The topic of this year's conference was “Status 2019 – Future research priorities”. The participants presented research highlights of the past year and discussed challenges and new promising research areas.
The programme of the conference can be found here.
CERAD Annual Conference 2020 was opened by Sjur Baardsen, rector of the NMBU. He welcomed new CERAD director Deborah Oughton and thanked the former director Brit Salbu for many years of excellent work.
"We need to continuously improve our knowledge on radioactivity and how it affects people and environment to be better prepared. You are building a better and safer world!" said Baardsen.
CERAD’s annual conference gathered 85 participants: researchers from all partner institutions, members of scientific advisory committee, relevance advisory committee and CERAD board, and invited guests. Several guest lecturers were invited this year to present the challenges associated with the new reseach topics CERAD will be addressing in the coming years: decommissioning of the research reactors, new nuclear events and radon.
Second day of the conference was dedicated to the Young Scientist Session - 11 PhD students, postdocs and researchers presented highlights of their work. Their presentations covered a variety of CERAD's research areas, from atmospheric dispersion modelling to effects of radiation on a variety of organisms.
CERAD's annual conferences have several good traditions - the winner of the prize for the best photo of the past year is announced during the conference and the concert by HYBRIS - the CERAD's house band is always a highlight of the evening!