Executive committee

Elections of the Executive Committee of the European Radon Association (ERA)

RESULTS OF THE RECENT ELECTION FOR  THE INCOMING  EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE FOR THE PERIOD 2018-2019

The EC election and its outcome was approved by the General Assembly (GA) which   took place in Hotel Park Moskva, Sofia on Wednesday May 17th 2017 following the ERA Workshop. The maximum number of valid votes that could have been cast was 110. The actual number of votes cast was 94. All these votes were valid.  Three votes were cast in person at the GA while 91 had been cast electronically prior to the GA. The ERA Membership had been informed of the online voting procedures by e-mail on 21 April by the Secretary.  All voting, both online and in person, was done confidentially.  Just prior to the GA the votes cast were verified and counted by the ERA President, Secretary and Treasurer.

The following is a list of the candidates (in alphabetical order) together with the votes each candidate received. There were 17 candidates for 15 positions. In keeping therefore with the ERA Statutes the candidates which received the 15 highest number of votes were presented to the GA which gave its approval to their election.   The incoming EC, which takes office on 1 January 2018, will in due course elect from within its ranks its four officers (President, Vice –President, Secretary and Treasurer). The successful candidates for these positions will also be announced on the ERA Website.

NAMES OF CANDIDATES                                          NUMBER OF VOTES RECEIVED    
Rebecca Coates 48
Bernard Collignan 77
Boris Dehandschutter 88
Martin Freeman 58
Jose Luis Gutierrez-Villanueva 88
Maria Hansen 68
Erik Hulber 44
Stephanie Hurst 80
Geraldine Ielsch 56
Krzysztof Kozak 54
James Mc. Laughlin 83
Matej Neznal 81
Per Nilsson 77
Dobromir Pressyanov 51
Wolfgang Ringer 86
Thomas Streil 22
Vladimir Udovicic 57

List of Candidates

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Procedures and Rules

Rule 1 Candidates

Article 19 of the ERA statutes states that all members of the EC must be Ordinary (i.e. individual) Members of ERA. Every fully paid-up Ordinary Member that has been a member of ERA on or before 31st December 2016 can be a candidate for election to the board (EC). The deadline for the submission of candidate names is 31 March 2017. Candidates must submit their application to the Secretary of ERA by Email (secretary@radoneurope.org) using the attached template.

All candidates will be notified of acceptance or otherwise of their submission.

Rule 2 Voting procedures

On 23 April 2017 every fully paid-up member of ERA will receive an invitation to participate in electronic voting for the new EC. Voting is done preferably via the web platform. Voters must indicate their choices for election to the EC board (maximum permitted choices is 15 names). The online balloting will be closed on 17 May 2017 at 9 am. During the 2017 General Assembly in Sofia (17 May 2017 at 6 pm), members who have not voted electronically can vote by hand. Both electronic and on-site votes will be added together to determine the 15 new EC members.

Rule 3 Election procedure

According to Article 19 of the ERA statutes, the EC is elected at an Ordinary General Assembly. The maximum permitted number of EC members is 15 (the minimum is 11). This Article also states that ‘the composition (of the EC) shall be well balanced with respect to various scientific and technological sectors within the radon field’. Therefore, all voters are encouraged to choose candidates so that a wide spread in sectors (industry, science, authority) and nationalities is assured. Also, voting for many candidates instead of only for a few will assist to have a well balanced new EC. Article 36 states that each Ordinary Member shall have one vote. Each Company Member shall have 2 votes per company, independent of the number of any individual Ordinary Members that may also belong to that company. Decisions on the election results shall be made by simple majority vote. In the case of an equality of votes, the vote of the President or Vice-President in case of absence of the President shall be decisive.

Votes will be counted according the above rules during the General Assembly and the 15 names with the most votes will be announced as the newly elected EC which will take office on 1 January 2018.

Rule 4 Election of Officers

The four officer positions (President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer) shall be elected by and within the newly elected EC board. This voting will also be carried out electronically at an appropriate time following the EC election.

The new officer appointments will take effect on 1 January 2018 along with the new Executive Committee.

