Workshops & Webinars

This page has details of workshops and webinars organised, or co-organised, by the ALLIANCE 

ALLIANCE webinar: Assessing impact of radiopharmaceuticals on members of public and the environment

The European Radioecology ALLIANCE has organized the webinar Assessing impact of production, use and disposal of radiopharmaceuticals on members of public and the environment, that will take place online Thursday 2nd June 2022 (9:30-16:30 Munich time). The webinar aims at gathering information including insight experiences from regulators, producers of radiopharmaceuticals and experts in the field of nuclear medicine necessary to carry out dose assessments for members of public and non-human-biota.

More information


Summary report

Download the presentations 


The ALLIANCE hosted two webinars for PhD students in June 2021 on a broad range of radioecological topics. The final agenda can be found at: 

Thank you also to everyone who attended the webinars and helped to make them a success. The videos are now available if you would like to re-visit the talks or if you missed them on the day.

Alliance PhD Webinar 7th June 2021:

Alliance PhD Webinar 14th June 2021:

We would also like to thank all the PhD students, our congratulations go to the prize winners:

1st year student:

1st prize: Margot Vanheukelom (SCK CEN) ‘The role of clay mineralogy on 137Cs bioavailability: clay-sand pot experimental approach‘

2nd prize: Antonio Newman Portela (HZDR/University of Granada) ‘Microbially induced reduction of uranium in mine water’

Year 2 plus student:

1st prize: Clément Car (IRSN) ‘How population genetics can inform us about the evolution of tree frogs in the Chernobyl region?’

2nd prize: Darcy van Eerten (Univ. Hannover) ‘Non-destructive mass spectrometry of single hot particles from the Chernobyl exclusion zone by laser SNMS’


WEBINAR ‘Chernobyl – a radioecological observatory’



The ALLIANCE are please to announce that we are hosting a webinar to showcase some of our collaborative studies conducted in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and highlight identified future research priorities.

14th January 2021 14:00 CET
(lasting about 90 minutes)



  • Nick Beresford (UKCEH, UK) - The Chernobyl Observatory
  • Germán Orizaola (Universidad de Oviedo, Spain) - Eco-evolutionary changes in Chernobyl amphibians
  • Dave Spurgeon (UKCEH, UK) - Response of soil and soil invertebrate microbiomes to prevailing conditions in the Chernobyl Exclusion zone
  • Hans-Christian Teien (NMBU/CERAD, Norway) - Field experiments with fish in Chernobyl exclusion zone to study transfer and toxicity of radionuclides
  • Nele Horemans (SCK●CEN, Belgium) - Future challenges for radioecology at Chernobyl

To register please email: Miriam van Heist by 8th January 2021

See also our Chernobyl Observatory page

CONFIDENCE - ALLIANCE workshop in Madrid, Spain


Workshop: CONFIDENCE: Do Process-Based Models have a role in human food chain assessments

Venue: CIEMAT, Madrid, Spain

Dates: 9th -11th September 2019

Process-based models have existed for nearly two decades, but are still rarely used in emergency planning. This workshop will bring together modellers, scientists and importantly end-users to discuss advances in foodchain transfer with an emphasis on process-based soil-plant transfer models. One aim of the workshop will be to investigate the potential adoption of process-based models by end-users and also identify future research priorities for human foodchain modelling.


Selected presentations from the workshop 

Posters presented at the workshop 

Deliverables and papers by the CONFIDENCE working group of relevance to the workshop 

TREE - ALLIANCE workshop in Portsmouth, UK

Photo: Luke Massey

Workshop: TREE - ALLIANCE workshop on Radiation effects studies conducted in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

Venue: Portsmouth

Dates: 4th-6th March 2019

The workshop brought together scientists from the TREE project ( and European Radioecology ALLIANCE ( who have been working in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.

A statement by European scientists on future research priorities arising from the workshop: 'Towards solving a scientific controversy – the effects of ionising radiation on the environment'. J. Environ. Radioact. In press,

Epigenetic workshop, Paris

Workshop: Epigenetic factors and long-term effects of ionising radiation on organisms
Venue: Paris
Dates: 4th-6th April 2018

The overall aim of the meeting was to bring together scientists involved in epigenetic studies, in the field of ionising radiation, environmental risk assessment, ecology and ecotoxicology, and to also have representation from regulators.

Workshop Report 

COMET Workshop in Chernihiv, Ukraine

Workshop: Thirty years after the Chernobyl accident what do we know about the effects of radiation on the environment?

Venue: Hotel Ukraine, Chernihiv, Ukraine
Dates: 30th - 31st August 2016 (1st September: Optional trip to the CEZ)

The workshop was focused on what we have learnt from studies of the effects of radiation on the environment in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (CEZ) and what questions still remain. It will included presentations giving an overview of results from those groups which have studied the environment with the CEZ and also those currently working there. An evaluation of studies conducted in Japan following the Fukushima accident was also be given. There were a number of discussion sessions on topics such as:

  • How do we resolve the anomalies between field and laboratory studies?
  • Implications of Chernobyl (and Fukushima) studies for current benchmark dose rates
  • What next for field studies in Chernobyl?
  • Each of these sessions will have one or two introductory presentations to set the scene for subsequent discussions.

