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Ionising radiation Federal Office for Radiation Protection as a film set

Scenes for prize-winning ARD series "Weissensee" are being filmed at the BfS site in Berlin-Karlshorst. Before the steps of the old lecture theatre, a film team has been filming around 15 extras equipped with flags and banners. At the same time, another team has been furnishing further spaces inside the main building with props and spotlights for upcoming scenes. For the fourth sea-son of the ARD series “Weissensee”, parts of the BfS site in Berlin-Karlshorst have been transport-ed back to one day in 1990. The production company selected the Berlin BfS building because of its typical East German structure and corresponding interior features.

Optical Radiation Sun protection and skin cancer prevention: Cities in the focus as a result of climate change

In future, climate and climate change will have a significant impact on the health of people living in cities. Heat stress increases and experts foresee a rising skin cancer risk, because: People will spend more time outdoors on more sunny days . In order to give citizens the opportunity to protect themselves against excessive UV- and thermal solar radiation, prevention specialists demand urban development policy to actively address this scenario. That is the result of a specialist workshop in Hamburg which was carried out by Arbeitsgemeinschaft Dermatologische Prävention e.V. (ADP), Deutsche Krebshilfe, and the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) at the end of April.

Ionising radiation Network improves user-friendliness of radiation protection data

The BfS online portal for radiation protection data is now available in a new and completely revised version. This map application enables online users to view current data regarding radioactivity in Germany. Numerous data on natural radiation and artificial radionuclides can be found, such as radon in the soil vapour, the radioactivity in rainfall or Caesium 137 in food. With the Geoportal, the BfS contributes to the transparent presentation of data gathered by the authorities, publishing these and making them generally usable.

Ionising radiation Radiation Protection Act enables more effective protection against ionising radiation

In future, consumers are better protected against the harmful effects of radiation, both in everyday life and at the workplace. On 12 May, the German Bundesrat approved the Act on the Reorganisation of the Protection against the Harmful Effect of Ionising Radiation. The Act provides for a reorganisation in the medical field including medical research, for natural radioactivity, and for emergencies. Citizens benefit directly from the new provisions. The BfS welcomes the Act since it adapts key radiation protection aspects to new specialist knowledge.

Irradiation plan of a head-neck tumour Source: Klinikum der Universität München

Ionising radiation Radiotherapy without unintended side-effects

In a joint research project, new possibilities in the radiotherapy of tumours in the neck and throat area are to be explored. It is intended to examine how the reaction of the tumour tissue can be influenced during radiotherapy without unintended side-effects to the normal tissue occurring. The research consortium ZiSStrans, of which also the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) is part, is headed by Helmholtz Zentrum München. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) supports the projects with about four million euros altogether in the next five years.

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