The First Executive Committee of ERA

President: James Mc Laughlin(University College Dublin – Ireland)

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James Mc Laughlin is an Emeritus Academic Member of the School of Physics, University College Dublin where, inter alia, he was leader of the Radon Research Group. He is the author of circa 140 scientific publications mostly in the radon field. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (London) and has also been Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade. In the mid 1980s he designed and carried out the first national Irish survey of indoor radon which identified for the first time high radon areas in Ireland. He has been a participant in a number of European Commission and World Health Organisation activities in the field of Indoor Air Quality. Over the years he has participated in several research projects funded by the European Commission most recently as leader of the Radon Risk Communication Work Package in the RADPAR (Radon Prevention and Remediation) Project (2005-2009). He was also Leader of the Radon Risk Communication Working Group of the World Health Organisation International Radon Project (2005-2009) and on a number of occasions has served as a consultant/technical expert to the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) on radon topics. Recently (2011-2014) he has been a member of the ICRU (International Commission on Radiation Units) Report Committee on Measurement and Reporting of Radon Exposures. He is a Member of the Environmental Radioactivity Advisory Committee to the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland and was a member of the Irish Government Advisory Expert Committee on the introduction of the Workplace Smoking Ban Legislation in 2004. His current interest is in the area of risk communication in the context of strategies to reduce the public health impact of radon exposure in Europe.

Vice-president: Matej Neznal (Radon v.o.s – Czech Republic)

Matej NeznalExpert in: radon potential assessment, radon in soil gas and gas permeability measurements, building foundations. He has been involved in radon measurements since 1990. Co-author of the uniform method for assessing the radon risk of building sites, that has been used in the Czech Republic since 1991 (and modified several times). The method or its parts has been applied for the purpose of radon risk mapping f.e. in Canada and in EU. In 1990, he established together with two partners the first private Czech firm dealing with radon radon risk evaluation, Radon v.o.s. Besides commercial activities, the firm has participated in many research projects, has organized several international intercomparison exercises focused on soil-gas radon concentration measurements and the regular “International Workshop on the Geological Aspects of Radon Risk Mapping“.

Treasurer: Boris Dehandschutter (FANC – Belgium)

Boris DehandschutterBoris Dehandschutter is active in the field of radiation protection. The research topic of his PhD (in Geology, 2001) has been the structural evolution of sedimentary basins, using among others environmental radioactivity measurements and mapping. After post-doctoral research on the geological aspects of radioactive waste disposal (fracture development and fracture permeability of argillaceous sediments), he coordinated several international projects related to natural radioactivity and its environmental impact. Since 2007 he works at the Belgian radiation protection authority (FANC) on the topics of natural radioactivity (NORM and radon). He is responsible for the national radon programme of Belgium, including radon risk mapping, radon measurement campaigns in dwellings and workplaces, radon awareness activities, training and development of regulations regarding radon.

Secretary: José – Luis Gutiérrez (University of Cantabria – Spain)

Jose-Luis Gutierrez José – Luis Gutiérrez Villanueva is a postdoctoral researcher at University of Cantabria (Radon group – Spain). He is a PhD. on Physics with the Thesis entitled “Radon concentrations in air, soil and water in a granitic area: instrumental development and measurements“. His research involves radon gas and natural radioactivity as well as monitoring of radioactivity at steel factories. He has expertise on metrology techniques for natural and artificial radioactivity such as gamma spectrometry, liquid scintillation counting and measurement of radon gas both passice and active methods (air, soil and water). Dr. Gutiérrez-Villanueva has a very wide international experience and background due to his research stays at different centres in Europe: University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland, 1 month), Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland (Ireland, 3 months) and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (Uppsala, Sweden, 2 and a half years). He has participated in more than 13 research projects being some of them joint collaborations among European countries. In terms of research production, he owns 16 peer-review publications at the present moment  and more than 30 contributions to national and international conferences. Besides, his lecturing includes master courses (national and international) and he has been the supervisor of 2 Master Thesis adding one more and another PhD. Thesis currently ongoing. His activity in proffesional bodies extends to: founding member of ERA (European Radon Association) and secretary of the Executive Committee of this association; Member of ISO TC 85/SC 2 “Radiological protection”, ISO TC 147/SC3 “Radioactivity measurements”; Member of Spanish Technical committee for normalization AEN/CTN 73 “Industria Nuclear”. Secretary of Working Group “Radon” in AEN/CTN 73 “Industria Nuclear”. Member of Spanish Technical committee for normalization AEN/CTN 77/ SC 1 “Medio ambiente/Agua”; Member of Royal Spanish Physical Society, Member of Spanish Medical Physical Society, Member of Swedish Society for Radioecology; Referee of “Journal of Radiological Protection”, “Waste Management Research”, “Journal of Environmental Radioactivity”

