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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.

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NERIS Newsletter 8th issue

NERIS-Newsletter-8-2014-11-miniThe 8th issue of the NERIS Newsletter is now available. This edition is dedicated to the recent NERIS activities, cooperation with European research platforms on Radiation Protection R&D and the announcements.

The Newsletter includes:

• Editorial
• Feedback on the Fifth NERIS General Assembly
• International Training Course on « Preparedness and response for nuclear and radiological emergencies » in Mol
• Training Course on « Late Phase Nuclear Accident Preparedness and Management” in Gomel
• Cooperation with MELODI, ALLIANCE and EURADOS at the occasion of the Sixth International MELODI Workshop in Barcelona
• Second set of recommendations from the Japan Health Physics Society on radiation protection issues after Fukushima accident
• Announcements

PREPARE (WP7) Training Course - 16-20 March 2015, Mol (Belgium)

20140317The Training Course on “Preparedness and response for nuclear and radiological emergencies” is organised by the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre SCK•CEN in the framework of the FP7 project PREPARE and the European platform NERIS on emergency and post-accident preparedness and response, with support from the SCK•CEN Academy for Nuclear Science and Technology.

The course, focuses on the early to intermediate phases after a nuclear or radiological accident, will take place from March 16-20, 2015 in Mol, Belgium.

This course addresses the state of the art in nuclear and radiological emergency management including the international recommendations, the lessons learned from the Fukushima accident and the latest results from the PREPARE project. This includes, but is not limited to, principles of intervention; radiological evaluations; decision-support tools; different aspects of planning and organization in off-site emergency response; economic, social and psychological impact. The European and international dimension is addressed through lectures on Community legislation and international data and information exchange.

For further information, please contact Catrinel Turcanu (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Johan Camps (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) from SCK-CEN.

Read more: PREPARE (WP7) Training Course - 16-20 March 2015, Mol (Belgium)

PREPARE (WP7) Training Course - 21-25 September 2015, Gomel (Belarus Republic)

house-RIRThe Training Course on “Late Phase Nuclear Accident Preparedness and Management” is organised by the Nuclear Protection Evaluation Center (CEPN - France) and the Institute of Radiology (RIR - Belarus) in cooperation with the European platform NERIS on emergency and post-accident preparedness and response, in the framework of the EC FP7 “PREPARE” Project.

The course will take place on September 21-25, 2015 at the Institute of Radiology (RIR) in Gomel, Belarus.

The main objective of the course for late phase nuclear accident prepardness and management is to provide principles and practical guidance for the key players involved in the preparedness for rehabilitation of living conditions in contaminated areas in the aftermath of a nuclear/radiological accident.

The course offers a comprehensive overview of the various dimensions and challenges of the long-term rehabilitation process after a nuclear accident, and also provides practical elements for the implementation of late phase countermeasures in rural and urban contaminated environments. A particular attention is given to “stakeholder engagement” approaches to initiate preparedness processes 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.

The course is 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 is made of lectures, practical working sessions and discussions. It also relies 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.

Download the First Announcement

Download the Preliminary Programme

Registration (before 15 July 2015).

There is no registration fee, however, participants are expected to cover their own travel and subsistence costs (including meals, hotel room and Visa costs).

Please do not hesitate to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. from CEPN if you need further information.

Read more: PREPARE (WP7) Training Course - 21-25 September 2015, Gomel (Belarus Republic)

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 Centre (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 was given to “stakeholder engagement” approaches to initiate preparedness processes 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.

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, NERIS TP and PREPARE. It included lectures from professionals, practical working sessions and discussions with local and regional authority representatives as well as inhabitants who are engaged in long term recovery, in the Chechersk and Braguin districts affected by the Chernobyl accident. It also relied on the practical experience of Belarussian organisations in the management of the consequences of the accident 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 (Department 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 Centre for Radiation Medicine and Human Ecology in Gomel, the Stolyn Regional Hospital and the International Commission on Radiological Protection.

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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. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  from CEPN.

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)

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