Aims of the workshop: To recognise the implications of contrasting results from studies in the CEZ and to identify priority research needs and possibilities.

Presentations and abstracts are here

Workshop report PDF icon Deliverable_56_COMET_workshop_4_final.pdf

COMET Workhop on Radioecological Modelling
Workshop: “Models fit for purpose” 

June 15-17, 2016 in Seville, Spain

Venue: The workshop was hosted by the University of Seville, in the Spanish Accelerator Centre (CNA), Seville, Spain.

Objectives: The objective of the workshop was to discuss modelling as fit for purpose, by organizing a dialogue and obtaining feedback from modellers, experimentalists and stakeholders on this subject.

Questions addressed at the workshop were:

  • What is the purpose of the models?
  • Why do we need radioecology models?
  • How should an ideal radiological model look like?
  • How is the interactions between the modellers and the experimentalist?
  • What is the model/data requirements? 

PDF icon Invitation

PDF icon Program 

Workshop report

PDF icon Deliverable D55_COMET workshop 3_Final.pdf

COMET workshops in Japan (1) ICOBTE conference (2) Fukushima workshop

The second COMET workshop comprised of three events in July 2015. These were (i) A special session at the 13th International Conference on the Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements (ICOBTE) held at the Fukuoka International Congress Centre on 12th – 16th July 2015. The Symposium was on “Understanding and mitigating the environmental behaviour of radiocaesium after the Fukushima accident”. There were 73 presentations, including 25 posters, from 9 countries. (ii) an associated excursion on 17th July 2015 to the region affected by the Fukushima accident, and (iii) the COMET Fukushima Workshop at Iizaka, Fukushima, on the 18th – 19th July 2015. The workshop, organised by the Institute for Environmental Radioactivity at Fukushima University, had 42 participants from 6 countries. The speakers covered a wide range of topics and summarised current key findings and issues.

PDF icon This deliverable describes each of the three activities, summarises their content and considers the main messages for both Japan and the wider international community.

STAR - IAEA MODARIA programme 'Making data available'

20-21 April 2015, IAEA, Vienna


Workshop report with hyper-linked presentations PDF icon CLICK HERE

For details see agenda with abstracts & presentations  CLICK HERE
STAR - MODARIA Kd Workshop - follow up

Photo: Joan Albert Sanchez Cabeza, IAEA

15-17 April 2015, IAEA, Monaco

Co-operation between STAR and IAEA MODARIA WG4 has facilitated the enhancement and improvement of partition coefficient (Kd) values, which are relevant for both human and environmental assessments. MODARIA WG4 has brought together an international community which has provided substantial amounts of new data from various member states to revise the Kd datasets. The focus of MODARIA WG4 has currently been on soil and freshwater. The main objectives of the Kd activities are to: (i) Conduct a critical review of literature of soil and freshwater Kd values to describe Kd variability (ii) Develop a common data base structure that will can be used by modellers to estimate Kd values and variability in soil, fresh water, and marine systems (iii) To assess the use of analogues to estimate Kd values for which there is little information (iv) Develop/identified approaches to describe and reduce uncertainty of Kd values (v) Identify additional data needs. The meeting in Monaco enabled the STAR and MODARIA WG4 participants to benefit from the expertise of IAEA staff in developing and maintaining databases. We also discussed whether there was a need for revision of the current marine Kd values in TRS 422. Powerpoint presentations of the meeting will be uploaded onto the MODARIA WG4 website.

Associated Papers

PDF icon Z. Shang. 2015. Kd Data Arising from Chinese NPPs Construction (In Chinese)

STAR & COMET 'Effects uncertainties workshop'

Photo: stevecadman on Flickr

10th - 12th December 2014, St. Catherine's college, Oxford

Workshop on Transgenerational and Epigenetic Mechanisms of Radiation Toxicity at Chronic Doses. This was a joint activity between STAR and COMET to bring together biological scientists studying transgenerational and epigenetics effects during chronic and long-term chemical and radiological exposures in the laboratory and field. Unfortunately, as a number of novel studies were presented (see agenda) the attendees have requested that their presentations are not made available here.

PDF icon Agenda

PDF icon Deliverable 5.3

STAR 'Wildlife dosimetry workshop'

10th-12th June 2014, CIEMAT, Madrid

The workshop addressed a wide spectrum of questions related to the ionising radiation dose estimation in animals and plants, involving world leading experts in each of the subjects treated. There were 30 participants from 12 countries (Belgium, Canada, USA, Spain, France, Germany, Japan, Norway, Portugal, United Kingdom, Russia and Sweden).

See: Wildlife dosimetry workshop for more information.


Photo: Bjørn Erik Pedersen - Own work, © 

20th-  22th May 2014, NRPA, Oslo

Joint activity between STAR and IAEA MODARIA programme.

PDF icon STAR MS 7.7 Report from Kd workshop brainstorming session



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