SYMPOSIUM "Beyond Ecosystem Approaches in Radioecology"

SYMPOSIUM "Beyond Ecosystem Approaches in Radioecology"

[ 6-8 September 2023 - Dublin, Ireland ]

The aim of this Symposium is to bring together scientists from all over the world to work on the challenges faced by environmental radiation protection to ensure the preservation of ecosystems. Under the auspices of the International Union of Radioecology and with the support of the Technological University of Dublin and McMaster University (Canada), this scientific meeting aims to pave the way for IUR future directions suitable to inform decision-making.
Overall, the cross-disciplinary scientific program will enable to explore recent scientific achievements, the scientific activities to be strengthened and the novel ones to be launched: evolution of environmental radiation protection, ecosystem approach, multiple stress factors, AOP and multi-level approaches, limits of linear or multi-level approaches to systems... An overarching concern is to tackle the issues through systemic and multiple levels such as to meet the protection goals of environmental radiation protection.

The latest research and results presented at the Symposium will give rise to a special issue of the Journal of Environmental Radioactivity

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Please note that the times shown are Irish times (UTC+1). For remote attendees, don't forget to change program timetable, using for exemple this tool

UTC+1 Wednesday 6 September
10:00-11:00 Registration
11:00-11:15 Opening talk
Per Strand, Norwegian Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (DSA) - Norway
Carmel Mothersill, McMaster Faculty of Science - Canada
11:15-12:45 Session 1 - Background
11:15-11:45 On the evolution of radioecology - And how we lost ecology along the way
Tom Hinton, ex-Fukushima University - USA (virtual)
11:45-12:15 Neglecting the ecosystem dimension of life hinders proper assessment of ecological risk (from radiation)
François Bréchignac, IUR - France
12:15-12:45 Discussion
12:45-14:00 Lunch
14:00-17:00 Session 2 - AOP and multi-level approaches (Part 1)
14:00-14:20 Adverse Outcome Pathways (AOPs) - An introduction
Knut Erik Tollefsen, Norvegian Institute for Water Research - Norway
14:20-14:40 Application of Adverse Outcome Pathways in Space Research
Vinita Chauhan, Health Canada - Canada (virtual)
14:40-15:00 Building an AOP for plants chronically exposed to ionizing radiation: Lemna minor as a case study
Nele Horemanns, SCK CEN - Belgium
15:00-15:30 Break
15:30-15:50 Identification of biomarkers for use in environmental radiation protection
Awadhesh Jha, University of Plymouth - UK
15:50-16:10 Human biomarkers with potential use in environmental protection
Orla Howe, Technological University Dublin - Ireland
16:10-16:30 Lessons for radioecological research from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill
Andrea Bonisoli-Alquati, California State Polytechnic Univ. - USA
16:30-17:00 Discussion
18:00-20:30 Welcome Reception
Thursday 7 September
09:00-12:00 Session 2 - AOP and multi-level approaches (Part 2)
09:00-09:20 Meaningful and objective inference in radioecological field studies
Mike Wood, University of Salford - UK
09:20-09:40 Field applications, Fukushima: Possible Low-dose radiation effects on wild animals
Kentaro Ariyoshi, Fukushima Medical University - Japan
09:40-10:00 Assessing potential environmental impacts of NORMs from offshore oil and gas infrastructure decommissioning
Tom Cresswell, ANSTO - Australia (virtual)
10:00-10:30 Break
10:30-10:50 Formal semantics in data integration and analysis; content and applications of the Radiation Biology Ontology
Paul Schofield, University of Cambridge - UK
10:50-11:10 A brief overview of ongoing multi-level integrative studies of radionuclides toxicity at LECO (IRSN)
Frédéric Alonzo, IRSN - France
11:10-11:30 Novel spectroscopic methods for environmental protection research
Aidan Meade, Technological University Dublin - Ireland
11:30-12:00 Discussion
12:00-13:30 Lunch
13:30-16:00 Session 3 - Limitations of linear or multi-level system approaches – Beyond systems
13:30-13:50 Complex structure and function
Larry Kapustka, LK Consultancy - Canada
13:50-14:10 Competing risk model; a new integrated approach to assessing contextual impacts of ionising radiation
Colin Seymour, McMaster University - Canada
14:10-14:30 Development of population level biomarkers for low dose radiation: the importance of non-targeted effects
Carmel Mothersill, McMaster Faculty of Science - Canada
14:30-15:00 Break
15:00-15:20 Modelling the effects of ionising radiation and chemical pollutants on wildlife populations
Jordi Vives i Batlle, Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK CEN) - Belgium
15:20-16:00 Discussion on Impacts of climate change - Interface between radiation and temperature and holistic approaches at the macro and micro level
Led by Carmel Mothersill and Colin Seymour, McMaster University - Canada
19:30-22:00 Dinner "Celtic Night at Arlington Hotel"
Friday 8 September
09:00-12:30 Session 4 - Social/psychosocial aspects
Led by Deborah Oughton (CERAD - Norway) and Mike Wood (University of Salford - UK)
  • Evacuations of humans
  • Damage/benefit of remediation
  • SMR issues for the ecosystem

Including a presentation by Dr Soo Hyun Byun, McMaster University, describing the Health Physics approaches being developed at McMaster University

  • Competing interests
    12:30-14:00 Lunch
    14:00-16:30 Concluding session
    Summary discussion and Paper writing


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    Venue: Technological University - TUDublin - Environmental Sustainability and Health Institute - Grangegorman Campus - Dublin - Ireland

    Location: The Grangegorman Campus is located in Dublin 7, about 1 km from Dublin City Centre

          Environmental Sustainability and Health Institute (ESHI)
          Room GW302, on the 3rd floor
          Grangegorman Lower / Grangegorman Campus
          Technical University Dublin
          Dublin 7, D07 H6K8

    Building N°8 on the map:

    Access: Transport options
    By Bus / By Tram (Luas Green Line or Luas Red Line) / By Bike
    The 'Luas' tram Green Line goes directly up to 'Grangegorman' stop and the walk to ESHI from the stop is about 4/5 mins. The Green Line goes directly into the centre of Dublin to 'O'Connell Street', 'Trinity College Dublin' and 'St Stephens Green' beside Grafton street.

    Accommodation (non exhaustive list)


    Armelle, IUR secretariat
    Tel: +33 (0)6 12 53 66 28

    The IUR Symposium is supported by

    TU Dublin McMaster University Norwegian Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority Journal of Environmental Radioactivity Media Support
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