Location

Online

Cost

from £850

Date

Late 2021/ early 2022

We are planning to run an updated version of our Radiological Environmental Protection course, taking into account the recent release of version 2.0 of the ERICA Tool.

Please express your interest in a future course here, so we can fix a date! 

For existing users of the ERICA Tool we are offering a 1-day refresher course  (run over two half-day sessions) to make you aware of the significant changes in version 2.0 of the Tool.

Cost:

Students & Alliance members: £850 (Early Bird, then £900)

Professionals: £900 (Early Bird, then £950)

Short Course Description

The course covers all aspects of radiological environmental (non-human biota) assessment, including radionuclide transfer, dosimetry, effects, benchmarks and dispersion, mixing lectures (some on-line) with practical exercises using the ERICA Tool.

More background on ERICA 2

In July 2021 version 2.0 (beta) of the ERICA Tool was released, with the release of the full version 2.0 being planned for September/October 2021. The updated version of the ERICA Tool includes many new features, changes and updates. These include:

  • A different dosimetry approach (implementing ICRP Publication 136)
  • Inclusion of noble gases (including Rn)
  • Updated transfer parameter (concentration ratios and distribution coefficients) values
  • Changes in the implementation of concentration ratios

Target Audience 

Regulators, industry, consultants, researchers (PhD students are welcome).

Level

Any member of the target audience.

Places

There are 30 places available per course.

Bespoke courses

We have run courses for the Environment Agency (England), MAGNOX, the National Nuclear Regulator in South Africa, a consortium of industry, consultants and regulators in Australia, and for attendees from South Pacific nations. Contact Dr Ingo Schüder via UKCEHtraining@ceh.ac.uk  if you would like to discuss arranging a tailored course.

Course delivery

We will deliver this course in a blended learning format. We will use Zoom and a Learning Management System (LMS) to deliver the content. The course will be run as a combination of recorded learning content and live interactive sessions (total learning time approximately 30 hours).You will be able to watch recorded sessions in your own time. There will also be live interactive sessions, exercises and opportunities for Q&A and discussion. Between the live interactive sessions, you will be able to ‘chat’ on-line with the course trainers to ask questions and discuss any issues.

Here is an example schedule for the live sessions:

  • Day 1: Zoom and UKCEH LearnWorlds familiarisation (3/4 hr session)
  • Day 6: Introduction to the course and lecturers (1.5 hr session)
  • Day 10: Q&A, discussion (1.5 hr session)
  • Day 14: Q&A, discussion (1.5 hr session)
  • Day 18: Recap, Q&A, discussion of exercises and demonstrations (2 hr session)
  • Day 19: Recap, Q&A, discussion of exercises and demonstrations (2 hr session)
  • Day 20: Recap, Q&A, discussion of exercises and demonstrations (2 hr session)
  • Day 21: Recap, Q&A, discussion of exercises, demonstrations and course close (2 hr session)

We will make information on how to install and test the ERICA Tool available in advance of the course. We will make course materials available to participants two weeks before the live sessions start. You can view and will be required to complete some of the material in your own time on our online learning portal.

Course Objectives

To ensure that participants:

  • Are conversant with assessment objectives;
  • Have a basic understanding of radionuclide transfer, dosimetry and radiation effects;
  • Know how to conduct an assessment using the ERICA Tool;
  • Can interpret the results;
  • Understand the implications of how the tools are used;
  • Are up to date with advances in the field.

Course trainers

Prof Nick Beresford (UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology; course leader); Prof. David Copplestone (University of Stirling), Prof. Mike Wood (University of Salford).

The trainers are highly qualified to deliver the course having been key developers of national and international approaches to protect the environment from ionizing radiation. They are members of relevant ICRP committees and working groups, lead IAEA activities in the field, and continue to develop new methodologies and conduct field/laboratory experimentation in the area. David Copplestone was previously employed by a UK regulator (the Environment Agency), and Mike Wood and Nick Beresford won a Times Higher Education award for their work in the area. Both Nick Beresford and David Copplestone contributed to the development and testing of version 2.0 of the ERICA Tool.

More detail & background

International recommendations now require explicit consideration of the effects of planned releases of radioactivity on the environment (i.e. wildlife). In the United Kingdom, the requirement to assess impacts affecting Natura 2000 sites under the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010 (as amended) in England and Wales (which reflects the implementation of the EU Birds and Habitats Directives) has been interpreted to include ionising radiation. To address the need to conduct an assessment on wildlife, various models or tools have been developed since circa 2000.

