Biographies of Representatives and Alternates

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Per Strand

Dr. Per Strand is the Director General of the Norwegian Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (DSA) since September 2020. He joined the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority, as DSA was then called, in 1986 as a researcher and subsequently held a series of positions, before becoming in 1998 Director of the Department of Nuclear Safety and Environmental Radioactivity. Since 2014, he has also been a Professor at the Norwegian University of Environmental and Life Sciences.

Dr. Strand obtained a doctorate in radiation protection and radioecology in 1994, from the Medical Faculty of the University of Oslo, Norway. His thesis was dealing with the effects of radiation on people and on health consequences in Norway following the Chernobyl accident.

Dr. Strand has been and continues to be involved in many international activities. He is currently the president of the International Union of Radioecology and has recently chaired the Steering Group for the joint project of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Health Organization on radionuclides in food in non-emergency situations. Further, he has contributed to several UNSCEAR reports such as the evaluation of lung cancer from exposure to radon, for which he chaired the expert group, and the assessment of doses and effects for non-human biota due to the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, for which he was the lead writer.

Dr. Strand was the observer of Norway to UNSCEAR for its 65th to 68th sessions. He has been the representative of Norway to UNSCEAR since the 69th session in 2022.

Alternate Representative

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Carol Robinson

Ms. Carol Robinson has been working for the Norwegian Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (DSA) since 2018, where she is involved in the field of international cooperation.

Ms. Robinson holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Natural Science (Chemistry) from the University of Oxford, United Kingdom and a Master of Science in Occupational Hygiene from the London School of Hygiene and Topical Medicine.

Ms. Robinson began her career in 1986 with the National Radiological Protection Board in the United Kingdom, where she was involved in assessing exposure levels and risks to members of the public and in developing relevant guidance. In 1997, she joined the International Atomic Energy Agency where she was involved in the early development of international policies for protection of the environment from the effects of radiation. Her subsequent consultancy work involved the practical application of environmental impact assessment methods, and the provision of support to both international and national bodies on a range of issues related to dose and risk assessment, international standards, and national regulatory processes.

Ms. Robinson was a consultant to the Committee’s methodology for estimating public exposure from discharges, published in the UNSCEAR 2016 Report, annex A. Further, she was a contributing expert to the development of the UNSCEAR 2020 Report, annex B on the ‘Levels and effects of radiation exposure due to the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station: implications of information published since the 2013 Report’ and is currently a lead writer contributing to the Committee’s evaluation of public exposure to ionizing radiation.

Ms. Robinson has been the alternate representative of Norway since the 69th session in 2022.