Invitation - dialogue sessions on ‘risk communication’ and ‘ethics’ related to radiological protection, 9 and 10 October 2013, Brussels

Dear all

We would like to invite you for two dialogue sessions, one on ‘risk communication’ and one on ‘ethics’ that will be organised during the Fifth International MELODI Workshop in Brussels (  The dialogues are part of the recently started EC FP7 OPERRA Project. The OPERRA project (Open Project for the European Radiation Research Area) aims at establishing the necessary structures able to manage the long-term European research programmes in radiation protection. In that context, the dialogue sessions in Brussels will launch a reflection that aims to inspire the OPERRA community and the broader radiological protection research community. The participation is free of charge and is open to everyone interested. Places are limited, so please confirm your attendance with the dialogue session moderators through email (see below).

We look forward to see you in Brussels
Tanja Perko
Gaston Meskens

Dialogue Session 1
Risk communication and risk perception: How can science help us?
9 October 2013, 16.30-18.00, Bedford Hotel, 19 Van Helmont Street, Brussels.
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Do we know how to communicate scientific uncertainty, radiation units, risk probabilities? Can social science and humanities enhance our understanding of radiological risk perception? All this and more in a dialogue session that will explore  the needs for future research on perception and communication of radiation risks in the domain of low doses and medical use of ionizing radiation. The purpose is to lay the foundation for an interaction between social, human and natural sciences. The main challenges and gaps will be highlighted by invited speakers involved in both theoretical research and practice, and then the floor will be yours. Together we will try to identify the main issues, as well as potential topics for new research related to risk perception and risk communication. These topics would be included by the European Commission in the programme calls concerning the radiation research area.

Tanja Perko, the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre, SCK•CEN
Britt-Marie Drottz Sjöberg, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Peter Michael Booth, chair of the IAEA’s environmental management and remediation network (ENVIRONET) and the UK’s SAFESPUR forum

The dialogue will be introduced and moderated by Tanja Perko. Mail to confirm your participation.

Dialogue Session 2
The meaning of ethics for radiological protection research and research policy.
10 October 2013, 14.00-16.00, Bedford Hotel, 19 Van Helmont Street, Brussels.
Venue info: see

The aim of this dialogue session is to organise a first reflection on the meaning of ethics for radiological protection research and research policy, and this for all relevant application contexts (nuclear energy, medical, industry). We aim to map the meaningful notions of ethics in relation to RP practice, research and policy, taking into account that we do not only consider the ‘ethical implications’ of potentially adverse effects of applications of nuclear technology, but also (and primarily) the ethical aspects of the justification of practices that involve nuclear technology. The dialogue session will consist of presentations and a general informal dialogue with all attendants. The dialogue will result in a synthesis document that will be shared with the OPERRA community and with other European relevant research networks. We will invite feedback and collect and synthesise comments to be discussed in the next session in Budweis in June 2014.

Gaston Meskens, Belgian Nuclear Research Centre, SCK•CEN & Centre For Ethics and Value Inquiry, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Ghent
Friedo Zölzer, head of the Department of Radiology and Toxicology, University of South Bohemia
Jim Dratwa, head of Secretariat, the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (tbc)

The dialogue will be introduced and moderated by Gaston Meskens. Mail to confirm your participation.

Created on Thursday, September 05, 2013 Updated on Monday, September 09, 2013 By anonymous