Hiroshima University and the Nuclear Protection Evaluation Center (CEPN) concluded an an Academic and Educational Exchange Agreement on February 9th, 2017.
Through this opportunity, we are excited to have established the Hiroshima University – CEPN Radiation Disaster Recovery International Cooperation Center on the premises of the CEPN on March 25th, 2017.
Dr. Schneider, the Director of CEPN (left) and Vice President Kamiya (right) holding the Center’s signboard
Comments from Vice President (for Reconstruction Support/Radiation Medicine) Kenji Kamiya, the Program Director of the Phoenix Leader Education Program (Hiroshima Initiative) for Renaissance from Radiation Disaster
CEPN (France) is an important research base in Europe for the field of radiation protection.
There is great significance in entering into a comprehensive agreement with CEPN and launching a new base for education and research, the Hiroshima University – CEPN Radiation Disaster Recovery International Cooperation Center, on the premises of CEPN based on our exchange and cooperation agreement.
Utilizing the CEPN as an activity base in Europe, we will be in a position to dispatch our graduate school students from the Phoenix Leader Education Program (Hiroshima Initiative) for Renaissance from Radiation Disaster, to undertake internships and carry out fieldwork related to the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Accident. As CEPN’s international accomplishments include extensive support for various reconstruction efforts, including the ETHOS project for the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Accident, we look forward to a tremendous impact on our students’ education.
Moreover, we will be initiating research collaborations and joint projects, as well as establishing a network within Europe, and using the newly established center as a base for information gathering.
Hiroshima University already has an ongoing involvement in “SHAMISEN,” an international joint research project funded by the European Commission in conjunction with CEPN (and other institutions). Based on experience drawn from the aftermath of nuclear accidents at Fukushima and Chernobyl, this project is intended to produce a protocol for the European Commission specific to radiation protection and health management .
Our intention is to continue actively working with CEPN and to take part in these types of activities in Europe. We also hope to inform European countries about the current situation at the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant accident site and to explain how life is presently for those individuals who have been exposed to radiation.