Thursday 23rd April 15.00 – 16.30 (CET)

The second of the SHARE webinars to consider what can be learnt from the COVID-19 pandemic for radiological contexts will centre on ‘how can the risks of action be balanced between the short term and longer terms effects on society?’. Lessons learned from radiological and nuclear emergencies show that actions taken during emergencies may have profound social, economic, political and ethical effects in the medium and long term.

As with nuclear incident responses, different nations have adopted different actions in relation to the pandemic and we have witnessed variations in response times as well as the responses. Some nations are visibly considering trade offs, between action in the immediate situation of the pandemic and the potential longer-term impacts – such as economic – of not pursuing those actions. It is becoming clearer that some of the current actions have longer-term ramifications on the same systems that are currently being protected. For example, ‘isolation policies’ serve to protect individuals and health systems, to the detriment of societal functions such as employment, yet longer term may induce larger issues for individuals and the health services as inequalities increase and deferred health problems build.

The second webinar will explore some of the similarities and differences between pandemic and radiological contexts, between balancing the near-term and longer-term implications of action and inaction.

We invite you to join with our expert panelists:

Dr. Wolfgang Weiss, Emergency Advisory Board of the German Commission on Radiological Protection (SSK), Germany
Prof. Brian Wynne, Lancaster University, United Kingdom  
Dr. Peter Thijssen, University of Antwerp, Belgium
Prof. Deborah Oughton, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), Norway
Dr. Masaharu Tsubokura, Fukushima Medical University, Japan
Mr. Bojan Jean, SOP, Slovenia

Closing remarks by Prof. Susan Molyneux-Hodgson, SHARE President and Dr. Thierry Schneider, NERIS President

Moderator: Dr. Nadja Zeleznik, EIMV and SHARE Treasurer

Participate in the discussion
Ask questions, express your views and/or send your comments in the chat area during the webinar.

Date: Thursday 23 April 2020
Time: 15:00- 16:30 (CET)
Cost: Free to attend and participate

The webinar is hosted by the SHARE Platform. Please register and share to your networks.