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ALMERA Workshop on the Measurement of Natural Radionuclides in Environmental Samples and Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material
Karlsruhe, Germany
3–7 July 2017 Conference ID: 54644  (TM)
Announcement Meeting hosted by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Organizers: The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Language: English

A. BACKGROUND

ALMERA (‘Analytical Laboratories for the Measurement of Environmental Radioactivity’) is a worldwide network of analytical laboratories, established by the IAEA. ALMERA member laboratories are able to provide in a timely manner internationally acceptable radioanalytical data in normal situations as well as in case of accidental or intentional releases of radioactivity, as requested by their nominating authorities. The IAEA provides methodological and data quality support to ALMERA member laboratories and coordinates collaborative development and validation of analytical methods.

The ALMERA network holds annual coordination meetings to discuss the implementation of planned activities and to define future activities of the network. The IAEA then organizes workshops and training courses on subjects identified as being of priority interest to network members. In this context, ALMERA laboratories are invited to nominate participants in the ALMERA Workshop on the Measurement of Natural Radionuclides in Environmental Samples and Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material, to be held from 3 to 7 July 2017 at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Karlsruhe, Germany.

B. OBJECTIVES

The purpose of the workshop is to provide advanced training on the determination of natural radionuclides of interest for the measurement and assessment of environmental radioactivity and naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM), as well as an opportunity for sharing expertise in this area.

C. MEETING FORMAT

The workshop will provide an opportunity to enhance the knowledge and hands-on experience necessary for the measurement and assessment of naturally occurring radionuclides in environmental and NORM samples. The workshop will focus on challenging steps and metrological aspects of techniques frequently used in radioanalytical laboratories and the robust measurement of radionuclides that are commonly required for assessments. The workshop programme includes: advanced aspects of gamma spectrometry of natural radionuclides, including corrections required for specific gamma lines, both demonstration of typical peak cases and hands-on analysis of complex spectra; uncertainty of measurement results; traceability; standards and reference materials; laboratory practice with the analysis of lead-210 and polonium-210, including radiochemical separation; laboratory practice with the analysis of radon-226, including radiochemical separation; sampling strategies and case studies for NORM; and a technical visit. The workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to discuss challenges they face in their day-to-day laboratory work and help them in the practical implementation of methods for measuring natural radionuclides and interpreting the results. The workshop will consist of lectures, laboratory and practical exercises. The workshop will also include group discussions of challenges encountered by participants in their daily work on the analysis of natural radionuclides in environmental and NORM samples.

D. PARTICIPATION

The workshop is open to representatives from ALMERA network member laboratories from IAEA Member States. All ALMERA representatives wishing to attend the workshop should be nominated by their Government (Ministry of Foreign Affairs or National Atomic Energy Authority).

Nominations for participation (using Form A) should be received by the IAEA not later than 26 May 2017. Nominations received after this date or which have not been routed through the established official channels cannot be considered.

E. FINANCIAL SUPPORT

The workshop attendance is at no cost to the IAEA (accommodation, travel costs and all the expenses shall be covered by participants’ institutes), with the exception of a limited number of grants, which will be made available to applicants from developing Member States.
Should you qualify and intend to apply for a grant, please fill in the Form C (attached) and submit it together with your application (Form A) through official channels as soon as possible and no later than 26 May 2017. No grant application will be considered after this date.

F. LOCAL ARRANGEMENTS

The self-funded participants will be responsible to cover their costs for travel to/from Germany and accommodation during the meeting.

The participants funded by the IAEA will be notified in due course regarding their travel arrangements.

Detailed information on accommodation, local transport to/from the meeting venue, and other organisational details, will be sent to all designated participants by the host.

G. VISA

Designated participants who require a visa to enter Germany should submit the necessary application to the nearest diplomatic or consular representative of Germany well in advance of entry. An official letter of invitation will be issued to all designated participants by the IAEA Meeting Secretary.

IAEA SCIENTIFIC SECRETARY

Ms Iolanda Osvath
Section Head – ALMERA Coordinator
Radiometrics Laboratory
IAEA Environment Laboratories, Monaco
4A Quai Antoine 1er
98000 Monaco
Phone: +377 97 97 72 33
Email: [email protected] or [email protected]

IAEA ADMINISTRATIVE SECRETARY

Ms Julie Le Normand
Team Assistant
Radiometrics Laboratory
IAEA Environment Laboratories, Monaco
4A Quai Antoine 1er
98000 Monaco
Phone: +377 97 97 72 15
Email: [email protected] or [email protected]

LOCAL ORGANIZER

Mr Sascha Trumm
Center for Advanced Technological and Environmental Training (FTU)
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
KIT – Campus Nord
Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1
76344 EGGENSTEIN-LEOPOLDSHAFEN
GERMANY
Phone: +49 721 608-23791
Email: [email protected]

 
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