The Annual Meeting 2015

4th Annual meeting of RENEB was organized in Roma from 4th to 6th of March 2015 at the ENEA facilities.
The meeting was organized by Italian partners from ENEA and ISS.

The Annual RENEB meeting gathered this time not only Consortium Members, but as well representatives from laboratories that have expressed their interest to join RENEB network in the future (i.e. RENEB network candidates). There were laboratories included that used methods performed within RENEB network and/or presented novel methods for biological dose assessments. On the first day reports were presented from the exercise in Work Package 1 (Operational basis of the RENEB network) - exercise, including all assays of the operational basis. This exercise was performed in autumn 2014 and included not only RENEB laboratories but also laboratories from the other regional and global biodosimetry networks (e.g. North America, South America, Asia). Additional laboratories from several countries that are not belonging to any regional biodosimetry network (e.g: South Africa laboratory), but are members in WHO BioDoseNet or IAEA RANET, were also included.

On the second day there was a presentation of STORE database of biological data and the usefulness of this database for storage of biodosimetry images (www.storedb.org ). Furthermore, the second day focused on the sustainability of the network as a whole, for example the future status of RENEB after the project is completed at the end of 2015. It was decided to start by signing a Memorandum of Understanding between the interested participating institutions. There were also discussions about the future scientific developments of Biodosimetry and work on RENEB Strategic Research Agenda was elaborated on and the importance to finalize a Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) for RENEB.

At the end of the day a tutorial about the capabilities and usage of the STORE database was given.
The third day was devoted to Dissemination issues and General Assembly. Moreover, there was an organized open public RENEB Event at ENEA with presentations, not only of RENEB, but also from IAEA, WHO, and EURADOS. The program of the event can be found here.

Although the meeting was very busy, in the late evenings Italian colleagues organized several tours downtown Rome as private social events in downtown Rome. The excellent meeting dinner in the beautiful Sacrum Profanum restaurant (that in the past was a church) will be remembered for a long time. We would like to thank especially Antonella Testa from ENEA and Emanuela Bortolin from ISS, and the other Italian colleagues involved in the organization of a wonderful meeting.