Training courses

Training courses run by COMET consortium members

Who participated?

Education and training courses run through COMET network were open to all students and professionals. There was no fees for registered MSc or PhD students to participate in the courses, and reasonable accommodation is usually available. At least two of the courses were accredited under the Bologna agreement, meaning that students can use the credits as part of their degree.

Professionals should also check the Training and Education MSc and PhD course pages, since several of these courses include intensive short modules than can be taken as standalone courses.

Courses Provided

DatesCourseFurther Information
5 - 8 Sept 2016

COMET - 'Fieldcourse on Chernobyl fallout in the environment' to be held at National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine (NUBiP of Ukraine) Ukrainian Institute of Agricultural Radiology (UIAR) Kiev, Ukraine

On April 26, 1986, a sudden surge of power during a reactor systems test destroyed Unit 4 of the nuclear power station at Chernobyl, Ukraine, in the former Soviet Union. The accident and the fire that followed released massive amounts of radioactive material into the environment. The Chernobyl accident contaminated wide areas of Belarus, the Russian Federation and Ukraine and fallout were transported all the way throughout Europe.

The training course focuses on most aspects of environmental radiation impact and risks associated with enhanced radioactivity released from different sources and accumulated in the environment, emphasis is put on the Chernobyl accident fallout.


Valery Kashparov

Tel:+380 (44) 5261246
Fax:+380 (44) 5260790

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9 - 13 May 2016

Radiological Protection of the Environment: updates to the ERICA Tool

A short session will be given at the IRPA congress
7-10 Sept. 2015

Naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM) in the environment

This COMET training course took place at the Silesian Centre for Environmental Radioactivity, Central Mining Institute, Plac Gwarkow 1, 40-166 Katowice, Upper Silesia, POLAND.

The training course focused on most aspects of environmental radiation impact and risks associated with enhanced natural radioactivity released from different sources and accumulated in the environment. Application of appropriate methods for assessing the radiation impact and risk in the context of the complex suite of natural radionuclides were discussed, and the inconclusiveness of existing regulation will be explained. Key processes controlling the behavior of naturally occurring radionuclides in different ecosystems were outlined, including basic concepts, variables/parameters and kinetics needed for modeling purposes. Sampling strategies and protocols were presented, and training included the use of state-of-the-art measurement techniques as well as the use of Environmental Risk Assessment models (ERICA tool).

The intensive (4 days) course included theory (lectures) and training in the lab (radiochemistry and radiation measurements) and in the field (dosimetry, sampling expedition). The field exercises took place at sites contaminated by NORM.

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Contact:Bogusław Michalik



September 2014

STAR in partnership with COMET and the ALLIANCE ran two short sessions at the International Conference on Radioecology and Environmental Radioactivity in Barcelona. These were attended by 30-50 scientists. Presentations can be accessed from the further information links.

File ERICA update

File Noble gas modeling

1-3 April 2014

Radiological Protection of the Environment - a professional development training course, at Lancaster, UK.

The course was structured such that day 1 provided a basic grounding and day 2 and 3 went into more detail. The objectives were to ensure participants were:

  • conversant with assessment objectives
  • had a basic understanding of radionuclide transfer, dosimetry and radiation effects
  • knew how to use the available tools & interpret the results
  • understand the implications of how the tools are used

Course programme & recommended reading

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27-30 Jan 2014STAR Mixture Toxicity Workshop at SCK in Mol, Belgium.

This workshop intends to attract Ph.D students and scientific researchers that are now confronted with the challenges of assessing or predicting biological effects in mixed exposures situations. As the general concepts discussed in this workshop apply to different fields of research, participants of all fields of (eco)toxicology are welcome

This workshop aims to provide:

  • A description of the principal concepts of concentration addition and independent action for predicting mixture toxicity, their range of applicability and their limitations.
  • An overview of the available designs for a particular mixture toxicity related research question.
  • An overview of ways to address deviations from the existing reference models
  • An in-depth knowledge on the concept of the Dynamic-Energy-Budget (DEB) theory, and the effects of toxicants and mixture exposure within this theory.
  • Practical statistical approaches to be able to tackle linear and generalised linear modelling and to describe dose-effect relationships
  • Concepts on environmental risk assessment approaches in an multiple contaminant context. 

Workshop website 

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Environmental Radiobiology, PhD course (5 ECTS), Norway
(in collaboration with DoReMi)
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