aug 30 – sept 1

9th International Conference on Social Sciences and Humanities in Ionising Radiation Research

The 9th international conference on Social Sciences and Humanities in Ionising Radiation Research (RICOMET2023) will take place in Dessel, Belgium on 30 August – 1 September 2023.

RICOMET & History

RICOMET provides an opportunity for extensive exchange of results between professionals developing research in the field of social sciences and humanities (SSH) and the broader technical and scientific community involved in topics related to ionising radiation since 2015 (see previous RICOMET). Communication with the general public, risk perception and ethics in relation to all nuclear applications (e.g. industry, medicine, security), natural radioactivity (e.g. radon, food industry) and radiological protection (environmental remediation, decommissioning, nuclear and radiological emergency management, low doses, communicating uncertainty, mass media communication, public understanding of ionizing radiation, and research needs) are some of the topics covered during these events.

The conference attracts a very wide range of representatives of international institutions/organizations including public communication experts, media representatives, journalists, researchers from social sciences, humanities and natural sciences, radiation protection officers, nuclear medicine practitioners, nuclear power plant operators, other nuclear industry professionals, nuclear safety authorities, project partners, as well as NGO’s and representatives of the civil society.

Key dates

Open call for abstracts31 March 2023
Abstract submission deadline31 May 2023
Confirmation of abstracts 19 June 2023
Final programme and registration1 July 2023

Book of abstracts

You can download the book of abstracts.


Social Sciences and Humanities in the field of:

  • Decommissioning
  • Nuclear energy futures
  • Radon and NORM
  • Medical applications
  • Opportunities and needs in radiation protection

Any abstracts dealing with societal aspects in various applications of ionising radiation.


SHARE Platform will award the most outstanding early career researcher presentations under below three categories:

  • Methodological approach
  • Societal impact
  • Development of theoretical framework

Each of the three recipients will receive a 200 euro prize.


SHARE platform will award the significant achievements in the field of research in social sciences and humanities in ionising radiation.

We invite nominations to be sent to SHARE Secretary at: 


Registration fee for SHARE members: 100 €
Registration fee for non- SHARE members: 150 €


Monday 28/8/2023


13:30 – 17:30

ECOSENS Annual meeting (restricted to project partners)

Tuesday 29/8/2023


9:30 – 12:30

13:30 – 17:30

2050 HERE & NOW – a scenario workshop to confront disruptive climate change events and citizen energy choices – pre-register here:
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Some travel grants for participation at the workshop are available. Please contact Nadja Železnik for more information.

Scientific event: Powering the Future Responsibly: Assessing the Sustainability of Nuclear Energy

16:00 – 17:30

GMF workshop on decommissioning (restricted to local communities)

Wednesday 30/8/2023


9:30 – 11:00

Event 1: Integrating the social dimension into sustainability assessments of nuclear energy

11:00 – 11:30


11:30 – 13:00


Event 2: Interactive sustainability game /Event 4: interactive activity exploring Tabloo

13:00 – 14:15


14:15 – 15:45

Event 3: From uranium mining to decommissioning and waste disposal: research on the nuclear fuel cycle

15:45 – 16:15


16:15 – 17:30


Event 2: Interactive sustainability game / Event 4: Interactive activity exploring Tabloo



Thursday 31/8/2023

9:30 – 11:00


Event 5: The human factor in reducing the radiation risk of medical imaging: The role of risk communication and anxiety management strategies

Event 6: Managing NORM in geothermal installations (workshop with real time visalisation by an artist)

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11:00 – 11:20


11:20 – 13:15

Event 7: Societal aspects of Radon and NORM (scientific session with visual facilitation)

13:15 – 14:15


14:15 – 15:15


Event 8: emergency management game / Event 9: Serious game on radioactive waste management

15:15 – 15:30


15:30 – 17:00

Event 10: Safety, security and emergency preparedness & response

17:00 – 18:30

SHARE General Assembly and elections of the Executive Committee

Friday 1/9/2023

9:30 – 11:00

Event 11: Bridging social sciences and humanities (SSH) and natural science perspectives in research and innovation: contributions, experiences, challenges and lessons learned from SSH in different projects

11:00 – 11:30


11:30 – 12:30

WORKSHOP: Updating the SHARE Strategic Research Agenda and prioritisation of research topics

12:30 – 13:00

Awards and Closing session

Venue & Logistics

The conference will be held at Tabloo, the visitor and meeting centre located in Dessel, Belgium.

Address: Gravenstraat 3, 2480 Dessel, Belgium

  • Transportation for RICOMET participants will be arranged from Mol
  • Participants should book their own accommodation. We suggest Corbie or Huron hotels in Mol as transport will be organised from Mol. Invited speakers can contact SHARE secretariat for the hotel booking. 

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RICOMET 2023 organising committee members include:

Tanja Perko

SCK CEN, Belgium

Yevgeniya Tomkiv


Meritxell Martell

Merience, Spain

Aline van den Houte



Scientific committee members

  • Susan Molyneux-Hodgson (rocc ‘n roll & SHARE President)
  • Nadja Zeleznik (SHARE Treasurer)
  • Yevgeniya Tomkiv (SHARE responsible for communication) 
  • Catrinel Turcarnu (PIANOFORTE)
  • Robbe Geysmans (EOCSENS) 
  • Daniela Diaconu (ECOSENS)
  • Meritxell Martell (SHARE Secretary) 
  • Horst Monken-Fernandes (IAEA ENVIRONET)
  • Jose Luis Gutierrez Villanueva & Boris Dehandschutter (European Radon Association)
  • Rui Gaspar, Lina Vieira, Isabel Paiva (SHARE SSH in medical)
  • Ulrike Kulka and Warren John (RadoNorm)
  • Tanja Perko (RadoNorm & SHARE vice-president)