Mr. Carlos Rojas-Palma Ph.D.
Future Forces Forum
Senior Project Manager Security Research and CT
Belgian Nuclear Research Center (SCK•CEN)
Training First Responders and Emergency Room Physicians for a Non-conventional Attack with Ionizing Radiation
Co-presentation with Mr. Wiktor WOJTAS
In the period 2006—2009 the European Commission co-funded a targeted research project that was coordinated by the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK•CEN)and which resulted in a production of a handbook for the triage, monitoring and treatment of the public exposed to the malevolent use of ionising radiation: TMT Handbook (www.tmthandbook.org ). The handbook has been very well received by practitioners, therefore the European Commission’s Directorate General for Migration and Home Affairs sought to take this initiative forward by organising a series of train-the-trainer courses for the EU Member States authorities based on TMT Handbook. The main objectives of this training course are: to disseminate knowledge and expertise, identify best practices, capacity building, create synergies among EU Member States, share results and contribute to preparedness and resilience to mass casualties resulting from acts of terror using ionising radiation. This presentation will elaborate on the main lessons learned from the organization of a series of training courses and present plans to carry this initiative forward taking into consideration the needs from EU MS.
Carlos Rojas-Palma received his PhD in Physics (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Antwerp, Belgium in 1992.
From 1994 he works at the Belgian Nuclear Research Center (SCK•CEN) and since then has was engaged in European Research on Preparedness and Response to nuclear emergencies mainly under the Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection Euratom program of the European Commission. He has coordinated a number of R&D projects in this area.
From 2006 – 2009 he coordinated the specially targeted research project TMT Handbook for the triage, monitoring and treatment of the public exposed to the malevolent use of ionizing radiation and he is the main author of the book. Since then he has been mainly involved in countering nuclear and radiological terrorism. Since 2011 he has been engaged in CBRN Preparedness and Resilience at European scale.
He is currently an advisor to the Belgian Superior Health Council, European Commission DGs Migration and Home Affairs as well as Enterprise, and more recently he has been nominated to integrate the group advising the European Commission on security related matters such as fight against crime and terrorism. He is also expert to the European Commission's Research Executive Agency on Security Research.