International Radiological Protection School (IRPS) – 2022 Edition

Applications for the fourth session of the International Radiological Protection School (IRPS) are now closed.

Although feedback was generally positive after holding the IRPS entirely online in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a follow-up survey among participants and lecturers confirmed that an in-person format is to be prioritised for the organisation of future IRPS editions. Accordingly, the 2022 edition of the IRPS is scheduled to take place in-person in Stockholm from 22-26 August 2022, pursuing the successful cooperation with the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (SSM) and the Centre for Radiation Protection Research (CRPR) of Stockholm University.

Programme

The programme of the IRPS-2022, currently being finalised, will be designed to provide participants with a thorough understanding of the international radiological protection system, how it is intended to be interpreted for application in diverse and emerging circumstances and how it is evolving based on new scientific knowledge and lessons learned. The school will be driven by the same spirit of knowledge transfer preparing tomorrow's leaders in radiological protection by learning from today's experts as the previous editions. Comprehensive lectures and illustrative interactive case studies will be delivered by renowned experts in the multidisciplinary area of radiological protection. To get an overall impression of the IRPS structure and programme, Table 1 provides a draft schedule and Table 2 describes the preliminary content of the learning modules. More information and a final programme will be send to admitted participants in due course.

Table 1: Indicative schedule of IRPS-2022. All times are provided in CEST. A number of extracurricular activities are foreseen for some evenings after the lectures ended, depending on the possibilities and circumstances at the time of the school. Details will be provided to admitted participants in due course.

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Table 2: Preliminary IRPS-2022 modules and content. The table is intended to provide an orientation on the content of the IRPS-2022 draft programme. Names and content of lectures and modules can change according to availability of lecturers and other circumstances.

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Traditionally, the school will take place over 5 days. Lectures will generally have a length of 45 minutes, followed by 15 minutes of Q&A with the participants.

Practical information

All participants are strongly encouraged to participate in person in Stockholm, as only this will allow for the user experience as it is intended. However, recognising that participants might face different challenges to travel in 2022, an online participation will be accepted if necessary. Arrangements will be taken to make online participation as smooth as possible. However, this will not be the main focus of the format of the school and might result in reduced overall quality of the learning experience. Table 3 outlines the expected difference in online and in-person participation. The main disruption to be expected for online participants is the limited interactivity with other participants and the faculty, as well as the CEST-based programme times. Participants are asked to indicate their preference regarding in-person or online participation with their application.

Table 3: Expected differences between online and physical participation.

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Participants will have access to an online platform with diverse learning material to prepare prior to the school (see Table 3). This platform will be opened to admitted participants in July. In-person participants will work in groups on case studies and will be debriefed collectively on the last day of the school. Participants will further be invited to share a topic of interest, e.g. a professional experience, question, or other in a form of a short abstract. A selection of participants' abstracts will be presented by the respective participants during a mini workshop on practical experience and challenges in applying the RP system.

Even though the IRPS is a recent initiative launched by the NEA in 2018, it has already provided a unique educational opportunity to more than 100 young or mid-career professionals and graduate students from around the world in three editions.

 The deadline for applications was 15 April 2022. A tuition fee of €500 will be required to attend the IRPS which is payable after admission.

Read more about the NEA's International Radiological Protection School (IRPS).