The scope of the programme is broad, covering all fields of ionising and non-ionising radiation, ranging from detection methods and dosimetry to societal issues. Biological and health effects of ionising radiation focus on low dose risk, and presentations on topics like non-cancer effects and individual sensitivity are foreseen.
     In line with the new ICRP recommendations, the programme includes the three main categories of exposure situations: planned, emergency and existing exposures. Special areas of interest in the patient protection domain are e.g. medical exposure of pediatric patients, PET (PET/CT), justification applied to individual patients, radiation protection in radiotherapy, clinical audits, and new medical techniques. Justification, optimisation and ethics are always in focus.
     As for emergency situations, recent efforts to improve security include prevention of illicit trafficking, security of sealed sources and security at major public events. New technological opportunities that help improve safety and aid law enforcement personnel dealing with such situations are described. Learning from recent accidents will help to mitigate similar incidents in the future.

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Natural radiation in the environment, like radon, may cause major public exposure and require immediate mitigation actions. Also naturally occurring radioactive substances in various raw materials (NORM) and industrial by-products and wastes often call for radiation protection actions. NORM materials may need special attention e.g. in mining, milling or processing of various natural materials, as also in oil and gas production. Reports on experiences concerning the new framework for radiation protection of the biota are encouraged.
     The importance of non-ionising radiation protection is increasing along with the number of electronic devices and wireless communication used in modern society. In addition, occupational exposure to magnetic fields in magnetic resonance imaging is an important topic in this congress.
     The programme includes two specialist workshops, one on safe and effective use of radiation in health care and another on radiation protection issues in nuclear industry.
Congress topics
Biological and health effects Nuclear security and
of ionising radiation (1)

malevolent use of radiation (11)

Medical use of radiation (2) Radiation detection technologies and
   radionuclide analytics (12)
Radon (3)   
   Medical response in radiation 
Dosimetry (4) accidents (13)
Waste management and decommissioning (5) Non-ionising radiation protection (14)
Naturally occurring radioactive Radiation protection of the public (15)
materials NORM (6)   
   Radiation in the environment (16)
Education and training (7)   
   Natural radiation (17)
Radiation protection of workers (8)   
   Recommendations, standards and
Radiation protection of the biota (9) regulations (18)
Nuclear and radiological emergencies Radiation and the society (19)
and incidents (10)   

The numbers in parentheses refer to the topic / session numbering.

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