Preparing next-generation radiation protection leaders

During PGEC, young professionals participate in practical exercises and demonstrations. (Photo: Sakarov International Institute for Environmental Protection)

The PGC equips young people, aspirants, workers, patients, the public and the environment with the technical knowledge and practical experience needed to protect them from the harmful effects of ionizing radiation. Each PGEC is based on a rigorous curriculum published in the IAEA training course series for young professionals, as well as professionals who are dedicated to renewing their knowledge.

The course is designed to convey a comprehensive, technical basis for international radiation protection standards and recommendations on how to apply those standards. Between classes, technical demonstrations, field trips, and hands-on activities, students learn about half-life of radioactive sources, measuring contaminated surfaces in the laboratory, accommodating various types of radiation, and adjusting the volume. Students also completed a project to demonstrate their knowledge and skills acquired during the long semester program.

“The course initially provides an overview of basic science subjects, including nuclear physics, quantities and units, as well as ionizing radiation biological effects,” said an IAEA radiation safety expert. “It then focuses on specific topics for radiation protection and safety, such as the international radiation protection system, the IAEA requirements for the regulatory framework and the different types and categories of exposure. Through the Train-Trainers Module, participants can share their newly acquired knowledge with colleagues in their respective countries.

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