Several PhD positions available around Europe within the RadoNorm project

The following positions for PhD research are available:

University of Antwerpen

Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin

Stockholm University

 

Online seminar on: Holistic Approaches to Decision Making in Environmental Remediation Projects

The online seminar “Holistic Approaches to Decision Making in Environmental Remediation Projects , co-organised by in Cooperation with IAEA-ENVIRONET MAESTRI Project, ENA and SHARE, will take place the 1st of September 2020 (15:00 – 16:30 CET).

This webinar will take place in the framework of the pre-RICOMET 2020 conference. Participation is free of charge, but registration is required. You can register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0vd-qgqjgrHNZfv28Hvkwq4gbNF8yI8W78 

Pre-RICOMET 2020, 1-3 of September on-line and Traditional RICOMET 2021, 29 June to 1 of July, Athens, Greece

Due to Covid-19 protective measures our RICOMET 2020 will be reorganized in Pre-RICOMET 2020 with the dedicated web events related to the following topics:

  • Radon air pollution in co-organisation with SHARE, ERA and IAEA (registration will be open via Zoom in August)
  • Environmental remediation in co-organisation with SHARE, ENA and IAEA (registration will be open via Zoom in August)
  • Upgrading the strategic research agenda in social science and humanities in ionising radiation (registration will be open via Zoom in August)
  • Workshop: International Science Relations and Communications | From the Lab to the Parliament, (fee: 25 euro, VAT not included).
  • Training course on risk communication & development of communication tools, (fee: 25 euro, VAT not included).
  • Workshop on Ethics in Radiation Protection, (fee: 25 euro, VAT not included).
  • SHARE General Assembly will be organised online on 3rd of September 2020.
  • Web social event(s) – organised by early career scientists with SHARE (registration will be open via Zoom in August)

Register at: https://events.sckcen.be/delegates/register/5de67e3e-61b8-437d-91b3-0d8b0a343d02/b3785e913e/did:5dfb93a8-05d0-491e-a71c-04c10a345102/dkey:0a8bb25979

For more information about the event go to  www.ricomet.eu

 

NERIS webinar on Chernobyl Wildfires: Thursday 28th  May 2020 (15:00-16:30)

In April 2020, wildfires were reported in the exclusion zone around the damaged Chernobyl nuclear reactor. The fires reached the red forest, one of the most contaminated natural environments , and came as close as two kilometers from the sarcophagi covering the damaged reactor. These are not the first wildfires after the 1986 accident and radiation scientists  have recognized the potential to return radioactive material into the air, especially cesium-137 and strontium-90. This poses an obvious and immediate health risk to fire fighters, but smoke plumes may also transport this re-suspended radioactive material over long distances, resulting in redistribution of the historic fall-out from the accident.

At the local and regional scale, people are concerned about the potential radiological impact too.  Several institutes have made assessments of the situation to answer these concerns, with a combination of satellite imagery and local observations of the fires’ location and intensity, radionuclide detection and models of atmospheric dispersion and transport of particles. Methods developed for the management of earlier nuclear and radiological emergencies were used and new tools, like source inversion techniques, were tested. A number of institutes have issued general statements as well as detailed reports on the Chernobyl wildfires, available to the public on websites and social media.

In this webinar we will discuss the analyses carried out by different institutes, including their rationales, methods, results, communication to the general public as well as collaboration among them. First several speakers will briefly present the situation from their perspective. In the second half, participants’ questions will be addressed by the speakers and a moderated discussion will be held.

Speakers:

  • Valery Kashparov – Ukrainian Institute for Agricultural Research, National University of Life and Environmental Sciences (UIAR) – Ukraine
  • Dmitry Bazyka – National Center for Radiation Medicine in Kiev,  the WHO Collaborating Center for Radiation and Health – Ukraine
  • Wolfgang Raskob – Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) – Germany
  • Jasper Tomas – National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) – The Netherlands
  • Olivier Saunier – Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN) – France
  • Astrid Liland – Norwegian Radiation and Nuclear safety Authority (DSA) – Norway
  • Johan Camps – Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK CEN) – Belgium
  • Nick Beresford – UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology –United Kingdom

Final Comments: Thierry Schneider – CEPN and Chair of NERIS – France

Discussion Chair: Lindis Skipperud – NMBU/CERAD – Norway

Chat Moderators: Yevgeniya Tomkiv and Deborah Oughton – NMBU/CERAD – Norway

 Subscription: https://nmbu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_txvXA0LIRB6OZHA_g0V_Ng

IAEA webinar on Continuity in COVID-19 pandemic: How to run effective technical services for individual monitoring during a pandemic

The IAEA has organised a webinar next 27th of May at 16:00, on Continuity in COVID-19 pandemic: How to run effective technical services for individual monitoring during a pandemic.

