CERAD Annual Report 2020

The overall objective of CERAD CoE is to improve the ability to assess the radiological impact and risks associated with environmental radioactivity. By focusing on key factors contributing to uncertainties, state-of-the-art tools and methods have been developed to better manage those risks. Since CERAD was established, about 75 part-time scientists, 30 PhDs, 12 PostDocs and 17 technical/administrative personnel have contributed to the objectives of CERAD. Following the RCN international mid-term evaluation, CERAD was considered “a global Centre of Excellence and a flagship for Norwegian science with an agenda that is also highly relevant for society”. Thus, CERAD has so far delivered what should be expected.

In 2020, CERAD has faced new challenges, both from the Covid-19 pandemic as well as new areas of research. Decommissioning of the two Norwegian research reactors has started, which requires a range of scientific skills, from waste characterisation and nuclear forensics, to impact assessment and stakeholder engagement. Emergency preparedness has expanded to include nuclear events such as detonation of nuclear bombs close to or in Norway. Finally, the new EU project RadoNorm has increased the focus on human and environmental effects of naturally occurring radioactive materials, including the interaction of radon with other environmental stressors. Despite the impact of Covid-19 on CERAD research plans, and especially on fieldwork and PhD projects, CERAD has risen to many of the challenges, co-organising international webinars, running online and laboratory MSc courses, and supporting PhD students who have experienced delays in their project progress.

Published 4. February 2022 - 14:53 - Updated 4. February 2022 - 14:53