Report on development of innovative mechanisms for joint programming and implementation for future research in radioecology: Deliverable (D-N°2.5)

Hildegarde Vandenhove, Almudena Real, Jacqueline Garnier-Laplace, M. Muikku, N.A. Beresord, T. Arnold, S. Sachs, C. Duffa, Olivier Masson, Jochen Tschiersch, Christelle Adam, Nele Horemans, Kristine Leysen

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    The aim of this deliverable is to describe mechanisms for joint programming and implementation in the field of radioecology developed during the COMET project. This includes the development of mechanisms to prioritise research areas and develop an overall integrated research implementation plan. One of the initial activities within COMET was identifying ‘Competitive Call’ topics, setting up an evaluation process and selecting projects (Vandenhove et al., 2013). In doing this, we collaborated with the EC-OPERRA1 project. This call priority identification and selection is now imbedded within the EJP EC-CONCERT project2 activities. ). Within this deliverable we concentrate on the tools developed by COMET and supported by the European Radioecology Alliance (ALLIANCE3), to foster research prioritisation, integration and sustainability of radioecological research within Europe. Through topical ‘roadmap’ working groups we have developed mechanisms of joint programming and implementation following the establishment of criteria and processes for prioritisation of research. A sustainable implementation processes has been initiated with the ALLIANCE and in close interaction with the broader radiation protection sciences as represented by OPERRA and CONCERT. From the perspective of COMET and the ALLIANCE the subject of the research prioritisation and implementation is the Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) for radioecology in Europe4. We have developed mechanisms to prioritise and implement (and integrate) research priorities from the ALLIANCE SRA. In this deliverable we discuss: the process to come to a selected set of criteria for research prioritisation (chapter 2); the roadmap working groups developed under COMET, with the support of the ALLIANCE (chapter 3); and the Observatory sites as tools for integrated integration (chapter 4). At the European level there is enhanced integration of the radiation protection research area through collaboration within the MENAE community (MELODI5 (low-dose research), EURDOS6 (radiation dosimetry), NERIS7 (emergency), ALLIANCE (radioecology), EURAMED8 (Medical applications)),. We are therefore on the path to establishing, common SRAs and roadmaps (chapter 5) and we have developed integrated radiation protection calls (chapter 6). This process began under OPERRA and has continued under CONCERT. Chapter 7 discusses the future for Radioecology within the European radiation protection landscape.
    Original languageEnglish
    PublisherEC - European Commission
    Number of pages77
    StatePublished - 31 May 2017

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