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.
Stakeholder engagement is now recognized as an essential ingredient in the governance of radiological risk. But how is stakeholder engagement achieved? Whom should it include and why? How can it inform radiation protection practices and decision making? This workshop provides an opportunity to discuss these and related questions, with the aim of stimulating more effective and democratic governance of radiological risks. Three fields will be examined in detail: medical exposures to ionizing radiation, post-accident exposures, and exposure to indoor radon.
Workshop Aims: - To share findings from the ENGAGE project; - To collect feedback on recommendations for enhanced stakeholder participation in the abovementioned fields
Workshop Format: The workshop will consist of presentations, panels and facilitated group discussions, addressing: - The connection between stakeholder engagement prescriptions and practice; - The conditions for meaningful participation and commitment of institutional and non-institutional stakeholders; - Bridging risk assessment, risk management and risk communication approaches and stakeholders; - Alignment of different decision levels: local, regional, national and international; - Informed decision-making (role of communication, access to information, informed consent); - Radiation protection cultures, including objectives, target stakeholders, content, tools, evaluation processes; - Broadening the scope of ‘participation’ in radiation protection beyond formal institutional approaches; - Education, training and capacity building.
We are pleased to announce that the second announcement is now available for download : download the second announcement. You will find information on the workshop format, registration and accommodation.
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Introduction on approaches to deal with uncertainty information within the decision-making process in nuclear emergency
In emergency management the uncertainty information on the current situation, or its predicted evolution, is an intrinsic problem for decision making. CONFIDENCE aims to improve decision making through the development of approaches to deal with uncertainty information, and to communicate them in such a way that decisions can be made in a more robust manner, reflecting the variability and complexity of the real situation and the decision makers’ preferences. Decision making principles are investigated, ranging from formal decision aiding techniques to simulation based approaches. The training seminar includes an introduction on the NERIS European Platform, on the CONFIDENCE Project and on the approaches based on multi-criteria decision analysis and on the agent based model. Participants will be involved in the panel discussion on how to deal with uncertainties in decision making and on the benefits of stakeholders involvement in the use of uncertainty information.
Key challenges in the preparedness for emergency response and recovery of a nuclear or radiological event
The 5th NERIS Workshop was hosted by DTU – Nutech in Roskilde (Denmark) from 3rd to 5th April 2019, the 10th General Assembly took place on 3rd April morning (9:00-11:00). The Workshop gathered 85 participants and 58 papers, including 12 posters, dedicated to “Key challenges in the preparedness for emergency response and recovery of a nuclear or radiological event” and addressed the following challenges:
Radiological impact assessment during all phases of nuclear and radiological events
Countermeasures and countermeasure strategies in emergency & recovery, decision support & disaster informatics
Setting-up a trans-disciplinary and inclusive framework for preparedness for emergency response and recovery
A specific session was dedicated to "Challenges in estimating the source term and operational radiological picture (on-site versus off-site)".
The NERIS Platform delivered for the second time the ‘NERIS Young Scientist Award’ to promote 4 young scientis whose professional or scientific works have been noted for their quality and originality.
The 4th NERIS Workshop, organised in cooperation with the Irish Environmental Protection Agency, has covered topics on adapting nuclear and radiological emergency preparedness, response and recovery to a changing world.
The NERIS Workshop 2018 has provided an opportunity to discuss and exchange with NERIS Members, International organisations and European Research communities on priorities for the NERIS Platform.
The proceedings of this Workshop are now available and can be downloaded here.
Process-based models have existed for nearly two decades, but are still rarely used in emergency planning. This workshop will bring together modellers, scientists and importantly end-users to discuss advances in foodchain transfer with an emphasis on process-based soil-plant transfer models. One aim of the workshop will be to investigate the potential adoption of process-based models by end-users and also identify future research priorities for human foodchain modelling."
The workshop will start at lunchtime on the 9th and finish at 17:00 on the 10th September.
Please note participant numbers will be limited to 45