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Our Core Mission

Communication, Education and Advocacy is at the core of our activities. Our mission is to support and to promote the safe and beneficial use of irradiation which we passionately believe contributes to the quality of the lives of a large proportion of the world’s population.

From rural communities to big cities, from space to the depths of the oceans and from the unborn to the elderly we all benefit directly and indirectly from the positive contribution that ionizing radiation has on our everyday lives. Many people are unaware of the many, many benefits that are derived from irradiation processing industry. Ionizing radiation technologies are a safe, sustainable and highly effective solutions for many commercial and requirements and challenges. Ionizing radiation is widely used to improve the quality and characteristics, cost effectively and with less impact on the environment, of a wide and varied range of products and materials. The iia supports leading businesses, universities, institutes and laboratories across the world who use radiation processing technologies for the greater good of our global village.

For decades, the many parts of the world have relied on clean, nuclear power to produce non-fossil fuel based electricity. Cobalt can be specifically manufactured as a by product of nuclear energy production. Cobalt 60 is a marketable resource, used extensively by the radiation processing industry for beneficial activities from food irradiation to cancer treatment. Cobalt 60 is produced in a nuclear power reactor used to generate electricity. The electricity used by electron beam and x-ray systems can be produced using any means, including including coal, gas, hydro or nuclear. Cobalt 60 has a relatively short half-life, 5.3 years, and the volumes transported used are also small. With Cobalt 60, there is no environmental impact at the time of production as conversion from Cobalt 59 into Cobalt 60 is a simple byproduct of electricity generation. Each ionizing radiation technology; gamma, electron beam and x-ray, provide solutions to challenges. The technologies have different characteristics and are complimentary.

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Scientific Awards (2014 & 2015)

The International Irradiation Association (iia) acknowledges scientific merit with the iia Scientific Awards. These awards are presented to individuals within the academic and scientific community in recognition of their contribution to the advancement of the science of ionizing radiation and its potential application in industry. The awards are usually delivered annually or biannually at some of the most relevant scientific meetings for the irradiation community.

The first iia Scientific Awards were presented in 2011. Award recipients are selected by an Award Committee made up of representatives from iia and the organisers of the scientific meeting. Selection is based on a review of work that is presented at that meeting and the award typically consists of a grant to support the cost of attendance of the recipient at that meeting.

Laureates & IMRP

The International Irradiation Association (iia) has made Laureate Awards since the second International Meeting on Radiation Processing (IMRP) held in 1978. The Award represents the highest honour that members of the irradiation community can bestow on their colleagues. A list of our Laureates can be found by selecting “Laureates” in the “Category” drop down menu in the iia Members Listing.

The iia awards Scientific and Business Laureates and these are presented to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of the science, technology or business of radiation processing. The award winners are selected by an Awards Committee that uses a structured process to score each nominated individual against the selection criteria. Scoring is against approximately 20 criteria that are considered to be important characteristics of a Laureate winner and are weighted to reflect their level of importance to the Award selection process.

IMRP Events

The International Meeting on Radiation Processing (IMRP) is widely recognised as the leading international event for those involved in the application or science of radiation processing. The first IMRP meeting was held in Puerto Rico in 1976 and the conference and exhibition continues to be organised by iia on a different continent every 2-3 years.

IMRP attracts those who apply irradiation, suppliers of equipment and services, scientists, regulators and all those relying on irradiation to sterilise, process or enhance the characteristics of products and material.