Radioecology is a highly multidisciplinary scientific discipline situated at the crossroads between environmental radioactivity, whether natural or man-made, and its consequences on both, man and the environment. It deals with radioactivity as a stressor requiring risk assessment, but also as a tracer of biogeochemical and ecological processes.
Radioecology is facing a highly strategic new context that particularly challenges IUR since recently. In the one hand, political decisions are currently being made worldwide to start replacing the nuclear power plants that have been operating since several decades, strengthening the need for efficient radiological protection. In the other hand, concerns about the sustainability of life on the planet are growing, pushed by the emergence of large scale ecological disturbances, and protection of the environment from the potential stressors induced hazards has become a priority.
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What is radioecology? Radioecology in 2012 - Current research directions and trends for the future.
The International Union of Radioecology is an independent, non-political and non-profit scientific organisation.
The first overarching role of the Union therefore is to perpetuate a "think tank" capacity on radioecology issues through the maintenance of a network of scientists and professionals from all over the world to foster communication between researchers from different fields and geographical regions through brain storming in task groups, the publication and circulation of technical papers, organization of conferences, training courses, job alerts.
Thereby, the aims of IUR are both to represent the particular needs and aspirations of the international radioecology community and to support this radioecology community.
A detailed description of the IUR's approach to "a renewed strategy in a changing world" is given in the article:
Integrating environment protection, a new challenge: strategy of the International Union of Radioecology by F. Brechignac, R. Alexakhin, J. M. Godoy, D. H. Oughton, S. Sheppard, P. Strand, published in Radioprotection (2008), Vol. 43, n°3 pp.339-356.
The main objectives of IUR are focused on science. They are summarized as follows: