Speaker : Professor Kenji Nanba, Vice Director, Fukushima University Institute of Environmental Radioactivity.
When the nuclear accident occurred at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in March 2011, Fukushima University, about 37 miles away from the troubled plant, was not teaching nuclear science. Immediately after the accident, however, a group of scientists at the university, none of whom were specialists on nuclear issues at the time, measured air dose rates in Fukushima Prefecture and published the outcome in the form of a radiation map. The map played an important role in changing the government evacuation policy which was based on estimated dose rates.
Prof Kenji NANBA, an environmental microbiologist, is one of the scientists who made the radiation map, and, two years later, in 2013, when Institute of Environmental Radioactivity was established at Fukushima University, he was made its Vice Director. He will talk about the Institute’s research activities, which will be followed by Q&A.
This Japan Matters public lecture is co-organised by University of Glasgow Chaplaincy and Japan Desk Scotland, with grant from the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.
The lecture is free and open to the public.