The 2nd independent meeting of the Croatian Radiation Protection Association (CRPA) young professionals

The second independent young professional meeting of the Croatian Radiation Protection Association (CRPA) was held on February11th 2020 at the Ruđer Bošković Institute, Zagreb. The main goal of the meeting was gathering and strengthening scientific cooperation between younger members of the CRPA, as well as discussing problems that young people encounter nowadays. At the beginning of the meeting CRPA President and Secretary, Ines Krajcar Bronić and Željka Knežević Medija, greeted the participants. The meeting was attended by twelve participants and nine lectures were held.

This is a list of the participants (in an alphabetical order) and short summary of the lectures:

Ana Buinac (Clinical Hospital Centre Zagreb, Medical Physics Department);

Ivana Coha (Ruđer Bošković Institute, Division of Marine and Environmental Research, Laboratory for Radioecology); gave an interesting lecture "Comparison of Sr Sorption on Natural Zeolite Clinoptilolite and Synthetic Zeolite Z4A" and presented research related to testing of cheaper sorbents for radioisotopes.

Goran Gajski (Institute for Medical Research and Occupational Health, Mutagenesis Unit);

Marko Gerić (Institute for Medical Research and Occupational Health, Mutagenesis Unit); showed an example of good practice and a very successful collaboration that began after the last meeting in the lecture "Networking at the CRPA Young Symposium: A Study of Biomonitoring of Children Exposed to Sinus X-ray".

Gorana Karanović (Ruđer Bošković Institute, Division of Marine and Environmental Research, Laboratory for Radioecology);

Katja Magdić Košiček (Ruđer Bošković Institute, Division of Marine and Environmental Research, Laboratory for Radioecology); presented her postdoctoral research with a lecture on "Methods of Preparing Thin Films for Fe-55 Isolation and Determination".

Ante Matanić (Clinical Hospital Centre “Sestre Milosrdnice”, Medical Physics Department) held a lecture on "Quality Control in Radiotherapy" and gave an overview of an important part of the work in medical physics, which is still not standardized at the national level in Croatia.

Marijana Nodilo (Ruđer Bošković Institute, Division of Materials Chemistry, Radiation Chemistry and Dosimetry Laboratory) held a very interesting lecture “Nuclear Forensics - Basic Concepts and Implementation at RBI” and presented the topic of nuclear forensics, its current status and possible future at the Ruđer Bošković Institute.

Luka Pavelić (Institute for Medical Research and Occupational Health, Radiation Dosimetry and Radiobiology Unit) presented the work on his doctoral thesis with the lecture "Development of High-resolution Dosimetric Detector for Pulse Field Measurements".

Marina Poje Sovilj (University Josip Juraj Strossmayer of Osijek, Department of Physics, Laboratory for Low-level Radioactivity), gave an intriguing lecture "Neutron Component of Ambient Dose Equivalent at Aircraft Altitudes" which aroused great interest of participants and numerous questions. She also briefed the participants on the circumstances (some of them very negative) which members of her laboratory deal with while measuring radon in public buildings.

Ivana Tucaković (Ruđer Bošković Institute, Division of Marine and Environmental Research, Laboratory for Radioecology) presented part of her work on the determination of radioisotopes in the environment in an intriguing lecture "The Application of Gamma Spectrometry in Sediment Dating by Determination of Pb-210 and Cs-137".

Ivana Zamboni (Clinical Hospital Centre Zagreb, Medical Physics Department) gave an overview of the very important topic in radiotherapy planning for patients with cardiac devices with the lecture "Challenges in Radiotherapy for Patients with Cardiac Embedded Electronic Devices (CIED)".

After the introductory part, the participants held lectures with a discussion after each lecture. The meeting was held in a friendly and cordial atmosphere. Nevertheless, all of the lectures and discussions were at an enviably professional level. Many opportunities for cooperation opened up during the discussions. More details about the participants and lectures are given in the Booklet of the Meeting.

At the end of the day the final discussion was held. Part of the discussion was continued via electronic mail, during which the following conclusions were reached:

  1. All participants agreed that the next independent meeting of the Croatian Radiation Protection Association (CRPA) young professionals should be held in two years. Marina Poje Sovilj suggested to host it in Osijek. A less formal gathering was suggested the following year at the CRPA Symposium. It was also suggested to form a separate list of members under the age 40 during the membership review.
  2. Marina Poje Sovilj stepped down as a CRPA young representative (since she is older than 35 years) and the election of the next representative was held. During the final discussion some of the participants had to leave, so the nomination of the candidates and voting, was held via e-mails. Ante Matanić was elected by majority of votes.
  3. The potential location of the next CRPA symposium (to be held in 2021) was discussed. The proposals were Zagreb, Sv. Martin na Muri, Rijeka, Gorski kotar, Plitvice and Dubrovnik (maybe too far for one day arrivals from Zagreb). Some young professionals suggested that the official language should be English in order to attract more foreign colleagues.
  4. As all of the lectures were at a high level, some of the young professionals agreed to held them again for the full membership of the CRPA. It is suggested that three lectures can be held as a part of a short seminar in the afternoon.

Organizers Marina Poje Sovilj and Marijana Nodilo thank everyone for their support.

Book of Abstracts