SHAMISEN-SINGS built upon the recommendations of the EC-OPERRA funded SHAMISEN project, aims to enhance Citizen Participation in preparedness for, and recovery from, a radiation accident through novel tools and APPs that support communication and data collection on radiation measurements, health and well-being indicators.
The specific objectives are to:
- Interact with stakeholders to assess their needs and their interest in contributing to dose and health assessment and evaluate how new technologies could best fulfill their needs. In particular, consider lessons from current issues in Fukushima related to lifting evacuation orders and medical care for vulnerable population;
- Review existing APPs for citizen-based dose measurements, and establish minimum standards of quality;
- Review existing APPs/systems to monitor health and wellbeing and provide feedback to users, and develop a core protocol for a citizen- based study on health, social and psychological consequences of a radiation accident;
- Build upon existing tools to develop the concept/guidelines for one or more APPs that could be used to:
- monitor radiation: to allow citizens to measure dose, empowering them by providing information about their own doses in different settings, as well as contribute to radiation assessment after an accident, including visualisation of radiation conditions;
- log behavioural and health information to be used, with appropriate ethics and informed consent, for citizen science studies.
- provide a channel for practical information, professional support and dialogue about health, wellbeing and radiation protection.
- Assess the ethical challenges and implications of both the APPs and citizen science activities through a consensus workshop.
SHAMISEN-SINGS brings together an experienced multidisciplinary and multinational consortium to answer important objectives of the CONCERT call: to improve countermeasures for nuclear emergency preparedness and provide important knowledge on stakeholder engagement in radiation protection, including a critical assessment of benefits and challenges of citizen science. By taking a practical ethics approach, fostering co-reflection between natural and social scientists, it will strengthen integration of social science in radiation protection. It will also provide an independent channel for collection and management of data for use by authorities for decision making, assessment of doses, evaluation of health/social condition and health surveillance in general and support the implementation of BSS.