You can find all the details at https://www.iaea.org/resources/webinar/continuity-in-covid-19-pandemic-how-to-run-effective-technical-services-for-individual-monitoring-during-a-pandemic.

ICRP Mentorship Programme

The International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) has established a mentorship programme to engage university students and early-career professionals and scientists as mentees in ICRP Task Groups with the guidance of an ICRP member as mentor.

Mentees may come from educational, governmental, private, or any other organisation. This is a part-time voluntary arrangement, with mentees continuing to work at their home organisation most of the time. There is no fee, but the mentee’s home organisation bears any costs associated with the mentorship.

While mentees are encouraged to engage fully in the work of the Task Group, they are assigned a) specific roles or task(s), defined in advance. Ideally the mentee will have an opportunity to participate directly in a meeting of the Task Group, and/or the possibility of working with the mentor at their institute. The assignment is for a pre-set period, typically one year with possibility of renewal. During this time, the mentee will be a member of the Task Group.

More information about the mentorship opportunities and how to apply at: http://icrp.org/page.asp?id=465&utm_source=International+Commission+on+Radiological+Protection&utm_campaign=a56d92f0ad-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_04_29_12_02&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_89436ae8fd-a56d92f0ad-17660785

The ERPW 2020 has been postponed to 2021

Considering the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated impact and repercussions at multiple levels, the Scientific and Organizing Committees of the European Radiation Protection Week 2020 (ERPW2020) have decided, together with the European research platforms, to postpone the Conference to 2021.

Although it is premature at this stage to decide on a new date and venue, a possibility would be 27 September-1 October 2021. More news will be announced in due time, after a decision is reached.

Abstract submission to ERPW2020 is therefore suspended. Authors of already submitted abstracts will soon be contacted by the Organizing Committee.

RPW2020 postponed ro 2021

Balancing action and longer-term outcomes during a time of crisis

The 2nd SHARE live webinar will take place Thursday 23rd April 15.00 – 16.30 (CET)

The second of the SHARE webinars to consider what can be learnt from the COVID-19 pandemic for radiological contexts will centre on ‘how can the risks of action be balanced between the short term and longer terms effects on society?’. Lessons learned from radiological and nuclear emergencies show that actions taken during emergencies may have profound social, economic, political and ethical effects in the medium and long term.

As with nuclear incident responses, different nations have adopted different actions in relation to the pandemic and we have witnessed variations in response times as well as the responses. Some nations are visibly considering tradeoffs, between action in the immediate situation of the pandemic and the potential longer-term impacts – such as economic – of not pursuing those actions. It is becoming clearer that some of the current actions have longer-term ramifications on the same systems that are currently being protected. For example, ‘isolation policies’ serve to protect individuals and health systems, to the detriment of societal functions such as employment, yet longer term may induce larger issues for individuals and the health services as inequalities increase and deferred health problems build.

The second webinar will explore some of the similarities and differences between pandemic and radiological contexts, between balancing the near-term and longer-term implications of action and inaction.

We invite you to join with our expert panelists:
Dr. Wolfgang Weiss, Emergency Advisory Board of the German Commission on Radiological Protection (SSK), Germany
Prof. Brian Wynne, Lancaster University, United Kingdom  
Dr. Peter Thijssen, University of Antwerp, Belgium
Prof. Deborah Oughton, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), Norway
Dr. Masaharu Tsubokura, Fukushima Medical University, Japan
Mr. Bojan Jean, SOP, Slovenia

Closing remarks by Prof. Susan Molyneux-Hodgson, SHARE President and Dr. Thierry Schneider, NERIS President

Moderator: Dr. Nadja Zeleznik, EIMV and SHARE Treasurer

The webinar is hosted by the SHARE Platform. Please register and share to your networks. The participation is free. You can register here.