As an international conference on radioecology-ecotoxicology, ECORAD 2001 will provide an up-to-date review of the current state of the art and identify future research priorities. 350 participants as a minimum, from all over the world, are expected to join the modern Congress Centre of Aix en Provence (France) for scientific discussions and delivery of invited/oral/poster contributions. The scientific programrne includes 8 major themes encompassing the behaviour of radionuclides in various environmental systems, ecotoxicology, metrology, as well as ethical perspectives concerning the radiological/chemical risks. All submitted contributions are to be scrutinised by the scientific committee prior acceptance and further publication with standard peer review procedures. An organizing committee is set up to handle all practical issues related to the conference preparation, venue (3 to 7 September, 2001) and proceedings publication.
Since the early 40s, radioecology has been faced with the need to evaluate the impact on the environment of radio pollutants released by the use of nuclear energy. It therefore roots from ecology and has focused, in conjunction with ecotoxicology, on the goal to understand the processes of radionuclides transfer and to derive engineering techniques. Within this scope, the concept of sustainable development and the precautionary principle are essential. Radioecology has significantly contributed to both of them, the environment constituting its very field of application. On the threshold of the 21st century, radioecologists need to take stock of the situation and to widen perspectives. This forms the primary objective of the worldwide international congress: ECORAD2001. Based on multidisciplinary discussions and the exchange of up-to-date scientific and technical information, the congress will review the current state of the art and work out the most relevant future research themes.