A round table meeting on “The status and prospects of researches and developments in the exclusion zone” was held

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A round table meeting on “The status and prospects of researches and developments in the exclusion zone” was held at the Ministry of Ecology and Natural resources of Ukraine on January 29, 2016.

The event was organized by State Agency of Ukraine on the Exclusion Zone Management.

Among the participants, in addition to scientists, were Representatives of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, Ministry of Education and Science, other institutions and organizations.

State Exclusion Zone Agency Chairman Vitalii Petruk gave a foreword to the audience expressing gratitude to all who contributed to the discussion and stressed on the importance of such events in the future.

Among speakers were:

Director General of SSRI "Chornobyl Centre for Nuclear safety, Radioactive waste and Radioecology "(hereinafter - Chornobyl Center), PhD, Candidate of Physics Science Mykhailo Bondarkov - report on "Science in the Chernobyl exclusion zone: how it was, is and should be ";

Deputy Director for Science of Chornobyl Centre International Radioecology Laboratory, Candidate of Biological Sciences Sergei Gaschak - with report on "The current state of the overall research and radiation ecology of biocenoses in the Chernobyl exclusion zone ";

Head of Industrial Ecology and Expertise Department of International Radioecology Laboratory, Candidate of Sciences Boris Oskolkov - with report on "Scientific support activities for radioactive waste management in the Chernobyl exclusion zone ";

Head of the Sector on Ecology and Technical Safety, Department for energy, transport and communications, ecology and technological security of National Institute for Strategic Studies under the President of Ukraine Oleg Nasvit - with report on "Model of scientific support measures to overcome the consequences of the Chernobyl disaster ";

Acting Director of the Institute for Safety problems of nuclear power plants NASU, Doctor of technical sciences, professor, corresponding member of National Academy of Sciences Anatolii Nosovskiy - report on "Scientific aspects of decommissioning the Chernobyl NPP and transformation of the "Shelter" object into an ecologically safe system ";

Director of the Research Institute from the National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine, Doctor of Biological sciences, Professor, Honored Worker of Science of Ukraine, member of the National Commission on Radiation Protection of Ukraine Valeriy Kashparov - with report on "Strategy of Researches in Radiology";

Deputy Director General of SSE “Chornobyl Specialized” Sergiy Kireev - with report on "Scientific researches in the exclusion zone: history, necessity and prospects ";

Senior Research Fellow, Head of the Laboratory for Radiological reliability of Biosystems from the Institute of Cell Biology and Genetic Engineering of National Academy of Sciences, Doctor of Biological Sciences, Professor Yuri Kutlahmedov – with report on "Possible ways on the management and control of radiation safety in Chernobyl exclusion zone for workers and population of the adjacent territories ";

Professor of Forestry Department of the Institute of Forestry and Park Gardening from the National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine, Head of Regional Eastern European Fire Monitoring Centre , Professor, Doctor of Agricultural Sciences Sergei Zibtsev - with report on "Forest and wildland researches in the exclusion zone: current state and prospects ";

Deputy Director of Research from the Institute of Environmental Geochemistry of NAS and Ministry of Emergencies of Ukraine Yuriy Olkhovyk – with report on "Development of scientific research in Chernobyl exclusion zone ";

Director of NIC for Radiohydroecological Research, Doctor of Geological and Mineralogical Sciences, Professor, Academician of NASU Vyacheslav Shestopalov - with report on "Some" new risks "and prospects of the Chernobyl exclusion zone";

Senior Research Fellow of NIC for Radiohydroecological Research of NASU, Doctor of Geological and Mineralogical Sciences Yuriy Shybetskyy - with report on "Scientific problems of geological disposal of radioactive waste."

During the meeting topical issues were discussed, including:

• environmental monitoring;
• radiation safety;
• management of spent nuclear fuel, radioactive waste and fuel containing masses; prospects of reserved areas in the exclusion zone (flora and fauna);
• forestry and water management;
• providing a barrier function of the Exclusion Zone;
• organizational support of researches and development etc.

Draft decision (attached) was prepared as a result of round table negotiations.

The participants in the period up to 02.09.2016 shall submit proposals to the final document to the email address dazv@dazv.gov.ua with the note "Round Table."