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.

Joining the Platform

Fifth NERIS General Assembly – 27th June 2014, Geneva (Switzerland)

The Fifth NERIS General Assembly took place on Friday, June 27, 2014 from 2.00 to 5.00 pm at the occasion of the Fourth European IRPA Congress in Geneva at the International Center of Conference Geneva (CICG).Geneve

During this Assembly, it was reviewed the on-going activities of the NERIS Platform and we will discuss its perspectives, notably the organisation of the European Joint Programming (EJP) for Radiation Protection R&D in Europe.

  1. Review of the Platform activities, new statute, financial issues and views of the future NERIS activities
  2. Working Group 3 on Contaminated Goods (Sylvie Charron -IRSN)
  3. R&D Committee (Frank Hardeman - SCK CEN)
  4. PREPARE Project (Wolfgang Raskob - KIT)
  5. OPERRA Project (Florian Gering - BfS)

Download the Agenda of the Fifth General Assembly

Download the Minutes of the Fifth General Assembly

PREPARE (WP7) Training Course - 16-19 September 2014, Gomel (Belarus Republic)

Last September, in the framework of the EC FP7 “PREPARE” Project, the international training course on “Late Phase Nuclear Accident Preparedness and Management” was organised in Gomel (Belarus) by the Nuclear Protection Evaluation Center (CEPN - France), together with the Research Institute of Radiology (RIR – Belarus) and NERIS.IMG 9594 wp7

The course offered a comprehensive overview of the various dimensions and challenges of the long-term rehabilitation process after a nuclear event, and also provides practical elements for the implementation of late phase countermeasures for dealing with rural and urban contaminated environment. A particular attention is given to “stakeholder engagement” approaches to initiate preparedness processes on one hand and to favour the implication of the inhabitants in their own protection as well as in decision making process related to the redeployment of social and economic activities in the affected areas in case of an accident on the other hand.

The course was based on international recommendations and on the material produced and developed in several European and international projects: ETHOS, SAGE, FARMING, CORE, EURANOS and NERIS. It included lectures from professionals, practical working sessions and discussions with local and regional authority representatives as well as inhabitants who are engaged in recovery, long term after nuclear accidents in the Chechersk and Braguin districts. It also relied on the practical experience of Belarussian organisations in the management of the Chernobyl consequences as well as on the first lessons from the management of the consequences of the Fukushima accident.

17 trainees and 14 trainers from 12 countries (Belarus Rep., Belgium, Czech Rep., Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Norway, Poland, Slovak Rep., Switzerland) participated to this training course.

The organisers would like to specifically thank for their participation the Belarusian Ministry of Emergency Situations, the Gomel Regional Executive Committe (Dpt for Recovery from the Chernobyl Accident Consequences), the Russian-Belarusian Information Center on the problems linked with the catastrophe at Chernobyl NPP in Minsk, the Republican Research Center for Radiation Medicine and Human Ecology in Gomel, the Stolyn Regional Hospital and the International Commission on Radiological Protection.

The next edition is foreseen on September 21-25, 2015 in Gomel. If you need further information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. from CEPN or the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

NERIS Workshop 2015 & Sixth General Assembly - 27-29 April 2015, Milano (Italy)

27th-29th April 2015

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele This Workshop, organised in cooperation with the University of Milano, will cover the State of the art and Needs for further research for emergency and recovery preparedness and response.

The NERIS Workshop 2015 will provide an opportunity to discuss and exchange with NERIS Members, International organisations and European Research communities on priorities for the NERIS Platform.

Plenary sessions will be organised on topics related to the 3 research areas of the NERIS SRA:

  • New challenges in atmospheric & aquatic modelling – Needs for improvement.
  • New challenges for better dose assessments and decision support based on improved knowledge: source term, scenarios, etc.
  • New challenges in stakeholder involvement and local preparedness and communication strategies.

The Sixth NERIS General Assembly will be organised at this occasion on April 29, 2015 afternoon.

Read more: NERIS Workshop 2015 & Sixth General Assembly - 27-29 April 2015, Milano (Italy)

Updated version of the NERIS Strategic Research Agenda

A new version of the NERIS Strategic Research Agenda is available. A consultation process is now engaged. In order to prepare a strategic vision of radiation protection research in Europe with other Platforms (MELODI, ALLIANCE, EURADOS), we need to select a list of high priorities and also to rank these priorities.

As member of the NERIS Platform you are invited to consult the document and fill the grid to select research priorities.

The grid contains two columns: the first column allows ranking the priorities of the SRA with three to five priorities and the second column allows selecting the priorities in terms of synergetic issues with the other platforms for the second OPERRA Call.

The grid should be sent insofar as possible before the Fifth General Assembly (June 27) or by 15 July at the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Download the updated NERIS SRA

Download the grid

NERIS Newsletter 7th issue

NERIS-Newsletter-7-2014-03-miniThe 7th issue of the NERIS Newsletter is now available. This edition is dedicated to the recent NERIS activities, the Memorandum Of Understanding for an integrative approach to European Radiation Protection research and the announcement.

The Newsletter includes:

  • Editorial
  • Feedback on the NERIS-TP Dissemination Workshop in Oslo
  • Workshop “Review of post-accident preparedness initiatives at the territorial level”
  • New emergency planning zones for nuclear power plants in Germany
  • RODOS user group meeting in Brugg, Switzerland
  • Presentation of PREPARE during a European hearing on “off-site crisis communication with the public in case of nuclear and radiological emergency”
  • Feedback on the training course held in Trnava
  • Main outputs of the PREPARE – WP6 workshop in Lisbon
  • Announcements

MELODI, European Radioecology Alliance, NERIS and EURADOS sign a Memorandum of Understanding

On 5 December 2013 MELODI, the European Radioecology Alliance (ALLIANCE), NERIS and EURADOS have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to confirm their joint commitment towards the consolidation and implementation of a strategic vision of radiation protection research in Europe. This ceremony took place at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, in presence of Bruno Schmitz, Head of Unit K4 “Fission” at the Directorate General for Research and Innovation.

Download the Memorandum of Understanding

Read more: MELODI, European Radioecology Alliance, NERIS and EURADOS sign a Memorandum of Understanding

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