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Café Scientifique: Radiation: friend or foe?

Dr Chris Englefield

Wednesday 01 May 2013, 1930-2030
The Robert Gillow, Lancaster

We all know that radiation is dangerous, don't we? It is, but is it quite as bad as its press suggests?

In fact we live in and have evolved in a naturally radioactive world. On a day-to-day basis, radiation is used to diagnose and treat illness, as an energy source, and to make critical safety checks in construction projects. It can also be used to kill on a huge scale. Regulation protects people and the environment from harmful side effects of beneficial and illegal uses of radiation.

Chris Englefield

Chris started working in radiation regulation with the Ministry of Defence and then joined the Environment Agency.

He has been closely involved in regulation of several nuclear sites and has acted as an advisor after incidents such as 9/11 and the Litvinenko affair. He is Editor-in-Chief of "Radiation Regulator", Immediate Past-President of the UK's Society for Radiological Protection, a Consultant to the United Nations and the World Institute of Nuclear Security and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Cumbria.

Café Scientifique

Café Scientifique is a place where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. It is an informal non-academic event and everyone is welcome.

There is a group in Lancaster which hosts a Café on the first Wednesday of each month at the Robert Gillow Pub in Lancaster.