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"Chernobyl: Science, Society.. and Vodka" and AGM

14 May 2024 18:30-20:30, Southampton, United Kingdom

Our AGM will run from 18:30-19:00 and this will be followed by a presentation from Prof. Jim Smith (University of Portsmouth).  Jim will be bringing some Atomik Vodka with him for the audience to sample.

Description of presentation

Based on his extensive experience of working on the aftermath of the Chernobyl accident, Prof. Jim Smith will discuss risks of radioactivity and how the media influence risk perception. Myths surrounding the health consequences of Chernobyl have contributed to ongoing problems in recovery of affected populations. Prof. Smith will discuss the work he is doing in Ukraine to address these issues and the ATOMIK Spirits project.

Information about the speaker

Jim Smith is Professor of Environmental Science at Portsmouth University and an expert in modelling radioactive pollution in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. He has co-ordinated four multinational projects on the environmental consequences of the Chernobyl accident and has regularly worked in the Exclusion Zone. He is lead author of a major book on the accident: Chernobyl: Catastrophe and Consequences and authored key opinion pieces in Nature and Science on the Fukushima accident. He has been a member of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Expert Groups on Chernobyl and Fukushima and is currently a member of the UK Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment (COMARE). Jim is currently working on the potential re-use of radioactively “contaminated” lands in Ukraine.
School of Chemistry, University of Southampton

29:1101, School of Chemistry, University of Southampton, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, SO17 1BJ, United Kingdom

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