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International Symposium Environmental Radioactivity:

Implications for Environmental and Human Health4-5 September 2012, Plymouth University, UK

First Announcement

The subject of environmental radioactivity is entering an exciting phase given the anticipated increase in global demand for nuclear energy. Many issues need urgent attention such as the future discharge of radionuclides, the logistics of decommissioning reactors, the potential for nuclear accidents in dynamic environments and the important matter of dealing with historic radioactive waste and that which may arise through the new builds. Associated with these developments are the significant knowledge gaps (in radiobiology, radioecology, the impact of radionuclides on biota in complex terrestrial and marine environments, biological and physical dosimetry, estimation of background radiation levels, biogeochemical pathways and associated environmental changes), which can be bridged through adoption of an interdisciplinary approach.

This two day symposium aims to explore our current knowledge in order to progress the science forward. The symposium will be of importance to all those with an interest in Environmental Radioactivity, its uses and, in particular, regulators and the nuclear industry.

Abstracts (maximum of 250 words) for Oral or Poster Presentations are invited on the broad theme of environmental radioactivity including for example:

● Radioactivity: human and environmental health

● Characterisation and environmental changes in the sub-surface structures

● Biogeochemical pathways of radionuclides

● Dosimetry and biological effects in non-human biota (including plants)

● Assessment of natural background radiation

● Ionising radiation and environmental sustainability

 Regulation and policy

Distinguished scientists in the field will be invited to give key-note lectures at the start of each topic session followed by a series of presentations from submitted papers and a poster session.

Abstract Submission Deadline

: Friday, 04 May 2012. Author Notification Deadline: Friday 18 May 2012. Registration Deadline: Friday 27 July 2012. Registration Fee: Registration for the event is free and lunch will be provided. The delegates will however have to arrange and pay their accommodation and dinner from various options available in the beautiful coastal, historic city of Plymouth (http://www.visitplymouth.co.uk/).

Scientific Enquiries: Awadhesh Jha (a.jha@plymouth.ac.uk)

Organisational enquiries: Jenny Spike (Jennifer.spike@plymouth.ac.uk)

Those intending to participate are requested to email Jenny Spike to express their intent at their earliest convenience, as this will better enable us to determine numbers.