SRP 50th Anniversary Conference
21 - 23 May 2013
SRP 50th Anniversary Conference
Radiation Protection - Spectres from the Past, Visions of the Future
Harrogate International Centre - 21- 23 May 2013
The Society forRadiological Protection was founded in 1963 and turned 50 in May 2013. To mark this very special occasion, the SRP's annual conference was bigger and better than ever before – with a programme designed to be of interest to all sectors of the RP Community those at all stages of their RP careers. It was also an opportunity for members to celebrate SRP's 50 years as a Professional Learned Society - and one that now has a Royal Charter plus it was a unique networking event for the full RP community.
The programme focused on how lessons learnt from the past have shaped the present approach to radiological protection and how it influences changes going forward. The conference provided a useful perspective to those that have joined the profession in the intervening years whilst updating them on the very latest requirements.
With speakers and delegates from all areas of the RP community and a programme which included: an update on new IAEA safety standards, the management of NORM in industry, revision of BSS directive, emergency response, decommissioning and ionising and non-ionising radiation in the medical sector – the event offered something for everyone.
Attendance of the full conference earned delegates a maximum of 15 CPD Points.
The conference opened on the Tuesday with training sessions on source security, an update on the medical sector, instrumentation and shielding. The plenary session opened with the Outgoing President’s welcome from John Broughton followed by the John Dunster Lecture, given by Professor Roger Cox. Tuesday evening included a welcome drinks reception in the exhibition area followed by a meal at a local Italian Restaurant. The RGG enjoyed an Indian meal.
Wednesday included a number of parallel sessions on a variety of themes and the YPA (Young Professionals Award) presentations. The Annual dinner took place that night, with a black tie theme within the beautiful surroundings of the Royal Hall in Harrogate. Awards were given and the outgoing President gave his speech.
The final day of the conference opened with the Incoming President’s Address from Professor Peter Marsden and included a day of talks on the BSS updates, the work of IRPA, lessons learned from the Fukushima incident and more. The conference ended with a presentation via Skype.
The full programme can be viewed here
Click on the links below to view the presentations.
Tuesday 21st May
How to Choose an Instrument, Pete Burgess, Nuvia
Medical RP Update, Jim Thurston, Royal Marsden Hospital
The Society - 1963 to 2013. Geoff Webb, SRP Past President, Honorary Fellow and IRPA Past President
100 years of isotopes: Frederick Soddy's experimental materials at Glasgow Alex Elliott, Jim Gray, John Faithfull and David Sanderson, University of Glasgow
Wednesday 22nd May
YPA 2 - Decontamination of Personnel: A fit for purpose training programme Emma Chapman
YPA2 - Challenges of Implementing a New Waste Regime in an Actinide Processing Facility - Chris Jones
Risk Management of Contamination and Cross-Contamination in a Nuclear Facility - Alan Fisher, Dycem & Nigel Dodd, Magnox
Targeted Radionuclide Therapy - what benefits the patient- Sarah Allen, Guys & St Thomas’ Hospital
Session 3.3 – RGG Session
“A little of what you fancy does you good” -Radioadaptive Response- Sarah Hunak, AMEC
Thursday 23rd May
Nuclear New Build – Radiation Protection Challenges - Heather Hale, EDF Energy
Review and Report
A number of competitions took place during the conference and awards were given. Information and the winners below.
Jack Martin – Prize for best proffered presentation - Mike Wood, University of Salford.
Philip Nicholson – Prize for best poster - Patrick Stephen et al, HSE
RGG best presentation – Nicky Kay, AWE
RRPP (now YPA) Award - Emma O’Mara, Babcock
Honorary Fellowship – Penny Allisy-Roberts, Clive Williams, John Croft
Founders Prize – Bob Kerr and Bernard James
The Conference was held at Harrogate International Centre in the heart of Yorkshire. Acknowledged as one of the top conference venues in the UK, the Centre regularly attracts over 250,000 visitors each year. Harrogate is a beautiful spa town and has many attractions including the famous Betty's Tea Room and the nearby Yorkshire Dales. The Annual Dinner took place at the Royal Hall, built in 1903 and acknowledged and recognised as one of the leading entertainment venues outside of London.
Over 30 exhibitors took part in the event: Active Collection Bureau, Atomtex - BIC Technology, Aurora Health Physics Services Ltd, Berthold Canberra UK, Dstl, Dycem Limited, EnergySolutions, Gamma Service Ltd, Hartmann Analytic GmbH, High Technology Sources Ltd, Imaging Equipment Ltd, IOP Publishing, James Fisher Nuclear, John Caunt Scientific, LabLogic, LabImpex, Landauer Europe, Mirion, Nuvia, ORTEC, Panasonic, Public Health England, Pycko, Qados, RPS, Safe Training Systems Ltd, Southern Scientific, Thermofisher, Tracerco Ltd, Unitech Services Group Ltd, University of Cumbria, Veolia and Wardray Premise Ltd. Thanks to everyone for taking part.
– Thanks to Canberra for sponsoring the delegate packs
The 50th Anniversary Conference was a very special event and fortunately many of the Honorary Fellows, Past Presidents and a number of the original Founding Members were able to attend. The occasion prompted a birthday cake and tea party with opportunities to get everyone together for some photos and to celebrate 50 years as a leading Scientific Society.