SRP 50th Anniversary Conference

21 - 23 May 2013


HIC, Harrogate

SRP 50th Anniversary Conference

Radiation Protection - Spectres from the Past, Visions of the Future

Harrogate International Centre - 21- 23 May 2013
 
 
 
Summary
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.

OverviewThe 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.
 
Programme & Presentations
The full programme can be viewed here.
Click on the links below to view the presentations.
 

Tuesday 21st May
Refresher Courses
Introduction to Radiation Shielding,  Ludovic Chevallareau, Serco             
Awareness of radioactive source security, Chris Englefield, Environment Agency
How to Choose an Instrument,  Pete Burgess, Nuvia
Medical RP Update, Jim Thurston, Royal Marsden Hospital
Plenary
John Dunster Lecture  Scientific support to the central estimates of low dose radiation risk : Notable developments, 1990 – 2010, Roger Cox, Former Director HPA Centre for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards.
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
Accidents I have Known and ‘Loved’   John Croft, SRP Past president, Former Head of Emergency Response NRPB (HPA)
 
Wednesday 22nd May
Session 2.1
YPA 1 - Patient Size: Implications for Staff Radiation Dose – Elizabeth Chaloner
YPA 1- Neonatal Radiography: Incubator X-ray Imaging Tray and the Impact on Radiation Dose - Eva Dougeni
YPA 1 - Effectiveness of Lead-Free Aprons in Interventional Radiology - Amanda Fender
YPA 1 -Reduction in Rejected X-ray Rates at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh - Nicola MacDonald
YPA1- Shielding Design for the Extreme Light Infrastructure Facility (ELI) - Stuart Wilson
The Myths and Legends surrounding passive dosimetry systems to this day. - Colyn Nichols, Panasonic
Dose, Alpha Irradiation and Lung Cancer Risk David Kirkland
The Past, Present and Future of the Assessment of Plutonium Exposure Risks Tony Riddell, HPA
What makes Radiation Detection and Monitoring Equipment Usable? Colette Jeffrey
Session 2.2
Environmental radiation protection: what, how and why? - Mike Wood, University of Salford
Environmental gamma dose rate (mis?)measurement - Pete Burgess, Nuvia
The spectre of radionuclides in the Irish Sea discharged from Sellafield over 50+ years: past, present and future - John Hunt, CEFAS
Ongoing Management of NORM in the oil and gas industries - John Lambley, Tracerco
YPA 2 - The Opening of a New Waste Route for the Magnox Fleet- Steph Bloomer
YPA 2 - Decontamination of Personnel: A fit for purpose training programme      Emma Chapman
YPA 2 - Nuclear New Build – Radiation Protection Challenges Heather Hale
YPA2  - Challenges of Implementing a New Waste Regime in an Actinide Processing Facility - Chris Jones
YPA2 -Radiation Protection and Risk Communication at the International Level - Jamie Townes
Session 3.1
Clearance and Radiological Sentencing: Principles, Processes and Practices for Use by the Nuclear Industry, -Duncan Jackson, Eden Nuclear & Environment
How clean is clean: dismantling the past and visions of the future -Shelly Mobbs, Eden Nuclear & Environment
Risk Management of Contamination and Cross-Contamination in a Nuclear Facility - Alan Fisher, Dycem & Nigel Dodd, Magnox
Decommissioning in the non-nuclear sector - Phil Fahey, EA
Removal of the Primary Heat Exchangers from the Dragon Reactor, Winfrith       - Mike Jones & Michelle Skelland, RSRL     
Planning the Decommissioning of Ductwork in a Radiochemistry Facility - Pete Burgess, Nuvia
Session 3.2
Computing patient specific radiation risks in CT - Walter Huda, Medical University of South Carolina
The impact of the proposed dose limit for the lens of the eye on the Nuclear and Medical Sectors. - Hani El-Sabbahy, HSE
Patient size: Implications for staff radiation dose  - Elizabeth Chaloner, Kings College Hospital
Radiation Shielding Design: PET/CT department 15O gas lines pneumatic transport systems and hot lab shielding- David Gallacher, Guy’s and St Thomas’
Radiation Protection in Veterinary Practice- Peter Cole, University of Liverpool
Targeted Radionuclide Therapy - what benefits the patient- Sarah Allen, Guys & St Thomas’ Hospital
Session 3.3 – RGG Session
When I heard the words ‘contamination and ‘instrument’ this is not what I had in mind.  - Dan Clifton- Climas, Nuvia
First Source Loading of a New Irradiator Facility - Sarah Clifton-Climas, HPA
Health Physics Support to Emergency Response Exercises -  Nicky Kay, AWE
Decommissioning of Magnox Fuel Cooling Ponds – An RP Perspective- Tom Clarke, Magnox
The influence of Radiation protection on good design Emma O’Mara, Babcock
“A little of what you fancy does you good” -Radioadaptive Response- Sarah Hunak, AMEC
Thursday 23rd May
ICRP and the two sets of Basic Safety Standards - incoherence or co-evolution? - Jack Valentin, ICRP
Revision of the European BSS and other radiation Directives - Gareth Thomas, HSE
Fukushima - Lessons Learnt in the UK  -  Radiological Protection and Emergency Preparedness -Charles Temple, ONR
Radioactive Waste & Decommissioning – Practice makes Perfect?-Cathy Griffiths OBE, SRP
IRPA - The International Voice of the RP Profession- Roger Coates, IRPA
Nuclear New Build – Radiation Protection Challenges - Heather Hale, EDF Energy
RPA support to radiation screening at the London Olympics - Dan Clifton-Climas, Nuvia
Radiation detection – what are we doing wrong and where must future equipment improve? - Ian Napier, Dstl
Radiation Protection at Large Hadron Collider : Past, Present and Future - Graham Stevenson, CERN
 
 
Abstracts
 
Photos
 
Review and Report
To follow
 
Competitions & Awards
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
 
Awards Presented:
Honorary Fellowship – Penny Allisy-Roberts, Clive Williams, John Croft
Founders Prize – Bob Kerr and Bernard James
 
The Venue
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.
 
Exhibition & Sponsors
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.
Sponsors
Canberra – Thanks to Canberra for sponsoring the delegate packs
Aurora Health Physics – Thanks to Aurora for proving delegates with highlighter pens.
 
Founders Tea Party & Cake Cutting
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.

 

SRP 50th Anniversary Conference

SRP 50th Anniversary Conference

HIC, Harrogate

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