6th SETAC World Congress 2012

6th SETAC World Congress 2012

[ 20-24 May 2012 - Berlin, Germany ]

The Society of Environmental Toxicology And Chemistry (SETAC) organizes this 6th edition on the theme Securing a sustainable future: Integrating science, policy and people.

SETAC’s focus will be on integrating different views and disciplines, on balancing the conflicting interests of stakeholders and on addressing societal needs of the future. The goal is to develop a sustainability management framework with tools that have a positive impact on the global environment.

Special session 09: Radionuclides and Radiation

Wednesday 23 May 2012 - 8:00-12:45

Chair/co-chair: François Bréchignac, IRSN-IUR (France) and Igor Linkov, ERDC-EL-MS (USA).

In the wake of the compound March 2011 nuclear disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan, international public dialogue has repeatedly turned to questions of the adequacy of existing regulatory frameworks to protect us from nuclear harm. It is clear that the sustainability of using nuclear energy and radioactivity for civilian purposes needs to be grounded to societal acceptance. Societal acceptance in turn is highly dependent on the transparent explanation of risks and the demonstration that continuous effort is dedicated to close uncertainties with appropriate knowledge and understanding. Emerging lessons seem to indicate an opportunity to enhance resilience through systemic levels of risk aggregation. This session will discuss frameworks for bringing systemic reasoning to the risk management process with focus on radioecology.

 Scientific program

Download the program in pdf version here.

SS09 - Radionuclides and radiation                                               World SETAC Meeting, Berlin
Wednesday 23 may 2012 - 8:00-12:45
Chair/co-chair: F. Bréchignac / I. Linkov
Oral Platform for invited talks – part 1             15 min talks + 5 min discussion  


F. Bréchignac and al.

Designing an ecosystem approach for ecological risk assessment of radiation: a path forward for radioecology


D. Oughton and P. Strand

Are we discriminating against ionising radiation? A comparison of environmental risk assessment for radiation and chemical pollutants


S. Al Kaddissi and al.

Are adverse effects of uranium mainly due to its chemotoxicity or its radiotoxicity?


K. Stark, C. Bradshaw

Importance of the biological role of elements and the trophic level of organisms for transfer of radionuclides to biota


S. Geraskin and al.

Effects of Chronic Radiation Exposure on Plant Populations


N. Theodorakopoulos and al.

Analysis of bacterial diversity in a Chernobyl contaminated soil by pyrosequencing


Z. Baumann and al.

Bioaccumulation of Fukushima-derived radionuclides by local marine biota

Poster session (viewing) and Coffee Break


Y. Kuthlakmedov and I. Matveeva

The concept of radiocapacity: theory and application for estimations of ecological risks in ecosystems

S. Uchida and al.

Radiocesium distribution in a bamboo forest

M. Jeambrun and al.

The activity of uranium, thorium and some decay products in chickens and eggs

P. Ele Abiama and al.

Annual intakes of 226Ra, 228Ra and 40K in staple foodstuffs from a high background radiation area in the southwest region of Cameroon

T. Sauras and al.

Incorporating plant physiological pathways to mechanistic modelling soil-to-plant transfer of radionuclides.

Oral Platform for invited talks – part 2             15 min talks + 5 min discussion


A. Bolsunowsky and E. Muratova

The effect of radionuclide contamination of the Yenisei River on cytogenetic characteristics of aquatic plants


N. Horemans and al.

Speciation, bioavailability and toxicity of uranium in different Lemna minorgrowth media


K. Tagami and al.

Change of radiocesium concentration in tree leaves before and after abscission


E. Saenen and al.

Dose-dependent effects induced by uranium (U) at pH 4.5 in Arabidopsis thaliana


F. Carini


Environmental sensitivity as a tool for the risk assessment of using nuclear energy


H. Vandenhove

Agricultural land management options following large-scale environmental contamination

12:50-13:50 Lunch break

Full papers will be further considered for publication in a Special issue of Journal of Environmental Radioactivity.

More information and registration

On the 6th SETAC website for general conference matters: 


On the specific page dedicated to Special Sessions: 


Discussion topics and presentations will include:

• Radionuclides speciation, bioavailability and transfer (soils, sediments, freshwater, marine water…)
• Radionuclides distribution in biological media and structures (animals and plants)
• Radiation effects on biological and ecological systems (incl. dose-effects relationships)
• Ecological risk assessment of radiation and regulatory aspects (incl. waste repository issues)
• Contaminated land (natural/agricultural) remediation/mitigation/reclamation (including phyto-remediation/stabilisation techniques)
• Risk-based decision analytical frameworks for risk management (including integration of expert judgment and modeling for policy analyses

Professionals / Scientists