Professor Dr. Wolfgang Weiss
Dr. Wolfgang Weiss is Head of the Department of Radiation Protection and Health of the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) in Munich since 2000. His department is responsible for all health-related scientific issues of radiation protection at federal level in Germany.
Dr. Weiss obtained a first degree (diploma) and a doctoral degree (PhD) in 1975 both from the Department of Physics at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. He spent one year as a postdoc at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Massachusetts, USA, to study the global distribution of the weapons fallout in the world oceans. In the following years he participated in global marine research projects. In 1980, Dr. Weiss became director of the Institute for Atmospheric Radioactivity in Freiburg, Germany, where he worked on environmental surveillance with a strong focus on noble gas measurements.
After the Chernobyl accident, Dr. Weiss established for the German government a comprehensive national system for the surveillance of the radiological situation of the environment, early warning and decision support (IMIS). This work included the development of specific decision support systems developed at EU level. In this context, he engaged in various aspects of emergency preparedness. Within several governmental cooperation projects between Germany and Russia he established online monitoring systems in the vicinity of Russian nuclear power plants.
Dr. Weiss was adviser to the German government during the negotiations of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) in the mid-1990s. His institution hosts an aerosol and a noble gas station of the global monitoring system of the CTBT organization.
Dr. Weiss has been involved in the definition and implementation of several EURATOM research programmes as well as in the initiation of the Multidisciplinary European Low Dose Initiative (MELODI) and the Association of the Heads of European Radiological protection Competent Authorities (HERCA).
As head of the German delegation to UNSCEAR, Dr. Weiss served as rapporteur (fifty-fourth and fifty-fifth sessions), Vice-Chair (fifty-sixth and fifty-seventh sessions) and Chair for the fifty-eighth and fifty-ninth sessions of UNSCEAR.