Key scientific challenges arising from ongoing radiobiological research have been identified recently. From this scientific base, the possible implications for radiological protection science are expected to be further elaborated. Through discussions among members of various NEA committees, it is clear that there is a need for radiological protection policy makers, regulators and practitioners to better understand possible developments coming from radiological protection science. At the same time, there is also a need for radiological protection scientists to better understand the broad processes of radiological protection decision making and to better interact with these processes in terms of furnishing input coming from their research. Participants in this workshop will attempt to identify elements of a framework that are better suited for the integration of new scientific and technological developments and socio-political considerations into radiological protection.
This workshop initiated a process of reflection and dialogue among researchers, policy makers and other stakeholders that will, in the longer term:
To achieve the above objectives, selected examples of emerging radiological protection issues were addressed during the workshop.
Following the workshop, a summary paper highlighting the key points will be prepared.
The workshop was structured around a number of invited plenary presentations addressing selected emerging challenges for radiological protection. These presentations were followed by facilitated breakout sessions, during which participants examined these emerging challenges in greater detail. Discussions in particular focused on their potential implications from the perspectives of science, values and interpretation. Pre-determined participation in each breakout session balanced the spectrum of stakeholders participating in the workshop.
Some of the key scientific issues identified in the recent NEA Expert Group on the Implications of Radiological Protection Science (EGIS) report were used as examples in the workshop, namely:
Each topic was addressed initially in plenary and subsequently in the parallel breakout sessions which were moderated by designated experts. The moderated discussions followed a "what if" approach during which the nature and significance of the potential implications of the various emerging issues or challenges will be determined. Where appropriate, the need for further research and/or analysis was identified in order to better understand the challenge and how/if it is accommodated.
The outcomes of the breakout sessions were presented in plenary by the respective moderators followed by an open discussion. These discussions informed the conclusions of the workshop.
15 January 2008
Welcome and forum opening
9:00-9:10 Welcome address from the host organisation (STUK)
9:10-9:20 Welcome address from the NEA
9:20-9:40 Science and Values in Radiological Protection: Historical Perspective and Present Challenges
9:40-10:00 How is STUK responding to emerging challenges?
Session 1: Views of Stakeholders on Emerging Scientific and Societal issues in Radiological Protection
Chair: Mary Helen Barcellos-Hoff, Plenary session.
10:30-10:50 Views of Researchers: Otsura Niwa
10:50-11:10 Views of Regulators: Dana Drabova
11:10-11:30 Views of NGOs: Yves Marignac
11:30:11:50 Views of Industry: Bernard Le Guen
11:50-12:30 Moderated discussion on presented views
Session 2: Case Studies - Presentations on Potential Implications Arising from What-if Scenarios
Chair: Sigurdur Magnusson, Plenary session.
14:00-14:45 Non-targeted effects and the DNA paradigm
William F. Morgan
14:45-15:30 Circulatory Diseases
16:00-16:45 Individual Sensitivity
16:45-17:30 Value issues, Precautionary Principle, Equity and Radiological Protection
Presenter: Sven Ove Hansson (Full paper available at http://www.infra.kth.se/~soh/radeth.pdf)
18:00 ~ Reception
16 January 2008
Session 3: Understanding the Potential Implications for Radiological Protection
Parallel Breakout Groups
Moderators: Mary Helen Barcellos-Hoff, William F. Morgan, Otsura Niwa, Sisko Salomaa.
Moderators: Michael Atkinson, Yves Marignac, Kazuo Sakai, Wolfgang Weiss.
Moderators: Guido Hildebrandt, Fred Mettler, Dale Preston, Annie Sugier.
All breakout sessions will run on the following schedule:
Objectives of breakout sessions:
17 January 2008
Session 4: Reports from Breakout Groups
Chair: Michel Bourguignon
9:00-9:30 Summary Report from Breakout Session One
10:00-10:30 Summary Report from Breakout Session Two
11:30-12:00 Summary Report from Breakout Session Three
Session 5: The way forward
Chair: Jacques Lochard
12:30-12:50 Future steps in the process? Ted Lazo, NEA
Organised in collaboration with the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority of Finland (STUK)