Scientific Newsletter
ISSUE II, 2015


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The first issue of the iia scientific newsletter received very positive feedback from Association Members and Laureates. This, the second issue, contains updates on research, scientific meetings, e-learning opportunities and developments from within the scientific community.    
The International Irradiation Association (iia) is honoured welcome contributing editor Dr. Zbigniew Zimek from the Institute of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology (INCT - Warsaw, Poland). Dr Zimek is an expert known internationally for his contribution to electron beam processing and e-beam accelerators. Currently, Dr Zimek is the head of the Department of Radiation Chemistry and Technology of the INCT.
iia recently announced that it had established an Affiliation/Cooperation agreement with RadTech, an association based in Russia. We strongly believe in networking and cooperation and this agreement has already provided a basis on which other relationships are being forged. International cooperation is important as it assists us in maintaining our established role as a global voice for the irradiation community and iia members. 

The Association is very pleased to have been invited to support the Tihany Symposium on Radiation Chemistry. iia will host a session at the conference where recipients of a iia scientific award will be acknowledged and recognised. More information about the Tihany conference and links to the full programme are included in this newsletter. We are looking forward to reporting on the conference in our next issue.

This newsletter provides a number of links "read article". Destination websites may/will require access codes and/or will require readers to pay for access to the article.  

We would encourage readers to submit comments and details of research that would be of interest to the irradiation community. We may be contacted using the link that appears below.

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iia Member Spotlight 

The International Irradiation Association (iia) serves as a global voice for the irradiation Industry and helps to find solutions that promote the safe and beneficial use of irradiation technology. The Association
 is keen to support and to promote the interests of the growing number of universities, institutes and laboratories who are part of it's expanding membership base. By supporting scientific community the Association (iia) aims to promote engagement between academia and Industry, to highlight novel technologies and scientific advancements, as well as stimulate cooperation among our members and others.


In this issue of the scientific newsletter we focus on two established members: the Korean Atomic Energy Research Institute KAERI (Korea) and the National Center for Electrom Beam Research (U.S.A). We would also like to highlight three members who have joined the Association in 2015 - VINCA Institute of Nuclear Sciences in Serbia, Kent State University in the United States of America and Lodz University of Technology in Poland. More details about these members will be included in our next newsletter.

Korean Atomic Energy Research Institute - KAERI (Korea)

       Established in 1959, the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) is the first science and technology research institute in Korea to be mandated to achieve energy self-reliance through nuclear technology. KAERI has produced landmark achievements during its 50-year history of nuclear energy development. Such achievements include the self-reliance of the NSSS system design of Korean Standard Nuclear Power Plants, the localization of both CANDU and PWR fuels, the indigenous design of the HANARO research reactor, and the nation's first ever export of a nuclear energy system to Jordan. In line with the Long-term Development Plan for the Future Nuclear Energy Systems, which has been implemented as a national policy, KAERI is concentrating all of its effort on the development of spent fuel technology for reutilization purposes and on future nuclear energy systems that feature significant advancements in safety, economics, and proliferation resistance. Click here for more!!!

National Center for Electron Beam Research - NCEBR (USA)

      The National Center for Electron Beam Research (NCEBR), recognized by the IAEA as an IAEA Collaborating Center for Electron Beam Technology for Food, Health, and Environmental Applications, is a leading academic and research organization,  focused on research, development, and commercialization of Electron Beam (eBeam) and X-ray technologies. The Center is committed to helping to exploit such technologies for improving quality of life of and economies around the world as well as build strong partnerships with governmental and private institutions to move the technology from the research laboratory to the market-place. Click here for more!!! 

IIA & SCIENTIFIC Engagement Green Futuristic Technology Data as Art Abstract
The International Irradiation Association (iia) has a broad and diverse membership base with member organisations located around the world. The number of universities, institutes and laboratories has been expanding and the the Association is working to establish mechanisms which support and promote the aims and objectives of these organisations. We are always delighted to welcome additional members and look forward to hearing from you.
Research  Outlook
Advanced EPR dosimetry with tooth enamel: A review


Fattibene P. and Callens F.

Department of Technology and Health,
Rome, Italy

A manuscript entitled "Advanced EPR dosimetry with tooth enamel: A review"  has been recently identified as the most cited article on the Journal of Applied Radiation and Isotopes since 2010. The article describes the use of EPR dosimetry, a topic of relevance for the irradiation community.

