CONCERT Series 3, 2017-2018, NORM in work and the natural environment: Identification, exposure, assessment, and the decision making process


Short courses on research into radiation risks and radiation protection sponsored by CONCERT: Series 3, 2017-18
NORM (Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material) in work and the natural environment: Identification, exposure assessment, and the decision making process
Central Mining Institute, Katowice (Poland), 4 – 22 June 2018 11-29 June 2018


Who is organizing?

Course organized by: Central Mining Institute (GIG) – Silesian Centre for Environmental Radioactivity. The training course focuses on most aspects related to NORM. As there is still a general lack of knowledge in this matter is observed, the course program covers basic information about NORM, including the identification of cases of concern (by industry type as well as by technological processes applied), the inconclusiveness of existing regulation, and the interaction of NORM with other pollutants frequently present simultaneously. Key processes controlling the behaviour of naturally occurring radionuclides in different ecosystems will be outlined, including basic concepts, variables/parameters and kinetics needed for modeling purposes. The main part of the course is devoted to measurements of occupational exposure and environmental radiation impact associated with enhanced natural radioactivity released from NORM-generating industries. Sampling strategies and protocols will be presented, and training will include the use of state-of-the-art measurement techniques (laboratory and in situ).  Exercises on calculation of radiation doses to workers and members of the public, as well as the use of Environmental Risk Assessment models ERICA tool)), are included. The course will culminate with simulations of decision making processes based on examples drawn from the field.


The target group consists of PhD students and continuing professional education interested in developing their capabilities and skills related to the direct measurement and assessment of NORM’s impact on work and the natural environment, as well as gathering basic knowledge necessary to manage, maintain and control technological processes connected with NORM.

According to extensive laboratory and field exercises, the number of participants is limited to 12.

  • Brief CV
  • Motivation letter for participating in the Training Course, which should indicate the academic/professional status of the applicant
  • Application form
  • Letter of recommendation from the applicant’s supervisor or employer.

Course participation is free of charge for students. The training course is conducted in English.

If you are interested in participating, please send your application via e-mail to Beata Wojcik ( with a copy to Boguslaw Michalik ( and use the subject line: “Application for NORM in work and natural environment course  – Katowice”.


The deadline for the submission of applications is February 2nd, 2018. Notification of acceptance or rejection will be sent by February 2nd, 2018 at the latest.


Boguslaw Michalik
Place Gwarkow 1, 40-166 Katowice
Phone: +48-32-259-2380

Looking forward to meeting you in Katowice!

The programme.

The Framework program can be slightly changed according to the final composition of the attendees group.

An educational trip to a local coal mine, Guido, will be held for interested parties. The trip is free of charge and will take place on one of the weekend days. For more information about Guido, please visit

Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to visit the Wieliczka salt mine, and afterwards spend some time in the historical district of Krakow. As this is not a part of our course, extra payment will be required. Details will be shown soon. Information about Wieliczka at

Course Venue.

Główny Instytut Górnictwa (Central Mining Institute) – Silesian Centre For Environmental Radioactivity, Plac Gwarkow 1, Katowice

How to get to Katowice.

  • We offer comfortable and fast transport services
  • From Krakow-Balice Airport
    • First to Krakow Main Railway/Bus station by the airport train
    • Then, take a bus to Katowice from Krakow Bus Station MDA (next to the railway station) Buses come to downtown Katowice.
  • From Katowice-Pyrzowice

Inquire at an Information Point about the ‘Linia Lotnisko’ line. The bus departs once per hour.


For participants of the Training Course, we offer complementary accommodations in the Hotel Katowice Economy (** 2 stars standard, which is walking distance from the headquarters of the Central Mining Institute, where lectures and laboratory classes will take place.  The complementary accommodations for Participants  are double rooms (the same gender). The Hotel  double rooms come with the following equipment: comfortable bed, desk, satellite TV, free WIFI, and hairdryer. The price includes breakfast buffet served from 6:30 to 10:00.

The professional staff of the Hotel will do their best to be of help to you.

If you wish to book other accommodations, please let us know or 

Transportation to field exercises  will be provided by GIG.

Hotel Katowice Economy **  is located in the very center of the city and allows easy access to key points such as: cultural monuments, shopping centers, entertainment, and scientific centers.

Approximate distances:

  • Railway station and bus station: about 500 m
  • Concert Hall of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra NOSPR: about 500 m
  • The new complex of buildings of the Silesian Museum: about 1 km
  • International Katowice Fair: about 5 km
  • Katowice-Pyrzowice Airport: about 32 km
  • Kraków-Balice Airport: approx. 60 km

Katowice-Pyrzowice Airport is the nearest airport in the vicinity of the Central Mining Institute – participants are obliged to cover the costs of their own flights. However, we will gladly pick up participants from the airport and take them to their accommodations. This can be organized upon approval of the application and the confirmation of flight details. Public transport in Katowice is well organised; there are trams, buses and trains. This will allow participants to get around on their own in their free time. All details will be provided in welcoming emails.

How to get to GIG from Hotel:

  • 15-minute walk;

Tram from Katowice Rynek à Koszutka Misjonarzy Oblatow, line 13, 16, 43 (for more information, inquire at Hotel.)

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