Radiation protection research in the Euratom H2020 perspective: European Joint Programming, National Alignment and Elaboration of a Joint Roadmap for Radiation Protection Research

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    Radiation protection research in the EURATOM H2020 programme has been organised within the European Joint Programming (EJP) project CONCERT (http://www.concert-h2020.eu/). EJP aims to optimise the alignment of research activities between and within the Member States. CONCERT gathers in association with research institutes and universities from most EURATOM countries the different radiation protection research platforms MELODI, EURADOS, NERIS and ALLIANCE, as well as the recently established EURAMED platform1. Some countries such as Finland, Spain and Belgium are also strengthening national collaborations to optimise the research network at the national level as well. Hence, a close interaction between the national and European levels is ensured. Next to organising research calls and implementing research projects, one of the major objectives of CONCERT is the preparation of a joint roadmap for radiation protection research. The aim of the joint roadmap is to identify common research needs and challenges, to enable planning of research for the next decades. Other activities within CONCERT are related to interaction with stakeholders and scientists up to the global level, management of the accessibility and visibility of research infrastructures, and education and training activities. The Joint Roadmap is currently undergoing a stakeholder consultation process. Before the end of CONCERT (2020), the final version of the Joint Roadmap should serve as an instrument to support the set-up of a long-term call planning system accompanied by appropriate budgets to perform research in a coherent and feasible way. Next to the joint roadmap, which is a high-level document omitting technical descriptions and primarily addressing decision-makers at all levels, specific roadmaps are being prepared by the individual research platforms and by experts in social sciences and humanities. The individual roadmaps will refer to and explain the joint roadmap challenges in a technical and scientific way per discipline, to inform research managers and scientists in a more detailed way.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages13
    JournalAnnalen van de Belgische Vereniging voor Stralingsbescherming / Annales de l'association Belge de radioprotection
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - 1 Jan 2019

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