A Number of Changes
IMRP19 will be different from previous IMRPs in a number of ways. The number of oral presentations will be reduced to allow more time for an extended programme of activities. Two of the three conference days will consist of plenary sessions moderated by a professional MC in an auditorium. There will be time to visit the posters and the exhibition not only during the coffee breaks but also before and after lunch. A panel discussion will conclude each day. Industrial site visits will be possible on two different days (Monday and Friday) instead of one only. Commercial presentations will take place at the ‘iia Innovations Stage’ at pre-arranged times in the exhibition area’ .
For the first time, a complete course on material modification designed by the University of Reims and accredited by IAEA (subject to confirmation) will be offered. It will consist of a three-day foundation training in Reims the week preceding IMRP completed by a workshop, visits, sessions and discussions in Strasbourg.
On Monday, April 1, the day before the official start of the conference, two workshops will be offered: a hands-on dosimetry workshop in the morning and a workshop on topical issues in gamma irradiation in the afternoon. On that same day, but also on the Friday, participants will have the possibility to visit feerix, the new research and training center of Aérial in Strasbourg, featuring an X-ray machine installed by IBA, or the commercial gamma irradiator and accelerators of BGS in nearby Bruchsal, Germany.
On the first and third day of the conference (Tuesday and Thursday), plenary sessions conducted by a professional moderator in the auditorium will address global and regional developments, the status of the main applications and the most recent technological developments in gamma, electron beam and X-ray. New topics will include in-line processing, low-energy electrons and X-ray applications and high energy X-rays.
On the second day (Wednesday) two parallel sessions will address recent scientific and industrial developments in sterilization, polymer modification and food irradiation. Novelties in materials, drugs and vaccines will be presented during the first two healthcare sessions. The third session will discuss issues faced by medical devices manufacturers and radiation processors to comply with standard and regulations and it will be followed by a discussion on the suitability of ISO 11137 for different categories of healthcare products. The Material Enhancement strand will consist of two sessions. The session on grafting will open with a review on the use of irradiation for electrochemical energy systems. The session on polymerization and cross-linking will include cutting-edge scientific presentations as well as a review of the use of irradiation to consolidate decayed wooden artefacts and preserve our cultural heritage. The Food Irradiation session will address the particular context of the European Union and very novel applications.
Poster presentations by authors will be divided into two sessions at the end of the first two days. This will be a convivial event where scientific and technical discussions will be combined with the pleasures of the palate.