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The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
The proceedings of the ICRM 2013 Conference were published, after a rigorous reviewing process, in a special issue of Applied Radiation and Isotopes, Vol. 87 (May 2014), pp. 1 - 488. The proceedings are on-line available at: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/09698043/87
Among the 104 selected papers, two invited papers were published. The paper of Steven Judge et al., presented in the session on Aspects of International Metrology, commemorates 100 years of radionuclide metrology, dating back to the first primary standards of radium. In a very brief manner, this paper summarises the very different underlying societal and economic demands, requiring specific developments in radionuclide metrology during the 10 decades since.
The second invited paper, authored by Bert Coursey and presented in the special session on Science-based Advice to Policy Makers, is treating the key elements to success in such advice. The paper points to the required mutual understanding, for scientists to understand the legislative context in which advice is given, and for regulators to understand metrological considerations and limitations. Several examples of involvement of the NIST (USA) in policy advice showed that metrologists must be proactive, recognize opportunities to offer assistance – of course based on expertise and prior method developments that give credibility.
The scientific papers published in the proceedings issue cover the sessions: