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    Welcome to the STAR project webpage 

    This is your gateway to accessing the outputs of the STrategy for Allied Radioecology (STAR) network of excellence (NoE) funded under the European Commission EURATOM programme.
    The project finished on 31st July 2015
    For other on-line radiation protection and radioecological resources please go to the Radioecology Exchange

    STAR will INFLUENCE the course of radiocology by:

    our science in a new, integrated way.

    complex research priorities that only a consortium of partners can accomplish.

    the future direction of research via a long term strategic research agenda.

    STAR will OFFSET the decline of radioecology by:

    the interest of youth to participate in our science.

    stakeholders about the value of our science.

    nine organisations from eight countries, taking advantage of our diverse cultures, approaches, locations, expertise and interests. The integration will support the radioecological needs of industry, national authorities, non-governmental organisations, scientists, and the public.



    scientific excellence to benefit human and environmental radiation protection. 

    The STAR project has seven interlinked work packages. A vital role of STAR is to develop a transition plan towards sustainability and long term funding for radioecological research, infrastructure and training and education. This requires a permanent management structure which will continue after the STAR (and COMET) projects finish. This is provided by (the Radioecology Alliance) and Information on membership is available here.


    STAR Project Coordinator: Laureline Fevrier   French Institute of Radiation Protection & Nuclear Safety

    Photo acknowledgements: 

    Moss sampling (fontinalis antipyretica) [Acknowledge:STUK-Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority, Regional laboratory in Northern Finland]; Teaching in the lab [Acknowledge: Clare Bradshaw, Stockholm University]; Demonstrating the ERICA Tool [Acknowledge: Tom Hinton (IRSN)].



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    The STAR project final dissemination event was held in beautiful Aix-en-Provence, 9-11 June 2015

    The event presented the results of the 4.5 year research programme and discussed with the wider community the continued integration of radioecology with other radiation protection disciplines. The programme was be a mix of presentations, discussions, debates, posters, interactive demonstrations and social events.

    The program can be consulted here. 

    Information on posters can be found here.


    Tuesday 9th June

    The integration of radioecology at the European level


    Welcome address, a brief overview of STAR’s goals J.C. Gariel (IRSN)
    STAR objectives regarding integration T. Ikäheimonen (STUK)
    A common guide - the Strategic Research Agenda-the seed for integration J. Garnier-Laplace (IRSN)
    Sharing tools - Radioecology Exchange website C. Barnett (CEH)
    Sharing tools - infrastructure database P. Vesterbacka (STUK)
    Observatory sites – lessons learnt by STAR M. Steiner (BfS)
    Enhancing Education and Training L. Skipperud (NMBU)
    Introduction - the ALLIANCE and the SRAF. Hardeman
    MELODIJ.R. Jourdain
    NERIST. Schneider
    EURADOSJ. Tschiersch
    Challenges and solutions identified by STARA. Real (CIEMAT)
    Debate session – Pursuing sustainability and integration 
    ALLIANCE - including COMETF. Hardeman
    The CONCERT projectT. Jung
    Debate session with the whole audience  

    Wednesday 10th June

    Protection frameworks for wildlife – advancing the underlying science through integrated research

    (Sorry, some of the presentations below have not been linked as much of the data presented has not yet been
    once it has been published the papers will be made available from the information exchange tab).

    IntroductionF. Alonzo (IRSN)
    Exploring radiation effects at different biological scales (How do alpha and gamma radiation compare?) N. Horemans (SCK•CEN)
    Integrating radiation effects from molecules to populations 

    F. Alonzo (IRSN)

    Increasing ecological relevance in radiological protection criteria D. Oughton (NMBU) 
    How wrong are you if you do not consider mixtures? H. Vandenhove (SCK•CEN)
    Reference mixture models developed for chemical toxicants work when radionuclides are in the mix C. Svendsen (CEH)
    Understanding bioavailability is important to understand mixture toxicity S. Lofts (CEH)
    Understanding bioaccumulation is required for explaining/predicting mixture effects H.-C. Teien (NMBU)
    Understanding underlying mechanisms is required for explaining/predicting mixture effects C. Bradshaw (SU)
    Are radiation protection benchmarks for wildlife protective enough in a multiple stressor context? R. Gilbin (IRSN)
    Debate session - the robustness of ecological radioprotection criteria 
    Debate session - the radiation protection benchmarks for wildlife in a multiple stressor context 

    Thursday 11th June

    The STAR toolbox: advancing radiation risk assessment and sharing knowledge

    Making the most of what we have: application of extrapolation approaches in radioecological transfer modelling N.A. Beresford (CEH)
    How can we integrate the human and environmental radioprotection framework C. Bradshaw (SU) 
    CROMERICA: a unique tool to perform risk assessment for human and wildlife J.C. Mora (CIEMAT)
    Debate session – integration of assessment methodologies 
    New research into marine radioecology off the Fukushima coastline 

    N. Fisher (SUNY)

    Fukushima-derived radionuclides in marine biota J. Nishikawa (Tokai Univ.)
    Radioecology at the service of mitigating societal impacts of nuclear accident A. Liland (NRPA)

    Closing: Summary of the main conclusions from the debate sessions

    L. Février (IRSN)

    (Picture credit: By Hogne (Own work) [CC BY-SA 1.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons)

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