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Working Seminar organized by Nagasaki University and Nuclear Evaluation Protection Centre

Nagasaki University and Nuclear Evaluation Protection Centre (CEPN) were jointly held the seminar entitled “Ethics, risk communication and practical radiological culture in post nuclear accident situations: the role of experts in empowering affected people” at Ryojun Auditorium of the School of Medicine from 28 to 29 November. CEPN is a non-profit organization in France devoted to research and studies on the technical, health, economic and social aspects of radiological protection. Nagasaki University concluded a cooperation agreement with them in 2016 and launched the liaison office for the promotion of collaboration study.

More than 50 researchers from the International Commission of Radiological Protection (ICRP), l'Institut de Radioprotection et de Surete Nucleaire (IRSN) and other research institutions as well as from Nagasaki University and CEPN participated in this seminar. The first day, participants from Nagasaki University, Hiroshima University, Fukushima Medical University and Higashi Nihon International University (Iwaki city) introduced their responses after the accident at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (FDNPS). In addition, Mr. Juichi Ide, the former director of Recovery Affairs section of Kawauchi Village Office reported the process of return of the village after the evacuation. On November 29, participants were divided into three working groups and discussed the ethical positioning of experts, the conditions and means of the co-expertise process, and the dissemination and sustainability of good practices after the accident of FDNPS.

Based on the outcomes of this seminar and lessons from the nuclear disasters, Nagasaki University and CEPN, in cooperation with ICRP and other research institutions, are going to develop initiatives for the capacity building in the field of disaster and radiation medical sciences.