"When tooth enamel is exposed to ionizing radiation, radicals are formed, which can be detected using electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) techniques. EPR dosimetry using tooth enamel is based on the (presumed) correlation between the intensity or amplitude of some of the radiation-induced signals with the dose absorbed in the enamel. In the present paper a critical review is given of this widely applied dosimetric method. The first part of the paper is fairly fundamental and deals with the main properties of tooth enamel and some of its model systems (e.g., synthetic apatites). Considerable attention is also paid to the numerous radiation-induced and native EPR signals and the radicals responsible for them. The relevant methods for EPR detection, identification and spectrum analyzing are reviewed from a general point of view. Finally, the needs for solid-state modelling and studies of the linearity of the dose response are investigated. The second part is devoted to the practical implementation of EPR dosimetry using enamel. It concerns specific problems of preparation of samples, their irradiation and spectrum acquisition. It also describes how the dosimetric signal intensity and dose can be retrieved from the EPR spectra. Special attention is paid to the energy dependence of the EPR response and to sources of uncertainties. Results of and problems encountered in international intercomparisons and epidemiological studies are also dealt with. In the final section the future of EPR dosimetry with tooth enamel is analyzed."  Read Article.

Citation: Fattibene P. and Callens F. Advanced EPR dosimetry with tooth enamel: A review. Applied Radiation and Isotopes, V.68 (11), p.2033-116, 2010. Doi: 10.1016/j.apradiso.2010.05.016

Correspondence to: Fattibene P. (E-mail:

Patent: MX/a/2013/01443;P201231908.



Radiation meets immunotherapy - a perfect match in the era of combination therapy?
Klara Soukup* and Xinhui Wang**
*Division of Surgical Oncology, Massachusetts General Hospital  Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 
**Department of Tumor Immunology, CCRI, St Anna Kinderkrebsforschung,Vienna, Austria
A manuscript entitled "Radiation meets immunotherapy - a perfect match in the era of combination therapy?" has been recently published on the International Journal of Radiation Biology. The article details the recent advances in the field of combining radiation with immunotherapy.

"Purpose: This review focuses on recent advances in the field of combining radiation with immunotherapy for the treatment of malignant diseases, since various combinatorial cancer therapy approaches have lately proven highly successful.

Results: With initial case reports and anecdotes progressively converting into solid clinical data, interest in cancer immunotherapy (CIT) has risen steeply. Especially immune checkpoint blockade therapies have recently celebrated tremendous successes in the treatment of severe malignancies resistant to conventional treatment strategies. Nevertheless, the high variability of patient responses to CIT remains a major hurdle, clearly indicating an urgent need for improvement. It has been suggested that successful cancer therapy most probably involves combinatorial treatment approaches. Radiotherapy (RT) has been proposed as a powerful partner for CIT due to its broad spectrum of immune modulatory characteristics. Several preclinical studies, supported by an increasing number of clinical observations, have demonstrated synergistic interactions between RT and CIT resulting in significantly improved therapy outcomes.

Conclusions: Numerous reports have shown that radiation is capable of tipping the scales from tumor immune evasion to elimination in different tumor types. The next puzzle to be solved is the question of logistics - including types, schedule and dosage of combinatorial RT and CIT strategies." Read Article 

Citation: Klara Soukup and Xinhui Wang. Radiation meets immunotherapy - a perfect match in the era of combination therapy? International Journal of Radiation Biology, V. 91 (4) p. 299-305, 2015. DOI: 10.3109/09553002.2014.995383

Correspondence to: Dr. Xinhui Wang (E-mail:



Food irradiation is safe: Half a century of studies

Peter B. Roberts
Radiation Advisory Services,
Lower Hutt, New Zealand.

A manuscript entitled
"Food irradiation is safe: Half a century of studies" has been recently identified as one the most downloaded article of the lat 90 days on the Rad. Phys. Chem. Journal. The article debates the current status of Food irradiation. 

