WELCOME to the ICRM 2021 International Conference on Radionuclide Metrology and its Applications, in Bucharest, Romania!

05th June, 2020

Dear Colleagues,
In these difficult times when many people all over the world are affected by the new coronavirus pandemic, we kindly invite you to participate to the ICRM 2021 International Conference on Radionuclide Metrology and its Applications, in Bucharest, Romania.

In the new "Online Age" accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, we will try to promote a direct interaction between the participants, but by taking into account all the necessary precautions imposed or recommended by the Romanian national and local authorities during the conference period. The health of all the participants to the ICRM 2021 conference is a major priority for the organizers. Please, check periodically this web page for updates.

Radionuclide metrology brings together interdisciplinary research and development teams (physicists, chemists, biologists, mathematicians, engineers etc.) with the main purpose to assure improved tools for the qualitative and quantitative characterization of the radionuclides. This work is important, because it has an impact on many applications for a sustainable development: life sciences, climate change, environmental protection (clean air, water and soil, food safety), nuclear energy, ionizing radiation protection, radioactive waste management, industry (new materials, radioactive standards, detectors, etc. )

The International Committee for Radionuclide Metrology (ICRM) [ website ] , founded at Paris (1974), is an association of radionuclide metrology laboratories represented by appointed delegates together with other scientists (associated members). The ICRM promotes the international collaboration in the field of radionuclide metrology. More and more institutions and specialists adhere to the ICRM: now there are 47 institutional members. The biennial ICRM conferences, the ICRM Low Level Radionuclide Metrology Techniques (LLRMT) conferences (held every four years), the annual ICRM Working Groups meetings and other actions (like training courses for young researchers) are OPEN to all the professionals (researchers, professors, engineers, technicians etc.) and students interested by the radionuclide metrology and its applications. The most recent ICRM conference was the 22nd International Conference on Radionuclide Metrology and its Applications (ICRM 2019), hosted by the University of Salamanca (Spain), during 27-31 May 2019 [https://icrm.usal.es ].

Romanian Group @ ICRM 2015

The 23rd International Conference on Radionuclide Metrology and its Applications (ICRM 2021) will be organized by the ICRM and the Horia Hulubei National Institute for R&D in Physics and Nuclear Engineering (IFIN-HH), in the city of Bucharest (Romania), during the period 31 May - 4 June 2021. This scientific event will continue the tradition of the previous ICRM conferences in order to present new developments and enhance the international collaboration in the field of radionuclide metrology. There will be some changes in the usual program format, in order to make the conference more dynamic, interactive and modern. IFIN-HH is one of the most important research institutes from Romania [ https://www.nipne.ro ]. It originates from the Physics Institute of the Romanian Academy, founded by Prof. Horia Hulubei, in 1949 (the Institute of Atomic Physics (IFA), since 1956). The institute is dedicated to the research and development in physical and natural sciences, mainly Nuclear Physics and Nuclear Engineering, and in related areas including Astrophysics and Particle Physics, Field Theory, Mathematical and Computational Physics, Atomic Physics and Physics of Condensed Matter, Life and Environmental Physics. In all these fields, IFIN-HH conducts theoretical and experimental research.

The most important research infrastructure in Romania is the International Research Center Extreme Light Infrastructure – Nuclear Physics (ELI-NP). This project, implemented by IFIN-HH, is co-financed by the European Commission and the Romanian Government from Structural Funds via the European Regional Development Fund. [ https://www.eli-np.ro ].

The Radionuclide Metrology Laboratory (RML) at IFIN-HH, Romania, was established with Dr. Leon Enric Grigorescu (30.03.1932-25.08.2020) as its first head, in 1966. He was the Head of the laboratory for many years, with a number of remarkable achievements. After his retirement in 2003, Dr. Maria Sahagia took over as Head of the laboratory (until 2017) and had very important contributions to the development of the laboratory.

In 2017, Dr. Aurelian Luca became the laboratory head. The traditional radionuclide metrology research performed at RML led to original and important contributions that have been recognized by the ICRM community (absolute methods for the activity standardization of radionuclides, source preparation, nuclear decay data evaluation, gamma-ray spectrometry). Now, there are also new scientific applications under development, based on Monte Carlo simulation methods, X-ray spectrometry, alpha-particle spectrometry and metrology for radon monitoring (222Rn).

In 2019, the two metrology laboratories from IFIN-HH (radionuclide metrology and dosimetry, respectively) joined to form the Ionising Radiation Metrology Laboratory (LMRI). The Head of the LMRI is Dr. Mihail-Răzvan Ioan. Recently, a few young researchers and students were hired in this metrology laboratory.

Dr. Leon Enric Grigorescu and Dr. Maria Sahagia participated to the first summer school on radionuclide metrology in 1972, at Herceg Novi (in former Yugoslavia, now in Montenegro). Both of them had important contributions to the ICRM for many years: absolute activity standardization of many radionuclides, radioactive sources preparation, low level activity measurements etc. Since 1991, the radionuclide metrology from IFIN-HH was represented at all the biennial ICRM conferences by several scientists. Dr. E. L. Grigorescu was Vice-President of the ICRM during the period (1991-1995) and Dr. Maria Sahagia was member in the Nominating Committee of the ICRM (2001-2009).
Dr. Aurelian Luca served as a member in the Scientific Committees of the ICRM Conferences in 2017 and 2019.

Other researchers from IFIN-HH with several participations with papers, or being present at the ICRM conferences, are: Ianca Stanef, Constantin Ivan, Emanuela Cincu, Mirela Saizu, Anamaria Cristina Wätjen, Doru Stângă, Aurelian Luca, Andrei Antohe, Mihail-Răzvan Ioan, Daniela Gurău, Cornel Liviu Ţugulan (the last seven researchers mentioned are in the group photo from the conference ICRM 2015 in Vienna (Austria), together with Dr. Maria Sahagia, Prof. Dr. Octavian Sima and Mrs. Andra R. Iurian).

Dr. Octavian Sima, Professor Emeritus at the University of Bucharest, well known and appreciated in the ICRM community (member of the Nominating Committee of the ICRM, former coordinator of the Gamma-ray spectrometry Working Group of the ICRM (2011-2017) and member in the Scientific Committees of all the ICRM conferences organized since 2012), also works at IFIN-HH since 2017.

Dr. Leon Enric GRIGORESCU, the founder of the Radionuclide Metrology Laboratory at IFIN-HH, passed away recently, on August 25, 2020. He will be greatly missed by his colleagues and friends from IFIN-HH and the ICRM community.
Obituary for L. E. Grigorescu

The Local Organizing Committee
31 August 2020,
Bucharest, Romania