Rapid assessment course
Argonne’s Environmental Science, Nuclear Engineering (NE) and Environment, Safety and Quality Assurance divisions, in collaboration with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), recently held a training course on Rapid Assessment Methods for Environmental Radioactivity.
This intensive two-week, hands-on course provides researchers state-of-the-art methods and resources to rapidly assess radionuclides in the environment.
The practical knowledge that I have gained from this training is very important and I can now share this valuable experience with my colleagues back home.
Thiwanka Appuhamillag, Student from Sri Lanka
Organized through NE’s International Programs and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the course addresses the needs of IAEA’s Analytical Laboratories for the Measurement of Environmental Radioactivity (ALMERA) network laboratories interested in enhancing their rapid analytical capabilities supporting the assessment of environmental contamination in emergency situations.
The goal of the course is to provide participants with intensive training on relevant topics such as rapid radiochemical laboratory procedure, field detection and sampling in case of environmental contamination, quality sampling and analytical work, data evaluation and management and specific training on the Argonne developed RESidual RADioactive (RESRAD) dose assessment codes.
The course was a unique occasion to practice the latest techniques used, and to learn new methodologies, especially in alpha spectrometry.
Asivelo Solonjara, Student from Madagascar
The outcome of the course was the successful training of 22 students from around the global in rapid radionuclide detection in real-world environment scenarios.
For more details visit the Rapid Assessment Methods for Environmental Radioactivity Course website and review the IAEA article summary on the course.