International Committee for Radionuclide Metrology (ICRM)
The International Committee for Radionuclide Metrology (ICRM) is an association of radionuclide metrology laboratories whose membership is composed of delegates of these laboratories together with other scientists (associate members) actively engaged in the study and applications of radioactivity. It explicitly aims at being an international forum for the dissemination of information on techniques, applications and data in the field of radionuclide metrology. This discipline provides a range of tools for tackling a wide variety of problems in numerous other fields, for both basic research and industrial applications. Radionuclide metrology continues to play an important role in the nuclear industry, supporting activities such as radionuclide production, nuclear medicine, measurement of environmental radioactivity and of radionuclides in food and drinking water, decommissioning of nuclear facilities, nuclear security and emergency preparedness, nuclear physics research, etc.
Plenary meetings of the ICRM are held biennially and have developed into scientific ICRM conferences, a successful instrument of communication among various specialists, truly encouraging international co-operation. The most recent in the series of ICRM meetings, the "19th International Conference on Radionuclide Metrology and its Applications, ICRM 2013" was hosted from 17 to 21 June 2013 by the JRC-IRMM (European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements) in Antwerp, Belgium. The proceedings of ICRM 2013 were published as special issue of Applied Radiation and Isotopes, Vol. 87, May 2014.
The next (20th) international conference, ICRM 2015, will be held 8-12 June 2015 in Vienna, Austria and will be organized by the Bundesamt für Eich- und Vermessungswesen (BEV). The contact person of the local organizing committee and Scientific Secretary of the conference is Prof. Dr. Franz Josef Maringer (firstname.lastname@example.org). The conference will include oral and poster presentations and business meetings of the ICRM Working Groups. The first announcement and conference homepage have been launched in June 2014: http://icrm2015.at.
The ICRM Low-Level Measurement Techniques working group held its last conference (4 years after the previous conference) in September 2012 in Jeju, Korea. Proceedings were published in Applied Radiation and Isotopes Vol. 81 (Nov. 2013) 1-392. i The next ICRM - Low-Level Radioactivity Measurement Techniques conference, ICRM-LLRMT 2016, will be held in Seattle (USA) 26-30 September 2016, hosted by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). Further information will be posted here, once it becomes available.
The Liquid Scintillation Counting WG and the Life Sciences WG will hold interim meetings again in 2014, which will offer enough time for detailed presentations and discussions, and are very much appreciated by the WG members. The meeting of the ICRM Liquid Scintillation Counting Working Group is being planned for 17-18 November 2014 at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in Teddington, UK. The meeting of the Life Sciences Working Group will be held the two days following this meeting, also at NPL. For details, contact the Working Group coordinators.
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