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 "21st International Conference on Radionuclide Metrology and its Applications, ICRM 2017" was held from 15 to 19 May 2017 in Buenos Aires, Argentina and hosted by the National Atomic Energy Commission (CNEA) of Argentina. The major part of the proceedings of ICRM 2017 will be published as a special issue of Applied Radiation and Isotopes (2018), and three additional papers are published in the Proceedings part II in the new ICRM Technical Series on Radionuclide Metrology ISSN 2522-4328.
The next (22nd) international conference, ICRM 2019, will be held 27-31 May 2019 in Salamanca, Spain and hosted by the University of Salamanca. The contact person of the local organizing committee is Dr. Begoña Quintana Arnés (firstname.lastname@example.org). The conference will include oral and poster presentations and business meetings of the ICRM Working Groups.
The ICRM Low-Level Measurement Techniques working group held its last ICRM - Low-Level Radioactivity Measurement Techniques conference, ICRM-LLRMT 2016, in Seattle (USA) 26-30 September 2016, hosted by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). Proceedings were published as special issue of Applied Radiation and Isotopes Vol. 126 (August 2017).
Several ICRM working groups held interim meetings in 2016, which offered ample opportunity to discuss in an informal atmosphere technical details of specific sub-fields of radionuclide metrology. ICRM member institutions are strongly encouraged to give young researchers the possibility to participate. Combined meetings of the Nuclear Decay Data, Beta-Spectrometry and RMT working groups were held together with a DDEP (Decay Data Evaluation Project) meeting in a full week of September 2016 at NPL in Teddington, UK. The meeting of the ICRM Liquid Scintillation Counting working group was held 7-8 November 2016 at ENEA in Rome, Italy, followed by a laboratory visit to INMRI-ENEA and the two-day meeting of the Life Sciences working group, also at ENEA. For details, contact the Working Group coordinators.
Planned interim WG meetings in 2018: Consecutive meetings of the Liquid Scintillation Counting and Life Sciences working groups are being planned at VNIIM in St. Petersburg, Russia in the first full week of June 2018. The Gamma-Ray Spectrometry WG is planning an interim meeting to be held in Paris (in the week before or after the St. Petersburg meeting) to discuss actions concerned with the evaluation of detection efficiency, coincidence summing and the application of corresponding calculation codes. Another joint workshop of the Nuclear Decay Data, Beta-Spectrometry and RMT working groups together with a DDEP (Decay Data Evaluation Project) meeting is planned for September 2018 at NIST. For details, contact the Working Group coordinators.
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