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:
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.
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.
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The Third International Conference on Risk Perception, Communication and
Ethics of Exposures to Ionising Radiation (RICOMET 2017) will be held from the
27th to 29th of June 2017 in Vienna (IAEA premises).
The conference Ricomet 2017 will include the following sessions, each open to presentations or posters:
Web page: http://ricomet2017.sckcen.be/en
The outcomes of the PREPARE European project have been published in a supplemental issue (Vol. 51, HS2) of the Radioprotection revue:
Innovative integrated tools and platforms for radiological emergency preparedness and post-accident response in Europe. Key results of the PREPARE European research project.
Editors: Tatiana Duranova, Wolfgang Raskob and Thierry Schneider
You will find the Table of contents and all articles on this page.
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