IRPA YGN Leadership Committee

What is the IRPA YGN Leadership Committee?

Established in 2017 the primary focus of the committee has been to establish the IRPA YGN, with its official launch scheduled for the IRPA European Congress at The Hague. Going forward the committee will be driving the growth and development of the network in line with our Mission Statement and Objectives.

Who are the IRPA YGN Leadership Committee?

The committee is made up of volunteers from France, Austria, the UK and Japan. Going forward we are keen to add new volunteers to the leadership committee with the aim of representing as many countries as possible. Should you be interested in joining please contact

Chair: Sylvain Andresz (France)

Sylvain has an initial background of engineer in the management of industrial risks. Fascinated by the nuclear energy, its scientific bases and challenges he then specialised with a second diploma in nuclear engineering and neutronics. After experiences at the French utility EDF and Areva (now Orano) he joined the Nuclear Evaluation Protection Centre (CEPN); an organization devoted to the study of radiological protection, under its technical, health, economics and social aspects.

Sylvain is currently Junior Researcher, working on the evaluation and application of the optimisation principle for the different exposure situations. He also provides lectures at university and schools. Sylvain is member of the French Society for Radiological Protection (SFRP) and regularly speaks at its congresses. SFRP rebooted its Youth Club in 2016 and Sylvain is its Vice-chair. At an international scale, he is Secretary of the European ALARA Network and is involved in the work of the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP).

As for hobbies, Sylvain regularly practices running and cycling and enjoy the art of cooking (although not at the same time).

Pete Bryant (UK)

Pete is a Trustee and President Elect of the UK Society for Radiological Protection. Much of his career has been spent working in consultancy on a variety of projects in the UK and abroad, prior to joining EDF Nuclear New Build, as a Decommissioning and Radiological Specialist. He currently provides technical leadership and support to the Hinkley Point C and Sizewell C projects, in the areas of Radioactive Waste Management, Dose Assessment and Radiation Protection.

Pete is an active member of the SRP and has represented the SRP at various IRPA events, including speaking on the fields of Radiation Safety Culture and Risk Integration; and at government workshops on the exit of the EURATOM Treaty. He additionally holds a position at the University of Liverpool and University of Surrey and is actively involved in lecturing and researching in the field of Radiation Protection.

Jess Heaps (UK)

Jess is Chair of the YGN for the UK’s Society for Radiological Protection (SRP), known as the Rising Generations Group (RGG). Her scientific career began as an Analytical Chemist in a Quality Control laboratory for a Pharmaceutical company, whereupon a number of years later she decided to pursue her real passion for physics. Whilst completing her bachelor’s degree in Nuclear Physics, Jess took part-time employment with Canberra UK (now Miron Technologies) and Amec Foster Wheeler (now Wood plc). Upon finishing university Jess started a full-time position as Health Physicist at Rolls-Royce Submarines – designer and manufacturer of nuclear reactors for the UK’s Royal Navy submarines. Jess has now been at Rolls-Royce for three years and is an aspiring RPA. She enjoys attending outreach events with SRP and is a big believer in actively engaging with the public when it comes to radiation safety issues.

Christoph Stettner (Austria)

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Secretary: Akihiro Sakoda (Japan)

Akihiro received a PhD in Health Sciences from Okayama University in 2009. He has been working as a scientist for the Ningyo-toge Environmental Engineering Center of the Japan Atomic Energy Agency since 2010. In 2014, he was also a guest scientist at Helmholtz Zentrum München, Germany. The main field of his research is environmental radioactivity; in particular, the evaluation of behavior of radon in the environment, and the dose assessment in a variety of radon exposure routes for experimental animals as well as humans. He is now interested in field work in terms of radioecology as well.

Akihiro is a member of the Japan Health Physics Society, was the chair of the Young Researchers Association of the JHPS (2016-2017), and is a member of the editorial board of “Japanese Journal of Health Physics” (2015-present).

