Competence building and dissemination
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The objective of WP4 was to:
- draft a synthesis report of project findings with lessons learned and recommendations for stakeholder engagement in radiation protection;
- build a knowledge base on stakeholder engagement for the radiation protection community ; iii) to disseminate the results of the project to all stakeholders in the radiation protection field.
The synthesis report «Enhancing Stakeholder Participation in the Governance of Radiological Risks. Findings and recommendations from the ENGAGE project» summarises the main findings from the ENGAGE project, proposes a number of recommendations and formulates perspectives for future developments. These results are presented for each of the three exposure contexts considered in the project: nuclear emergency preparedness, response and recovery; exposure to indoor radon; and medical exposures to ionising radiation. The report contains introductory sections on stakeholder engagement concepts and the focus points for analysis. Recommendations capture key points identified through case studies and interactions with representatives of radiation protection communities during roundtables and workshops; they reflect a synthesis of findings, across all case studies, and are therefore of a more general nature. Additional details on the case studies can be found in the report's annex and the ENGAGE deliverables (https://www.concert-h2020.eu/en/Publications; www.engage-concert.eu).
WP4 also examined the possibility to elaborate a knowledge base for documenting stakeholder engagement in radiation protection, covering the three exposure contexts. A design concept was proposed for a knowledge base which can contribute to learning from past experience, highlighting challenges and opportunities for stakeholder engagement, and thus helping to shape and improve future processes. The feasibility of the proposed knowledge base structure is illustrated by particular case studies developed within ENGAGE project. The development of the database could continue in the future with support from the radiation protection platforms.
The ENGAGE final workshop took place on September 11-13, 2019, in Bratislava with 46 participants from 15 countries. It was designed as an interactive and dynamic meeting focusing on discussing the findings and co-developing the recommendations. Case studies were illustrated through posters and provided opportunities to share views and experiences with the wide range of stakeholders.
Among other publications and presentations, a Special Issue in the Radioprotection journal will be dedicated to ENGAGE findings, consisiting of 10 articles (available at: http://www.radioprotection.org/). Papers are indexed at Google and Google Scholar and published in Open Access, Availability is envisaged for end of May 2020.