Bo Lindell has passed away


Bo Lindell passed away peacefully at the age of 94 in Stockholm, Sweden, on November 10, 2016.

‘Bosse’, as he was fondly called and signed his personal letters, was a giant in radiological protection.

He was Director of SSI, the predecessor of the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority, Strålsäkerhetsmyndigheten, from 1965-1982, and a member of the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) from 1965-1988.

He served as ICRP Scientific Secretary of the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) from 1957-1962, the 5th to hold the post and the first Swede. He was a member of the Main Commission since 1962, during which time he served as a member of Committee 4 (1962-1965), Chairman of Committee 3 (1965-1977), ICRP Vice-Chairman (1969-1977) under Rolf Sievert and Sir Eric Pochin, and then and served as the 8th ICRP Chairman (1977-1985). Upon leaving his position of ICRP Chairman, he was appointed for life as an Emeritus Member of the Main Commission, an honorary distinction in appreciation of extraordinary contributions to ICRP.

Few have had such a long and illustrious role in ICRP. Among his many important contributions, he played a central role in the development of the 1977 Recommendations of the ICRP (ICRP Publication 26). These recommendations laid out the fundamental structure of the system of radiological protection still used today.

Bosse Lindell was one of the founder members of the Nordic Society for Radiation Protection (NSFS) in 1964, and participated as a representative of NSFS as one of the founder Societies in the formation of the International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA) later the same year. He continued to play Bo also played a key role in IRPA and the International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA). He was elected to the first IRPA Executive Council in 1966, serving two terms until 1973.

Bosse was always keen on Nordic co-operation in radiation matters, He involved Nordic colleagues in discussions before all UNSCEAR meetings and reported back to them after the meetings. He also initiated, in 1969, the very successful and still continuing series of ‘Nordic Flag Books’ – joint documents by the radiological protection authorities in the five Nordic countries providing agreements on how to interpret and apply ICRP Recommendations.

To mark his passing, for the first time an excerpt of an interview of Bo Lindell conducted in May 2012 as part of the ICRP Oral History Project has been released, and we thank ICRP for permission to quote it here.
Excerpt of May 2012 Interview with Bo Lindell


IRPA EC Report for the term 2012-2016 has been published

IRPA Executive Council Report for the term 2012-2016 has been published, see the report together with other news from IRPA.


5th European IRPA Conference – June 2018 in The Hague

With the IRPA-14 Congress in Cape Town just behind us, preparations for the 5th European IRPA Congress that will take place in The Hague from 4-8 June 2018 are intensified. It is the aim of Dutch Society for Radiation Protection (NVS) to organize an event that will prove to be a worthy successor in a series of successful European congresses that started in Florence, 2002. The central theme of our congress will be Encouraging Sustainability in Radiation Protection.

Members of NSFS are invited to participate in the preparations by taking part in the group of corresponding members of the Scientific Program Committee (SPC), chaired by Lars Roobol. If you are interested, please notify the NSFS Board before 15 August 2016.


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NSFS poster at IRPA-14 in South Africa

At the international IRPA conference in South Africa in May 2016, NSFS presented its history and work in a poster.

This was part of the celebration of IRPA’s 50th Anniversary, where all Associate Societies had been been given the opportunity to present themselves to share their experiences and challenges and to facilitate cooperation and communication.

NSFS poster Cape Town 2016


New president and new board

At the NSFS General Assembly on 24 August 2015, the presidecy was transferred to Finland and a new president for the society was elected. Ritva Bly will be the president for the period 2015 – 2019. Ritva will be assisted by Secretary Siiri-Maria Aallos-Ståhl and treasurer Tuukka Turtiainen.


The additional Board members elected in the five Nordic countries were also presented:

Denmark Søren Holm, Jens Søgaard-Hansen and Hanne N Waltenburg
Finland Tarja Ikäheimonen, Veli Riihiluoma and Raija Seuri
Iceland Jónína Guðjónsdóttir, Gísli Jónsson and Nelly Pétursdóttir
Norway Paula Nunez, Marie Solberg and William Standring
Sweden Christian Bernhardsson, Marie Carlson and Virva Nilsson



Board members present at the conference in Roskilde – from left to right: Hanne N Waltenburg (DK), Tuukka Turtiainen (FI), Jens Søgaard-Hansen (DK), Marie Solberg (NO), Siiri-Maria Aallos-Ståhl (FI), Ritva Bly (FI), Paula Nunez (NO), Gísli Jónsson (IS), Søren Holm (DK), Jónína Guðjónsdóttir (IS), Nelly Pétursdóttir (IS) and Veli Riihiluoma (FI)


A successful conference is over

The XVII conference of NSFS is now over.
We have had 4 days with 47 inspiring talks – 4 invited and 43 contributed – as well as 20 interesting posters from many areas within radiation protection.
Thank you to all 116 participants for contributions and discussions.


IRPA bulletin number 6

Sixth issue of the IRPA bulletin is now available.

All issues of the IRPA bulletin.


Getting ready for the conference in August

An updated version of the basic programme of the NSFS conference in August is now ready. The overall features of the programme are fixed, but small adjustments to the time schedule may still occur.
Find the programme here at the NSFS website
An updated version of the full scientific programme is also available.


Invitation to contribute to reply regarding Eye lens doses

IRPA has set up a Task Group on the Impact of the Implementation of the Eye Dose Limits. The Task Group invites all associate societies to contribute to the work through the enclosed questionnaire. If you would like to contribute to the NSFS reply, please send your contribution to no later than Monday, August 17 2015.


14th International IRPA Congress in South Africa

14th International Congress of the Radiation Protection Association takes place 9 – 13 May 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa. Registration is now open and the call for abstracts is out.
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“Practising Radiation Protection – Sharing the Experience and New Challenges”


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