19 to 24 October 2008, Buenos Aires
The IRPA 12 International Congress in Buenos Aires, October 19 to 24 drew 1,336 radiation protection specialists from 90 countries. These set IRPA Congress attendance records for both national representation and total attendance. This success is due, in part, to significant support for participation of young scientists, particularly those from developing countries, by the IAEA and several IRPA Associate Societies.
IRPA 12 was opened with a welcome to Buenos Aires by the Vice President for Congress Affairs, Abel González. His greeting was underscored by welcome messages from Ana Maria Bomben, SAR -Argentine Society for Radiation Protection; Raul Racana, ARN - Argentine Nuclear Regulatory Authority; Eugenio Curia, Argentine Ambassador to the International Organizations in Vienna; and Francisco Spano, ARN. The traditional Congress opening was declared by IRPA President, Phil Metcalf with the ringing of the Polvani bell. Eduardo Gallego, Chairman of the International Program Committee, outlined the highlights of the Congress schedule and Eliana Amaral, Head of the IAEA Division of Radiation and Waste Safety brought greetings from the Agency.
IRPA 12 had a very rich technical with 1491 contributed papers. The program featured Special Plenary sessions with presentations by representatives from UNSCEAR and WHO on the Status of Levels and Effects of Radiation; ICNIRP, ICRP, and ICRU on Harmonization of Recommendations; and members of the Inter-Agency Committee on Radiation Safety (IAEA, EC, PAHO, WHO, ILO, NEA) on Radiation Safety in Practice: Towards an International Safety Regime. Additional Special Plenaries were devoted to Low Dose and Low-Dose-Rate Effects and Models (NCRP), the Epistemology of Radiation Protection, Radiation Protection Paradigm and Stakeholder Involvement in Decision Making.