RADIATION PROTECTION & SAFETY (RPS)
Coordinator: Dr. Pedro Vaz
Radiopharmaceutical Sciences & Health Physics
Earth Systems, Radioactivity and Cultural Heritage
MISSION and OBJECTIVES
The Group activities aimed at:
• The deployment of unique scientific and technical expertise, knowledge, skills and competence in radiological protection in Portugal.
• Keeping abreast of the state-of-art in scientific and technical topics and in international regulations and safety standards in modern radiological protection and radiation safety.
• Maintaining the know-how, expertise and competence in Radiological Protection through the involvement in Education and training of students in Master´s and Doctoral programmes and the supervision of Ph.D. or MSc. theses´ students.
• The provision of scientific advice and support to the Portuguese competent authorities and stakeholders in the execution of policies in radiological protection and in areas involving applications of ionizing radiations and radioisotopes.
The GPSR was involved in fundamental and applied research activities addressing multidisciplinary, cross-cutting and leading edge topics in:
o Dosimetry and Radiobiology
o Environmental Radioactivity and Radioecology
o Radioactive Waste Management
o Metrology of Ionizing Radiation
o Emergency Preparedness and Management of Radiological & Nuclear Accidents
The GPSR staff has access to laboratory infrastructures and equipment and use state-of-the-art radiobiology, radioanalytical, dosimetry and metrology techniques.
In order to achieve these objectives, the Group´s activities:
• Were sustained by the participation in R&D projects funded by the European Union (EU) Framework Programmes, by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology and in collaboration with CERN and other research centres in European countries.
• Included the participation in the activities of the EU Technological Platforms and Associations, namely MELODI (Multidisciplinary European Low Dose Research), IGD-TP (Implementing Geological Disposal of Radioactive Waste), ERA (European Radioecology Alliance), NERIS-TP (Preparedness for Nuclear and Radiological Emergency Response and Recovery), EURADOS (European Radiation Dosimetry Group) and EURAMET (European Association of National Metrology Institutes).
• Fostered collaborative links with Portuguese research groups, academia, hospitals and other stakeholders in Radiation Protection, in the context of scientific projects and activities.