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Towards effective radiation protection based on improved scientific evidence and social considerations - focus on radon and NORM

Project description

A new approach to radiation risk management for the benefit of science and society

EU member states, associated countries and the European Commission are implementing the European Basic Safety Standards Directive for radiation protection. The EU-funded RadoNorm project will focus on all radiation risk management cycle levels for radon exposure, as well as situations of exposure to naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORM). The project intends to reduce scientific, technical and societal concerns by introducing research and technical developments, integrating education and training (E&T) and disseminating the results of the project through targeted actions to the public, stakeholders and related institutions. RadoNorm will direct research and development on all levels of the management cycle, combine biomedical and ecological research with mitigation development and social science research and bring together researchers from national radiation protection entities, universities and SMEs.

Objective

RadoNorm is designed to initiate and perform research and technical development in support of European Union Member States, Associated Countries and the European Commission in their efforts to implement the European radiation protection Basic Safety Standards. The proposed multidisciplinary and inclusive research project will target all relevant steps of the radiation risk management cycle for radon and NORM exposure situations. RadoNorm aims to reduce scientific, technical and societal uncertainties by (i) initiating and performing research and technical developments, (ii) integrating education and training in all research and development activities, (iii) and disseminating the project achievements through targeted actions to the public, stakeholders and regulators.
This will strengthen the scientific and technical basis for all key steps of the radiation risk management cycle for radon and NORM. The inclusive character of RadoNorm is given at different levels, by (i) targeting research and development on all steps of the management cycle, (ii) combining biomedical, and ecological research with mitigation development and social science research, (iii) integration of researchers from national radiation protection institutions, research centres, universities, and SME, (iv) incorporation of E&T activities in all undertakings, and (v) linking dissemination efforts directly to knowledge achievements and new recommendations.
Steps addressed are the (a)characterization of radon and NORM exposures, (b)improving dosimetry, (c)assessing effects and risks for humans and the environment, (d)refining mitigation technologies, (e)raising the understanding for societal aspects, and (f)disseminating achievements. Further, an ambitious pan European E&T programme, will contribute to competence building and sustainability of the project findings.
The project includes 56 partners from 22 EU member states and associated countries and collaboration with groups in the US and Canada.

Coordinator

BUNDESAMT FUER STRAHLENSCHUTZ
Net EU contribution
€ 3 176 136,00
Address
Willy-Brandt-Strasse 5
38226 Salzgitter
Germany

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Region
Niedersachsen Braunschweig Salzgitter, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
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Total cost
€ 3 176 136,25

Participants (59)