Joint ANSTO/CSIRO seminar on ecological risk assessment, April 1996.

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Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation
A joint ANSTO/CSIRO seminar was held at Lucas Heights on 10-11th April 1996. Its aim was to describe the current state of research and assessment capabilities within the scientific research organisations, to identify the gaps in these capabilities and to determine the opportunities for collaborative research. The seminar took the form of invited presentations outlining the work of each agency, together with case studies which presented an application of the ecological risk assessment process. The seminar provided a timely opportunity for discussion of scientific capabilities and collaboration in ecological risk assessment. The issue is currently being debated within the organisations represented and within the community. The contributions of the speakers were of a high standard and evoked significant discussion of a wide range of issues. All participants expressed a desire to continue the exchange of information and discussion of ongoing work. There was positive and enthusiastic support for the need to develop better mechanisms for collaborating in research and in establishing co-ordination of activities in this area. The agreed conclusions of the seminar were: 1. There is an urgent need to develop a national framework for ecological risk management and protocols for undertaking the various assessment stages within the framework. 2. An ecological database should be made a high priority by all the agencies. 3. A national communication network should be established as soon as possible to allow information exchange and co-ordination of activities. Tom Beer undertook to see if the CSIRO network system could be made available to a wider range of agencies. In the medium to longer term, there was considered to be great value in establishing a national co-ordination centre for ecological risk, which would be separately but jointly funded by the agencies and industry. 4. In the short term, a list of capabilities among the agencies should be established. This should also indicate contact people for the various topics. 5. A National Case Study was considered to be important in giving focus to the development of methods and in allowing collaboration on a well-defined project. 6. A Task Group was proposed to progress these issues and the various recommendations of the working groups. 7. Support should be sought from senior management in the various agencies for furthering the collaboration.
Risk assessment, Environmental exposure pathway, ANSTO, Reporting requirements
Cameron. R. F. (1996). Joint ANSTO/CSIRO seminar on ecological risk assessment, April 1996. (ANSTO/E-729). Lucas Heights, NSW: Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation.