The 13th Symposium on Neutron and Ion Dosimetry took place in Kraków, Poland between May 13 and May 19, 2017 and was hosted by the Institute of Nuclear Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, in co-operation with the European Dosimetry Group (EURADOS). The symposium venue was the ICE Kraków Congress Centre. The first symposium on Neutron Detection, Dosimetry, and Standardization, organized by the International Atomic Energy Agency, was held at the Atomic Energy Research Establishment, Harwell, England, on 10–14 December 1962. Over the next 25 years, the Symposium had moved to GSF Neuherberg, where it became an important international scientific conference, especially in the area of dosimetry of nuclear radiation, especially of neutrons. Since 2006, NEUDOS is being formally organized by the European Dosimetry Group EURADOS, which now initiates and coordinates the upcoming NEUDOA conferences. The NEUDOS-13 Symposium was held in Poland for the first time, after having visited the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, South Africa and France. The last NEUDOS-12 meeting was organized by IRSN at Aix-en-Provence. Neutron and ion dosimetry is of growing importance for radiation protection and medicine. This is due to the increasing application of accelerators in research and in medical applications—especially in particle cancer radiotherapy, and also due to further developments in individual dosimetry, as applied in reactor and fuel cycle facilities research, but also in establishing the cosmic ray radiation environment with regard to radiation protection of on-board aircraft crew. The general aim of the NEUDOS symposia is to share knowledge, to exchange experience and to promote new ideas in the field of neutron and ion dosimetry between scientists employed at research institutions, hospital-employed medical physicists, and those working at regulatory authorities and in the industry worldwide. Organized about every 4 years, this symposium is by now reaching a wide community of dosimetry experts, as evidenced by the growing number of participants to this weekly event. NEUDOS-13 attracted 239 participants from 35 countries and 6 continents, mainly from Europe (76%), Asia (8%), North America (7%) and South America (5%). There were a total of 93 oral presentations, of which 16 were invited lectures and 77 were selected by the Scientific Committee on the basis of the submitted abstracts. Additionally, 110 poster presentations were accepted and shown during the Symposium. The scientific program of the 13th NEUDOS symposium covered a wide range of topics related to neutron and ion dosimetry. These were arranged into 15 oral sessions and 2 poster sessions. The NEUDOS symposia have traditionally reviewed the state-of-art and future trends in dosimetry for radiation protection in their various applications, such as basic dosimetric quantities, nano- and microdosimetry, new techniques and methods, neutron dosimetry in fusion facilities, neutron dosimetry in research facilities, neutron sources, neutron spectrometry, solid state dosimetry and dosimetry in space. Due to the rapid development of particle cancer radiotherapy over the past decade, more attention was paid to dosimetry in medicine and biology. Therefore, the program of the NEUDOS-13 symposium included clinical dosimetry, dosimetry for BNCT, out-of-field dosimetry, as well as biological effects of exposure to neutron and ion fields. The keynote lecture was presented by Professor Natalia Golnik of the Warsaw University of Technology. Her lecture, entitled ‘Recombination chambers—do the old ideas remain useful?’, demonstrated the continuity in the development of radiation dosimetry methods and techniques. The Best Poster Award, granted to Natalia Mojżeszek from the Institute of Nuclear Physics of the Polish Academy of Science (Poland), was for her poster entitled ‘Geometrical efficiency of plate-parallel ionization chambers in proton scanning beam.’ A total of 134 manuscripts were submitted for publication in the Symposium proceedings of which 92 were finally accepted. The organizers are grateful to all speakers and poster presenters for their contribution to the high scientific level of the Symposium. The support of our sponsors: the City of Kraków, the European Radiation Dosimetry Group, EURADOS, Ion Beam Application (IBA), Institut de Radioprotection at de Surete Nucleaire (IRSN) and Landauer, is gratefully acknowledged. Words of gratitude are also addressed to all members of the Organizing Committee and of the Scientific Committee for their excellent and hard work, and for their help, advice and support. We finally wish to warmly thank the staff of Cyclotron Centre Bronowice and of the Laboratory for Individual and Environmental Dosimetry (LADIS), who kindly offered and worked hard in assisting with the operational aspects of the NEUDOS-13 Symposium. © The Author(s) 2018. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org This article is published and distributed under the terms of the Oxford University Press, Standard Journals Publication Model (https://academic.oup.com/journals/pages/about_us/legal/notices)
Radiation Protection Dosimetry – Oxford University Press
Published: Jun 5, 2018
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