Stephanie Hurst (Saxony Ministry of Environment & Agriculture – Germany)

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Stephanie Hurst is responsible for radon protection and other questions regarding natural radioactivity at the Saxon State Ministry for Environment and Agriculture in Germany. Her background is geology (Technical University Munich) with a PhD (Technical University Freiberg) on the role of radium and radon as natural tracers in groundwater. Her main field of work after the PhD was the development and licensing of remediation measures for the eastern German uranium mining legacy. Since 2009 the focus switched to NORM and radon protection. Since then she developed and supervised about a dozen measures for radon information and education, co-operating closely with colleagues from other German states, universities, the Federal Agency for Radiation Protection and some international partners.

Rebecca Coates (PropertECO – UK)

Rebecca Coates is Commercial Director of Bath-based propertECO. Since co-founding propertECO in 2011, Rebecca has managed national radon testing and mitigation programmes for major clients including high street retailers, banks and hotel chains.Rebecca is a leading communicator on the subject of radon gas, delivering CPD seminars to hundreds of professionals each year. Rebecca sits on the Board of the UK Radon Association and was recently elected to the Executive Committee of the European Radon Association, where she is responsible for the marketing and social media campaigns. At the 2015 International Radon Symposium in Minneapolis, Rebecca was given an award for her “innovation, dedication and effectiveness in furthering radon education and awareness in the United Kingdom”.

 

Bernard Collignan (CSTB – France)

Bernard CollignanBernard Collignan is a Senior Research Engineer, Ph-D in the field of Fluid Mechanics and Energy. He works at the Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment (CSTB) since 1996, initially in thermal and ventilation of buildings and now in the field of Indoor Air Quality. He is involved for several years in the field of management of the impact of soil gaseous pollutants on Indoor Air Quality: industrial pollution (VOCs) or natural (radon). His work includes the development of models to study the transfer of soil gaseous pollutants to indoor environments for the characterization of indoor exposures, the development and the design of solutions to protect buildings from these pollutants, and in a more general way, as scientific and technical support for public authorities in the management of these issues and the dissemination of information to building professionals and users.

Carlos Sainz Fernández (University of Cantabria – Spain)

Carlos Sainz FernandezCarlos Sainz Fernandez is Associate Professor of Radiology and Physical Medicine, University of Cantabria since 2010. He teaches all levels of higher education on matters related to medical physics, radiation physics, radiation protection and environmental radioactive contamination. His research career has been focused on the study of human exposure to ionizing radiation, especially from natural sources. He had participated in over 30 research projects, European, national and regional. During the period 2010-2013 he has been Project Manager of the Research Project of the European Commission entitled ” Implementation of radon remediation techniques in dwelling of Baita uranium mine area, IRART” approved within the SECTOR OPERATIONAL PROGRAMME ” COMPETITIVENESS INCREASE OF ECONOMIC ” . The project was developed in the uraniferous area Stei – Baita (Romania ) , where due to high concentrations of radium in the soil and the use of building materials from the area, radon levels inside dwellings were significantly high. He is the author of more than 80 specialized scientific publications including books, book chapters, journal articles and communications to national and international conferences.

Johan Wintheim (Independia -Sweden/Norway)

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Krzysztof Kozak (Institute of Nuclear Physics PAN – Poland)

Krzysztof KozakKrzysztof Kozak is Assoc.Prof. Institute of Nuclear Physics PAN (IFJ PAN); Head of Laboratory of Radiometric Expertise

Areas of research: Identification and high-sensitive measurements of gamma isotopes in environmental samples, high-sensitive radon and thoron measurements, low-background gamma spectroscopy, calculation and modelling of environmental doses.

