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Summary of the conference
The 19th International Conference on Radionuclide Metrology and its Applications was one of the largest ICRM conferences ever, in spite of the difficult economic situation for many of the member institutions of ICRM. It was attended by 178 registered participants, 14 of these representing exhibiting companies. The participants represented institutions from 42 countries of all continents. The scientific programme was composed of 39 oral presentations, two invited and 76 poster presentations, complemented by more informal meetings of the 7 working groups of ICRM. The proceedings of the conference are expected to contain 111 papers.
Besides attending this ambitious scientific programme including a special session on science-based advice to policy makers with the two invited speakers from the European Commission and the US National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), participants also had the opportunity to visit the radionuclide and other laboratories of the EC-JRC-IRMM in Geel. On the last day of the conference, delegates met for the General Meeting of ICRM, where the venue for the next conference in 2015 was decided, Vienna. The social programme of ICRM 2013, including an informal get-together after registration on Sunday evening, a boat tour of the Antwerp sea port and a festive conference banquet, completed the conference experience by providing ample opportunity to meet old and new friends and to network with colleagues.
Radionuclide metrology continues to play an important role in the nuclear industry, supporting activities such as radionuclide production, nuclear medicine, measurement of environmental radioactivity and of radionuclides in food and drinking water, decommissioning of nuclear facilities, nuclear security and emergency preparedness, nuclear physics research, etc. Papers presented at the ICRM 2013 conference cover the metrological aspects pertaining to many of these fields.
The International Committee for Radionuclide Metrology (ICRM) is an association of radionuclide metrology laboratories whose membership is composed of delegates of specialised laboratories together with other scientists actively engaged in the study and applications of radioactivity. It serves as the international forum for the dissemination of information on techniques related to radionuclide analysis.
|AIM||Aspects of international metrology|
|MSRM||Measurement standards and reference materials|
|RMT||Radionuclide metrology techniques|
|ABS||Alpha-particle and beta-particle spectrometry|
|LSC||Liquid scintillation counting techniques|
|ND||Nuclear decay data|
|LL||Low level measurement techniques|
|RMLS||Radionuclide metrology in life sciences|
|SP||Source preparation techniques|
|QA||Quality assurance and uncertainty evaluation in radioactivity measurements|
|SBA||Special session on science-based advice to policy makers|
Additional activities during the conference will be the General Meeting of ICRM members, a visit to the laboratory facilities of the IRMM, and social events.
The proceedings will be published in Applied Radiation and Isotopes.
|• Dirk Arnold, PTB, Germany|
• Marie-Martine Bé, LNE-LNHB, France
• Christophe Bobin, LNE-LNHB, France
• Philippe Cassette, LNE-LNHB, France
• Jeffrey Cessna, NIST, USA
• Pierino De Felice, ENEA, Italy
• Eduardo García-Toraño, CIEMAT, Spain
• Arvic Harms, IAEA, International
• Yoshio Hino, AIST, Japan
• Mikael Hult, EC-JRC-IRMM, EU
• Lisa Karam, NIST, USA
• John Keightley, NPL, UK
• Matjaz Korun, JSI, Slovenia
|• Karsten Kossert, PTB, Germany|
• Marie-Christine Lépy, LNE-LNHB, France
• Franz Josef Maringer, BEV, Austria
• Tae-Soon Park, KRISS, Korea
• Stefaan Pommé, EC-JRC-IRMM, EU
• Guy Ratel, BIPM, International
• Octavian Sima, Univ. Bucharest, Romania
• Mike Unterweger, NIST, USA
• Uwe Wätjen, EC-JRC-IRMM, EU
• Mike Woods, IRMC, UK
• Freda van Wyngaardt, NMISA, South Africa
• Akira Yunoki, NMIJ/AIST, Japan
• Brian Zimmerman, NIST, USA
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