European Platform on preparedness for nuclear and radiological emergency response and recovery

The mission of the NERIS Platform is to establish a forum for dialogue and methodological development between all European organisations and associations taking part in decision making of protective actions in nuclear and radiological emergencies and recovery in Europe.

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Upcoming events

NERIS Workshop 2018 & 9th General Assembly - 25-27 April 2018, Dublin (Ireland)

25th-27th April 2018

The next NERIS Workshop will be held in the Dublin Castle (Ireland) the 25th-27th April 2018. At this occasion, the 9th NERIS General Assembly will be organized.

Further details will be communicated in the upcoming months.

Consultation meeting on the NERIS Roadmap


In the framework of CONCERT WP2, NERIS, as other European research platforms, has the commitment to prepare its roadmap with a long-term view and aiming to identify research priorities in emergency and recovery issues. This roadmap will also contribute to explore joint interests for multidisciplinary and synergistic research between all Platforms.

To elaborate the roadmap, CONCERT WP2 proposed to each platform to work on different scenarios to be discussed afterward with all other platforms. In this way, NERIS has been working on two different scenarios:

  • Facing the consequences of a nuclear or radiological major accident or incident: how to optimize society’s preparedness, and short term/long term response?
  • Facing the threat of a radiological terrorist act: How to minimize consequences?

Based on these scenarios (enclosed to the invitation email), a first draft of the NERIS roadmap has been elaborated and tries to highlight some topics of the updated NERIS SRA challenges.

Thus, the overall objective of this consultation meeting is to discuss among the NERIS community about this NERIS roadmap and to collect the comments and proposals. Based on these discussions a consolidated NERIS Roadmap will be prepared by the end of November 2017.

Please note that this meeting is devoted to discuss the long-term vision of NERIS in terms of research in the key areas identified in the SRA and as presented in the Roadmap document sent out in July. This vision has to be subdivided into “realistic” steps to reach this goal which is expressed in intermediate research endpoints after 5 and 10 years from now. This discussion should not focus on possible funding but concentrate on the scientific and societal challenges in the different areas.

For further information, please download the agenda of the meeting.

For registration, please complete the appropriate form and returne it to the NERIS Secretariat (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Researchers from 11 Countries Agree on New Recommendations to Deal with Possible Nuclear Accidents


In the unlikely but not impossible case of a future nuclear accident, what should be done – or not -  to improve the health surveillance and living conditions of affected populations without generating collateral damage or unnecessary anxiety? This is what the EC-funded project SHAMISEN has tried to address over the last 18 months with an analysis of lessons learned from Chernobyl and Fukushima. The result is a document with 28 recommendations to improve the preparedness and response to a radiation accident, including for each recommendation a ‘why’ (based on lessons learned) a ‘how’, and a ‘who’ (those responsible of implementing the recommendation).

The document highlights the importance of planning the response “in times of peace” and includes recommendations to improve training of professionals, establish disease registries to know whether these diseases increase after the accident, and establish evacuation protocols and routes if necessary. Recommendations ‘during’ the response include providing timely and reliable information on the accident situation and associated risks, and ensuring collection of radiation dose data. For the ‘after’, the main recommendations include establishing a dialogue between experts and affected communities with the help of local facilitators, and providing support to populations that wish to make their own dose measurements so they can take informed decisions (e.g. what food they eat or if and when they return to their homes).  Recommendations also include providing health screening of populations on a voluntary basis and with adequate counselling to avoid unnecessary anxiety, and launching long-term public health studies only when informative and sustainable over time. All recommendations were developed taking into consideration the cross-cutting issue of ethics and the involvement of local stakeholders, including the population.

For more Information:

ICRP 2017 & ERPW 2017 - 10-12 October 2017

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4th International Symposium of the System of Radiological Protection in conjonction with the European Radiological Protection Research Week are being organized in Paris from 10 to 12 October 2017.

This combined event will offer the opportunity for professionals, experts and researchers worldwide to discuss their respective concerns and the current challenges faced in all areas of radiological protection, as well as the ways
forward through new research, updating doctrines, or better interactions with stakeholders.

The ICRP-ERPW2017 conference welcomes your abstracts for oral papers and poster presentations concerning the following topics:

  • Ethics in radiation protection
  • Management of emergency and post-accident situations: how to optimize population evacuation zones and related decision making processes?
  • Why is radioecology an essential science when analyzing human population exposure?
  • Benefit vs risk in diagnostic and interventional radiology, nuclear medicine, and radiotherapy
  • Medical radiation incidents/accidents
  • Internal dosimetry
  • What are the evidences for trans/multigenerational radiation-induced effects and are they of concern?
  • Biomarkers and cohorts suitable for exploring low-dose/low-dose-rate exposure effects and individual susceptibility (humans, animals and plants)
  • Use of observatory sites for integrated long-term research activities
  • Radioactive iodine: gaps and knowledge needed for nuclear crisis integrated management
  • Dosimetry in complex fields
  • Eye lens exposure and monitoring
  • Individualized approaches for radiation protection

The submission period is Monday 24 April – Friday 30 June 2017.
All submissions should be made online at:

Web page:

4th ICRER, 3-8 September 2017, Berlin – Germany

The 4th International Conference on Radioecology and Environmental Radioactivity (ICRER) will be held in Berlin, Germany, 3-8 September 2017.

The overall goal of the conference is to review and discuss recent achievements in radioecology and related disciplines, as well as to promote continued development in these subjects in order to improve the radiological protection of humans and the environment. In September 2017, the conference will cover the acquisition of basic scientific knowledge in research dedicated to any human and wildlife exposure situations for a wide range of radioactive sources and scenarios (planned, existing and emergency situations), as well as identifying new societal needs along with technical requirements for regulators and industry.

For futher information, please visit the ICRER 2017 website.

NERIS Newsletter 13th issue

   The 13th issue of the NERIS Newsletter is now available.
   This edition is dedicated to the new european research projects CONFIDENCE & TERRITORIES as well as the final SHAMISEN Workshop,
   held in Paris last March.

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