International Evaluation of the Research Activities of the Finnish Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK)
The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health invited a multi-professional panel of international and national experts to evaluate the research activities of STUK. The evaluation was based on written material, a site visit and interviews with scientists and the management. The site visit took place on October 12-14, 2011. This evaluation was the third international evaluation. The previous evaluations took place in 2001 and 2005.
The panel concluded that overall STUK presents a highly impressive research portfolio, with well educated, keen and committed staff provided with an excellent working environment. The physical condition of the experimental laboratories is exemplary. The 2011 panel felt that while its remit was specifically to evaluate research at STUK, it was important to make assessments in the context of the range of work and overall strategies for work programs. During the evaluation period and beyond, declining resources for research both nationally and internationally have posed new challenges to STUK and the scientific community in radiation research. Research is integral part of STUK activities and the success factors should reflect the overall success of laboratories and departments. The panel made several recommendations on management and scientific issues to reinforce the quality of research and activities in STUK.
International Evaluation of the Research Activities of the
Finnish Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK)
Reports and Memorandums of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health 2012:9. Helsinki 2012. 52 p.
ISSN 2242-0037 (online)