Takahiko Kono (Japan)

Takahiko has belonged to Environmental protection section, Radiation Protection Department, Nuclear Fuel Cycle Engineering Laboratories, Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) since 2006. His main majors in JAEA are radiation protection, environmental radioactivity and low-level liquid effluent monitoring around Tokai Reprocessing Plant. He has been interested in following 3 research themes; 1) Environmental effect assessment and environmental monitoring around nuclear power facilities, 2) Development of environmental monitoring techniques, 3) Assessment of internal exposure dose for radiation workers and the general around nuclear power facilities. In addition, he studied development of marine environmental radioactivity monitoring techniques (especially analytical method of radiostrontium in seawater) in Radiometrics laboratory, Environmental Laboratories, International Atomic Energy Agency(Monaco) as a cost-free expert in 2016.

Takahiko was a president in Young Researchers Association, Japan Health Physics Society(JHPS) for half a year in 2015. Especially, after Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident, as a member of Steering Committee of this Q&A site in JHPS, he had been engaged in the communication with the public via the internet in order to share right information on radiation protection for approximately two years.

Wi-Ho Ha (Korea)

Wi-Ho received a PhD in nuclear engineering from Hanyang University in Seoul, Korea. Since 2006, he has worked at the NREMC (National Radiation Emergency Medical Center) of KIRAMS (Korea Institute of Radiological and Medical Sciences) as a research scientist in the field of radiation dosimetry. Now he is leading the laboratory of health physics at the KIRAMS. And he has served as the secretary of ARADOS (Asian Radiation Dosimetry Group) and a member of the internal contamination WG of WHO-REMPAN (World Health Organization-Radiation Emergency Medical Preparedness and Assistance Network). And he is a member of KARP (Korea Association for Radiation Protection) and the leader of emergency preparedness and response WG included in KARP YSG (Young Scientist Group).

Tahar HAMIDA (Tunisia)

Tahar is a member of the ATPRI&NI, the RP society of Tunisia, where he organized of the 5 th African IRPA congress, Tunis, September 2018.

His career began in 2010 as E-learning manager and Instructor in Tozeur, southern Tunisia.

Since 2013, he joined CNSTN, the Tunisian Nuclear research centre as radiation safety Officer and manager of Disused Sealed Radioactive Sources. In 2017, He studied, within IAEA program, Radiation protection and safety of radiation sources. He is also Instructor of Nuclear energy, safety and security at the Polytechnic Institute of Sfax, Tunisia.

Tahar is an amateur Astronomer and loves nuclear safety outreach to public.

Francis Otoo (Ghana)

Otoo holds a PhD in Radiation Protection and currently a research scientist at the Radiation Protection Institute of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission and a lecturer at Department of Nuclear Safety and Security, University of Ghana. He has been working in the field of radiation protection since 2009. In 2013, he was awarded an International Atomic Energy Agency sandwich PhD fellowship training at the Centro Regionale di Radioprotezione, Agenzia Regionale la Protezione (ARPA-FVG), Udine, Italy which contributed to his academic research work leading to the award of his PhD from the University of Ghana in 2015.

Otoo is the coordinator for Africa Young Generation Network of International Radiation Protection Association (YGN/IRPA), and also the National Organizer for the Ghana Association for Radiation Protection (GARP).

Otoo has research interests in environmental radioactivity in building materials, water, soil and radon in dwellings and in workplaces. He has authored peer-reviewed articles and participated in national and international conferences and workshops to share information and learn new ideas.

Irene Fernández (Spain)

Irene is currently a Medical Physicist in training, working at Hospital Universitario de Gran Canaria Dr Negrín (Las Palmas, Canary Islands). The training period in Spain takes 3 years, and it will be finished by Irene in May 2019. She is very active and enthusiastic, so she tries to take advantage of every opportunity to learn new things. For that reasons, she enjoys attending courses, meetings and every kind of events. Until the moment she has attended two national congresses, two international congresses and several courses to improve their knowledge.

Irene is a member of the Spanish Radiation Protection Society and of the Spanish Medical Physics Society since June 2016. She is also a ESTRO member.

In her free time, Irene loves dancing Bachata and Salsa, and swimming in the sea.

