An international field course "Experimental Radioecology and Radiobiology" will be organised in Ukraine on June 1st-15th 2018. The course offers a unique opportunity to work in Chernobyl exclusion zone and is organized in cooperation between Centre for Environmental Radioactivity, Norwegian University of Life Sciences and National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine.
Selma Hurem, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (VET) successfully defended her PhD thesis “Two-generational study of biological effects from gamma radiation exposure during sensitive life stages in the zebrafish (Danio rerio)” on 13 February 2018.
Research director Deborah Oughton participated in a seminar “Ethics, risk communication and practical radiological culture in post nuclear accident situations: the role of experts in empowering affected people” at Nagasaki University.
CERAD arranged two workshops within the EC TERRITORIES project, Work Package 4 (Strategic and integrated communication, education and training), in Oslo, Norway, 14th – 16th November 2017. Oslo welcomed international guest with cold and snow, but that did not stop anyone from participating.
The Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management (MINA) and CERAD Center of excellence for Environmental Radioactivity has a vacant 3 year PhD-position within environmental chemistry in collaboration with Norwegian Institute of Water Research (NIVA).
CERAD offers intensive courses in Radioecology (5 ECTS) and Experimental Radioecology (10 ECTS). The courses run in parallel over 3 weeks from January 10th to January 26th, 2018 at NMBU (Campus Aas), 30 min by train south of Oslo.
What is a better way for learning about effects of radioactivity than doing it in hands-on in the field? CERAD and NMBU have a joint project with the institutions in Ukraine. Therefore, can we now organize an experimental course in Chernobyl!
Biomarkers can be used to indicate an exposure to or effect of a contaminant on an organism and are widely used in (eco)toxicology. This year, CERAD is introducing a new course “Effect and biomarker methods in (eco)toxicology”. Registration deadline is August 16th!
A 3 year PhD–position within environmental radioactivity/radioecology is available at the Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management (MINA) and CERAD Center of Excellence for Environmental Radioactivity. The research will focus on developing and testing models used for radiological risk assessment.
«Dynamic reindeer» - that’s the relatively meaningless title of a CERAD project focussing on these fantastically adaptive animals. However, the title points to the aim of the project: To develop a modelling tool that simulates the highly “dynamic” and variable levels of radioactive caesium in reindeer during the year.
SHAMISEN project aims to learn from past nuclear emergencies and develop recommendations for health surveillance of affected people in the aftermath of an accident. On March 23-24th, the project held its final workshop at OECD conference center in Paris.
Protection of humans and non-human organisms from the contaminants is based on risk assessments. Do you want to learn how it is done? In June 2017, CERAD will co-organize a course on assessment of risk to humans and environment at NMBU, Ås.
Nematodes, radiation, multiple stressors and risk communication - there is something interesting for everyone. Five CERAD PhD students will be having their seminars on 3rd of April at room J105 (Soil Building, Fougnerbakken 3), NMBU Campus Ås
This spring we commemorate the 6th anniversary of the accident at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan. CERAD researchers has been actively engaged in the research in the area since the time of accident, sharing their knowledge with Japanese colleagues.
How does one effectively involve stakeholders? How does one build and assess public confidence? How can broader stakeholder involvement help decision makers to make well-informed decisions that effectively address stakeholder views? These and other questions were discussed in Paris on 17-19th January.
Nature is complex, full of relationships and interactions, that all intertwine in one way or another. Therefore, we must focus our scientific approach to encompassing this complexity when studying effects of radiation (or other pollutants) on the environment.
CERAD is a partner in the COMET project, which aims to enhance and maintain European capacity and skills in radioecology. In 2016 we co-organized a field course in Chernobyl, where participants were able to get hands-on experience in development of sampling strategies and application of different techniques for measurement and analysis.
