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Head of Section on Safety and Security of Radiation Sources Federal Office for Radiation Protection

Renate Czarwinski began her career in Health Physics in 1971 with the study of Experimental Physics and Radiation Protection Physics at Technical University of Dresden finalized in 1975. After an industrial mission she moved to the National Board for Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection in Berlin in 1977. She graduated a postgraduate study from 1982 to 1984 and got the license as inspector for radiation protection in nuclear facilities. During the same time she was responsible for authorization and supervision of interim storage facility for spent fuel at NPP Greifswald and radiation protection in nuclear facilities. From 1990 to 1996 as a research assistant she was responsible for internal and external dose assessments as well as for assessment of radiation exposures in building and environment.

Furthermore, she coordinated national radon campaigns and managed European radon research projects. In 1996, Ms. Czarwinski was appointed as Head of Radiation Protection at Workplaces Section in the German Federal Office for Radiation Protection with responsibilities for the assessment of safety and security of radioactive sources and the establishment of a register on high activity sources based on the European Directive. From 2007 to 2012, Ms. Czarwinski acted as Head of Radiation Safety and Monitoring Section of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna. Under her leadership the revision of the International Basic Safety Standards for Protection against Ionizing Radiation and Safety of Radiation Sources was finalized as General Safety Requirements Part 3 (interim). The BSS Interim Edition follows the philosophy and terminology of the 2007 Recommendations of the ICRP and therefore this work was conducted in close cooperation with ICRP. Radiation protection of patients and workers, monitoring services and exposures of the public due to natural sources of radiation and emergency situations were further topics of her responsibility.

Under her leadership the personal dosimetry laboratory of the IAEA received the reaccreditation. Ms. Czarwinski was member in the Interagency Committee on Radiation Safety and she chaired this committee for two years. During her responsibility as IAEA Section Head for Radiation Safety Ms. Czarwinski acted as observer in ICRP and gained comprehensive experiences in the specific tasks of Committee 4.

Since June 2012, Ms. Czarwinski is Head of Section on Safety and Security of Radiation Sources; Radiation Incidents; Type Approvals in the Federal Office for Radiation Protection in Berlin/Germany. She is now strongly involved in the transposition and implementation of the revised European Basic Safety Standards 2013/59/EURATOM into German legislation.

Throughout her career Ms. Czarwinski has been active in research activities related to radiation physics and in practical activities related to radiation protection. She has published numerous scientific papers and participated as invited lecturer in various training courses, meetings and conferences. In July 2012 Ms. Czarwinski received the HPS Landauer Lecturer Award which is to honour prominent individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of radiation research and protection.

Furthermore she is active working voluntarily in national and international NGO’s. Since 2004 she is Member of the Executive Council of the International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA) and was elected as President of IRPA for the term 2012–2016. Since 1995 Ms. Czarwinski is member of the editorial committee and subeditor of journal “StrahlenschutzPRAXIS” and since 2007 she is International Editorial Advisor to the Journal of Radiological Protection/UK and since two years also an editorial adviser to the e-journal “Radiation Protection Regulator”/UK.