Os Colóquios do Departamento de Física serão realizados através de sessões Zoom no endereço: Colloquia of the Physics Department at IST-LISBON

O próximo Colóquio do Departamento de Física realiza-se no dia 19 de Maio às 16h00.

"Radiation Protection and Dosimetry in the applications of ionizing radiation"

Speaker: Pedro Vaz

Abstract: "Ionizing radiation is ubiquitous, due to the applications of particle beams, radioactive sources and radioactive materials in, /inter alia/, Medicine, industry, Environment, Research, Energy, Security. Besides, existing natural sources of ionizing radiation impact, among others, aviation and Space-related activities. Therefore, uses of and exposures to ionizing radiation strongly impact lifestyle and have strong societal impacts. Radiation Protection aims at protecting the individuals and the environment against undue exposures to ionizing radiation. Dosimetry, as a discipline aiming at determining and quantifying the ionizing radiation doses for the different exposures will be touched upon. The International system of Radiation Protection will be succinctly described, its shortcomings and pitfalls will be identified. The radiological risk in the different exposures to ionizing radiation will be assessed. Aspects of Radiation Protection and Radiation Safety in the design and operation of emerging Nuclear Technology concepts and facilities will be addressed."

Short Bio: "Pedro Vaz, Ph.D. in Physics, is Coordinator Researcher at IST (Instituto Superior Técnico, the leading Portuguese School of Engineering, Science and Technology, at the University of Lisbon). His main areas of research include Radiation Protection, Shielding, Dosimetry and Nuclear Technology. Is the nominated Portuguese expert at the EURATOM Programme Committee - Fission of the European Union (2021-2015). Is member of the Group of Experts (GoE) under Article 31 of the EURATOM Treaty (2020-2025). He was the President of the Center for Nuclear Sciences and Technologies (C2TN) of IST (2017-2020) and Coordinator of the Radiological Protection and Safety Group at IST. He served as the National Liaison Officer (NLO) of Portugal for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), from July 2017 until August 2018. He has participated in several European projects in the fields of transmutation of nuclear waste, radiological and nuclear emergencies, Radiation Protection and Dosimetry, medical applications of ionizing radiation and Education and Training in Radiological Protection. Furthermore, he has been Administrator at the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) of the OECD, at the Computer programs Service of the Data Bank. During that time has acquired extensive experience in Monte Carlo, deterministic and hybrid computational methods and nuclear data, in support of peaceful applications of nuclear energy and nuclear technology and served as Scientific Secretary of international Expert Groups such as SATIF (Shielding of Accelerators, Targets and Irradiation Facilities). He participates in international scientific consortia Collaborations at CERN, Geneva, Switzerland, undertaking nuclear data experiments and performing Radiation Protection, Radiation Safety, Dosimetry and Shielding assessment of Nuclear Technology facilities. Pedro Vaz is/has been Portuguese Representative in several high-level Technical Committees of the European Union (namely the Group of Experts in Radiological Protection of the EURATOM Treaty and the Consultative Committee on Energy Fission of the European Union) and of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (Steering Committee for Nuclear Energy, Nuclear Science Committee, Committee on Radiological Protection and Public Health). He is the Portuguese or institutional representative in the Boards of different European Union Technology Platforms such as MELODI (Multidisciplinary European Low Dose Initiative) and EURADOS (European Radiation Dosimetry Group). He is a member of the American Nuclear Society (ANS) and has served as member of the Executive Committee of the Radiation Protection and Shielding Division (RPSD/ANS) and as vice-Chair of the Computational Medical Physics Working Group (CMPWG). Likewise, he is author/co-author of approximately 400 articles published in international journals with peer reviewing and in Conference Proceedings. Is a member of the Editorial Board of the journal European Journal of Radiology (EJR, Elsevier), section "Radiation Protection and Physics" and Associated Editor of the journal "Radiation Physics and Chemistry" (RPC, Elsevier). Pedro Vaz teaches Radiation Protection and Dosimetry topics in different Portuguese Universities."

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