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.
Key challenges in the preparedness, response and recovery phase of a nuclear or radiological emergency
The 5th NERIS Workshop will be hosted by DTU – Nutech, Center for Nuclear Technologies, in Roskilde (Denmark) from 3rd to 5th April 2019. It will be the opportunity to discuss and exchange between NERIS members, international organisations and European Research communities on research developments and priorities for the European NERIS Platform.
We are pleased to announce that the NERIS Workshop 2019 will be dedicated to “Key challenges in the preparedness, response and recovery phase of a nuclear or radiological emergency” and will address 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
In addition, a specific session will be held on:
Challenges in estimating the source term and operational radiological picture (on-site versus off-site)
Note that for the second time, the NERIS Platform sets up the ‘NERIS Young Scientist Award’ to promote young people whose professional or scientific works have been noted for their quality and originality.
Use of uncertain information by decision makers at the various levels within the decision making process and its communication.
Guides and recommendations for the decision making in the post release and transition phase taking into account uncertain information will be presented and tested. Attendees will debate how to interpret, use and communicate uncertainties within the decision making process. The course and practical sessions/workshops will also consider the: establishment and optimisation of remediation strategies; benefits of stakeholder involvement; inclusion of human behaviour, cultural differences and stakeholder preferences as a part of the tools to aid decision making. Training the trainers and facilitators of national, regional and local workshops based on learning from doing and own engagement and experience during the training course is one of the goals of the training.
While there is no registration fee, training course participation is limited to a maximum of 24 participants. Pre-registerers are accepted for final registration. and registration is required by filling the online registration form.
Priority will be given to participants from E.U. countries working in the domain of nuclear or radiological emergency and recovery management.
Second announcement/Programme: October 31, 2018
Registration: January 31, 2019
Training course: May 13-15, 2019
Please download the second announcement of the training course with this link.
Workshop on assessing risks from radioactive legacy sites and how to better present uncertain information.
The objective of the workshop is to discuss the risk assessment process as applied to radioactively contaminated legacy sites and how to better present the assessment findings and associated uncertainties to stakeholders. The workshop will show how the risk assessment process has been applied to a real site in the UK. The workshop discussions and presentations are intended to be of interest to students (final year, MSc, PhD) and those in early career stage in the field of radiological protection and nuclear sciences, particularly radioecology and environmental impact assessment, and therefore their participation is encouraged.
Modelling and measurement training course, 23 April – 3 May 2019, Roskilde Denmark
The training course on “Assessment of long-term radiological risks from environmental releases: modelling and measurements”,23 April – 3 May 2019, Roskilde, Denmark is organised by the Center for Nuclear Technologies at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) in cooperation with PDC-ARGOS. The training course is co-funded by the European Joint Programme for the Integration of Radiation Protection Research CONCERT.
The course is aimed at providing the participants with an understanding of how to assess by measurements and modelling the long-term radiological risks from releases to the environment of radionuclides. Nuclear power plant accidents will particularly be in focus, but RDD’s will be considered.
The course builds on decades of international research work, e.g., in European projects such as ECP-4, STRATEGY, EURANOS, NERIS TP and PREPARE, including unique experience from extensive practical investigations in contaminated areas and laboratory assessments. It comprises a hands-on introduction to laboratory measurement techniques including state-of-the-art radiochemistry methods for determination of radionuclides that can not easily be determined. It also includes a hands-on decision support modelling session using a state-of-the-art computerised decision support system for nuclear and radiological emergency management.
The course will provide insight into:
Assessment of long-term radiological risks from releases to the environment
Theoretical principles of dosimetry
Implications of different contamination scenario types
Migration of radioactive contaminants in different types of environment
Modelling internal dose and specific factors influencing ingestion dose
Modelling external dose in contaminated inhabited areas
Decision support systems for accident management
Important concepts in sampling and gamma spectrometry
Radiochemical analysis for radionuclides that are difficult to measure
Rapid radiochemistry techniques for multiple samples
Registration: Deadline on 15th of January 2019. Limited to 12 participants
The targeted audience is PhD students and young scientists / advisors. The course will give students 2.5 ECTS points.
There is no registration fee. Participants are expected to cover their own travel and subsistence costs (e.g., meals, hotel, visa if needed)
Please donwload the first announcement of the training course with this link.
The 15th issue of the NERIS Newsletter is now available. This edition provides some feedbacks from recent events as the ALLIANCE-NERIS Workshop, the 4th NERIS Worskshop as well as information on European projects.