26th Annual CIRMS Meeting 2018
April 16-18, 2018
NIST, Gaithersburg, MD

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2018 CIRMS 26th Annual Meeting
April 16-18, at NIST, Gaithersburg, MD

Dear Colleagues,
It is our pleasure to invite you to attend the 26th Annual Meeting of the Council on Ionizing Radiation Measurements and Standards (CIRMS) to be held April 16-18, 2018 at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, MD.  Attendees are invited to participate in the interactive and stimulating discussions and/or to submit abstracts at for poster presentations and potentially for oral presentations during the working group sessions (there are still a few slots left for oral presentations and many for poster presentations).

The theme of this meeting is “Radiation Technologies for the Future.” For more than a quarter of a century, CIRMS has played an important role in serving as a public forum for discussion of radiation measurements and standards. The technical program will consist of plenary and poster sessions in the mornings followed by three parallel working group sessions held during the afternoons. A preliminary agenda for each meeting date (April 16, 17 and 18) is available at

The agenda is being updated weekly on the website as invited speakers are confirmed. 

We have an outstanding list of speakers this year on a large diversity of topics including: radiation therapy, radiation biology, space travel, radiation risk, micro dosimetry, imaging, sterilization, materials modification, radiation protection, radioactivity measurements, radiochemistry, first responders’ needs, consequence management, homeland security applications, detection instrumentation, 3D phantoms, 3D printing, nanosensors and more.

Please do not forget to register at

Special hotel rates are available at the Hilton at

We look forward to seeing you in April 2018 at CIRMS!]


July 4, 2017

Distinguished Colleagues and Friends,

On behalf of the Executive Committee, I am honored to invite you to the 26th Annual Meeting of the Council on Ionizing Radiation Measurements and Standards (CIRMS) to be held April 16-18, 2018 at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, MD USA. In 2017, the CIRMS community celebrated its 25th anniversary of advancing ionizing radiation metrology and measurement standards. 

Next year, we look forward to continuing CIRMS’ tradition of excellence in supporting applied research, industrial applications, public health, and fostering young scientists. With today’s big data technology and advanced predictive analytics, innovative and emerging technologies are rapidly transforming uses of ionizing radiation in fields from material science to space travel. The impact of future radiation technologies on job creation, economic growth, and public health are enormous and worth highlighting. Next year’s meeting theme, “Radiation Technologies for the Future”, will showcase the latest developments, current trends, and future directions in the field of radiation technology. It also provides an open forum for attendees to exchange ideas, foster collaborations, and advocate for metrology and standard needs.

Over decades, the strategic framework cultivated by the CIRMS community has gained broad national and international support and recognition. Known for its coordinating role and technical resourcefulness, CIRMS’ annual meetings are regularly attended by large numbers of professionals from academia, industry, and government, who have interests and needs arising from the use of ionizing radiation, concerns about radiation safety and protection, and traceability of measurement in quality assurance. While making a concerted effort to provide a fertile platform for discussing measurement and standards needs and formulating prioritized action plans, CIRMS’ annual meetings also offer a valuable venue for career-driven students to present their research and develop successful careers in the field of radiation technology.

CIRMS’ past achievements remind us that our future success rests on keeping CIRMS’ mission closely connected to its community’s needs, which calls for continuing engagement and participation by way of collaborative partnership across academia, industry, and government. We hope that next year’s featured presentations on medical applications, personnel and environmental radiation protection, homeland security technologies, and industrial applications and material effects will not only inspire current members but also bring in new participants in this endeavor.

The CIRMS Needs Report is used by members of Congress to prioritize federal funding for supporting national infrastructure needed to develop essential ionizing radiation metrology and measurement standards, and by actively participating, you will be able to communicate your needs into the next edition of the Report. With the help of our corporate sponsors and devoted members, the CIRMS Executive Committee has developed a program to address broad aspects of radiation technologies that are important and beneficial to future industrial development, economic growth, and quality of life.

The meeting agenda is formulated to include plenary presentations, breakout sessions, student project talks, casual social events, and poster viewing sessions. To enhance your meeting experience and facilitate engaging peer interactions, I encourage you to submit an abstract summarizing your research by Monday, February 26th 2018 (instructions can be found at

While all presenters will have opportunities to interact with live audiences following their presentation, the poster sessions will allow you and your peers to engage in relevant and detailed discussions. CIRMS 2018 sponsors are also invited to present posters that enable the attendees to appreciate and learn about the organizations and corporations that support CIRMS’ mission. Our meeting organizer will gladly offer reasonable space for table top displays.

Development of the next generation of researchers in the field of ionizing radiation technology is an important part of CIRMS’ mission. CIRMS strongly encourages students to participate in this annual meeting and present posters to showcase their ongoing research projects. To recognize excellence in ionizing radiation research, up to 9 student travel grant winners will be selected from student abstracts received by Monday, January 29th 2018. In addition, several student-submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the CIRMS Executive Committee and recommended for oral presentations as part of a poster blitz during the plenary sessions.

