Update on European Radiation Dosimetry Group (EURADOS)
Participants at the EURADOS Annual Meeting, which took place February 11 to 14, 2019, in Łódź, Poland / Participants de l’Assemblée générale annuelle EURADOS, du 11 au 14 février 2019 à Łódź, en Pologne
Participants of Working Group 7 at the 2019 EURADOS Annual Meeting / Participants du Groupe de travail 7 à l’Assemblée générale annuelle EURADOS
The European Radiation Dosimetry Group (EURADOS) is a non-profit association for promoting research and development and European cooperation in the field of ionizing radiation dosimetry.
The EURADOS network includes experts, reference and research laboratories, and dosimetry services, which allows specialist groups to be formed in a timely manner to solve problems or promote research needs identified within EURADOS or by external bodies.
There are eight active EURADOS working groups that focus on areas of interest in the field of ionizing radiation dosimetry:
- WG2 – Harmonisation of individual monitoring
- WG3 – Environmental dosimetry
- WG6 – Computational dosimetry
- WG7 – Internal dosimetry
- WG9 – Radiation dosimetry in radiotherapy
- WG10 – Retrospective dosimetry
- WG11 – High energy radiation fields
- WG12 – Dosimetry in medical imaging
The activities of EURADOS working groups result in new guidance documents, research publications, symposia/workshops, intercomparisons, and training courses. Since 2001, EURADOS Annual Meetings have been a key element in the agenda of the European community working in the field of ionizing radiation dosimetry.
For many years, Health Canada has been active in EURADOS by participating in discussions at annual meetings, giving presentations, and collaborating on work with other EURADOS members. In Canada, there are currently three members of EURADOS:
- Chunsheng Li, Health Canada (on assignment with the International Commission on Radiological Protection) (WG7)
- Marilyn Tremblay, Health Canada (WG7)
- Kevin Capello, Health Canada (WG6)
Health Canada benefits from participation in EURADOS by keeping apprised of the latest research, international work, and opportunities to collaborate in the field of ionizing radiation dosimetry. Health Canada looks forward to continued involvement with EURADOS.
EURADOS Annual Meeting 2019
This year, the EURADOS Annual Meeting took place February 11 to 14, 2019, in Łódź, Poland. Over 300 attendees participated in the meetings of the eight working groups of EURADOS.
EURADOS working group meetings
EURADOS working group meetings included updates on international activities and developments in the field of ionizing radiation dosimetry. These meetings were also an opportunity to work on EURADOS projects, share information, collaborate on projects, and identify future needs in the field.
European Association of Nuclear Medicine–EURADOS collaboration
In addition to the meetings of the eight working groups of EURADOS, there was a collaboration meeting between the European Association of Nuclear Medicine and EURADOS, during which nuclear medicine research projects were discussed.
EURADOS winter school
Since 2007, EURADOS annual meetings have included “winter schools” to respond to the need for training on topics of particular importance. This year’s winter school topic was Radon: Dosimetry, Metrology and Regulation. The day of training included presentations on the following specific topics:
- Radon dosimetry
- Lung cancer risk
- Standards and regulations
- Metrology of radon and radon progeny
- Measurement campaigns
- Radon as atmospheric tracer
In general, this year’s EURADOS annual meeting covered many important topics of current interest in the field of ionizing radiation dosimetry. This meeting was a great opportunity for dosimetry professionals to work on EURADOS projects, share information, and collaborate on future work.