"The potential benefits of food irradiation are yet to be realized due to slow progress in the commercialization of the technology. Processing food with ionizing radiation has encountered several barriers, one of which is the belief that consumers will not purchase irradiated food and a consequent caution among food retailers and producers. There is sufficient evidence that consumers will purchase irradiated foods when offered at retail in contrast to the data from many surveys of general public opinion. Communicating this evidence to food retailers and producers is essential if a major barrier to a greater use of the technology is to be overcome." Read Article 

Citation: Peter B Roberts. Food irradiation is safe: Half a century of studies. Radiation Physics and Chemistry, V. 105, p. 78-82, 2014). DOI:

Correspondence to: Peter B. Roberts (E-mail:

Information Sources

Scientific Journal Alert
International Journal of Radiation Biology 

2014 Impact Factor: 1.687  
5-year Impact Factor: 1.949 

The International Journal of Radiation Biology publishes original papers, reviews, current topic articles, technical notes/reports, and meeting reports on the effects of ionizing, UV and visible radiation, accelerated particles, microwaves, ultrasound, heat and related modalities. The focus is on the biological effects of such radiations: from radiation chemistry to the spectrum of responses of living organisms and underlying mechanisms, including genetic abnormalities, repair phenomena, cell death, dose modifying agents and tissue responses.  Read More 

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e-learning courses

The IAEA has a Cyber Learning Platform for Nuclear Education and Training (CLP4NET), a cost-free service to all of the IAEA and its cooperation partners which aims to help users to find educational resources easily and contains a learning environment to support instructor-led courses and disseminate e-learning self-study resources to a wider audience. As a result, many interactive courses are available and divided into categories such as sciences and applications, nuclear safety, among others. The material and content are separated by the enrollment , in order to fulfill the needs for academy, industry members and other related personnel. At the end of the course, a certificate is provided by the system. 
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Scientific meetings & conferences
13th Tihany Symposium on Radiation Chemistry - Aug 29 - 03 Sep, Hungary
The series of "Tihany" Symposium on Radiation Chemistry aims to promote worldwide scientific and technical collaboration among scientists involved in various aspects of radiation research and applications in a stimulating and thought provoking environment. At this time, the 13th Tihany Symposium, will cover all major disciplines of both basic and applied radiation chemistry, with invited speakers, oral and poster contributions from participants all over the globe. View More

The Elsevier Editorial System (EES) is now ready for accepting submissions for the special issue of the "13th Tihany" Symposium on Radiation Chemistry on the Radiation Physics and Chemistry journal and the deadline is October 1, 2015, as informed by the Organizers.

The iia will be present and deliver scientific awards to the three recipients of the iia awards - Ms. Agnieszka Adamus, from the Institute of Applied Radiation Chemistry, Lodz, Poland, Ms. Elodie Fromentim, from  CEA,  France, and Mr. Edgar Zavala Lagunes, Universidad Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico
". The decision  was reached by and Award committee formed by Paul Wynne (iia), Gustavo Varca (iia) and Erzsébet Takács (Tihany organizer) based on the scientific contributions of each research.  



The Symposium will be held from August 29 to September 03, 2015, at the Ramada Hotel & Resort Lake Balaton, in Balatonalmadi, Hungary.    Register Now  

Past Events
Kick-off meeting of "The Applications of Particle Accelerators in Europe"  June 18-19, London, UK
On June 18-19 2015 in London the kick-off meeting entitled "The Applications of Particle Accelerators in Europe", organized in the framework of EuCARD-2 was held. The purpose of the meeting was to gather experts in the field of design and the use of accelerators and start work on creating a European equivalent of the "Accelerators for America's Future" document. The European document will be entitled "The Applications of Particle Accelerators in Europe" and is intended for policy makers. As a result, it will be divided in two parts: (1) an executive summary, focusing on the main issues for each country and in the correct language; and (2) a supporting document in English. 
Participants of the meeting -  "The Applications of Particle Accelerators in Europe", held in June 18-19th, in London, United Kingdom.
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First SACSESS International
Workshop in Warsaw  -  22-24 April 2015, Warsaw, Poland
On April 22-24 2015, the first International Workshop of the FP7 European Collaborative Project SACSESS (Safety of ACtinide Separation proceSSes) took place. The conference entitled "Towards safe and optimized separation processes, a challenge for nuclear scientists" was co-organized by the SACSESS Coordination Committee lead by the Project Coordinator, dr. Stéphane Bourg (CEA, France), and by the team of the Institute of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology (INCT, Warsaw, Poland), the Partner of SACSESS, lead by prof. Jerzy Narbutt.
With about 120 attendees from 15 nationalities, representing 45 research organizations, this was one of the biggest international conferences dedicated to actinides separation processes. 40 oral talks and 26 posters covered all the topics linked to actinide separation process development (heterogeneous and homogeneous recycling), such as basic research, analytical developments, chemical and radiolysis modeling, radiolytic behavior, transfer kinetics, lab-scale tests, spiked tests and hot-test demonstration, as well as pyrochemical process development.
 Participants of the First SACSESS International Workshop, held in April 22-24, in Warsaw, Poland. 
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Award of Maria Skłodowska-Curie for Polish scientists
June - 2015
The French Embassy and the French Institute in Poland in cooperation with companies SAINT-GOBAIN, EDF, AREVA, DCNS i THALES ALENIA SPACE, awarded five Polish scientists the prize of Maria Sklodowska-Curie in the field of materials science. The awards got researches conducting materials research that can be applied in areas such as energy, medicine, space research, aeronautics, eco and biomaterials.
Dr. Marta Walo from Institute of Nuclear chemistry and Technology was awarded the prize founded by AREVA and EDF and the French Embassy and the French Institute in Poland. The award was handed by Mrs. Nathalie BEAUZEMONT (EDF) and Mr. Jean-André BARBOSA (AREVA) during the First Polish-French Forum of Science and Innovation on 1 June 2015 year. The ceremony was conducted by Ambassador of France Pierre BUHLER. An integral part of the award is a monthly scientific stay in France in selected science center.

