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PROMOTION OF RESEARCH AND EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION IN RADIOECOLOGY

Objective

The proposals aim to promote:
cooperation and the exchange of information between radioecologists, in particular Soviet scientists and those from countries outside the EC and from countries which are not associated with the Radiation Protection Research Programme, in order to stimulate interactions that would increase our understanding of Radioecology problems;
training of young scientists will be emphasized in the IUR new programme, in particular a summer school will be organized in 1990 (Mol),
the development, by IUR, of a curriculum for a basic course in Radioecology;
advancement, by IUR, in the field of informing the Public (ie information packages, individual experiences of IUR members previously involved in this difficult area, etc).

The main tasks for the IUR Working Groups in the framework of the present proposal are:
to identify and review problems in the field of radioecology;
to provide input to the training of young scientists;
to assist in the development of a curriculum for a basic course in radioecology.

It is important to remember that the IUR in its various activities should be concerned primarily with Radioecology in both basic and applied areas.
Where appropriate, such activities can involve matters relating to Radiation Protection especially in the context of Ecology. However IUR should not become involved in proper scientific research and in questions that are best handled by the appropriate scientific disciplines, for example Meteorology, Botany, Physiology, etc.

PROGRAMME 1990 to 1991

Promotion of Exchange of Information and Cooperation between Senior Scientists:
The main task of IUR is to review problems and stimulate interactions that would increase our understanding of radioecology problems; it is not the purpose of IUR to solve them.
IUR could encourage and underwrite special trips or visits by senior scientists for the purpose of improving research collaboration at international level.

Promotion of the Formation of young Scientists:
The creation of a Summer School.
IUR will help to develop a curriculum for a basic course in Radioecology.

Promotion of the Information of the Scientific Community:
It is recognized that there is a lack of communication between people working on radioactive pollution problems and those working on nonradioactive pollution problems.
IUR should promote in conjunction with other organizations, workshops and seminars that deal with the use and implications of radionuclides behaviour in the environment and for understanding and dealing with environmental behaviour questions of other pollutants.

Promotion of the information of the Public:
Various possible roles of IUR in this field are suggested: Information Packages, Inventory of individual experience of IUR Members previously involved in this difficult area, etc.

Contribution of IUR to International Programme:
Review of the actual situation:
IAEAAECRPVAMP (C.Myttenaere is WG Leader on Terrestrial Environment). Global dose assessment for the various Pathways in the Marine Environment (A.Aarkrog is Chairman; H.Dahlgaard is IUR Representative);
SCOPEAERADPATH. Follow up of the SCOPEAEENUWAR (R.Kirchmann is IUR Representative in the Scientific Advisory Committee);
BIOMOVS. This programme will end in 1990.
IUR will encourage continuing interaction with IAEA and SCOPE; the support to BIOMOVS will be reviewed taking into account that there is a strong connection with the VAMP Programme.

Development of Cooperation with the Soviet Scientists:
IUR will continue encouraging Soviet scientists to participate in Working Group meetings.
Several contacts are under way in order to increase this cooperation.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

UNION INTERNATIONALE DES RADIOECOLOGISTES
Address
Association Internationale Rue Cardinal Cardijn 5
4480 Oupeye
Belgium