ICRP News / Nouvelles de la CIPR
Credit Stéphane Jean-François
The International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP), originally the International X-Ray and Radium Protection Commission, was founded in Stockholm in 1928, which makes 2018 our 90th anniversary. We have quite a lot going on to celebrate this milestone.
Free the Annals!
This is THE flagship initiative for the 90th anniversary of ICRP. To celebrate our birthday, we want to give a gift to the radiological protection community—free access to the annals of the ICRP, but we need your help.
For many years, ICRP has relied on royalties from the sales of the annals to help support our ongoing work. We want to change this for everyone, everywhere, permanently. In 2017 we made all publications from the first 60 years of ICRP free to access, as well as a few others, including Publication 103 – The 2007 Recommendations of the International Commission on Radiological Protection.
Now we are aiming to take a huge step forward, making ALL issues free, except for the most recent two years. To achieve this, we are working very hard to raise €500,000 during 2018. Contributions towards this goal are very welcome from organizations and individuals. For more information, visit www.icrp.org/page.asp?id=376.
ICRP in Canada
Many of you will already know that the ICRP Main Commission met in Quebec City just before the CRPA annual conference there. Although there have been other ICRP meetings in Canada in recent years, the last time the Main Commission met here was in 1976, when they visited Whiteshell Provincial Park under the chairmanship of Canadian C. Gordon Stewart.
You can see for yourself that the Main Commission meeting was productive by reading the summary available at www.icrp.org/icrp_group.asp?id=6.
Best of all was the strong participation of ICRP members at the CRPA annual conference! A dozen members gave presentations in various sessions:
- ICRP chair Claire Cousins
- ICRP vice-chair Jacques Lochard
- ICRP scientific secretary Christopher Clement
- ICRP committee chairs (Werner Rühm, John Harrison, Kimberly Applegate, and Donald Cool)
- ICRP development and communications manager Kelsey Cloutier
- ICRP Main Commission members (Kunwoo Cho, Michiaki Kai, Carl-Magnus Larsson, and Dominique Laurier)
ICRP-ICRU 90th Anniversary Colloquium in Stockholm
The Strålsäkerhetsmyndigheten (Swedish Radiation Safety Authority) is hosting an open colloquium in Stockholm, October 17–18, 2018, to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the founding of ICRP and the 90th anniversary of the first meeting of the International Commission on Radiation Units and Measurements (ICRU).
There is no registration fee, but advance registration is necessary. For more information visit www.stralsakerhetsmyndigheten.se/en/icrpicru90.
Celebrating Bo Lindell and the Promotion of Radiological Protection
The Bo Lindell Medal for the promotion of radiological protection was created in 2017 in memory of Bo Lindell, former ICRP chairman and scientific secretary, who passed away in late 2016.
This year, the first Bo Lindell Medal will be awarded to Nicole Martinez at the 90th Anniversary Colloquium in Stockholm. Not only is it fitting to present this first award during a milestone year, it’s also fitting to present it in Stockholm, the home of Bo Lindell. See https://tinyurl.com/LindellMedal2018.
In the future, it will be awarded at each ICRP International Symposium on the System of Radiological Protection, the next being in Adelaide, Australia, November 19–21, 2019.
In addition to all of this, we have had a busy publication schedule recently. Since the last ICRP News, four publications have been released:
- Publication 136 – Dose Coefficients for Non-human Biota Environmentally Exposed to Radiation
- Publication 137 – Occupational Intakes of Radionuclides: Part 3
- Publication 138 – Ethical Foundations of the System of Radiological Protection
- Publication 139 – Occupational Radiological Protection in Interventional Procedures
It would be a bit much to publish the full abstracts of all four here, but you can find them all online at www.icrp.org/page.asp?id=5.