2nd International Workshop on the European Atlas of Natural Radiation


    IWEANR 2017

    Verbania, Italy, 6 – 9 November 2017

    Second announcement

    Verbania, lakeside view

    Dear Colleagues,

    We are delighted to announce that the 2ndInternational Workshop on the European Atlas of Natural Radiation (IWEANR 2017) will be held in the town of Verbania, Italy, from Monday 6 November at 14:00 to Thursday 9 November at 16:00. The main aim of the workshop is to present the status and discuss progress of the European Atlas of Natural Radiation.

    The Venue

    Known as the “garden on the lake”, Verbania is located on the western shore of Lake Maggiore in the Piedmont region. The workshop will take place in Hotel Il Chiostro, a former monastery converted into a modern hotel and situated in a quiet area only a few minutes’ walk from the lakeside.

    Workshop Topics

    • Radon policies: European Basic Safety Standards, international organizations’ positions, other international projects
    • Indoor radon: new participants to the European map, new datasets
    • Sources of natural radiation and their mapping: geochemical, terrestrial gamma, soil, water, building materials etc.
    • Relationshipsbetween radon-related quantities: methodology, multivariate analysis, dimensionality reduction, radon hazard index
    • Radon-priority areas: concepts, predictors, classification, risk, mapping issues (geological, gridded, administrative units)

    Special Session: Radon & Geology

    Organized within the workshop, this Special Session will focus on three main aspects:

    1. Influence of tectonics and near surface stratigraphy of rocks and soils on radon emission. Tectonics, rock fracturing, karstification, primary and secondary permeability, particle grain size of soils and alluvial sediments, contact geometry between materials having different permeability can generate, promote or prevent radon flux towards the surface. JRC is developing the European Atlas of Natural Radiation with maps based on U, Th, K in bedrocks and in soils. A reliable assessment of the radon hazard at a scale of the anthropic activities and settlements also requires knowledge of mechanisms and factors controlling mobilization and concentration of radon. Indeed, high radon concentrations may be found even in areas with lithologies having low uranium and thorium content, such as in cataclastic zones related to active faults, where dissolved gases originated at depth may find their way towards the surface. These factors may therefore cause strong lateral variations of radon emission at small scale (tens to hundreds of meters), making average Geological Radon Potential (GRP) estimates over wide areas difficult to be used in town planning.
    2. Classification of geological features. Besides a correct identification and classification of outcropping rocks and soils, provided in geological maps at different scales, optimal classification of geological factors and parametrization of their effect in modulating radon emission may be included in the RP mapping improving its applicability in anthropic activities and settlements. This optimal classification should be as simple as possible to allow a wider application but strictly constrained by analytical data.
    3. Representativeness and repeatability of soil radon measurements.

      The classical definition of the Radon Potential (RP) is based on soil radon measurements and permeability. Repeatability and representativeness of such soil radon measurements are therefore essential for the reliability of the RP estimates. This includes the comparison among the different portable devices, measuring procedures, the influence of meteorological conditions, variations of the water table depth in unconfined aquifer, presence of organic matter in soil, etc.

    Therefore, this session aims to gather radon researchers from different disciplines working on the relationship between radon emission and geology, developing and implementing instruments and measuring methods, dealing with geostatistics and areal radon distribution. Through this scientific debate, we expect to raise/enhance awareness of the importance of all these different approaches to the radon hazard assessment and to encourage new interdisciplinary interactions and international collaborations.

    Special Session conveners:

    • Raffaele Sassi, Padova University (
    • Claudio Mazzoli, Padova University (
    • Paola Tuccimei, Roma3 University (
    • Giancarlo Ciotoli, IGAG-CNR (

    Registration for Workshop, Hotel,Transportationand Social Dinner

    We invite all participants to register for the workshop, book their accommodation in Hotel Il Chiostro ( as well as transportation between Malpensa airport and the hotel through the JRC Meeting Management System (MMS); see detailed instructions on the next page.

    Your registration will allow us to organize the event and local transportation; therefore it is required for all participants. We have reserved a number of rooms in Hotel Il Chiostro. The JRC will organize transportation, free of charge, between Malpensa airport and the hotel.

    On Wednesday 8 evening, the JRC invites you to a social dinner at Hotel Il Chiostro; please indicate your participation through the MMS to help us organize it.


    The deadline for registration has been set to Sunday 8 October 2017.

    Workshop fee

    This workshop is free of charge to all participants.


    Workshop registration instructions

    Registration for the 2nd International Workshop on the European Atlas of Natural Radiation (IWEANR 2017), 6 – 9 November 2017 in Verbania, Italy, is now possible through the JRC Meeting Management System (MMS):

    If you are a first-time user of this system, please create your personal account. Fill in your personal information carefully, as this will be used by the local committee to produce a list of participants. When this is done, you should be logged on.

    If you are a returning user, fill in your user id and password and check your personal information. To access your account, click on your name in the upper-left corner just under the menu bar.

    From the menu bar, filter on “Ispra” site and then select “2nd International Workshop on the European Atlas of Natural Radiation”. Then:

    Accept the Events Registration Statement in order to proceed.

    Next, fill in your registration details:

                 Under “local transportation”, indicate whether you need transportation between Malpensa airport and Hotel Il Chiostro. After the registration deadline, you will receive further details about the timing and means.

                 When you activate “I need accommodation”, please choose between:

                           Single room (50 €, breakfast included)

                           Double Room (80€, breakfast included)

                Under “Additional event” indicate if you wish to participate to:

                Social Dinner – offered by JRC free of charge to the participants

    Then register.


    Transportation between Malpensa Airport and HotelIl Chiostro

    Located at a distance of 60 km from Verbania, Malpensa is airport closest to the venue and therefore recommended by the organizers.

    The JRC will organise shuttle service, free of charge, for participants staying at Hotel Il Chiostro in Verbania. After the registration deadline, in due time the JRC will communicate shuttle departure times to each participant.


    Scientific Committee

    Peter Bossew – German Federal Office for Radiation Protection, Berlin, Germany
    Giorgia Cinelli – European Commission, JRC, Ispra, Italy
    Marc De Cort – European Commission, JRC, Ispra, Italy
    Boris Dehandschutter – Federal Agency for Nuclear Control, Brussels, Belgium
    Marta García-Talavera – Nuclear Safety Council, Madrid, Spain
    Valeria Gruber – Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety, Linz, Austria
    Stefan Mundigl – European Commission, Directorate-General for Energy, Luxembourg
    Petra Pacherová – Czech Geological Survey, Prague, Czech Republic
    Tore Tollefsen – European Commission, JRC, Ispra, Italy
    Vladimir Udovičić – Institute of Physics Belgrade, University of Belgrade, Serbia

    Local Committee

    Giorgia Cinelli – European Commission, JRC, Ispra, Italy
    Marc De Cort – European Commission, JRC, Ispra, Italy
    Tore Tollefsen – European Commission, JRC, Ispra, Italy


    For administrative/logistic issues: Elena Moneta (tel. +39 0332 786204)



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