IAEAflagby Michael Madsen / via IAEA / January 15, 2014 /

The Tohoku earthquake on 11 March 2011 and the following tsunami that crippled the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant has brought to the forefront important challenges facing the international radiation protection regime.

As a result of the disaster, and in line with the IAEA Action Plan on Nuclear Safety, the IAEA is hosting an International Experts’ Meeting (IEM) on Radiation Protection after the Fukushima Daiichi Accident: Promoting Confidence and Understanding. The IEM will be held in Vienna from 17 to 21 February 2014 and will bring some of the world’s foremost experts and speakers on radiation protection to discuss a wide range of issues. Topics include the management of radiation exposures, potential health effects from the Fukushima accident, land management and public communication. Lessons from past accidents will also be reviewed. Chairing the IEM will be Mr. Sigurdur Magnusson, Director of Iceland’s Radiation Protection Authority.

The accident at Fukushima alerted the global community to the need to fully implement safety standards in order to be able to effectively manage, in a timely manner, any possible future accident and its aftermath. The IEM will focus on the following areas:

  • Identifying the key radiation protection issues to be addressed by the international community;
  • Enhancing long-term strategies in response to nuclear or radiological accidents;
  • Assisting Member States in reviewing and updating their radiation protection programmes as appropriate; and
  • Supporting the IAEA’s work in the area of radiation protection.

The meeting will also highlight the intergenerational responsibility for radiation protection: plans that are being drawn up today will need to be implemented by the scientists of tomorrow. With this in mind, the meeting is promoting the participation of young, radiation protection professionals from around the world who can share their thoughts on solutions to the issues that need to be addressed.

A formal report is expected to be published after meeting; the presentations and discussions at the IEM will also be made available on the IAEA website.


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By Corbett| 6 Comments | News


  1. Being that the IAEA is the Industry Nuclear Promotional arm of the Nuclear Industry they will always downplay the hazards of Nuclear to protect the industry they were formed to promote.
    The only good Nuke is NO NUKE!

  2. This is lunacy. Japan needs be “invaded” and all its nuclear reactors shut down for the sake of all mankind. If a major quake hits again that’s it!

  3. Being that this is the largest Nuclear facility in the world and has been plagued with problems from the begining (mainly cost cutting) from cracked and leaking coolant lines to cracked containment vessels which means the fixed it the TEPCO way, Duckt tape and chicken wire like Fukushima and a few bucks to pay off the politicians whose answer to doing wrong is suicide….I guess the figure it’s no big deal when they mess up that the whole world should pay for their INSANITY!

  4. Um, Leo, all of Japan’s fifty nukes HAVE BEEN SHUT DOWN.
    (Note to world – Japan seems to be doing just fine without them…)

    And for the IAEA, and their desire for “thoughts on solutions to the issues that need to be addressed”: The first step is to stop producing more nuclear waste until we have figured out what to do with the waste we have already generated!

  5. I always like to bring things down to a simple level. You cannot turn a nuclear reactor off instantly with a simple switch. Care has to be taken to keep it cool even when you turn off the reaction. That care needs energy. Can we have a situation where we can lose this energy? Fukushima showed us that. Are there other situations? Yes. Can we safeguard from them all? No. One situation that comes to mind is a major solar flare. Should we be playing with Nuclear Energy?

  6. I think it’s about time radiation protection was discussed at such a high standard. It’s such a big topic, it’s about time people recognised the potential dangers.

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