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“Living in Contaminated Areas”—Consideration of Different Perspectives

Abend, Michael; Nisbet, Anne; Gering, Florian; Averin, Viktor; Andersson, Kasper; Schneider, Thierry; Mothersill, Carmel; Zeeb, Hajo; Scholz-Kreisel, Peter; Yamashita, Shunichi; Pölz-Viol, Christina; Port, Matthias

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Health Physics 119(1):p 2-11, July 2020. | DOI: 10.1097/HP.0000000000001218


Following large-scale nuclear power plant accidents such as those that occurred at Chernobyl (Ukraine) in 1986 and Fukushima Daiichi (Japan) in 2011, large populations are living in areas containing residual amounts of radioactivity. As a key session of the ConRad conference, experts were invited from different disciplines to provide state-of-the-art information on the topic of “living in contaminated areas.” These experts provided their different perspectives on a range of topics including radiation protection principles and dose criteria, environmental measurements and dose estimation, maintaining decent living and working conditions, evidence of health risks, and social impact and risk communication. A short summary of these different perspectives is provided in this paper.


In the July 2020 issue of Health Physics, the author affiliations in “‘Living in Contaminated Areas’—Consideration of Different Perspectives” were not cited correctly. The correct author affiliations are as shown below:

M. Abend, M. Port

Bundeswehr Institute of Radiobiology, Munich, Germany

A. Nisbet

Public Health England - Centre for Radiation, Chemical & Environmental Hazards, Oxford, United Kingdom

F. Gering, C. Pölz-Viol

BfS – Federal Office for Radiation Protection, Oberschleissheim, Germany

V. Averin

Faculty of Biology at the University of Francisk Skaryna, Gomel, Belarus

K. Andersson

DTU NUTECH Center for Nuclear Technologies, Technical University of Denmark, Roskilde, Denmark

T. Schneider

Nuclear Protection Evaluation Centre, CEPN, Fontenay-aux- Roses, France

C. Mothersill

Department of Biology, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada

H. Zeeb

Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology – BIPS, Bremen, Germany and

Health Sciences, University of Bremen

P. Scholz-Kreisel

Institute of Medical Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics (IMBEI), University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Mainz, Germany

S. Yamashita

Fukushima Medical University/Nagasaki University, Fukushima, Japan

Health Physics. 119(3):365, September 2020.

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