Workshops

STAR and COMET workshops

COMET Workshop in Chernihiv, Ukraine

Workshop: Thirty years after the Chernobyl accident what do we know about the effects of radiation on the environment?

Venue: Hotel UKRAINE, Chernihiv, Ukraine
Dates: 30th - 31st August 2016 (1st September: Optional trip to the CEZ)

The workshop will focus on what we have learnt from studies of the effects of radiation on the environment in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (CEZ) and what questions still remain. It will include presentations giving an overview of results from those groups which have studied the environment with the CEZ and also those currently working there. An evaluation of studies conducted to date in Japan following the Fukushima accident will also be given. There will be a number of discussion sessions on topics such as:

  • How do we resolve the anomalies between field and laboratory studies?
  • Implications of Chernobyl (and Fukushima) studies for current benchmark dose rates
  • What next for field studies in Chernobyl?
  • Each of these sessions will have one or two introductory presentations to set the scene for subsequent discussions.

Aims of the workshop: To recognise the implications of contrasting results from studies in the CEZ and to identify priority research needs and possibilities.

Presentations and abstracts are here

Workshop report PDF icon Deliverable_56_COMET_workshop_4_final.pdf

 

COMET Workhop on Radioecological Modelling
Workshop: “Models fit for purpose” 

June 15-17, 2016 in Seville, Spain

Venue: The workshop was hosted by the University of Seville, in the Spanish Accelerator Centre (CNA), Seville, Spain.

Objectives: The objective of the workshop was to discuss modelling as fit for purpose, by organizing a dialogue and obtaining feedback from modellers, experimentalists and stakeholders on this subject.

Questions addressed at the workshop were:

  • What is the purpose of the models?
  • Why do we need radioecology models?
  • How should an ideal radiological model look like?
  • How is the interactions between the modellers and the experimentalist?
  • What is the model/data requirements? 

PDF icon Invitation

PDF icon Program 

Workshop report

PDF icon Deliverable D55_COMET workshop 3_Final.pdf

COMET workshops in Japan (1) ICOBTE conference (2) Fukushima workshop

The second COMET workshop comprised of three events in July 2015. These were (i) A special session at the 13th International Conference on the Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements (ICOBTE) held at the Fukuoka International Congress Centre on 12th – 16th July 2015. The Symposium was on “Understanding and mitigating the environmental behaviour of radiocaesium after the Fukushima accident”. There were 73 presentations, including 25 posters, from 9 countries. (ii) an associated excursion on 17th July 2015 to the region affected by the Fukushima accident, and (iii) the COMET Fukushima Workshop at Iizaka, Fukushima, on the 18th – 19th July 2015. The workshop, organised by the Institute for Environmental Radioactivity at Fukushima University, had 42 participants from 6 countries. The speakers covered a wide range of topics and summarised current key findings and issues.

PDF icon This deliverable describes each of the three activities, summarises their content and considers the main messages for both Japan and the wider international community.

STAR - IAEA MODARIA programme 'Making data available'

20-21 April 2015, IAEA, Vienna

 

Workshop report with hyper-linked presentations PDF icon CLICK HERE

For details see agenda with abstracts & presentations  CLICK HERE
Kd Workshop - follow up

Photo: Joan Albert Sanchez Cabeza, IAEA

15-17 April 2015, IAEA, Monaco

Co-operation between STAR and IAEA MODARIA WG4 has facilitated the enhancement and improvement of partition coefficient (Kd) values, which are relevant for both human and environmental assessments. MODARIA WG4 has brought together an international community which has provided substantial amounts of new data from various member states to revise the Kd datasets. The focus of MODARIA WG4 has currently been on soil and freshwater. The main objectives of the Kd activities are to: (i) Conduct a critical review of literature of soil and freshwater Kd values to describe Kd variability (ii) Develop a common data base structure that will can be used by modellers to estimate Kd values and variability in soil, fresh water, and marine systems (iii) To assess the use of analogues to estimate Kd values for which there is little information (iv) Develop/identified approaches to describe and reduce uncertainty of Kd values (v) Identify additional data needs. The meeting in Monaco enabled the STAR and MODARIA WG4 participants to benefit from the expertise of IAEA staff in developing and maintaining databases. We also discussed whether there was a need for revision of the current marine Kd values in TRS 422. Powerpoint presentations of the meeting will be uploaded onto the MODARIA WG4 website.

Associated Papers

PDF icon Z. Shang. 2015. Kd Data Arising from Chinese NPPs Construction (In Chinese)

STAR & COMET 'Effects uncertainties workshop'

Photo: stevecadman on Flickr

10th - 12th December 2014, St. Catherine's college, Oxford

Workshop on Transgenerational and Epigenetic Mechanisms of Radiation Toxicity at Chronic Doses. This was a joint activity between STAR and COMET to bring together biological scientists studying transgenerational and epigenetics effects during chronic and long-term chemical and radiological exposures in the laboratory and field. Unfortunately, as a number of novel studies were presented (see agenda) the attendees have requested that their presentations are not made available here.

PDF icon Agenda

PDF icon Deliverable 5.3

STAR 'Wildlife dosimetry workshop'

10th-12th June 2014, CIEMAT, Madrid

The workshop addressed a wide spectrum of questions related to the ionising radiation dose estimation in animals and plants, involving world leading experts in each of the subjects treated. There were 30 participants from 12 countries (Belgium, Canada, USA, Spain, France, Germany, Japan, Norway, Portugal, United Kingdom, Russia and Sweden).

See: Wildlife dosimetry workshop for more information.

STAR & IAEA MODARIA 'Kd data'

Photo: Bjørn Erik Pedersen - Own work, © 

20th-  22th May 2014, NRPA, Oslo

Joint activity between STAR and IAEA MODARIA programme.

PDF icon STAR MS 7.7 Report from Kd workshop brainstorming session

IAEA MODARIA website