The program of this year’s workshop included 22 oral presentations and 6 posters. Participants included 37 registered members and 7 invited speakers. The focus in this year's workshop were radiation protection to commemorate the Chernobyl accident 30 years ago and Fukushima accident 5 years ago.
Andrzej Wojcik Professor in Centre for Radiation Protection Research at Stockholm University started the workshops first presentation by reviewing the Chernobyl and Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accidents – causes and consequences.
Jack Valentin Consultant from Karolinska Institutet showed us historical images on uses of radiation for everyday activitites and adressed three accidents at nuclear installations with radiological consequences for members of the public.
Penny Jeggo Professor at Genome Damage and Stability Centre at the University of Sussex in UK gave us an interesting talk on a new model for DSB repair pathway choice in G0/G1 phase cells. We also were informed of the ICRR2019 Conference in Manchester.
Edvin Hansson PhD-student from the Department of Medical and Health Sciences at Linköping University and also Deputy Radiation Protection Manager at Westinghouse Electric Sweden AB gave us insight on the internal dosimetry in nuclear fuel fabrication. His project involves the study of Uranium aerosols where one of the aims is to determine the Activity Median Aerodynamic Diameter by using cascade impactors in different parts of the fuel fabrication process.
Jim Smith Professor at Portsmouth University in UK presented his research on wildlife population in Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and the controversies surrounding the environmental impacts of ionising radiation.
Alexandru Dasu Assoc. Professor in Medical Radiation Physics at Linköping University also working as a Medical Physicist at the Skandion Clinic in Uppsala gave us an interesting talk on proton therapy treatment and on his second workplace at Skandion Clinic in Uppsala where he works as a Medical Physicist.
Marika Nestor Assoc. Professor at the Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology at Uppsala University gave us an exciting talk on radionuclide targeting and ended with some personal reflections on research and career in academia that included many good advices for young researchers.
The abstracts for all the oral presentations and posters can be seen in the program.
Alice Sollazzo from Stockholm University was awarded the SWE-RAYS Shooting Star-award for best oral presentation during the workshop. Her presentation was titled DNA damage and repair in U2OS cells exposed to mixed beams of alpha particles and X-rays.
We wish to thank Karolina Stark for the excellent work as board member the last two years and would like to welcome Andris Abramenkovs and Charlotte Andersson as new board members.