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Radiological Protection of the Environment Training Course


As the need for environmental assessment increases there is a requirement to ensure that regulators, industry and their representatives are: conversant with assessment objectives; know how to use available tools; can interpret the results; understand the implications of how the tools are used. Under funding from the Natural Environment Research Council, STAR partners NERC-CEH, IRSN and SCK•CEN together with the University of Stirling, developed and ran a number of training course on radiological environmental assessment focussing on the ERICA Tool (course materials and feedback can be found here). These training courses will be further developed and run as part of the STAR project. The courses are primarily aimed at regulators and industry, and those who may conduct assessments on their behalf.However, the course is also open to PhD. students.

The Radiological Protection of the Environment training courses to be run by STAR will be held on:
1st Apr - 3rd April 2014 at CEH Lancaster in the UK

 Course Programme

Course structure & objectives

The course is structured such that day 1 will provide a basic grounding and days 2 and 3 will go into more detail.  The objectives are to ensure participants are:

  • conversant with assessment objectives

  • have a basic understanding of radionuclide transfer, dosimetry and radiation effects

  • know how to use the available tools & can interpret the results

  • understand the implications of how the tools are used

Recommended reading

We have prepared some background information to give a basic overview of each topic and also provide key references for further reading - please read this material prior to attending the training course.

Course lecturers
  • Dr. Brenda Howard (CEH Lancaster)

  • Dr. Nick Beresford (CEH Lancaster)

  • Dr. David Copplestone (Stirling University)

  • Prof. Jordi Vives i Batlle (SCK-CEN, Belgium)

Local organisation

The course will be held at CEH Lancaster - Travel information

Please note that accommodation is NOT provided.

We will need a scan/photocopy of your passport on arrival for security purposes.


There is no charge for this course - it is funded under the STAR project


Closed - to be added to the waiting list for future courses please email Catherine Barnett  


Further information on the ERICA Tool

Updates to the ERICA Tool - version to be released 2014 - Amended 28 March 2014

Whilst revision to the ERICA Tool are on-going we cannot be certain that the revised Tool will be available for the planned refresher course on 4th April. Furthermore, we will not have had the opportunity to properly test it. We have therefore postponed the ½ day refresher course due to be held on the 4th April 2014.