Partner 2: Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK), Finland

STUK is both a research centre and a national authority in radiation protection and nuclear safety. STUK is conducting research related to terrestrial, freshwater and marine radioecology, natural radiation, environmental radioactivity, emergency management, biological and health effects of ionising and non-ionising radiation, medical radiation and radiation metrology and dosimetry. STUK is an accredited laboratory in radioactivity measurements and has trained new Member States in establishing quality systems for environmental laboratories as well as environmental monitoring.

STUK has participated in numerous European research and expert projects [FP4, FP5, FP6 (EURANOS, FUTURAE, ERICA, RISC-RAD, TMT Handbook, INTERPHONE, NOTE, RADINSTAB, SEMIPALATINSK), FP7 (DETECT, DoReMi, CARDIORISK, SecurEau, NERIS-TP, STAR, KOLARCTIC ENPI CEEPRA), Inco Copernicus, TACIS and PHARE] and other EC funded projects, has acted as a coordinator for a number of these. Research and Environmental Surveillance department is involved in studies on radioecology and is also responsible for carrying out the nation-wide radiation surveillance programme and for maintaining and developing operational emergency preparedness.

Within COMET STUK will lead WP2 (Joint programming – expanded Alliance). STUK will contribute to project
management activities via WP1 and participate in the WPs 3 and 5. Key staff who will be involved in COMET are:

Dr. Maarit Muikku, the head of Environmental Research Laboratory has a strong experience in assessment of internal doses, development of methods to determine internal doses as well as in radiation protection and emergency preparedness. She has been involved in several EU and other international research projects. She will lead WP2 and coordinate STUK activities in COMET.

Dr. Tarja K. Ikäheimonen is director of the Department of Research and Environmental Surveillance managing the department. She has been involved in several EU and other international (e.g. within Nordic Cooperation, AMAP and Baltic Sea Protection) research projects, as well as an expert in several EU Phare and Tacis projects. She has long-term, extensive experience in marine and terrestrial radioecology, nuclide analytics, emergency preparedness and quality management. She will contribute to WP2.

Dr. Tiina Rasilainen works as a researcher and a chemist in the Regional Laboratory of Northern Finland and has experience in radiochemical analyses of environmental samples. She is also involved in an international project in the area of environmental radiation protection and research as a scientific secretary, being responsible e.g. for preparing information brochures and web page texts for general public. She will contribute to WP5.

M.Sc. (Eng) Juhani Lahtinen is a senior scientist at the Laboratory for Environmental Surveillance and Preparedness. He has worked primarily in the fields of radiation monitoring and emergency preparedness and has participated in several European and Nordic research projects. He has a long experience especially in atmospheric dispersion and dose calculations as well as in performing threat and consequence analyses. He will contribute to WP3.

M.Sc. Tuomas Peltonen is an inspector at the Laboratory for Environmental Surveillance and Preparedness. His expertise is focused on development of data management and GIS systems needed in emergency situations. He also has some experience with dispersion models, dose assessment models and decision support systems. He will contribute to WP3.