Innocent Tsorxe (USA and Ghana)

Innocent is the President of the North Carolina Chapter of Health Physics. He is currently working as a medical/health physicist at Duke University and Duke University Medical Center Radiological division. Before working at Duke University, he worked as a Health Physicist at Texas A&M University’s Environmental Health and Safety (EHS), College Station, Texas

Innocent’s nuclear expertise and education spans applicable principles of radiation safety, regulatory compliance, and regulatory inspections and enforcement. His post-graduate knowledge includes an intensive course on nuclear non-proliferation.

He received his primary and secondary education in the Volta Region’s Kpando District, Ghana. He earned a B.S. in Radiation Technology/Health Physics (Hons.) from Alcorn State University in 2014. He received his M.S. in Nuclear Engineering from Texas A&M University’s Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI) in 2016. He is a graduate student at the NC State University working towards a PhD degree in Nuclear Engineering.

Innocent is passionate about mentoring the next generation of radiation protection professionals in radiation protection for the next young generation.

V. P. Singh (India)

He received MS from Lucknow University and Ph. D. from Karnatak University. He began his career in year 2006 as Health Physicist after Post Graduate Diploma in Nuclear Science & Engineering from BARC Training School (currently Homi Bhabha National Institute). He is expert in Operational Health Physics, ALARA management and training on Radiation Protection. He went on to diverse capacities with leadership positions in nuclear power plants for radiation protection management; radiation risk assessment, health physics, radiological engineering, dosimetry, nuclear safety, radioactive waste management with special leadership in CANDU radiation protection. He is now interested in cultural and behavior issues in radiation protection.

He has designed and developed radiation protection documents, technical basis documents, quality management documents, radiation protection manuals, health physics procedures, training manuals and training materials. He has published more than 95 research papers and 2 book chapters in peer reviewed international journals; more than 35 articles in conference/symposium proceedings in the field of shielding, dosimetric materials and operational health physics. He is reviewer of more than 50 international reputed journals, member of editorial boards of various journals and member of national/international nuclear and radiation protection societies. He has been selected in Marquis Who is who in Science and Technology in the Asia 2016-2017, World’s 500 Most Influential People on Earth in Year-2016 and Academic Excellence Award-2016 in Nuclear Physics.

Rui Qiu (China)

Rui Qiu is an Associate Professor at Department of Engineering Physics of Tsinghua University in China. She received her Doctorate in health physics from Tsinghua University in 2007. She worked as a radiation physicist at Pohang Accelerator Laboratory in Korea (2005-2006) and at SLAC in USA (2009- 2010). Her current research interests mainly lie in two aspects: one is radiation dosimetry with computational human phantoms, the other is accelerator health physics. She took the lead in development and applications of multi-scale Chinese reference phantoms library. She also performs researches on the radiation protection for high intensity laser facilities and accelerators.

She serves as the corresponding member of ICRP task group 103, Vice-chair of the Youth Committee of China Society of Radiation Protection, and Managing director and Vice Secretary-General of Chinese society of Particle Accelerator Radiation Protection. She has published over 90 peer-reviewed journal papers and several papers were published as cover articles or won international academic awards. She serves as Monitoring and Steering Committee member of ISORD, session chair in the international conferences and member of editorial boards of various journals including “health physics”.

Anna Michaelidesova (Czech Republic)

Anna received her MSc. and Ph.D. degree in Radiologic physics from the Faculty of Nuclear Physics and Physical Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague. She works as a researcher at the Nuclear Physics Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences since 2010. In the period 2012-2017, she was employed as a medical physicist at the Proton Therapy Center Czech. Since 2018 she also works as a researcher at the Faculty of Nuclear Physics and Physical Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague.

Anna’s main research interests are cell radiation biology, mostly of charged particles and the development of detectors for nuclear medicine. She is a member of the Czech Association for Radiation Protection (IRPA Czech Republic), of the Czech Association of Medical Physicists (ESTRO) and of the European Radiation Research Society.

In her free time, Anna loves spending time with friends, dancing, cooking, painting, singing, photographing. She still looks for things that inspires her and she will never stop.