Providing education is an important part of CERAD’s activities. The EU Commission, national authorities, the nuclear industry and research institutes need post-graduates in radiochemistry, radioecology, environmental modelling, radiation protection, radiobiology and dosimetry. The training programme at NMBU and collaborating universities is to provide this future workforce. We consider networking during education crucial for future employment opportunities and stimulate that students interact with research projects, potential employers and the wider radioecology community.
Radioecology is a two-year, Bologna-accredited MSc programme (120 ECTS) and is the only one of its kind in Europe. Apart from CERAD staff, experts from other European as well as North American institutions teach on our courses. In the first year, compulsory and optional courses are offered. The main ones focus on radioecology, radiochemistry and ecotoxicology (see full list of courses in the column on the right). All courses are taught in English and are run as blocks, to make it easier for students from abroad to attend only selected ones. In the second year, MSc students work on research questions associated with CERAD’s projects.
The MSc programme is hosted at NMBU, where students can take all courses required for the degree. However, students may also obtain credits from courses at specified collaborating universities and other collaborating institutions.
The PhD course in Environmental Radiobiology (MINA 410) aims to give students an introduction of the fundamental principles of radiobiology, within the context of research on radioecology and the environmental effects of radiation. The course covers up-to-date knowledge about the biological effects of radiation on humans, including recent epidemiological studies, as well as how research into bystander and non-targeted effects are challenging established paradigms on mechanisms of radiation effects. Areas covered include fundamental radiobiology, biological responses to ionising radiation, the use of biomarkers and toxicogenomics, factors linked to differences in radiation sensitivity, non-targeted effects (bystander, genomic instability, adaptive response, etc.) and multiple stressors.
So far, 14 PhD students have completed their PhD education with CERAD and a further 16 PhD defences are expected in the coming years. 11 PostDocs have been or still are part of CERAD.Save