Fifth Workshop on Science and Values in Radiological Protection Decision Making

    Hosted by University of Milan

    Milan, Italy
    19-21 September 2018


    Four successful workshops on Science and Values in Radiological Protection Decision Making have thus far been held in 2008 (Finland), 2009 (France), 2012 (Japan) and 2015 (Russia). To continue advancing the integration of new scientific radiological protection and technological developments, and evolving the understanding of social considerations into decision making in circumstances involving the radiological aspects, the NEA Committee on Radiological Protection and Public Health (CRPPH) was prompted to organise the Fifth Workshop on Science and Values in Radiological Protection Decision Making.

    The fifth workshop – hosted by the University of Milan – will address the complexity and multi-faceted nature of radiological protection situations (e.g. uncertainty and variability of scientific-social-ethical aspects, etc.) as inputs to radiological protection decision making, and approaches to decision implementation.

    This workshop will not only address issues that have been particularly evident in a post-accident context, but also those that are commonly seen as aspects of importance in other radiological protection circumstances. It will focus on ethics and uncertainty in the context of the three following key topics:

    Topic A Topic B Topic C
    Challenges of managing uncertainty of low-dose effects in chronic public exposure situations Medical screening: RP ethics and uncertainties in justification and implementation Ethics of radiological protection in occupational exposure situations

    Aspects of justification, trust and acceptability will also be addressed. In addition to this, the workshop's Italian hosts will present national radiological protection issues and research.

    Workshop objectives

    The workshop aims at understanding how the science and values aspects of the three topics might influence the evolution of the system of radiological protection, and how these aspects should be included and transparently articulated in radiological protection decision making.

    The workshop will be built around parallel breakout session discussions and will focus more on the "values" aspects of radiological protection decision making than on the "science" aspects.

    Target audience

    Radiological protection experts involved in decision making and stakeholder involvement, and social scientists working on radiological protection-related understanding and decision-making issues.

    Workshop format

    The workshop will be held over 2.5 days. It will include invited speakers along with discussions focusing on the three workshop topics listed above. The science and values aspects of each topic will be presented in a plenary, followed by three parallel breakout sessions for a detailed discussion of each of the three key topics.

    When registering for the workshop, participants will be asked to select their preferences for the three key topics and workshop organisers will assign balanced groups to each breakout session. Although all formal presentations will be by invitation, participants may bring short presentations (3-5 minutes maximum) to succinctly present their views and stimulate the discussion during breakout sessions.


    Download the draft workshop programme.

    Working language

    The workshop will be conducted in English.


    The workshop will be held at:

    University of Milan
    Palazzo Greppi, Sala Napoleonica
    Via Sant'Antonio 12


    Participation will be limited to 70 people. There is no registration fee, but pre-registration is required.

    Register for the workshop Registration instructions

    The registration deadline is 25 June 2018.

    The organisers reserve the right to limit attendance if registration exceeds the capacity of the workshop halls. All those interested in attending are encouraged to register. Please feel free to contact the NEA, as noted below, if you have further questions.

    Social events

    18 September (PM)
    MITO Orchestra concert
    20 September
    Guided walking tour of the city centre of Milan.

    Social dinner at Il Chiostro di Andrea. This is free of charge for registered participants. Accompanying persons are charged 50 EUR.


    Participants are responsible for all travel arrangements and hotel booking. A list of hotels with negotiated rates will be sent to participants upon registration. Because of the many events taking place in Milan during the workshop dates, participants are encouraged to book accommodation as soon as possible.

    Contact information

    Dr Ted Lazo and Ms Laurène Henry
    Division of Radiological Protection and Human Aspects of Nuclear Safety
    OECD Nuclear Energy Agency
    46, quai Alphonse le Gallo
    92100 Boulogne-Billancourt
    Tel.: +33 1 45 24 11 43

    Last reviewed: 31 May 2018