From April 25 to 27, 2017, the COMET (Coordination and Implementation of a pan-Europe Instrument for Radioecology) consortium has held its final meeting in Bruges, Belgium, on the project underway since 2013. The event has focused on its major contributions to the main issues in radioecology* and efforts to maintain the high level of research in this area in Europe. The project's future was also discussed.
SCK•CEN (Belgium's nuclear research center) has led the COMET consortium as part of the European Commission's 7th Research and Development Framework Program. The group includes 20 partners from 15 countries, mostly European. One of its goals is to continue standardizing and pooling research, facilities and activities that capitalize on the various partners' knowledge and training programs. The four-year project has also produced new knowledge and tools consistent with the
European Radioecology Alliance's strategic research agenda (SRA).
The IRSN actively contributed by participating in research aiming to improve and validate various models of radionuclide transfer in the environment. It also coordinated activities and contributed to research that increases knowledge on the trans-generational effects of chronic exposure to ionizing radiation in wild species, focusing on the role of epigenetic processes.
* The study of the transport and transfer of radionuclides in the environment and their potential impact on human being and ecosystems