Scientific challenge

Radioecology is the study of the behaviour and effects of radioactive elements in the environment and investigates the exposure of humans and other organisms to radiation. Radioecologists consider many sources of natural and man-made radioactivity; they also develop methods of reducing people’s exposure to radioactivity such as those used after the Chernobyl and Fukushima accidents. There is a need for accessible, understandable information about the many different issues concerning radioactivity in the environment and scientists need to provide independent guidance to decision makers and the public based upon well founded research.

Visit the Radioecology Exchange for news, details of workshops and training materials.

What is radioecology?

European radiological research

The Radioecology Exchange is maintained as a hub for information related to European radioecological research by the European Radioecology Alliance. It was formed in 2009 to bring together research and development programmes from various organisations into an integrated programme that maintains and enhances radioecological competences and experimental infrastructures, and addresses scientific and educational challenges in assessing the impact of radioactive substances on humans and the environment.

Visit the Radioecology Exchange for information related to radioecology, such as:

  • The ALLIANCE Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) dedicated to radioecology which is a living document that defines a long-term vision (20 years) of the needs for, and implementation of, research in radioecology in Europe.
  • Information related to the Topical Working Groups which have been formed to support the delivery of the Strategic Research Agenda.
  • Information related to the Radioecological Observatories which have been proposed as a focus for co-ordinated, hypothesis driven research to help answer scientific questions raised within the Strategic Research Agenda.
  • Training and education resources which include university and professional level training courses offered by ALLIANCE member organisations.
  • Links to other radioecologial resources such as key international radioecological databases, sources of radiation protection data, radioecology project websites, international organisations of interest to radioecology and commonly used and freely available models developed by ALLIANCE partners
  • Details and outputs (where available) from workshops organised, or co-organised, by the ALLIANCE.
  • Links to publications arising from ALLIANCE activities including a collation of Ukrainian/Russian/Belarussian language publications translated into English.
  • The site also has a regularly updated news and careers blog and information on upcoming radioecology-related conferences and events.

Principal Investigator

  • Environmental Contaminants Group Leader (UKCEH Lancaster)
  • Honorary Professor University of Salford
  • Associate Editor of Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
  • Leader of UN IAEA EMRAS, EMRAS II and MODARIA working groups on 'biota dose assessment'
  • Member/corresponding member of ICRP task groups developing the 'Reference Animal and Plant' framework