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COping with uNcertainties For Improved modelling and DEcision making in Nuclear emergenCiEs

Brief description

The H2020 CONFIDENCE Project aims to close existing gaps in several areas of emergency management and long-term rehabilitation. It concentrates on the early and transition phases of an emergency, but considers also longer-term decisions made during these phases. The project brings together expertise from all four Radiation Protection Platforms and also from Social Sciences and Humanities.


The work-programme of CONFIDENCE is defined to understand, reduce and cope with the uncertainty of meteorological and radiological data and their further propagation in decision support systems, including atmospheric dispersion, dose estimation, food chain modelling and countermeasure simulations models. Consideration of social, ethical and communication aspects related to uncertainties is a key aspect of the project activities.

Improvements in modelling and combining simulation with monitoring will help gaining a more comprehensive picture of the radiological situation. It will support decision making under uncertainties.

These will be demonstrated and tested in stakeholder workshops applying the simulation tools developed within CONFIDENCE. A comprehensive education and training programme is fully linked with the research activities.

DIALOGIK contribution

  • Qualitive face-to-face interviews on mental models of lay person’s perception in case of a nuclear accident
  • Reviews on existing knowledge of communication tool on risks and radiation protection (text messages, maps and visualization, warn-apps)
  • Development and testing of new communication tools and approaches in case of a major nuclear emergency, dialogue with affected population

Project partners

31 partners from research and academia, industry and public institutions from nuclear safety and radiation protection.