The Programme Committee invites researchers, government representatives, academics and business leaders to submit an abstract for an oral or poster presentation at the IMRP19 in Strasbourg. The selection of abstracts will be strictly based on novelty. Presentations of case studies are encouraged. Commercial abstracts featuring promotion of products and services will not be considered.

Abstract Submission Guidelines

  • Submissions should present significant new scientific or technical developments.
  • Presentations of case studies are encouraged.
  • Abstracts should be concise and informative and may include preliminary results.
  • Abstracts must be written in English.
  • Rule of Two: Each presenting author may make a maximum of one oral and one poster presentation OR two posters presentations at the congress. The number of submissions is not limited.
  • Title: max. 200 characters with spaces
  • Presentation Preference: Authors may indicate, at time of submission, whether they wish their abstract to be considered for oral or poster presentation or both. The Program Committee reserves the right to assign selected papers to the presentation categories that are in the best interest of the program.
  • Commercial and scientific Abstracts: Abstracts may be of scientific or technical interest. Commercial presentations will be considered for inclusion in the program of commercial presentations in the exhibition area.
  • Authors:
    • We recommend that the presenter of any submitted abstracts also be the submitter (corresponding author).  In the event that the presenter is not the corresponding author we require that, the presenter creates his/her own profile at
    • Students Presenters: Please check the box if the presenter is a student
  • Figures: max. two (2) figures as either a .jpg, .png or .tif
  • Body text: max. 1800 characters, with spaces; each figure counts as 20 characters. The abstract must consist of
    • introduction with objectives
    • body and
    • conclusion
  • Publication: Selected presentations will be considered for inclusion in an iia publication following IMRP 19.

Key Dates

  • April 4, 2018Call for abstracts opens

  • August 15, 2018Abstract submission deadline

  • October 31, 2018Author notification of abstracts

  • December 13, 2018Deadline for authors to register and pay

  • June 30, 2019Papers for publication due

Programme Overview

A Number of Changes

IMRP19 will be different from previous IMRPs in a number of ways. The number of oral presentations will be reduced to allow more time for an extended programme of activities. Two of the three conference days will consist of plenary sessions moderated by a professional MC in an auditorium. There will be time to visit the posters and the exhibition not only during the coffee breaks but also before and after lunch. A panel discussion will conclude each day. Industrial site visits will be possible on two different days (Monday and Friday) instead of one only. Commercial presentations will take place at the ‘iia Innovations Stage’ at pre-arranged times in the exhibition area’ .

For the first time, a complete course on material modification designed by the University of Reims and accredited by IAEA (subject to confirmation) will be offered. It will consist of a three-day foundation training in Reims the week preceding IMRP completed by a workshop, visits, sessions and discussions in Strasbourg.

Enriched Content

On Monday, April 1, the day before the official start of the conference, two workshops will be offered: a hands-on dosimetry workshop in the morning and a workshop on topical issues in gamma irradiation in the afternoon. On that same day, but also on the Friday, participants will have the possibility to visit FEERIX, the new research and training centre of Aérial in Strasbourg, featuring an X-ray machine installed by IBA, or the commercial gamma irradiator and accelerators of BGS in nearby Bruchsal, Germany.

On the first and third day of the conference (Tuesday and Thursday), plenary sessions conducted by a professional moderator in the auditorium will address global and regional developments, the status of the main applications and the most recent technological developments in gamma, electron beam and X-ray. New topics will include research irradiators, low-energy electrons and X-ray applications and high energy X-rays. The best posters will be presented by their authors during flash presentations.

On the second day (Wednesday) two parallel sessions will address recent scientific and industrial developments, from fuel cells to biomaterials and from seed protection to ‘more than sterilization’. A third parallel session in the exhibition area will consist of commercial presentations by suppliers of equipment, products and services.

Agenda at a Glance

List of Topics

Enhanced Materials
  • Tailoring polymeric materials by crosslinking
    • Bio-sourced materials for non-medical applications
    • Biopolymer battery separators
    • Thermoplastic polymer (automotive applications)
    • Membranes
    • Reinforced fibres-plastic composites (aerospace and automotive)
    • Nanoparticles incl. CNT, BN, graphene
    • Other
  • Curing of composites by using high energy EB or X-ray
    • Wood-plastic composites
    • Natural fiber-plastic composites
    • Carbon-fiber-polymer composites (aerospace and automotive applications)
    • Other
  • Tuning the properties of polymeric materials by grafting and polymerization
    • Gas absorbent
    • Metal ion adsorbent
    • Functional fabrics
    • Energy production and storage devices
    • Other
  • Application of standards and regulations
    • Application of guidance for reduced SAL (case studies)
    • ISO11137-4 and implications for radiation processing
    • Transfer between sterilizing agents
    • Product activation when using accelerators
    • Use of ISO standards in pharma applications
    • Sterilization using radiation after aseptic filling
    • Other
  • Innovative healthcare materials
    • Scaffold materials
    • 3-D printing
    • Biodegradables
    • Artificial veins
    • Nanomaterials
    • Tissues
    • Other
  • Innovative use of radiation for healthcare applications
    • Vaccines
    • Nano-carriers
    • Radio-protectants
    • Viral removal
    • More than mere sterilization while sterilizing
    • Other
Dosimetry and Modelling
  • ISO 11137-3
  • Dosimetry for low energies (300 keV or less) EB and X
  • Low temperature
  • Real-time measurements
  • Novel dosimeters
In-Line Processing and Research Irradiators
  • Low energy EB or X ray emittors and machines
  • Use of robotic arms for low energy irradiation
  • New application of in line irradiation
  • Pre- or post-aseptic filling sterilization
  • Novel self-shielded irradiators for research anad development
Technological Innovations
  • New irradiators concepts and designs
  • Use of robotic arms for irradiation
  • Control systems
  • New safety and security systems
  • Traceability through the process
Food irradiation
  • Phytosanitary applications
  • Novel applications of food irradiation (ready-to-eat food, emergency rations, etc.)
  • Marketing irradiated food (case studies)
Environmental applications
  • Treatement of flue gases by irradiation
  • Treatments of contaminated waters by irradiation