When a duck is not a duck; a new interdisciplinary synthesis for environmental radiation protection

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  • Carmel Mothersilla
  • M. Abend
  • François Bréchignac
  • Nathalie Impens
  • Munira Kadhim
  • Anders Pape Møller
  • Deborah Oughton
  • Gibin Powathil
  • Eline Saenen
  • Colin Seymour
  • Jill Sutcliffe
  • Fen-Ru Tang
  • Paul N. Schofieldl

Institutes & Expert groups

  • McMaster University
  • Oxford Brooks University - Department of Biological and Medical Sciences
  • CSNSM-IN2P3-CNRS - Université Paris Sud
  • Swansea University - Department of Mathematics, College of Science
  • Low Level Radiation and Health Group
  • NUS - National University of Singapore - Radiobiology Research Laboratory
  • BIR - University of Ulm
  • IRSN - Institute for Radioprotection and Nuclear Safety - Institut Radioprotection Sûreté Nucléaire
  • NMBU - Norwegian University of Life Sciences

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This consensus paper presents the results of a workshop held in Essen, Germany in September 2017, called to examine critically the current approach to radiological environmental protection. The meeting brought together participants from the field of low dose radiobiology and those working in radioecology. Both groups have a common aim of identifying radiation exposures and protecting populations and individuals from harmful effects of ionising radiation exposure, but rarely work closely together. A key question in radiobiology is to understand mechanisms triggered by low doses or dose rates, leading to adverse outcomes of individuals while in radioecology a key objective is to recognise when harm is occurring at the level of the ecosystem. The discussion provided a total of six strategic recommendations which would help to address these questions.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)318-324
Number of pages7
JournalEnvironmental Research
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2018


  • radioecology, environment, reference animals and plants, low dose, radiation protection

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