The Symposium builds on the success of the previous fourteen symposia within the series. The symposium will provide a forum for scientists of different scientific disciplines to exchange and discuss recent scientific data and findings on relevant basic physical and biological mechanisms of radiation action and their consequences for risk assessment and radiation therapy, including proton and carbon ion therapy.
Presentations and intensive interdisciplinary discussion of progress in radiation physics, radiation chemistry, molecular and cellular biology, oncology and epidemiology are expected.
Importance will also be given to reviewing the progress made in modelling the multi-step process of radiation induced cancer and its application to epidemiological data, in particular for the better quantification of low dose and low dose rate risk.
The Symposium will also provide an opportunity to discuss the current status of topical non-linear phenomena, such as non-targeted and delayed effects, including radiation-induced bystander effects, genomic instability, adaptive response and low-dose hyper-radiosensitivity.
Emphasis will be laid on the recent technical developments in radiation detection and novel irradiation techniques, in particular to the current state of the microbeam technology for single cell/tissue irradiation and of its biological applications.
In order to maximize interdisciplinary communication and discussion the Symposium will be structured as Invited, Oral and Posters presentations. Refresher courses by invited experts are also foreseen.
To encourage the attendance of young scientists as well as researchers from less-favoured-Countries, specific awards are foreseen.
The programme will include Refresher courses, Invited, Oral and Poster presentations on the following main topics:
- Physical, chemical and biological aspects of radiation transport and particle track formation for various radiation fields including space radiation environments
- Processes leading to and repair of molecular, cellular and tissue radiation damage
- Computational biology for radiation induced modifications of biological targets at cellular, tissue and organism levels, including radiation carcinogenesis
- Novel techniques of radiation detection, dosimetry and microdosimetry
- Advances in microbeam technology
- Non-linear phenomena at low-doses such as radiation-induced bystander effects, genomic instability, adaptive response and hyper-radiosensitivity
- Advances in radiation therapy, including hadron therapy
- Dosimetry for incorporated radionuclides
- Radiation risk assessment