Shortly after Russia's invasion of Ukraine this year, the closed Chernobyl nuclear power plant became a target of the attackers and thus also of the media. The head of the State Office for Nuclear Safety, Dana Drábová, therefore decided to calm the fears of the Czech public via Twitter with the now classic phrase: "The radiation situation in Ukraine remains normal." It seems that this reassurance is still valid today. How far are we from a nuclear disaster? What would it look like and what should we do if it were to happen? What does nuclear energy promise us for the future?
Dana Drábová. Since 1999, he has headed the Czech State Office for Nuclear Safety. She studied at the Faculty of Nuclear and Physical Engineering of the Czech Technical University dosimetry and application of ionizing radiation and obtained an engineering degree. She pursued her Ph.D. studies in nuclear physics from 1994 to 200. Later, she worked at the Centre for Radiation Hygiene of the Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology - later the State Institute of Health - where she was involved in protection against the harmful effects of ionizing radiation. Since 1992 she had been deputy head of the Radiation Monitoring Network of the Czech Republic. In 1995-1996 she was Director of the Emergency Preparedness Department of the State Office for Nuclear Safety and, from 1996-to 1999, Director of the State Institute of Radiation Protection. Since 1 November 1999, she has been the Chairwoman of the State Office for Nuclear Safety. From November 2006 to November 2009, she chaired the Western European Nuclear Regulators Association (WENRA). In October 2013, she received an honorary doctorate at the Technical University of Liberec. In April 2016, she received another honorary doctorate at the Technical University of Ostrava.Read more
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