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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). 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.

Radiological Protection of the Environment training courses

Example 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.

Previous 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)

Registration for future courses

1/2 day Refresher course  planned for 2015 (date still to be confirmed)

Please email Catherine Barnett  to be added to the waiting list for the 1/2 day course or future full training courses.


Further information on the ERICA Tool

Updates to the ERICA Tool - version released 2014