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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 41  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 55-57  

Note on the 33rd Indian Association for Radiation Protection International Conference-2018

1 Secretary, IARP and Head, RSS, RSSD, BARC, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
2 Editor, RPE, and Ex. RSSD, BARC, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Date of Web Publication31-May-2018

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D D Rao
Editor, RPE, and Ex. RSSD, BARC, Mumbai, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/rpe.RPE_33_18

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The Indian Association for Radiation Protection (IARP), arranged a 5-day International Conference (IARPIC-2018) during January 16–20, 2018, at the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) Convention Centre, Anushakti Nagar, Mumbai. The theme of the conference was “Developments towards Improvement of Radiological Surveillance at Nuclear Facilities and Environment.” The conference was inaugurated by Shri S. A. Bhardwaj, Chairman, Atomic Energy Regulatory Board, and Dr. Roger Coates, President, International Radiation Protection Association, was the guest of honor. Dr. K. S. Pradeepkumar, Associate Director, Health Safety and Environment Group (HSEG); BARC; and President IARP, welcomed the delegates to the conference in his welcome address. Dr. M. S. Kulkarni, Secretary, IARP initiated the conference inauguration with an introduction to IARP and its activities. The conference was attended by about 350 scientists, including Radiation Protection professionals from DAE and Defense establishments, Professors and Students from Educational Institutions from all over India, and Radiation Safety Officers (RSOs) of Hospitals and Industry. Scientific Secretary, Chairs of the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) committees, President, International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA), Former Chairman, the United Nations Scientific Committee on Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) and Experts from International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Vienna; Radiation Emergency Assistance Center and Training Site, USA; National Nuclear Security Administration, USA delivered invited talks and participated in the discussions during the conference.

IARP also has celebrated the Dr. A. K. Ganguly Birth Centenary Year as 2018 is the 100th birth year of Dr. Ganguly, the founder of Health Safety Program in India, and its Golden Jubilee year as it completed 50 years of its formation. The inauguration of Dr. A. K. Ganguly and Golden Jubilee Celebrations was held at Vashi, Mumbai, on the first day of the conference at 4 pm and was inaugurated by Dr. Anil Kakodkar, Former Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission. The highlight of these celebrations was the release of book of “Compendium on Memoirs of Dr. A. K. Ganguly” and a “Nostalgia of footprints of Dr. A. K. Ganguly Photo Album.” These celebrations were marked by the presence of former Students of Dr. A. K. Ganguly (fondly known as Ganguly School), the contributors to the of book of Compendium, former Directors of HSEG, former Heads of Divisions of HSEG, a few former members of IARP Executive Committee, and the family members of Dr. A. K. Ganguly. Dr. Anil Kakodkar inaugurated the special session on Dr. A. K. Ganguly and Golden Jubilee celebrations and spoke on the occasion. He recalled the several instances of his interactions with Dr. A. K. Ganguly on Health Safety Program of DAE. Dr. M. R. Iyer, the author of Compendium of Memoirs of Dr. A. K. Ganguly, and Dr. Pradeepkumar K. S., President IARP, also spoke on this special occasion. The family members of Dr. A. K. Ganguly, former colleagues of Dr. A. K. Ganguly, and Former Directors and Heads of Divisions of HSEG were felicitated on occasion.

In his conference inaugural address, Dr. S. A. Bhardwaj highlighted the regulatory structure and the radiation safety practices being followed at nuclear facilities, Industries, and Hospitals in India and also touched upon the Linear No-threshold Theory. He emphasized on the regulatory steps initiated at Nuclear Reactors in India following the Fukushima Nuclear Accident. He also dwelt upon the miniscule doses (<5% of dose limit) that are received by the members of the public in the vicinity of Nuclear Reactors in India due to their operations. Dr. K. S. Pradeepkumar, President, IARP, in his welcome address, elaborated on the theme of the conference and the aptness of topics chosen for the conference. He welcomed the participation of research scholars and professors from universities and other institutes to this conference. Dr. Pradeepkumar spoke on the nonobservance of effects of radiation on the residents of Kerala, the known high background radiation area in India, and informed the delegates about the discussions in this regard in the UNSCEAR meetings. Dr. Roger Coates, President, IRPA, in his address mentioned the existence of impressive talent pool of Indian radiation protection professionals and the need of their increased contributions internationally and to IRPA. He hoped for a successful interaction of delegates with the experts from ICRP, IAEA, UNSCEAR, and other professional bodies. Dr. M. S. Kulkarni, RSSD, BARC, spoke about IARP and its affiliation to IRPA.

The scientific deliberations of the conference included latest developments in radiological surveillance at nuclear facilities and environment, assessment of radiation exposure to the public from natural radiation, environmental radioactivity, radiation dosimetry, nuclear forensics, and emergency preparedness. The conference deliberations included 24 invited talks, 36 oral presentations, 265 poster presentations, and a panel discussion on “Radiation protection of workers and addressing concerns on radiological safety.” There were several invited talks on the work carried out internationally by the speakers from abroad, notably on the radiation effects by Dr. Werner Ruehm, Chair of ICRP Committee 1, Dr. Christopher Clement, Scientific Secretary, ICRP, on ICRP activities, Dr. Abel J. Gonzalez, Former Chairman, UNSCEAR, on the scientific background for dose limits of radiation for workers and public, Dr. Roger Coates, President, IRPA, on the radiation culture for radiation protection in Nuclear Facilities, Dr. Daniel J. Blumenthal from the USDOE, USA, on structure and implementation of emergency preparedness procedures; Dr. Musolino of USDOE on the communications with public and professionals from other than radiation industry.

