A special Symposium entitled “The future of Medical Physics”, will be organised in Pistoia – a city in Tuscany declared by the national Government the “Italian Capital of Culture” for the current year to celebrate IDMP2017. Thanks to this status, the location is granted special attention by the media and a significant public coverage of the event is expected. The program focuses on future developments of our discipline, especially in non-traditional areas, involving national and international personalities from the research world. Special attention will be paid to the role of women in Medical Physics.