The National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine (NUBiP) and Ukrainian Institute of Agricultural Radiology (UIAR) organised a course on “Experimental Radioecology and Radiobiology” from the 18th to 28th of June 2017 with support from CERAD/NMBU.
The course consisted in lectures and laboratory training at their campus based in Kiev, and field sampling training during a 3-day visit to the Chernobyl exclusion zone. The course aimed to provide students a background on the Chernobyl accident, impact on the ecosystem and risks associated with enhanced radioactivity release, sampling strategy and protocols when fallout is uneven distributed, and field sampling techniques training.
Six members of CERAD/NMBU participated in the course: Peter MAINA and Abednego TETTEH (MSc students), Frøydis Wærsted (PhD student) and Estela REINOSO-MASET (research scientist) attended the course, while Ole Christian LIND (professor) and Yetneberk KASSAYE (technician) were part of the lecturers and field work team.
The course is funded by the SiU project “Joint Ukrainian-Norwegian education programme in Environmental Radioactivity”.