Laureate of Maria Skłodowska-Curie award: Dr Marta Walo and sponsors of award: Mrs. Nathalie BEAUZEMONT (EDF) and Mr. Jean-André BARBOSA (AREVA).

Atoms in Industry - Radiation Technology for Development
15-16 September, 2015, Vienna
IAEA Scientific Forum will be held on 15 and 16 September 2015 at the Vienna International Centre. Discussions throughout the Forum will highlight the contributions of radiation technologies to a wide range of industries. Specifically, the focus of the sessions will be on the use of radiation techniques for the production of high performance materials, the monitoring of large-scale production processes for optimization, quality control and troubleshooting purposes, and the control of disease-causing organisms as well as pollutants. Emerging novel applications and their potential benefits will also be presented. The forum will comprise six sessions and an open discussion. Each session will feature presentations by leading scientists and experts from various countries.
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Scientific agenda
Key Dates:

  • 13th Tihany Symposium on Radiation Chemistry - 29 August - 3 September 2015. Organized by Centre for Energy Research (Hungary) in cooperation with IAEA and iia will be held in Balatonalmádi, Hungary. Conference Website 
  • XI International Conference Radiation-thermal effects and processes in inorganic materials (RTEP-2015) - August 30 - September 10, 2015. Conference will held in Yalta, Russia. Conference Website
  • IAEA Technical Meeting on "New Generation of EB-Accelerators for Emerging Radiation Processing Applications" 7-11 September 2015 Vienna, Austria. Conference Website
  • Atoms in Industry - Radiation Technology for Development - 15 & 16 September 2015. IAEA headquarters, Vienna Austria. Meeting Website  
  • 7th International Nuclear Atlantic Conference (INAC 2015) - 4-8 October 2015. Centro de Convençőes Rebouças in Săo Paulo, Brazil. Conference Website
  • The RadTech Europe conference -  'UV/EB now: new place, new format, new applications'will be held from 13 to 15 October 2015 in Prague, Czech Republic. Conference Website

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What's new in the iia
iia/Radtech Association

Recent Cooperation/Affiliation agreement  


iia is always looking forward to establishing further relationships in order to ensure that the interests of our members are well represented and that we are aware of developments in the field of irradiation. Following this concept, in June 2015, the iia and the Radtech association signed a cooperation agreement. This affiliation strengthens our association and its international relationships and connections and thus helping the iia to achieve a global voice for our members.   

Radtech Association

is based in Russia and represents Companies, Research Institutes, Universities and Start-Up Businesses. Both organizations recognized the merits and direct benefits that would be derived from working together. This strategic cooperation aims to promote the safe and beneficial use of irradiation technologies and to help improve knowledge through communication and education programs.  The agreement includes several multidisciplinary approaches involving cooperative research and development between  scientists, academia, laboratories, industries, research institutes, equipment manufacturers, and stakeholders within the irradiation community. Further details will be provided on upcoming issues of the iia newsletter.     


The RadTech Association website -  Radtech Association
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Scientific editor: Gustavo H. C. Varca

Contributing editor: Zbigniew Zimek 



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