RADONORM – Applications of Liquid Scintillation Spectrometry (LSC) for NORM measurements – two weeks training course


Naturally occurring radionuclides – Applications of Liquid Scintillation Spectrometry (LSC) for NORM measurements – two weeks training course organized by: Silesian Centre for Environmental Radioactivity together with Competence Development Centre of the GIG Research Institute.

Place and date of training: Katowice (Poland), 17th-28th October  2022

What the course is about?

The main goal of the training course is to provide  scientists working in areas related to NORM with an opportunity to develop expertise and practical skills in Liquid Scintillation Counting and Spectrometry (LSC). Besides the main goal the training course is intended to enable and promote the exchange of information among scientists interested in LSC, develop future directions in LSC and give the opportunity to meet old and new friends. We would like to pay emphasis on environmental studies and applications specific to naturally occurring radionuclides – NOR in NORM.

For whom?

The target group of this course cover PhD students, researchers with different background involved in NORM and radon investigations, practitioners from industries of concern. The target group is 16 people. Participation of young scientists and students is highly encouraged.

The programme

  • Instrumentation and methods;
  • Data evaluation and spectrum analysis;
  • Applications in environmental monitoring;
  • Alpha & beta concertation measurement;  
  • Specific natural & artificial radionuclides measurement;
  • Quality control and quality assurance.

How the classes will be held

The training course lasts for 2 weeks, combines theoretical lectures and practical exercises. All classes will take place in research facilities of Silesian Centre for Environmental Radioactivity which include: radiochemical laboratory and well equipped LSC counting room. Each participant will be given opportunity to carry out chemical separation and prepared test sample measurement on his/her own, using all equipment intended for this activity.

Important information

  • June 2022 – preliminary programme, call for participants,
  • 30th of September 2022 – deadline for applications,
  • 10th of October 2022 – confirmation of arrivals,
  • 17th – 28th of October 2022 – the training course, Katowice, Poland
  • A certificate of attendance will be issued at the end of the course.


Participants can register by completing the required documents and submitting them (via e-mail to):
Beata Wojcik  bwojcik@gig.eu

Required documents

  • Brief CV
  • Application (Registration) form

Course Venue

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

How to get to Katowice


•          From Krakow-Balice Airport

First to Krakow Main Railway/Bus station by the airport train krakowairport.pl

Then, take a bus to Katowice from Krakow Bus Station MDA (next to the railway station) rozklady.mda.malopolska.pl Buses come to downtown Katowice.

•          From Katowice-Pyrzowice pkm.katowice.pl/lotnisko/rozklad-jazdy/lotnisko-katowice/

or comfortable and fast transport services pyrzowiceekspres.pl

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 Economy Hotel (** 2 stars standard  http://hotel-katowice.com.pl/en/), 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 bwojcik@gig.eu or bmichalik@gig.eu

Transportation to field exercises  will be provided by GIG.

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.

Contact and information

Stanislaw Chalupnik, schalupnik@gig.eu

Izabela Chmielewska, ichmielewska@gig.eu

Place Gwarkow 1, 40-166 Katowice

Phone: 0048 32 259 2815, 0048 32 259 2714

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