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Preparedness and response for nuclear and radiological emergencies

15/11/2021 - 02/12/2021
Online training


The course on "Preparedness and response for nuclear and radiological emergencies" addresses the state-of-the-art in nuclear and radiological emergency management including the latest international recommendations, the lessons learned from the Fukushima accident and the challenges we still face. The main objective is to provide fundamental knowledge and practical advice to all actors involved in emergency planning and response.

Main topics in the course are the principles of intervention; radiological evaluations; decision-support tools; different aspects of planning and organization in off-site emergency response; economic, social and psychological impact; European Community legislation; and international data and information exchange.

The course is organized by the SCK CEN Academy for Nuclear Science and Technology, in collaboration with the main European emergency management actors and the European platform NERIS (Preparedness for Nuclear and Radiological Emergency Response and Recovery,

Due to the COVID-19 situation, the training course will be held in an online format. The training course is scheduled to two time slots per week (Monday and Thursday), spread over three weeks. For the detailed schedule, please find it under the tab 'Programme'. Theoretical modules will be given through live stream allowing participants to interact and ask questions. These modules are complemented with videos as an alternative for the visits.

In memoriam Dr. Wolfgang Weiss

It is with great sadness that we learn of the passing of Dr. Wolfgang Weiss on June 4, 2021. With Wolfgang Weiss, radiation protection has lost one of its most highly respected experts worldwide, who has shaped and advanced radiation protection and emergency protection nationally and internationally over decades like no other. He was significantly involved in the development of the European research platforms MELODI and NERIS and he has been a highly valued lecturer in our preparedness course for years. We extend our condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.


In this training course, following topics will be treated:

  • Radiological emergencies;
  • Transfer pathways to the environment and exposure pathways;
  • Principles of intervention;
  • Implementation of early countermeasures – Practical aspects;
  • Countermeasures for contaminated food production systems;
  • Countermeasures for inhabited areas;
  • Decision support systems: RODOS and ARGOS;
  • International data and information exchange;
  • Economic, psychological, social and ethical aspects of intervention;
  • Emergency plans: organisation & requirements;
  • Communication;
  • Stakeholder involvement in preparedness activities;
  • The Fukushima accident;
  • Organisation of exercises and lessons learned;
  • Table-top exercise will be foreseen in an online format.


The course is mainly targeted towards technical and radiological advisors, staff responsible for the overall emergency organisation and policy, such as civil protection officers and environmental protection officers, either entering the domain or being interested in refreshing the basics and getting acquainted with latest developments in the field. A basic knowledge of radiation protection is recommended.

The target audience also includes young investigators (e.g. Master or PhD students) in fields connected to emergency management (e.g. atmospheric dispersion and deposition, dose assessment, decision-supporting tools) and professionals wishing to develop a career in the field of emergency management, e.g. by acting as technical and radiological advisors to the authorities.


The full programme can be downloaded here:

Draft programme_Preparedness and response_20211115.pdf

Required Knowledge

A basic knowledge of radiation protection is recommended.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this training course, the participant will be able to:

In terms of knowledge

  • Know the theoretical principles of radiation protection and intervention in emergency situations
  • Know the state-of-the-art and the main research challenges in the field of nuclear / radiological emergency management
  • Gain insight into the essentials (theoretical and practical) of nuclear and radiological emergency management
  • Understand and apply the basic principles of intervention

In terms of skills

  • Carry out radiological assessments
  • Apply the knowledge related to radiation monitoring, protective actions for human and the environment and communication
  • Deal with the complexity of the situation in terms of its radiological, social and legal dimensions
  • Know and adequately respond to radiological hazards
  • Participate in emergency management exercises
  • Participants will be able to apply state of the art knowledge in decision-making processes related to nuclear and radiological emergencies

In terms of competences

  • Assume a role in an emergency management team
  • Be ready to respond to a nuclear or radiological event


Registration fee: 1555,00 EUR (1880,00 EUR – 21% VAT included)

Cancellation requests must be sent by email to academy [at] sckcen [dot] be no later than November 2, 2021. No shows and cancellations after deadline will incur the full cost of registration.

Registration info

The training course will take place in an online format. It is however mandatory to register. You can register by clicking on the registration button above until October 27, 2021.

The training will focus on interaction and dialogue. For this reason, the number of participants will be limited to 15.

Your registration is only final when you have made your payment by creditcard or bank transfer. When registering, the SCK CEN Academy will send you a separate e-mail with further instructions related to your payment. If you would need further assistance, please contact academy [at] sckcen [dot] be. Cancellation with total refund is only possible until November 2, 2021.

SCK CEN reserves the right to cancel a training course or event (e.g. in case of low number of registrations) without reimbursement of already made travel and accommodation arrangements.

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