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IRPA 12 Participant’s Welcome Letter
(Information for your arrival to Buenos Aires)


Poster Sessions (Authors of posters look here!)

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IRPA informs you that the IRPA 12 Business Programme Section is now open to all visitors at the IRPA Web Site (www.irpa.net)

ICNIRP workshop

We ought to inform that the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) has decided to continue to hold its workshop separately from the IRPA Congress. Notwithstanding, IRPA12 will continue to offer the planned technical sessions on non-ionizing radiation protection where individual contributions will be presented, the various topics discussed and conclusions reached. In addition, the customary ICNIRP report will be presented at IRPA 12 Congress.

Training Programme

The Training Programme will provide Congress participants with an opportunity to update their knowledge in specific areas of radiation protection. Accreditation of the Training Programme is being negotiated with the American Academy of Health Physics.
Instructors of outstanding expertise will deliver twenty refresher courses. These courses are offered in five parallel sessions each morning, Tuesday through Friday, beginning at 08:00 a.m.
Quality texts are being prepared and will be available on the IRPA website after the Congress. The careful preparation and review of material presented will ensure that these texts constitute a basic reference material of value for some years beyond IRPA12.
Additionally to Refresher Courses, three five-hours Seminars will be delivered in parallel, on Wednesday 20th October, from 02:00 to 07:00 p.m. Different topics on a given theme will be addressed by a team of specialists selected for their knowledge, expertise and communication skills.


Worldwide Governmental Support for IRPA12!

RPA12 has received unexpected support from Governments around the world. On September 22, 2006, the 142 States participating in the General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) approved Resolution GC(50)/RES/10 which includes a request for supporting IRPA12.

Resolution GC(50)/RES/10 (in its operative paragraph 35), after noting ‘the forthcoming XIIth Congress of the International Radiation Protection Association,“Strengthening Radiation Protection Worldwide” (IRPA 12), which will take place in Buenos Aires in October 2008’, in fact ‘encourages the [IAEA] Secretariat to support the dissemination of information arising from this event and to support the participation of developing countries…’
See: http://www.iaea.org/About/Policy/GC/GC50/GC50Resolutions/English/gc50res-10_en.pdf

It is the first time in the history of IRPA Congresses that Governments have taken such an unprecedented step. It may indicate a renewed political interest in radiation protection and safety. Notably, the decision was made in the highest body of the IAEA, which is recognised to be the ‘nuclear watchdog’ within the United Nations system. The IAEA was awarded the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts (inter alia) ‘to ensure that nuclear energy for peaceful purposes is used in the safest possible way’.

This Governmental decision is good news for the radiation protection profession around the world, particularly for scientists from developing countries. It will now be easier for them to obtain support for attending IRPA12. It will also facilitate achieving the main IRPA12 goal: “Strengthening Radiation Protection Worldwide”