 

Luis S. Quindos Poncela (University of Cantabria – Spain)

Luis S Quindos PoncelaLuis Santiago Quindos Poncela is Professor of Radiology and Medical Physics at the University of Cantabria since 2001. He teaches all levels of higher education on matters related to medical physics, radiation physics, radiation protection and environmental radioactive contamination. Prof. Quindós is Director of Radon Group of the University, and has directed during the last 30 years a big number of research projects, both national and international, related to the measurement of the radioactivity of natural origin, emphasizing those related to the presence of radon gas in both homes and workplaces. Similarly, since more than 10 years ago he had established collaboration agreements related to radiation protection and the development of new detection systems with different industries, especially related to the steel industry. He has authored over 140 scientific publications including specialized books, book chapters, journal articles and communications to national and international conferences.

Martin Freeman (PropertECO/UK Radon Association) 

Martin FreemanMartin Freeman is Managing Director of propertECO, a leading UK radon testing and remediation company. He is also Chairman of the UK Radon Association.

Martin has been at the forefront of the radon industry since the early 1990s, when he was the initiator of an industry technical and self-regulatory body and has a wealth of practical experience in the radon mitigation techniques.  An innovator at heart, Martin developed a system to overcome the conflict between modern basement waterproofing techniques and radon management. This system is now successfully implemented in many basement conversions to protect the occupants from high radon concentrations. With a strong personal interest in radon, and has fought for many years for the hazard to receive more attention amongst Government, professionals and the general public.

Per Nilsson (Independia International)

Since 2016 he is a partner and Business Manager at Independia International offering consultancy, measuring instrumentation and products for radon prevention and corrective measures for radon with focus on Europe. Started in 2006 as laboratory engineer then deputy laboratory manager at Gammadata Measuring Technique later Landauer Nordic. Later became International sales manager for radon products including expert role and consultancy. Involved in technical training for IAEA and special working group. One of the initiators of the Swedish Radon Association  Much engaged in the upcoming EU-directive and the national implementations of the directive.

Wolfgang Ringer (AGES – Austria)

Foto_Ringer_Austria-1Wolfgang Ringer graduated in Physics and is the Head of the National Radon Centre of Austria at the Austrian Health Agency (AGES) in Linz. He has over 20 years of experience in various radon issues, in particular measurement, mitigation, prevention and national radon strategies. He and his team are in charge of the Austrian radon strategy and radon action plan. Wolfgang participated in the WHO Indoor Radon Project (2005-2009), the EU-project Radon Prevention and Remediation (RADPAR, 2009-2012) and in ISO/TC 85/SC 2/WG 17 “Radioactivity Measurements”.

Former members

Constantin Cosma (University Babes-Bolyai – Romania)

Constantin CosmaConstantin Cosma is a Professor at Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania; Main courses: Nuclear Physics and Radiation Physics, Faculty of Environmental Sciences an Engineering, Str. Fantanele, 30, Cluj-Napoca, PhD supervisor. Director of Environmental Radioactivity and Nuclear Dating Center, Institute of Interdisciplinary Research in Bio-Nano Sciences, Cluj-Napoca, Treboniu Laurian, 46. Research fields: Radiation Physics – Natural and Artificial Radioactivity and their Applications in Geophysics, Medical Physics and Environment. Radon is the main field. Publications: more as 110 ISI papers and Hirsh factor 13. Two patents regarding radon remediations in buildings (under reviewing)

Borja Frutos Vázquez (Eduardo Torroja Institute – Spain)

Borja Frutos VazquezArchitect by the University of Madrid, Spain, and PhD by the same university with the theme “Constructive solutions to protect buildings against radon gas.” Currently working in the CSIC (National Research Council), which conducts research in the areas of habitability, particularly in the subjects of protection against radon, indoor air quality, thermal performance of buildings, energy efficiency, and building acoustics. Collaborate with the Spanish Technical Building Code in the area of protection against radon. He has participated in several national research projects. He is a member of the following committees: Participation in Committees for Standardization: Acoustics CTN 74 92; Thermal Insulation CTN 72; Radon CTN 73/WG1; Member of Editorial Board of the journal “Monographs” Eduardo Torroja Institute-CSIC; Member of Editorial Board of the journal “Reports construction” Eduardo Torroja Institute-CSIC.

Several publications in technical and scientific journals, books or chapter, in the following topics (DIT Documents technical assessment of innovative products in the construction, radon in buildings, Analysis of the performance of building envelopes; Bioclimatism integrated in urban planning, systems passive solar gains, Acoustic behavior of building elements.

André Poffijn (FANC – Belgium)

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