The course trainers have been involved in the development of approaches for the protection at the national and international level since 2000. Initially funded by the EC EURATOM programme, UKCEH was one of the organisations who developed the ERICA Integrated Approach and the ERICA Tool (which enable the implementation of the approach). With a few other organisations, UKCEH and the University of Stirling now maintain the ERICA Tool and important accompanying databases on the transfer of radionuclides to wildlife and the effects of radiation on wildlife.

This area of radiation protection has evolved relatively rapidly since 2000. For a number of years, we have been providing up to date training worldwide to regulators, industry and other users of radioactivity who need to conduct or review assessments. Initially developed under funding from NERC, UKCEH continue to lead the development of this training course. Over 300 regulators, industry or SME representatives and researchers have already benefitted from this training. The course covers all aspects of radiological environmental assessment mixing teaching sessions with practical exercises.

Hardware and software requirements

You will need a laptop, desktop or tablet to view the lectures. A second (external) screen will be useful for the interactive sessions (but not essential). NOTE: You will not be able to use an Apple Mac or a tablet to run the ERICA Tool model. For the practical exercises included in the course, you will need a laptop/desktop running Windows. System requirements are 32/64 bit Windows 7/8.1/10 or later; 128 MB RAM (Recommended: 512 MB RAM or greater); At least 205 MB of free hard disk space. For the ERICA model to work well, a minimum screen resolution of 1024x768 is required.

We will use Zoom for interactive online learning. You do not need a Zoom account to join. Please check if your device is compatible with Zoom and that you can access Zoom through the internet connection that you will use during the course.  We recommend that you install the Zoom program if you are able to do so: https://ukri.zoom.us/test 

We list a number of guidance documents on how to use Zoom on our FAQ page. This includes information on how to use the web browser version if you are restricted from installing the Zoom App. We will explain the full Zoom functionality at the start of the course.

We will give you access to the online Learning Management System once registered.

 

Previous course participants said:

“The course was great and has given me the confidence to use the ERICA tool in practice. Highly recommended!” (Dr Fiona Charalambous, ARPANSA, November 2020)

“It has been a great course run by the absolute experts in radiological risk assessment with an excellent cohort of co-learners from industry, government, and academia.” (Darren Koppel, Curtin University Australia, November 2020)

“It was absolutely fantastic to have access to some of the best radioecologists and to see the beginnings of our own regional radioecology community emerging.” (Liesel Green, ARPANSA, November 2020)

"Having been on a lot of training over the last few years I am extremely impressed by the tutors knowledge, approachability, enthusiasm, and teaching ability. Often training is delivered by experts with no ability to engage with or adapt to their target audience. Overall I felt like I came away understanding some content I had previously struggled with. Thank you for the time and effort given to developing this course; it is appreciated." (learner from Magnox, 2019)

“An excellent interactive course with a good balance of lectures and practicals. Practicals reinforced the learning from lectures.”

“Really useful course to help clarify what you need to consider and more importantly why”

“Practical exercises really useful – feel I have enough knowledge to go away and useful/develop my understanding of ERICA. An excellent interactive course.”

“The course provided a comprehensive insight into the ERICA tool and its application.  As well as interactive use of the software, case-studies relevant to Australian users were presented and considered by the trainees.  The trainers had an in-depth knowledge of the software and the methodologies required to successfully interpret its outputs.  I would highly recommend this course to anyone with an interest in environmental radiation protection.”

“The National Nuclear Regulator in Pretoria, South Africa, expresses its gratitude to UKCEH, in particular Prof. Nick Beresford and Cath Barnett, for making the effort to present the course on RADIOLOGICAL PROTECTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT (BIOTA) in Pretoria. The course was very interesting and well presented. It was a privilege to attend a course of such an outstanding quality. We hope to have much more collaboration in the future.”

Relevant links and key publications

The ERICA Tool – software is free to download

Brown, J.E., Alfonso, B., Avila, R., Beresford, N.A., Copplestone, D., Hosseini, A. 2016. A new version of the ERICA Tool to facilitate impact assessments of radioactivity on wild plants and animals. J. Environ. Radioact. 153, 141-148. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvrad.2015.12.011

Howard, B.J., Larsson, C-M. [Eds] 2008. The ERICA Project, Environmental risk from ionising contaminants: assessment and management.  J. Environ. Radioact., 99, 1361-1518. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0265-931X(08)00107-0