within TRTF will remain untouched. No com­mer­cial com­panies have any vested interest in EMRF and its mem­ber­ship branch ESMR.

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Virtual Campus Initiative

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ctivities in the frame­work of the Virtual Campus Ini­tia­tive include confe­rences, e-teaching and internet-based as well as printed publications.

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Periodicals

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wo serial publications under the roof of TRTF.
In 2015, the learned columns pub­li­cation Rinckside (ISSN 2364-3889) was incorporated into the chapter structure of TRTF. Its Editorial Board has been enlarged.

The more than 30-year old column on “Imaging, Science, and Beyond” is published several times per year at irregular intervals both in an electronic and a printed version and is an officially citable scientific journal — small, but present. It is listed by the German National Library as a serial publication, and registered with the ISSN International Center in Paris. A Digest Version adapted to their readership appears as "Maverinck" on the website Aunt Minnie Europe.

Rinckside was revamped and got a face-lifts between 2019 and 2021. Since 2018, "Special Supplements" are included in addition to the regular columns.

It widened its scope by opening a multilingual daughter site, A Small Café. It is meant to be a plea­sant and inspiring small virtual academic meeting place on literature, philosophy, criti­cism, chron­icles, discourse and debate and open to submissions by a wide range of authors.


Magnetic Resonance Textbook

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espite the tremendous suc­cess of the e-Learning websites we are returning to printed textbooks.

TRTF's magnetic resonance teaching website is a com­plete, in­de­pen­dent — and free, open access — basic mag­ne­tic reso­nance e-text­book, to look up specific questions or to learn the fundamentals step-­by-­step. It includes a glossary and a list of acronyms. The 11th edition was released in summer 2017 in English, 34 years after this popular textbook of the European Magnetic Resonance Forum (EMRF) was published the first time.

For the time being, the 11th edition will be the last web-version. In spring 2018 (followed by a corrected reprint in 2020), the 12th edition was published as a completely revised, updated and enlarged printed hardcover version. The 13th edition will follow in late 2021/early 2022. Free offprints of several chapters of the 13th edition are available here.

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Groundwork for the Future

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n Investment.
"There is no finer in­vest­ment for any com­mu­ni­ty than putt­ing milk into babies," Wins­ton Chur­chill once stated.

TRTF goes beyond milk; a little break­fast and lunch, teach­ing how to brush your teeth, and a basis of read­ing, writ­ing, sing­ing — at TRTF's South American branch in Bogotá, Colombia.

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