EAGLE FP7 project: WP1: Information sources: Improving the communication, training and education

WP1 is dedicated to improving the education, training and information (ETI) material and activities regarding communication about the effects of ionising radiation used at the level of information sources (industry, experts, authorities, medical field).

The current state of tools, methods and training opportunities for the development of successful communication strategies and their implementation will be in general analysed at European level. All EU MS (and Croatia) shall be targeted and involved as much as possible via questionnaires and other tools used by the project. For this also Euratom national contact points will be used whenever appropriate.

The selection of countries where detailed investigation will be done, took in to account the size of the country and the population (small states vs. larger states), status of the nuclear energy program (existing nuclear power plants vs. non-existing NPP), membership to the EU (New Member States vs. Old Member States) and importance of nuclear energy in the national energy mix.

In addition, EAGLE will take into account what has been produced by the "European Nuclear Forum Energy" (ENEF), more exactly the work done by group "Risks" and it’s subgroup "Education" will be included. This material provides a.o. a collection of educational school material (in collaboration with the CAPTURE programme of JRC IET, Petten).

All collected information and material will be evaluated from the following point of view: a) effect for increasing public understanding of ionising radiation issues and b) diminishing misconceptions. Latter, an effective upgrade of ETI material and activities will be proposed.

WP1 objective: address the following questions

  • What kind of education, training and information material and activities (ETI) is used for communicating with thepublic on the effects of ionising radiation?
  • What constitutes examples of good practices in EU countries in accordance to a number of identified criteria?
  • What were the main communication challenges - at the level of the information sources - during the Fukushima accident and what are the lessons learnt?
  • How could the ETI materials and activities regarding communication about the effects of ionising radiation be improved to fulfill the needs of the general public?