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(Virtual event) International Conference on Radiation Safety: Improving Radiation Protection in Practice

9–20 November 2020

International Conference on Radiation Safety 2020

Owing to the COVID-19 outbreak, this conference will now be held virtually.

Participants who would like full access to the virtual conference platform, must be officially designated and can register by sending Participation Form (Form A) through their national authority (please refer to the Announcement and Call for Papers) to the IAEA.?Participants who take an active role in the event, like chairpersons or presenters of an oral or poster paper have to be officially designated.

Participants who would like limited access to the virtual conference platform, can register as an observer via this link. Observers have access to conference related material (e.g. abstracts, presentations, posters) and to other limited functions within the virtual conference platform such as the Young Professional Programme.

Persons who simply would like to follow discussions during the conference can do so via the live-stream button which will be available on this website.

The IAEA is organizing the International Conference on Radiation Safety: Improving Radiation Protection in Practice virtually?from 9 to 20?November 2020. The Conference is being organized in cooperation with the European Commission, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the International Labour Organization, the Nuclear Energy Agency of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the Pan American Health Organization, the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Health Organization.?


The Conference aims to take stock of the worldwide radiation safety situation. It will provide a forum for the exchange of information on Member States’ experiences in applying the system of radiological protection, as provided for in the IAEA safety standards, to the protection of workers, patients, the public and the environment. Both natural and artificial radiation sources fall within the scope of the Conference.

A particular focus will be given to the lessons learned from applying GSR Part 3 and improvements that could be considered to further facilitate its application. Discussion on changes in approach considered necessary for effectively dealing with new and emerging challenges in radiation protection is expected and encouraged.?

The Conference has been scheduled to allow for input from the 5th International Symposium on the System of Radiological Protection, which was organized by the ICRP in Adelaide, Australia, from 17 to 21 November 2019 and from the 15th International Congress of the International Radiation Protection Association, which will take place in Seoul, Republic of Korea, from 18 to 22 January 2021.

List of Topics

1. Justification and optimization:

  • Accounting for societal values;
  • Decision making and stakeholder involvement; and
  • Review of justification decisions.

2. Dose constraints and reference levels:

  • How to establish appropriate dose constraints and reference levels;
  • Regulatory and operational lessons;
  • Optimization below the reference level; and
  • Development and use of diagnostic reference levels.

3. Applying the graded approach:

  • The graded approach to regulation;
  • The graded approach to operational radiation protection;
  • Managing hazards and risks.

4. Conservatism in radiation protection:

  • Conservatism in the linear–no threshold model;
  • Conservatism in dose assessment and modelling; and
  • Communicating radiation risks.

5. Planned exposure situations:

  • Practical application of radiological protection standards;
  • Occupational dose limit for the lens of the eye;
  • Authorized discharges and protection of people and the environment;
  • Criteria for release of patients following administration of radionuclides; and
  • Dose limit for the public in planned exposure situations.

6. Emergency exposure situations:

  • Radiological criteria for transition;
  • Optimized protection strategies; and
  • Managing exposures of workers and the public.

7. Existing exposure situations:

  • Radon in homes and workplaces;
  • Natural and artificial radionuclides in food and drinking water; and
  • Cosmic ray exposure of aircrew and space crew; implications of space tourism.

8. Non-medical human imaging:

  • Exposures in medical facilities;
  • Exposures in non-medical facilities; and
  • Justification, optimization and ethical aspects.

9. Exemption and clearance:

  • Exemption of practices and materials;
  • Clearance of materials; and
  • Trade in contaminated commodities.

10. Capacity building:

  • Education and training;
  • Competence in radiation protection; and
  • Safety culture.


Target Audience

The Conference, which will identify the key challenges and possible solutions in radiation protection that need to be addressed by the international community, will be of interest to regulators, researchers, operators and radiation protection professionals.

Key Deadlines and Dates

  • 8 May 2020: Electronic submission of synopses through INDICO
  • 1 June 2020: Submission of Forms A and B through official channels
  • 15 July 2020:?Notification of acceptance of synopses


To demonstrate its commitment to sustainability, the IAEA will organize this conference as a 'green meeting' according to the guidelines of the Austrian Ecolabel.

There will be a focus on the areas of paper smart documentation, waste reduction and recycling, and environmentally friendly catering.

Conference app

The IAEA Conferences and Meetings App provides a one-stop access to information on the Conference, exhibitions and scheduled side events. The app also allows users to put together their own personalized schedule of events. Via this app participants will be able to view contributed papers, virtual presentations, posters and the latest conference programme, and message other participants. Participants will receive an email inviting them to register for the app approximately one week before the conference.

For iPhone or iPad users, get your free download through the?Apple iTunes Store; those with Android devices can visit the?Google Play Store.


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