On 11 November 2014 the UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) hosted the public seminar Monitoring Impacts and Communicating Health Risks after Fukushima to share lessons learned in monitoring and communicating the health impacts of the Fukushima nuclear accident. The seminar explored challenges faced by scientists and others in presenting findings on health risks and impacts, as well as the concerns of affected communities and what kind of information they need — and in what form — to make informed choices. The seminar was co-organized by UNU-IAS, as part of its Fukushima Global Communication programme, and the UN Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR).
The event’s panel discussion featured Wolfgang Weiss and Stephen Solomon of UNSCEAR who described the findings of the UNSCEAR Fukushima Assessment report, and compared the estimated health impacts of the Fukushima accident with the Chernobyl accident; Sae Ochi (Director of Internal Medicine, Soma Central Hospital, Fukushima) who highlighted the problems faced by elderly people; Joe Moross of SAFECAST, a crowdsourced radiation monitoring network, who described how the information sharing project developed rapidly in the aftermath of the nuclear accident; and Nanako Shimizu (Associate Professor, Utsunomiya University, Tochigi, Japan) who presented research from affected communities, showing the ongoing anxieties over the health risks and long-term effects of radiation.
For a full overview of the event, including presentation files, visit the UNU-IAS website.