[ IUR Contribution to a Strategic Research Agenda in Radioecology ]
Two complementary consultations were conducted during the last months to identify research priorities: SRA consultation and IUR consultation.
To feed prioritization, the IUR questionnaire examines in particular the influence of the context within which radioecology evolution and goals are considered:
. Position of radioecology with respect to radioprotection science . Position of radioecology with respect to environmental sciences . Position of radioecology with respect to society (public and authorities)
Overview: 203 respondents throughout the world (170 initial respondents and 33 STAR respondents) - 48 countries represented - Thanks to all contributors.
Conclusions with respect to priorities
Environment protection against radiation must be set up in equal coherence with radiation protection for humans and other systems of environment protection
Priority targets for radiation protection are: human individuals and ecosystems
Least priority targets for radiation protection are: environmental media activity levels and individual organisms of animals and plants
Priority scientific approaches are : ecological inferences (ecosystem-centred) and tracer studies/biogeochemical cycles
Least priority scientific approaches are: pure toxicological inferences (from molecules up to individual organisms) and widening to larger biodiversity
Most important input to society is to improve understanding of processes (transfers, effects, interactions)
Other inputs to society are judged less important: regulation and assessment tools, predictions for environmental impact assessment, in situ observations
A large majority of radioecologists foresees an evolution of radioecology towards more ecocentrism and ecology than before
In the mean time, radioecologists do not forget about their historical role of contributing to provide all environmental elements necessary to feed human radiation protection
Identified priorities arise from a simple priorization method based upon a limited set of questions voluntarily provocative (but pertinent). To be seen as one possible contribution.
To be noted: questions with respect to radioecology inputs to society provide here the responses form the radioecology communiity, not from society itself…