Volume 52, Number 4, October-December 2017
|Page(s)||251 - 258|
|Published online||13 November 2017|
Low dose effects research in Europe: eight years of evolution towards new paradigms
Former Director-General of IRSN and Chairman of MELODI, IRSN,
* Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 27 September 2017
In 2008, the question was raised at European level of how low dose ionizing radiation health effects, and the biological mechanisms behind them, could be better understood through research. This would allow enhancing radiation protection, particularly in the medical practice of radiation, and in managing people, economic production and the environment after a contamination accident. This article tells the story of the efforts in this direction made by the scientific community across Europe, encouraged by the evolution of EURATOM research policy. It describes the achievements, the encountered difficulties of all kinds, scientific, cultural and technocratic and looks ahead to the future.
Key words: ionizing radiations / low dose effects / radiation protection sciences / EURATOM research / European platforms / strategic research agendas
© EDP Sciences 2017
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