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Scientific news - 2009





Renewal of the IRSN Scientific Council

The Order appointing the members of the new IRSN Scientific Council has just been issued. Seven of the people appointed were already on the previous Council, while five others are members for the first time.


 See the members of the new IRSN Scientific Council

Pierre-Yves Meslin wins the 12th "Le Monde de la recherche universitaire" (University Research World) prize

On Wednesday 14 October 2009, Pierre-Yves Meslin received the "Le Monde de la recherche Universitaire" prize for his thesis on Martian radon conducted at the IRSN between 2004 and 2007. The prize enables him to publish an article on his work in the French daily newspaper Le Monde dated 15th October, like the four other prize-winners.


 See details about the PY Meslin's work

Environmental and human nuclear toxicology
On 18 September 2009 the IRSN and the CEA organized a scientific day at the Museum of Natural History in Paris (in the Verniquet lecture theatre) to mark the publishing of "Toxicologie nucléaire environnementale et humaine" (Environmental and human nuclear toxicology) by the Editions Lavoisier.


Co-written by the IRSN and the CEA and involving more than one hundred researchers, this book features five large sections and thirty seven chapters. It represents a synthesis in French language of international research in nuclear toxicology and ecotoxicology and includes the results of work carried out in the IRSN and CEA Envirhom and Toxnuc-E research programmes.

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Final report of the CARMA project

The final report of the project CARMA (Conséquences des Apports Rhodaniens sur le Milieu littoral Associé – Consequences of the alluvial deposits of the River Rhône on the coastal environment: extreme events between 2005 and 2007) has just been published. The aim of the CARMA project was to study the sedimentary dynamics during flood and storm forcings at the mouth of the river Rhône by coupling high-frequency recordings of data to a hydro-sedimentary model. This project was fundamental in the strategy for the instrumentation of the mouth of the river Rhône and in the observation and recording of sedimentary transportation, particularly that associated with extreme events. CARMA also played a role in the development and validation of the hydro-sedimentary models SYMPHONIE and MARS3D.


 See project details and download the final report

The Institute for Radioprotection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN) and the Norwegian Radiation Protection (NRPA) in cooperation with the International Union of Radioecology (IUR) have joined their efforts to promote a new international conference series entitled "Radioecology and Environmental Radioactivity.

Built upon “ECORAD” and the “International Conference on Radioecology and Environmental Radioactivity”, the conferences are organized every three year, to review and discuss recent achievements in radioecology and related disciplines, and to promote continued development in these areas.
The first one, which was held between 15th and 19th June 2008 in Bergen, has covered the acquisition of basic scientific knowledge as well as identifying new societal needs and requirements to fulfil.


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French translation of the 2007 ICRP recommendations
Translating a publication destined to become an international reference over the next decade is a challenging task that could only be entrusted to true experts. It demands both precision and the ability to work in a wide range of disciplines, which makes the task particularly complex.


Notwithstanding these difficulties, a handful of IRSN specialists rose to the challenge and their translation of ICRP 103 was published at the end of 2007 under the French title Publication 103 de la Commission internationale de protection radiologique (CIPR 103). It replaces the previous version Publication 60 (CIPR 60) which appeared in 1991. Led by Doctor Jean-Claude Nénot, a former member of the Main Commission of the ICRP, Jean Brenot, Alain Rannou, Dominique Laurier and Dominique Thierry spared no effort to produce this 416-page translation.


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Information and documentation
Information space open for everyone
Consult scientific literature or documents produced by the IRSN, do a literature search, all actions that visitors can take in the lobby of the headquarters building of the IRSN. Inaugurated on 27th April in Fontenay-aux-Roses, a public space for  documentation is now offering several publications designed to be red by a wide audience plus a computer pointing to the website of the IRSN. For special requests, the Science Information Resource Center of the Institute is proposing the use of one of its librarians, thus completing the process of opening up the Institute to the Society.

Project submission 2009

The TRASSE GNR (National Research Grouping) is launching its call for proposals 2009. The deadline for submitting project proposals is Friday 29 May 2009 at 18h00 (6 p.m.).


The purpose of the TRASSE GNR, which federates teams from the CNRS and the IRSN, is to study the mechanisms and kinetics of the transfer of natural and artificial elements from soils and sub-soils to ecosystems.


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Earthquake in Italy
A post sismic mission for the Berssin
The IRSN Risk assessment Office for the seismic safety of facilities (BERSSIN) joined a post-seismic mission of 6 days in Abruzzo. The geologist, Hervé Jomard, is one of the 12 specialists of the multidisciplinary team of AFPS at work in this region of central Italy hardly affected in the beginning of April, by a magnitude 6.3 earthquake.


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