Knowledge Exchange

Knowledge Exchange 

The overarching objective of this work package was to enhance and maintain European capacity and skills in radioecology by establishing a dynamic interaction promoting effective collaboration between researchers, tool developers, regulators and industry. 

This will ensure more effective ‘take-up’ of scientific advances by the user community and ensure that radioecological research is better focused to address the needs of users. Key to this will be effective links to other networks, projects and platforms (e.g. STAR, OPERRA, ALLIANCE, MELODINERIS, CINCH-II). This work package also ensured that the Radioecology Exchange is maintained after the conclusion of the STAR project (September 2015) so that valuable resources such as the PhD Research School, education and training course modules, the data catalogue and the virtual laboratory, are further developed.

The three specific objectives of this work package were:


Is  an essential  component of our communication strategy

Provides informed and regular updates of project developments
via access to project publications (e.g. deliverables) and through the News blog

Provides access to the Radioecology Exchange
Updated with information and data produced during COMET


Facilitating discussion 
On topical radioecological issues between researchers

Running four focused workshops
On issues which are of current interest/concern to industry and regulators, and public (media) with an emphasis on interaction with the NERISMELODI and potentially IGD-TP platforms

Maintaining an open dialogue
Via this website following each of the workshops


Securing long-term availability of knowledge associated with Observatory sites
Including the translation of local language reports (many important documents on the Chernobyl zone are not available in English)

Focusing on the training needs of the user community
By providing hands-on instrument training  and conducting courses that provide opportunities for different disciplines to work together

Developing a time efficient mechanism of delivering training
Such as holding short courses at conferences, hosting webinars and providing elearning materials

Considering how to best interact with other on-going training activities
Such as CINCH II, ENTRAP-II, DoReMi and with organisations such as IAEA and ENEN, as well as updating training and education course modules developed by STAR

Considering how best to interact with other organisations
Such as IRPA who include ‘refresher courses’ aimed at industry/regulators during conference schedules

Exploring implementing the European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET)
To facilitate the recognition and accumulation of work-related skills

Conducting field study courses
in collaboration with STAR NoE which will be open to PhD students and professionals  

For more information on the work to be conducted contact Catherine Barnett