• BVS-ABR Scientific session on 'Surveillance of Radioactivity in the Environment'

    Organised by BVS-ABR

    UCLouvain, auditoire Pythagore, Place des Sciences 4, Louvain-la-neuve

    Context: to ensure the surveillance of radioactivity in the environment, number of measures have been put in place and are gradually improved, but they merit to be better known.

    Purpose of the scientific meeting:

    • inform about the measures in place for the surveillance of the radioactivity in the environment
    • assess on how these measures may be improved and better communicated to the public

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    Target audience: professionals and interested stakeholders (including also students)

    Directions to venue 

    Please note that the meeting takes place in the auditoire Pythagore. (see detailed information)

    By train: 5 min walk from LLN train station
    By car: E411 Brussels-Namur, exit 7, 8A or 9
    Parking Rédimé or Parking Sainte Barbe

    COVID-19 measures
    The organisation of conferences is currently allowed in Belgium. There are no formalities for entering the country from abroad. However, we recommend participants to make sure of being vaccinated, having undergone a negative test or being recovered from COVID-19.
    Please don’t forget to bring your mask. By default, the mask must be worn by all at all times in all university areas.


    9:00 Welcome address (Pascal Froment, BVS-ABR, Prof. invité UCLouvain)
    9:10 Session 1: Approaches

    • The European approach as defined by the Euratom Treaty (Vesa Tanner, European Commission)
    • How the surveillance is organised in Belgium (Geert Biermans, FANC)
    • Example of the surveillance in Luxemburg (Marielle Lecomte, Ministère de la Santé, Luxembourg)
    • The inventory of the natural radioactivity in Belgium (Stéphane Pépin, FANC)

    10:30 Coffee

    11:00 Session 2: Measurement Techniques

    • The radiological off-line monitoring program of the Belgian territory – what is the mission of the environmental analysis laboratories? (Damien Braekers, IRE)
    • Overview of the measurement techniques in case of incidents (Johan Camps, SCK CEN)
    • How the EC-JRC verifies the results from monitoring (Mikael Hult, European Commission)

    12:30 Walking lunch (at the auditoire Pythagore)

    14:00 Session 3: Exchanges with the public

    • Exchanges with the public during radiological incidents (Christine Goudedranche, IRSN, France)
    • Experiences in Ireland with involvement of stakeholders (Veronica Smith, EPA, Ireland)

    15:10 Coffee

    15:30 Debate: How to better inform and communicate on the subject (Tanja Perko, SCK CEN)

    16:30 Closure (Chantal Mommaert and Pierre Kockerols, BVS-ABR)

    Registration is mandatory online.



    € 80

    membres ABR ou personnel académique UCL/ BVS leden of academisch personeel UCL

    € 50


    € 40


    € 10

    Please transfer the amount on the account of the Belgian Society for Radiation Protection IBAN BE79 2100 2447 1233 (BIC GEBABEBB) with the message "ENVIRONMENT + name of participant". Online payment is possible via https://events.bvsabr.be/event20211022/
    Full reimbursement will be foreseen would you desist 5 days in advance or would the meeting be cancelled for reason of an extension of the coronavirus-crisis.

    Nous vous saurions gré de verser cette somme à votre meilleure convenance au compte de l'Association belge de Radioprotection à BE79 2100 2447 1233 (BIC GEBABEBB). Veuillez également indiquer clairement "ENVIRONMENT + le nom du membre". Les personnes qui sont déjà inscrites à la journée scientifique (initialement prévue à 13 mars 2020/13 novembre 2020/23 avril 2021) et qui ont payé leur participation ne doivent pas le répéter. Si vous ne pouvez par contre pas être présent le 22 octobre 2021, veuillez le signaler avant le 10 octobre, en vue du remboursement (contactez office@bvsabr.be).

    U kunt uw bijdrage overmaken op de rekening van de Belgische Vereniging voor Stralingsbescherming IBAN BE79 2100 2447 1233 (BIC GEBABEBB). Gelieve duidelijk "ENVIRONMENT + de naam van het betrokken lid" bij de overschrijving te vermelden. Personen die op de wetenschappelijk vergadering ingeschreven waren voor de (oorspronkelijk geplande) sessie van 13 maart 2020 (13 november 2020/23 april 2021) en hun bijdrage reeds betaald hebben hoeven dit niet te herhalen. Indien u echter op 22 oktober 2021 niet aanwezig kunt zijn, gelieve dit vóór 10 oktober te melden, met het oog op een terugbetaling (contacteer office@bvsabr.be).

    Persons who were already registered for the scientific meeting (originally) planned on March 13, 2020 (13 November/23 April 2021) and have paid their participation fee don’t need to repeat it. Would you however be unable to be present on 22 October 2021, please inform us before 10 October at latest, in view of a reimbursement (contact office@bvsabr.be).

    22-10-2021 22-10-2021 Europe/Brussels BVS-ABR Scientific session on 'Surveillance of Radioactivity in the Environment' Final details are available UCLouvain, auditoire Pythagore, Place des Sciences 4, Louvain-la-neuve Organised by BVS-ABR