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It is now generally accepted that there is a need to explicitly demonstrate that the environment is protected from authorised discharges of radioactive substances. In response a number of assessment tools (models) have been developed. 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
.The Natural Environment Research Council has provide funding, under the Knowledge Exchange programme, to develop training packages (including on-line training materials)

We have developed training packages on radiological environmental assessment aimed specifically aimed at regulators and industry and those who may conduct


assessments on their behalf. The

project is

courses are lead by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology with collaborators from the

England & Wales Environment Agency, Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN) and the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK.CEN).
The training programme will be focussed

University of Stirling and University of Salford. The training programme is focused towards the use of the ERICA Tool however




also consider other approaches.

We are intending to run four two day courses although if there is sufficient demand we may be able to arrange more. To date two courses have been held in April and November 2010; the dates for the next course are 12th - 14th October 2011.  See Training courses - schedule & details to register an interest in attending a course. If you want to be kept informed of our activities please register to receive our Newsletters (next edition due early in 2011).
As this website (well it's a Wiki really) and training programme develop there will be interactive training materials available. All of the outputs from the EC EURATOM PROTECT project have been moved to this website as have those from the earlier EURATOM projects ERICA, FASSET and EPIC.
What's on the website
A few tips for using the wiki

To date we have run training courses in United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa and Monaco; see Training courses - schedule & details for further information and feedback from participants.

titleRadiological Protection of the Environment training courses

For further details and to register your interest:

If you would like to be added to to the training courses mailing list contact Dr Ingo Schüder via

titleWe can also organise bespoke training courses tailored to your needs

We have ran courses in the UK, Australia and South Africa which were attended by participants representing organisations such as national and state regulators, the uranium mining industry and consultants. The courses were an adaptation of those we have run in the UK, but, focused to more local interests with associated practical exercises.

If you would like us to organise a similar course for you please contact Dr Ingo Schüder via

You can see the questions people have asked on environmental assessment together with our answers here Questions & Answers




Catherine Barnett posted on Jan 13, 2011
IAEA EMRAS II Biota Modelling Group - Your views required Your views are required by IAEA EMRAS II Biota Modelling Group

The Biota Modelling Group is reviewing the requirements for dynamic modelling within environmental (i.e. wildlife) radiological assessments, together with an overview of available models. To help achieve this we are consulting with colleagues using a questionnaire. The questionnaire can be found on the IAEA page.

If you would like to participate in the review please send your completed questionnaire to jvibatll@SCKCEN.BE by 28th February 2011.

To date (January 2011) we have had 13 responses from regulators, industry and model users/developers in Europe and North America.

A summary of the initial response will be available by the end of January 2011.

Catherine Barnett posted on Jan 13, 2011
2011 Training Courses The next Training course will be held at CEH Lancaster on 12-14 October 2011.

Please see the training course page for further information.


News site no longer being updated

Please see for more up to date radioecology related news

Posted by: Cath Barnett 1/7/16

Radon Dose Calculator

A spreadsheet model to estimate radon dose rates for wildlife has been made available on this site.

See: Radon dose calculator

Posted by: Nick Beresford/Jordi Vives i Batlle  5/7/2013

Comment on future revision of the ERICA Tool

The STAR consortium includes a number of the organisations who developed the ERICA Tool. It is intended that the ERICA Tool will form a component of the screening tier tool for conducting combined human and non-human assessments to be developed by STAR. Consequently, the STAR consortium will collaborate in the forthcoming update of the ERICA Tool anticipated to be released in autumn 2013. This update will take into account: lessons learnt during model inter-comparison exercises (e.g. the IAEA EMRAS programmes and the EURATOM PROTECT project), user feedback, and recent evaluations. See here for details and feedback form.

Posted by: Cath Barnett 9/1/2013

RESRAD training courses

Argonne National Laboratory will conduct a series of training courses on the use of RESRAD family of risk assessment codes from March 12-22, 2013. See

Posted by: Cath Barnett 19/12/2012

New TRS published

Guidelines for Remediation Strategies to Reduce the Radiological Consequences of Environmental Contamination. Technical Reports Series 475.

Posted by: Catherine Barnett 13/12/2012

STAR Strategic Research Agenda

STAR (see info below) invites comments on its Strategic Research Agenda which proposes 15 major research topics in radioecology with the goals of improving research efficiency and more rapidly advancing the science.

Consultation closed.

Updated by: Catherine Barnett 12/10/2012

The Radioecology Exchange

STAR is an EC EURATOM funded project with objectives to integrate radioecology programmes in key European organisations, develop joint training programmes, manage and disseminate knowledge and conduct a focused research programme.

Please see the STAR Radioecology Network of Excellence website

for more information.

Updated by: Catherine Barnett 12/06/2012

Approaches to providing missing transfer parameter values in the ERICA Tool - How well do they work?

New paper available on-line evaluating the approaches used to provide missing values in the ERICA Tool.

Posted by: Catherine Barnett 12/06/12