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Coordinated Network for Radiation Dosimetry, (CONRAD), Final report (summary)

Project ID: 12684


Mankind is constantly exposed to ionising radiation, from natural background if from nowhere else, but some individuals are exposed to increased levels of risk from radiation as a result of their occupation, for example workers in the nuclear industry, hospital staff utilizing radiation in medicine, and even aircraft crews. The determination of the exposure of individuals is often difficult at acceptable levels of accuracy even for a single type of radiation. In reality people are exposed in a variety of ways, to a variety of different types of radiation, each with its own problems, and the overall task is extremely complex. The number of establishments undertaking radiation protection research in Europe is very limited, and the need for collaboration is evident. The CONRAD project, Coordinated Network for Radiation Dosimetry, has provided the necessary framework.
The project involved seven work packages (WPs). Four of these (WP4-WP7) coordinated European research in specific technical areas, namely computational dosimetry, dose assessment for internal exposure, dosimetry and spectrometry of complex radiation fields at workplaces, and radiation protection dosimetry of medical staff. WP1 covered the management of the project, WP3 concentrated on dissemination of the knowledge, and WP2 was a novel and timely study of the feasibility of a future sustainable network for radiation protection dosimetry and the possibility of a European `network of excellence¿ (NoE). The overall organizational framework of CONRAD was provided by the European Radiation Dosimetry Group (EURADOS), which has nearly 200 individual members from more than 50 European institutions in 24 countries, and includes most of the radiation protection expertise in Europe. About 140 scientists contributed to CONRAD.

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