If you are working with a student who is conducting research in the field of radiation technology, please encourage them to participate so that they will be able to broaden their view and network with the preeminent scientists in the field. Additional information on the CIRMS Student Grant Awards Program can be found at

CIRMS is an organization made up of prominent scientists and researchers from academia, industry, and government dedicated to identifying the needs for new measurement technologies and the development of new standards in the field of ionizing radiation. Therefore, the CIRMS annual meeting provides a unique opportunity to meet and discuss new developments, current trends, and future directions in metrology research, measurement standards, and industrial applications. In each breakout session, the current needs and future challenges in radiation metrology and measurement standards will be explored and discussed. Recommendations from each breakout will be presented in a joint plenary session at the end of the meeting and incorporated into the CIRMS Needs Report.

I look forward to seeing all of you at the 26th Annual CIRMS meeting. Your active participation in the exciting and dynamic discussions on advancement of radiation technologies for improving future industrial development, economic growth, and quality of life will be greatly appreciated.


Zhichao Lin, CIRMS President


CIRMS 2018 Annual Meeting

April 16-18, 2018 at NIST, Gaithersburg, MD

Please join us for the 26th Annual Meeting of the Council on Ionizing Radiation Measurements and Standards (CIRMS) to be held on April 16-18, 2018 at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, MD.

The meeting’s theme is “Radiation Technologies for the Future".

The technical program next year will consist of oral and poster presentations and three parallel working group sessions that address measurement and standards needs in the following topics:

• Medical Applications
[diagnostic and therapeutic radiology, nuclear medicine]

• Radiation Protection and Homeland Security
[radiochemistry, waste analysis, personnel dosimetry, electronic dosimeters, bioassay
and internal dosimetry environmental dosimetry, first responder needs]

• Industrial Applications and Materials Effects
[dosimetry for radiation processing, radiobiology, low dose standards, safety at radiation facilities, food irradiation]

Participants are invited to submit abstracts for poster presentation and possible presentation during the working group sessions.

The deadline for your abstract submission is February 26, 2018.

CIRMS meeting will provide ample opportunity for scientist’s attending the meeting to present their research during two poster sessions (one on Monday and one on Tuesday).

As always, CIRMS 2018 sponsors are invited to present posters that enable the attendees to better learn about the wide variety of organizations and corporations that support CIRMS; limited space for table top displays will also be available.

We look forward to seeing all of you at the 26th annual CIRMS meeting in April of 2018 and your active participation in the exciting and dynamic discussions to be held on the evolving visions of advanced manufacturing and technology in the radiation arena.

Updates on the evolving program will be posted to the agenda website as they develop.

Registration for the meeting is now open, so please register by clicking on the registration button below:

2017 CIRMS 25th Anniversary Meeting

The 2017 CIRMS 25th Anniversary Meeting in Gaithersburg, MD at NIST came to a successful conclusion on Wednesday, March 29th, 2017.

CIRMS Executive Committee would like to thank all the Meeting Organizers, Speakers, Session Chairs, and Meeting Assistants for their part in the success of this meeting.

The Committee would also like to thank all the sponsors for their contributions and making the Student Travel possible with the Student Travel Grants.

Click on 2017 CIRMS photo for a larger image.

We would like to thank all the attendees for coming to the meeting and all the speakers for presenting their work this year at the CIRMS Anniversary meeting.

All the presentations were outstanding as well as the discussions that these presentations helped stimulate. We sincerely appreciate the wonderful presentations that you all put together.

We will be updating the needs report published on the CIRMS website based on the input that was received and will let you know of potential follow ups in the different areas.

As traditional,presentations will be made available on the CIRMS website as the .pdf files in the Library. We will start uploading them on the CIRMS website in the following days.

Click on 2000 CIRMS photo for a larger image.

Again, thanks for attending!

For those who have been with CIRMS for the last 20 years or so, we have a nice surprise, an archive CIRMS 2000 Meeting Group Photo.

Please enjoy and let us know if you found yourself in there!

CIRMS Honors the Past

CIRMS 25th Anniversary – Honoring the Past. Looking to the Future.
A tribute to people who helped the CIRMS grow.

Katy Nardi
CIRMS Executive Secretary
1995 – 2012

Following the formal organization of CIRMS in 1992, the council grew rapidly and it was quickly recognized that CIRMS needed an Executive Secretary to handle the growing administrative workload. Katy Nardi stepped in to take on the task as the first Executive Secretary with full time responsibilities for all administrative tasks. For nearly two decades Katy was the face for CIRMS to its membership in industry, academia and government agencies.

During her tenure as Executive Secretary, the Council doubled in the number of organizational members, held annual conferences and workshops and produced four national Needs Reports. Katy was always the first to help members, answer questions from the public and make sure that CIRMS reports and newsletters made it to the appropriate contacts. All of the CIRMS community offer thanks to Katy for her friendship and valuable service to CIRMS.

RIP. It is with our deepest sorrow to inform you Katy passed away this August (2017).

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