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ETRAP 2021

7th International Conference on Education and Training in Radiological Protection

23-26 March 2021

Online conference organised by the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK CEN), in cooperation with the EUTERP Foundation, IRPA and IAEA.

Download the ETRAP 2021 programmeETRAP 2021 Book of Abstracts and the ETRAP 2021 proceedings

Consult the ETRAP 2021 proceedings

Organisation & themes

    • Michèle Coeck (SCK CEN), chair
    • Hielke Freerk Boersma (RUG)
    • Arjo Bunskoeke (RUG)
    • Joanne Stewart (EUTERP)
    • Eduardo Gallego (Polytechnical University Madrid & IRPA)
    • Marie Claire Cantone (IRPA)
    • Sylvain Andresz (IRPA-YG)
    • Andrea Luciani (IAEA)
    • Barbara Godthelp (HERCA)
    • Heleen van Elsäcker-Degenaar (NVS)
    • Pascal Froment (BVS)
    • Jan-Willem Vahlbruch (Leibniz University)
    • Paul Livolsi (CEA-INSTN)
    • Daniele Giuffrida (FANR)
    • Adriaan Lammertsma (EFOMP)
  • Training online

    Online teaching is the new normal nowadays. Trainers and trainees had to switch very quickly to a virtual class room. What is working, what is not? During this conference we are looking forward to sharing best practices.


    New didactic methods and methodologies

    What are the new didactic methods and methodologies to use in online training? Special attention will be given to the challenges with regard to practical exercises.


    Legal requirements

    Can online alternatives fulfill the legal requirements? Can competence building be established via online education and training and how to assess the learning outcomes?


    Assessment online

    Teaching online is one thing, assessing the knowledge delta and the obtained competences in another.


    Attracting a new generation

    Is there an augmented use of social media and what is organized online for professionals and students to attract a new generation? Which formats tease them? ETRAP 2021 will look forward to the best future approaches.

Presentations, videos and posters

  • Session 1: Training online - (Chairperson: Joanne Stewart)

    Introductory note: Impact of COVID-19 on radiation protection training: initial perceptions
    Joanne Stewart, EUTERP (slides - video)

    Comparing the effectiveness of face-to-face learning and e-learning modules in radiation protection
    Lisanne Van Puyvelde, SCK CEN, Belgium (slides - video)

    Lessons learned: the Paul Scherrer Institute’s Training Center’s transition to online-learning during the COVID-19 pandemic
    Maya Keller, PSI, Switzerland (slides)

    On-line radiation protection training at a research reactor
    Sheldon Landsberger, University of Texas, USA (slides - video)

    Education and training in radiation protection in a virtual setting: challenges and opportunities brought by the COVID-19 pandemic
    Csilla Pesznyak, University of Budapest, Hungary (slides - video)

  • Session 2: New didactic methods and methodologies -(Chairperson: Jan-Willem Vahlbruch)

    Keynote presentation: Approaches to practical exercises in the virtual laboratory
    Clemens Walther, University of Hannover, Germany (slides - video)

    A virtual radionuclide laboratory
    Vivien Pottgießer, University of Hannover, Germany (slides - video)

    The “Train the future trainers” program, a way to include soft and technical skills in a blended learning program
    Isabelle Gerardy, HE2B-ISIB, Belgium (slides - video)

    A cross-checked database of resources, online demos and virtual labs for radiation protection training
    Francesco d’Errico, University of Pisa, Italy (slides - video)

  • Session 3: Legal requirements - (Chairperson: Andrea Luciani)

    Keynote presentation: Education and training legal requirements: can they be met in COVID-19-times?
    Barbara Godthelp, HERCA (slides - video)

    Advance in digital learning at KTE: a field report
    Lars Hegenbart, Kerntechnische Entsorgung Karlsruhe GmbH, Germany (slides - video)

    Training in radiation protection required by legislation: approach during the COVID-19 crisis and practical implementation
    An Fremout, Federal Agency for Nuclear Control, Belgium (slides - video)

