Lead: Simon Bouffler, Public Health England, UK
Objectives – what are we trying to achieve?
It has become increasingly important for scientific research projects and programmes to engage with societal and wider pubic stakeholders. Such engagement can help ensure that public concerns are considered when formulating research calls and can help inform and educate. The existing European radiation protection research platforms have carried out stakeholder engagement work as have many individual partner organisations and projects such as OPERRA. WP5 has the following objectives
- To establish mechanisms for public and societal stakeholders to have a say in developing research priorities.
- To establish routes to inform and educate public and societal stakeholders on the scientific basis of radiation protection, and the judgements made within the system of protection.
- To provide consistent and clear information on implementation of radiation protection standards in Europe with a view to encouraging consistent approaches among nations.
Key people – who is involved?
Description of work – what are we doing?
A number of inter-related tasks will be carried out to reach the objectives as set out above. In many cases coordination with other work packages will be important, notably WP3 (Task 3.2) with respect to proposed survey activities, prior work of other projects and partner institutes will be drawn on where possible.
Related activities of interest:
- Eagle project - http://eagle.sckcen.be/
- Platenso project - http://platensoproject.eu/
- NERIS activities - http://www.eu-neris.net/index.php/activities/workshops.html
For information on radiation risk and radiation protection see:
Specialist International organisations:
- The United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) - www.unscear.org
- The International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) – www.icrp.org
- World Health Organisation (WHO) - http://www.who.int/ionizing_radiation/en/
- NHS Choices (UK) - http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Radiation/Pages/Introduction.aspx
- Public Health England information (UK) - https://www.gov.uk/topic/health-protection/radiation
- Radiation Answers (USA) - http://www.radiationanswers.org/radiation-introduction/types-of-radiation/ionizing-radiation.html