Education and training in radioecology during the EU-COMET project — successes and suggestions for the future

Bradshaw, Clare; Skipperud, Lindis; Beresford, Nicholas A.; Barnett, Catherine L. ORCID:; Vidal, Miquel. 2018 Education and training in radioecology during the EU-COMET project — successes and suggestions for the future. Journal of Radiological Protection, 38 (1). 140-151.

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The 2014 Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) for Radioecology identified the key challenge in education and training (E&T) as being 'to maintain and develop a skilled workforce in Europe and world-wide, through university candidates and professionals trained within radioecology' since 'scientific research in radioecology and application of that knowledge ... requires scientists and workers with adequate competence and appropriate skills.' Radioecology is a multidisciplinary science and E&T is needed by both students and professionals within research, industry and radiation protection. In order to address these needs, the EU COMET project has developed an E&T web platform and arranged a number of field courses, training courses, PhD and MSc courses, refresher courses and workshops, drawing on the COMET consortium to assemble relevant experts. In addition, COMET has been engaged in discussions with stakeholders for more long-term solutions to maintain the sustainability of radioecology E&T after the end of the project. Despite much progress in some areas, many of the challenges outlined in the 2014 SRA remain, mainly due to the lack of sustainable dedicated funding. Future plans within the ALLIANCE radioecology platform and the CONCERT-European Joint Programme for the Integration of Radiation Protection Research must urgently address this lack of sustainability if radioecological competence is to be maintained in Europe.

Item Type: Publication - Article
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UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Pollution (Science Area 2017-)
ISSN: 0952-4746
Additional Keywords: radioecology, sustainability, competence
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 04 Jan 2018 11:11 +0 (UTC)

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