The 6th issue of the NERIS Newsletter is now available. This edition is dedicated to the recent NERIS activities, the election of the new Management Board and the Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) of the NERIS Platform.
The Newsletter includes :
22th-24th January 2014
The Euratom NERIS-TP research project on “Preparedness for Nuclear and Radiological Emergency Response and Recovery” starded in February 2011. The objectives of the project were firstly to solve urgent research needs such as the implementation of the new ICRP recommendations in the simulation models, the coupling of decision support systems such as ARGOS and RODOS to early notification systems and to carry out research activities to improve emergency management on the local and the national level, and secondly to support the operation of the NERIS Platform in order to make it sustainable in the long term.
The NERIS-TP dissemination workshop will allow to present the results of the NERIS-TP project and to bring together best practice, knowledge and technology to enhance the preparedness for Europe’s response to any radiation emergency and recovery situation.
Actors in emergency and recovery preparedness and management from all levels and sectors are encouraged to participate in this workshop.
Registration (before 21 December 2013).
12-13 September 2013
A French workshop has been organised in Bordeaux on 12-13 September at the initiative of the ANCCLI (the French Federation of Local Commissions of Information), the CLIN (Local Commission of Information) of Blayais and the NERIS-TP.
The local-national workshop on review of post-accident preparedness processes at the territory level aimed to make an inventory and to try to assess initiatives for post-accident preparedness in the European context at the local, regional and national levels, in France and other European countries. Elements of experience feedback from the post-Fukushima situation in Japan have been also presented; notably how different stakeholders are involved in some initiatives. The workshop provided an update on European approaches to research and experimentation on preparedness for post-nuclear accident situations at the European level.
The program and the presentations are available on the ANCCLI website.
21-25 October 2013
NERIS-TP Training Course “Preparedness for Nuclear and Radiological Emergency Response and Recovery: Usage of the new products for supporting the management team”
The Training Course “Preparedness for Nuclear and Radiological Emergency Response and Recovery: Usage of the new products for supporting the management team” will be organised between October 21st and 25th 2013 in Trnava (Slovak Republic). This Training Course is organised by VUJE - the Slovak institute for nuclear power plants applied research and operational support in cooperation with contractors of the NERIS-TP Project of the Euratom FP7 (GA 269718) partly funded by the European Commission. The course aims to wide spread the usage of the new tools developed and integrated to the Decision Support Systems, such as RODOS and ARGOS. The course deals specifically with the new products integrated within the JRODOS Decision Support System (DSS). such as tool for automated assessment of doses and potential consequences initiated by a message from the Unified System for Information Exchange in Incidents and Emergencies (USIE), tools for operation of the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) modelling system, ICRP 103 screening tool, ERMIN, AgriCP and scenario preparation tool.
The main objective is to train the participants (trainees) to use the new tools for the purpose of further active participation in technical exercises and use of the end products in the community.
This course pays special attention to practical exercises; therefore experienced users of the JRODOS DSS are highly welcomed. A particular attention is given to “stakeholder involvement” approaches to enhance off-site nuclear emergency preparedness and response arrangements and to enhance recovery preparedness process.
The course is based on tools and methods developed within the NERIS-TP Project (WP2, WP3 and WP4). It is made of lectures, practical working sessions and discussions.
11-12 December 2013
First Invitation to the PREPARE (WP7) Table-Top Exercice: “Monitoring a large scale cross border contamination in the aftermath of a nuclear accident”
The Table-Top Exercise on “Monitoring a large scale cross border contamination in the aftermath of a nuclear accident” is organised within the FP7-project PREPARE, WP7 Training courses, dissemination of knowledge and exercises.
In the event of a nuclear or radiological emergeny, the aim of the emergency monitoring and measurement strategy would ultimately be to produce a radiological contamination map of the area affected to guide radiological evaluators and decision makers in optimizing the protection strategy recommended for the public. The results of any emergency monitoring programme are likely to take days or weeks to acquire and collect data, according to the extent of the contamination and the characteristics of the environment. Many emergency teams will be involved, especially in the case of an accident with the transboundary impact affecting different countries.
The main goal of this table-top exercise is to disseminate the existing emergency preparedness plans for emergency monitoring on a large scale contamination, based on a hypothetical accident scenario affecting different countries and identify possible pitfalls.
28-29 November 2013
First Announcement of the PREPARE (WP6) Research Workshop: “Managing complexity in nuclear accidental situations : Experts interacting with experts and society”
Nuclear emergency and post-emergency situations produce complex challenges regarding nuclear safety, radiological protection, radioactive waste management, but also for almost all activities of society and lifestyles (in the contaminated areas and beyond) that are affected by the accidental development, by (potential or actual) dispersion of radioactivity in the environment and in the goods. While many actors seek to find the information they need to make their everyday decisions, the issues at stake remain complex and multidimensional and the contribution of experts, the way they interact together and with the society and the media is a crucial dimension of accidental and post-accidental situations. The PREPARE WP6 Research program on "Information and participation of the public" is investigating the conditions and means for pertinent, reliable and trustworthy information to be made available to the public in due time and according to its needs in the course of nuclear emergency and post-emergency contexts, according to the principle of the Aarhus Convention on information, participation of the public and access to justice in environmental matters.
The workshop "Managing complexity in nuclear accidental situations - Experts interacting with experts and society" will address the questions of the management of complexity in emergency situation, linking the societal needs of information within the sphere of interacting experts along the development of the crisis. This workshop is the first of a series of three events that will successively focus on a specific sphere of information identified in the emergency and post-accident management situations:
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