The 5th International Conference on Radioecology and Environmental Radioactivity in 2022 will take place in Oslo, Norway, from 4 to 9 September
Norwegian Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (DSA), Institute for Radioprotection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN) and International Union of Radioecologists (IUR) in cooperation with IAEA, FAO, UNSCEAR, OECD/NEA, EC-JRC, ICRP, AMAP, CERAD CoE, Journal of Environmental Radioactivity and European Radioecological Alliance.
Purpose and scope of the conference
The purpose of the conference is to review and discuss recent advances in the field of radioecology, environmental radioactivity and related disciplines, and to contribute to the further development of these topics to improve radiological protection of humans and the environment.
The International Conference on Radioecology and Environmental Radioactivity 2022 will focus on providing basic scientific knowledge in research on human and biota exposure situations from a wide range of radioactive sources (man-made and natural radionuclides), as well as identifying emerging social needs along with technical requirements for regulators and industry.
The conference topics are wide-ranging, covering environmental monitoring and fieldwork, radiation effects research, advances in analytical methods/metrology, and model development and validation. Of interest are recent updates on integrated and differentiated approaches to the assessment of radiological risk to humans and the environment as well as the results of research programmes on the environmental consequences of the Fukushima Daiichi and Chernobyl accidents. The development of appropriate emergency preparedness procedures will be another important focus, along with the development of laws and regulations to protect people and ecosystems from the effects of ionising radiation.
The conference will be the fifth International Conference on Radioecology and Environmental Radioactivity, building on the success of previous events. These conferences are normally held every 3 years to review and discuss the latest developments in environmental radioactivity and related disciplines. The conferences aim to promote the continuous development of these topics to improve radiological protection of people and the environment.
The following topics will be addressed:
- Radionuclide speciation and environmental transport
- Multistressor and radiobiological effects
- Characterisation and risk assessment, including consideration of combined radiological stressors
- Radioecology and management of nuclear and other legacies
- Radioecological issues in decommissioning, radioactive waste management and disposal, including lessons learned from site characterisation
- Environmental protection, oversight and risk management, including the integrated protection of ecosystems and people in their environment
- Radioecological sensitivity in extreme or vulnerable environments and the implications for risk assessment and management
- Emergency preparedness, rehabilitation and management, including lessons learned from the Fukushima Daiichi accident
- NORM, including technology-enhanced NORM from industry and radon
- Regulatory and social aspects of environmental radiation protection including dealing with uncertainties in decision making, information dissemination, communication of risks and uncertainties and stakeholder engagement
The main conference sessions will consist of individual oral presentations. A poster exhibition will be organised for all accepted posters.