Download the presentations and posters of the CONFIDENCE final event

The research project CONFIDENCE (COping with uNcertainties For Improved modelling and DEcision making in Nuclear emergenCiEs) is funded within the EJP-CONCERT project of EURATOM Horizon 2020 (2017-2019). The aim of CONFIDENCE is to close existing gaps in several areas of emergency management and long-term rehabilitation (https://portal.iket.kit.edu/CONFIDENCE/index.php?action=confidence&title=objectives).

The CONFIDENCE dissemination workshop “Coping with uncertainties for improved modelling and decision making in nuclear emergencies”, took place in Bratislava (Slovak Republic) the days 2-5 December, 2019.

The presentations, posters and working materials can be downloaded in:  https://eu-neris.net/home/newsletters/218-confidence-dissemination-workshop-coping-with-uncertainties-for-improved-modelling-and-decision-making-in-nuclear-emergencies-bratislava-slovak-republic-02-05-december-2019.html

The 2020 European Radiation Week will take place in Estoril, Portugal

The European Radiation Protection Week (ERPW) this year will be held in Estoril, a town of the Municipality of Cascais situated on the beautiful coastline that extends to the west of Lisbon. The event will take place the days 28th September to 2nd October 2020.

As in previous years, the ERPW will be a major gathering of experts, addressing burning and emerging topics and multidisciplinary issues in Radiation Protection. The European research platforms will be closely involved in the organization of the event, together with the international organizations and institutions.

The deadline for abstract submission is announced to be the 31st of March 2020.

All the information about the event is available in http://erpw2020-portugal.eu/

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The ICRP Publication 142 on Radiological Protection from Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM) in Industrial Processes is now available

The document was published by ICRP the 20th of December 2019.

Abstract. The purpose of this publication is to provide guidance on radiological protection in industries involving naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM). These industries may give rise to multiple hazards and the radiological hazard is not necessarily dominant. The industries are diverse and may involve exposure of people and the environment where protective actions need to be considered. In some cases, there is a potential for significant routine exposure of workers and members of the public if suitable control measures are not considered. Releases of large volumes of NORM may also result in detrimental effects on the environment from radiological and non-radiological constituents. However, NORM industries present no real prospect of a radiological emergency leading to tissue reactions or immediate danger for life. Radiological protection in industries involving NORM can be appropriately addressed on the basis of the principles of justification of the actions taken and optimisation of protection using reference levels. An integrated and graded approach is recommended for the protection of workers, the public, and the environment, where consideration of non-radiological hazards is integrated with radiological hazards, and the approach to protection is optimised (graded) so that the use of various radiological protection programme elements is consistent with the hazards while not imposing unnecessary burdens. For workers, the approach starts with characterisation of the exposure situation, and integration, as necessary, of specific radiological protective actions to complement the protection strategy already in place or planned to manage other workplace hazards. According to the characteristics of the exposure situation and the magnitude of the hazards, a relevant reference level should be selected and appropriate collective or individual protective actions taken. Exposure to radon is also treated using a graded approach, based first on application of typical radon prevention and mitigation techniques, as described in Publication 126. A similar approach should be implemented for public exposure through the control of discharges, wastes, and residues after characterisation of the situation. If the protection of non-human species is warranted, it should be dealt with after an assessment of radiological exposure appropriate for the circumstances, taking into account all hazards and impacts. This should include identification of exposed organisms in the environment, and use relevant derived consideration reference levels to inform decisions on options for control of exposure.

More information about the ICRP Publication 142 in: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0146645319874589

A 2.5 year position for a researcher is available at SCK•CEN

The SCK•CEN (Belgium) has a 2.5 year position for a researcher within our new project SpaceBakery. More information at: https://lnkd.in/e92_Ki8

SCK•CEN is looking for a scientist who can join us for our research on microbe-plant interactions, and microbial health in a closed plant cultivation system.

Deadline for application: 10/01/2020

More information about the SpaceBakery project at https://www.puratos.com/news/Bake_bread_on_Mars?utm_source=linkedin&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=20191127_spacebakery

Training course on “Monitoring strategies applied in NORM involving industries –evaluation of occupational exposure and environmental impact” 

The registration is open for the training course “Monitoring strategies applied in NORM involving industries –evaluation of occupational exposure and environmental impact”. The course is organised in frame of “Short courses on research into radiation risks and radiation protection”, sponsored by  CONCERT: Series 5, 2019-20.

All necessary information is available at: http://szkolenia.gig.eu/node/136

The TERRITORIES’ D9.76 summarising the Oxford Workshop has been approved by the EC!

The D9.76, approved by the EC last Friday 29th of November, describes the outcomes of the last TERRITORIES workshop on “Assessing risks from radioactive legacy sites and how to better present uncertain information” (TERRITORIES D9.76_Approved_ 29112019), held on 19-20 March 2019 in Oxford, United Kingdom. The workshop was well-attended and included a diverse audience, with 100 participants from 15 different countries, 50% of whom were not members of the TERRITORIES project.

It is worth mentioning the high participation of students and early career scientists (32% of the attendees). This participation was made possible by 25 travel grants financed by TERRITORIES flexible funds.

TERRITORIES wants to acknowledge the speakers, the chairs of the sessions and round tables, the panellists of the round tables, the students and early career scientists, as well as to all the participants who have contributed to the success of the workshop and, directly or indirectly, to this deliverable.

Last EJP-CONCERT call for travel grants!

The EJP-CONCERT coordination is committed to relax the rule regarding funding of a candidate only once. This means that a person is allowed to apply once again. Furthermore, CONCERT is able to provide funding for up to 11 applicants to allow applications for participation in a conference, a course or for an exchange visit to a laboratory, … taking place before 30 April 2020.

Applicants have to follow the general rules for CONCERT Travel Grants as specified here: http://www.concert-h2020.eu/en/Calls/Call_travel_grants. After reviewing all applications, the grant winners will be informed.

The deadline to send the applications is the 31 December 2019.

The information will be published on the CONCERT website soon!

A successful final event of TERRITORIES!

The TERRITORIES final event has taken place 12-14 November 2019 in Aix en Provence (France). It has been a successful meeting with around 75 participants. During the event we had the opportunity to discuss the two final deliverables that are being prepared (D9.71 and D9.72) which include recommendations related to post-accident situations and NORM contaminated sites. A lot of comments and suggestions were received on these documents. Many thanks to all the participants for a fruitful meeting!

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