AERC (Association of Ecosystem Research Centers) and IUR (International Union of Radioecology) hold a joint Workshop, hosted by Savannah River Ecology Laboratory (SREL) at Aiken (South Carolina, USA), 2-5 October 2016
Orrefjell is an area in Salangen (Norway) with high natural level of uranium. CERAD is partner in a research project called Case Orrefjell, funded by FRAM center. This project will evaluate possible adverse effects related to living in an area with enhanced levels of Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM).
A joint focused meeting and workshop on Environmental and (eco)toxicological Omics and Epigenetics: Science, Technology and Regulatory Applications, were organized in Gent, Belgium, from 12th to 15th September 2016.
A 3-year PhD–position within environmental radioactivity/radioecology is available at the Department of Environmental Sciences (IMV) and CERAD Center of Excellence for Environmental Radioactivity. The research will focus on the food chain transfer of radionuclides/trace elements to fish and associated effects i.e., toxicokinetics and toxicodynamics.
A 3 year PhD–position within environmental radioactivity/radioecology is available at the Department of Environmental Sciences (IMV) and CERAD Center of Excellence for Environmental Radioactivity. The research will focus on the environmental behavior of radionuclides, which are present as nano- to millimeter-sized particles.
CERAD scientists recently published an article in Nature Scientific Reports. This publication by Graupner et al demonstrates genotoxicity of low dose rate gamma radiation in mice at exposure levels that humans can receive in emergency situations.
CERAD PhD student Selma Hurem won an award for best oral presentation on the 30th Congress of the New European Society for Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry, which was held in Barcelona 4-7th September 2016.
Professor of Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Director of the Centre for Environmental Radioactivity, Academician of Norwegian Academy of Sciences Brit Salbu was awarded with the title of the Honorary Professor of National University of Life and Environmental Sciences, Ukraine.
Chernobyl accident resulted in radioactive contamination of the parts of Norway. How did researchers at Ås help to solve problems related to food production, which appeared after the accident? Vitenparken is organizing a seminar on Tuesday 26th of April from 11:30 to 16:15 (in Norwegian).
In November 2015, the International Union of Radioecology organized a consensus symposium. This symposium gathered 30 scientists with diverse background to discuss the ecological impact of radiation on populations and ecosystems. Several CERAD representatives participated in the symposium.
The final Workshop of work package 3 of the European research project PREPARE “Management of Contaminated Goods after a nuclear accident” was held on 12 & 13 November 2015 at OECD – Château de la Muette, Paris, France.
On October 20-21st, CERAD representatives attended SFF Forum – a Forum that was established as an arena for communication, for exchange of experiences and for initiating collaboration on various perspectives related to the operation of the Centres of Excellence (SFF). The meeting was hosted by the Research Council of Norway.
A Nordic nuclear safety research (NKS) funded seminar entitled “NKS seminar on nuclear forensics in Nordic countries” was organized in Oslo 5-6 October 2015 by CERAD CoE in cooperation with Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (NRPA), Icelandic Radiation Safety Authority (Geislavarnir Rikisins), Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI), Sweden and Danish Technological University (DTU).
Urma Mahrosh, Department of Environmental Sciences, will defend her PhD thesis: "Road deicing salt and copper: Transfer and effects on fertilization and early life history stages of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar), on 28 September 2015.
Zebrafish researchers from NMBU and UiO recently organized the 9th European Zebrafish Meeting (EZM2015) which was the the big annual zebrafish conference in 2015 and gathered 650 zebrafish researcher from all around the world during 4 beautiful summer days from June 28 to July 2. The venue was Oslo Conference Center at Youngstorvet (zebrafish2015.org).
PhD degree – You Song, Dep. of Environmental Sciences will defend his PhD thesis” Transcriptional responses in Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) following single and combined exposure to depleted uranium and gamma radiation” on 20.06.2014.
PhD degree – Trial Lecture and Public Defence Jelena Mrdakovic Popic, Dept. of Environmental Sciences will defend her PhD thesis ”Environmental Impact of Radionuclides and Trace Elements in the Thorium Rich Fen Area in Norway” on May 13th 2014