The panel discussion on “Radiation protection of workers and addressing concerns on radiological safety” on the concluding day of conference was well received by the delegates. The panelists included Dr. Abel J. Gonzalez (UNSCEAR), Dr. Roger Coates (IRPA), Dr. Christopher Clement (ICRP), Dr. Werner Ruum (ICRP), Dr. K. Higley (ICRP), Dr. V. Berkovskyy (ICRP), Dr. Pradeepkumar K. S. (BARC), and Shri S. Krishnamony (ex. BARC), Daniel Blumenthal (NNSA, USDOE).

Opening the discussion, Dr. Abel Gonzalez mentioned that UNSCEAR or ICRP is not the agencies for defending Nuclear power producers, users of radiation, or any others but only to present the scientific facts and thereby to derive the radiation dose limits. He initiated the panel discussion by requesting opening remarks from all the panelists. Dr. Pradeepkumar in his opening remarks compared the danger of the immediate risk of living in fear of radiation rather than the risks of health effects, which are much lower. He requested the members from ICRP/UNSCEAR to have a re-look at the introduction of a threshold dose for radiation protection purposes. Dr. Roger Coates stated that the best starting point with public as part of communication is to use the existing natural radioactivity distribution and the variability of natural doses world over. The panelists have addressed several questions from the delegates.

In the inaugural session of the conference, various IARP awards were distributed on eminent personalities, who contributed significantly towards radiation protection of workers and environment. The details are as given below:

  • IARP Lifetime Achievement Award – 2018: Dr. M. R. Iyer, Ex. Head, RSSD, BARC
  • Dr. A. K. Ganguly Memorial Oration Award – 2018: Dr. P.C. Kesavan, Ex. Director, HSEG, BARC, and Distinguished fellow, MSSRF
  • Dr. K. G. Vohra Memorial Oration Award – 2018: Dr. Y. S. Mayya, Ex. Head, RPAD, BARC
  • Shri A. Nagaratnam Memorial Oration Award – 2018: Dr. Sampat Raj Vadera, Director, DLJ, Jodhpur
  • Dr. A. K. Ganguly Felicitation Award – 2018: Dr. V. N. Jha, OIC, Health Physicist Unit, Jaduguda
  • Meritorious Operational Health Physicist Award – 2018: Shri J. P. N. Pandey, OIC, Health Physics Unit, PREFRE, BARC, Tarapur
  • Shri P.R. Kamat Radiation Environmentalist – 2018: Shri A. Baburajan, OIC, Environmental Survey Laboratory, BARC, Tarapur
  • Meritorious Radiological Safety Officer Award – 2018: Dr. S. Senthil Kumar, RSO, Government Rajaji Hospital, Madurai
  • Meritorious Radiological Safety Officer Award (Industry) – 2018: Shri Prakash Amati, RSO, Schlumberger Asia Services Pvt. Ltd., Navi Mumbai
  • AKG-DVG-RPEJ Best Paper Award – 2018: Dr. Munish Kumar, Scientific Officer, RPAD, BARC.

Following are the best oral/poster presentation awards bestowed on the authors, in the concluding session of the conference.

  • P-9: Design and evaluation of experimental on line boron meter for LWR, P. M. Dighe, L. P. Kamble, P. V. Bhatnagar, M. Swetha, P. Patel, K. Nathani, D. Das, and S. K. Sen
  • P-190: Evaluation of protection factor of respiratory protective equipment using indigenously developed protection factor facility, D. S. Patkulkar, G. Ganesh, and R. M. Tripathi
  • P-351: Env Rad. Log-A radiation survey meter for GIS applications, K. Sreekumar, S. Ajeshkumar, R. Sujatha, and S. K. Jha
  • P-380: Absolute measurement of 14 MeV neutron fluence rate using proton recoil neutron telescope, Shobha Ghodke, V. Sathian, Yashoda Singh, and M. S. Kulkarni
  • P-396: Potential and scope of fusion-based premature chromosome condensation-F to current needs of biodosimetry, Usha Yadav, K. B. Shrisath, N. Utkarsha Desai, Nagesh N. Bhat, and B. K. Sapra.

The important outcome of the 5 days conference was:

  1. ICRP and UNSCEAR recognized the fact that India, particularly DAE, has enormous amount of data (epidemiological and biological) on the effects of radiation on the residents of high background regions of Kerala
  2. Willingness of ICRP/UNSCEAR to use the latest data from India extensively in their future deliberation at Task Group levels
  3. Establish communication channels with IRPA for increased participation of Indian radiation protection professionals in IRPA and other international activities
  4. Accrual of scientific knowledge by the delegates from the presentations of ICRP/UNSCEAR experts on the radiation protection policies.


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