    Session 4: Online assessment - (Chairperson: Daniele Giuffrida)

    Setting the scene: Assessing competencies and how to do that online
    Wim Meerholz, University of Groningen, The Netherlands (slides - video)

  • Session 5: Looking forward - (Chairperson: Sylvain Andresz)

    Keynote presentation: How our brains learn: tips for (online) teaching
    Danielle Dobbe, LRCB (Dutch Expert Centre for Screening), The Netherlands (slides - video)

    Social media and young generation in radiation protection (IRPA-YGN): usages and perspectives
    Sylvain Andresz, CEPN, France (slides - video)

    Radiomon: isotopes, radiation and nuclear technologies in a new game for the i-Generation
    Fabio Nouchy, Tractebel ENGIE, Belgium (slides - video)

    • Online teaching of a basic radiation protection course for future engineers
      Eduardo Gallego, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain (poster - video)
    • Transformation of face-to-face education into virtual: experience of Argentina
      Lucía Valentino, Sociedad Argentina de Radioprotección, Argentina (poster - video)
    • The impact of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions in the provision of training on radiation protection and safety to Radiation Protection Officers (RPOs)
      Sotiris Economides, Greek Atomic Energy Commission, Greece (poster - video)
    • A remote radiation protection training initiative in the UK
      Sarah Hunak, CMS-I Jacobs, UK (poster - video)
    • Curriculum development in times of a pandemic
      Tom Clarijs, SCK CEN, Belgium (poster - video)
    • First experience in the virtualization radiation protection training at hospital level
      Carlos Prieto, Hospital Universitario de La Princesa, Spain (poster)
    • Radiation safety culture in the HERT sectors
      Gwen Mott, CLEAPSS, UK (poster - video)
    • Development and practice of a virtual nuclear simulator in radiation protection training
      Sonja Schreurs, University of Hasselt, Belgium (poster - video)
    • Online laboratory works for PGEC
      Andrey Timoshchenko, Belarusian State University, Belarus (poster - video)
    • Biological dosimetry training using a web-based facility
      Omar García, Centro de Protección e Higiene de las Radiaciones, Cuba (poster - video)
    • An online summer school in anatomy and physiology for radiation protection and medical physics students
      Carmel J. Caruana, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Malta, Malta (poster - video)
    • A new attractive model for attracting physics students to radiation protection and medical physics
      Carmel J. Caruana, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Malta, Malta (poster - video)
    • Design and use of tools for education and training in medicine with ionizing radiations and related transport operations of radioactive material
      Zayda Amador Balbona, Centre of Isotopes, Cuba (poster)
    • Detektory Dla Szkół: a pilot detector-lend project for Polish schools
      Katarzyna Deja, National Centre for Nuclear Research, Poland (poster - video)
    • Medical physics and radiation protection skills training through undergraduate final degree thesis
      Sandra Oliver, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain (poster - video)
    • Information for patients and carers involved in medical exposures
      Carlos Prieto, Hospital Universitario de La Princesa, Spain (poster - video)
    • Effectiveness of possible distant radiation protection training and compliance with the Slovenian legislation
      Matjaz Koželj, Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia (poster - video)
    • Challenges due to COVID-19 restrictions in implementing the national legislative framework for the recognition of Radiation Protection Experts (RPEs) and Medical Physics Experts (MPEs)
      Sotiris Economides, Greek Atomic Energy Commission, Greece (poster)
    • Teaching the teachers: a series of interactive teaching-themed workshops for healthcare and radiation protection experts (RPEs)
      Danielle Dobbe, LRCB (Dutch Expert Centre for Screening), The Netherlands (poster - video)
    • ENEN+: attracting, developing and retaining new talents to careers in the nuclear fields
      Csilla Pesznyak, Budapest University (poster)
  • Links that were used in session 2 related to “New didactic methods and methodologies”:

    Interactive screen experiments:

    Virtual radionuclide lab:

    EXIT-Games (see additional information at the end of the presentation of Prof. C. Walther):

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