Regional strategy for medical response as part of the disaster management in case of radiation emergency caused by the war in Ukraine

Bucharest, Romania

19 – 21 September 2023


Day 1

09:00 – Registration

09.00 – 12.00 – Welcome and Keynote Speeches of NATO SPS ARW, back-to-back with National Commission for the Control of Nuclear Activities (CNCAN) Valahia 2023 National Exercise (

Moderators: Cantemir CIUREA-ERCAU, State Secretary, President of National Commission for Nuclear Activities Control, Romania,

Corina Silvia POP, Medical Director of Bucharest University Emergency Hospital

Keynote Speech by: E.S Mircea Geoana, NATO Deputy General Secretary (on-line), Representative of the Ministry of External Affairs, Raed ARAFAT (on-line), State Secretary, Head of Emergency Situations Department, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Romania, Simona PARVU, General Director of National Institute of Public Health, Keynote Speech by E.S. Victor CHIRILA, Ambassador of the Republic of Moldova in Romania


1st Panel

The risk of a radiation incident generated by war in Ukraine. Implications for international actors and regional security


Moderator: Professor Dan DUNGACIU, Director, Institute of Political Sciences and International Relations, Romanian Academy

Discussant: Associate Professor Darie CRISTEA, Vice-Dean of Faculty of Sociology and Social Assistance, Bucharest University, Romania


14:00 – End of the War – The worse scenario, Gl. (r.) Stefan DANILA, Former Chief of Staff Romanian Army, Founder of I2DS2 – Integrated Intelligence Defence and Security Solutions, Romania

14.15 – Hybrid Threats for Republic of Moldova Generated by the Russian Military Invasion in Ukraine, Associate Professor Natalia ALBU, Executive Director of Platform for Security and Defense Initiatives, Republic of Moldova

14.30 – Enhancing Moldova’s Resilience to Geopolitical Threats State of Play and Future Prospects, Associate Professor Ludmila COADA, Free International University, Republic of Moldova

14.45 – Nuclear Geopolitics in the Context of Redefining the Great Strategic Game, PhD Veaceslav UNGUREANU, Scientific Researcher, Institute for Legal, Political and Sociological Researches, Moldova State University

15.00 – Russian Fake News and Black Propaganda Related to Nuclear Weapons’ Use in Ukraine, Marius ILIE, Security Studies Master Programme from Bucharest University, Romania

15.15 – Questions and comments

15.30 – Discussant’s conclusions


2nd Panel

Shelling Ukraine’s nuclear power plant, radioactive waste storage, hospitals, research institutes or factories that use radioactive sources: how to deal with environmental contamination


Moderator: PhD Petre MIN, National Commission for Nuclear Activities Control, Romania

Discussant: PhD Roland KOVACS, Senior Adviser at Norwegian Radiation Safety Authority, Norway  

16.00 – Report of the HERCA-WG Emergencies (WGE) Task Force supporting Ukraine and neighboring countries – Coordinating planning and implementation of radiological emergency protective actions between countries during the war, Gareth THOMAS, The Office for Nuclear Regulation, United Kingdom and Chair of HERCA WGE

16.15 – Scientific and Evidence-Based Support in Emergency Preparedness And Resilience Strengthening, Under Volatility And Uncertainty, Bogdan VAMANU, Scientific Researcher ‘Horia Hulubei’ National Institute of Physics and Nuclear Engineering, Romania

16.30 – Specifics of Emergency Planning for multi-risk unregulated radioactive sources: study case, Dan SERBANESCU Nuclear safety and risk specialist at Nuclearelectrica and Director of Engineering and Safety at RoPower.

16.45 – The Role of European Union in Dealing with Radiological Incidents (online), Bharat PATEL, D3 Unit, DG Energy, European Commission

17.00 – Questions and comments

17.15 – Discussant’s conclusions

Day 2

09:00 – Participants’ arrival

3rd Panel – Raising population’s resilience and reaching medical preparedness for a radiation emergency


Moderator: Professor Carmen ORBAN, Bucharest University Emergency Hospital

                    Professor Lucian NEGREANU, Bucharest University Emergency Hospital

Discussants: Mr. Ovidiu RAETCHI, Director of Euro-Atlantic Resilience Centre Romania

Mr. Andrei MARFIN, Head of Defense Ministry Health Care Department, Republic of Moldova

09:15 – Nuclear and Radiological Incidents: Should We Consider Individual Factors? Professor Nicolas FORAY, Unit of French Institute of Health and Medical Research, Michel BOURGUIGNON, Professor Emeritus of the University of Paris Saclay, medical director of INSERM UMR 1296, France

09.30 – Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Disaster. Lessons Learnt for Japan Medical Units, Professor Tsubokura MASAHARU, Fukushima Medical University, Department of Radiation Health Management, Japan

09.45 – Public health preparedness for and medical response to radiation accidents and nuclear incidents, Professor István TURAI, Senior Counsellor of the Directorate, „Frederic Joliot-Curie” National Research Institute for Radiobiology and Radiohygiene (NRIRR), Hungary

10.00 – Evaluating the risk of the evacuation and shelter in a nuclear disaster: lessons learned from previous incidents, Ph.D. Cosmin DUGAN, Lacramioara BORDEA, Bucharest University Emergency Hospital, Cristian VIZITIU, Head of Space Applications for Human Health and Safety Department, Institute of Space Science, Romania

10.15 – Questions and comments

10.30 – Discussant’s conclusions

4th Panel – Using coercive diplomacy to deter an attack with tactical nuclear weapon or targeting nuclear facilities in Ukraine


Moderator: Gl mr (r) Adrian PARLOG, Intelligence Analyst, Former Deputy Director of Romanian Military Directorate, Ministry of Defense

Discussant: Șerban Georgescu, Director of the Department of Asian Studies at the Romanian-American University


11.00 – Probabilistic Foundations of Nuclear Risk Assessment, Davide BARBIERI, Visiting Professor Università degli Studi di Ferrara, Italy

11.15 – Russian provoked nuclear disaster, attack or accident: scenarios, probability and consequences, Professor Iulian CHIFU, “Carol I” National Defence University, Romania

11.30 – Risks of nuclear threats in modern war (online) Professor Andriy STAVYTSKYY, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine

11.45 – Crisis Communication Strategy in Case of Nuclear Incident in Ukraine, Ph.D. Marin GHERMAN, Director of Institute of Political Studies and Social Capital, Ukraine

12.00 – Ukraine’s Fight for Erasing Putin’s Geostrategic Red Lines (online), Mykhailo SAMUS, Chief of The New Geopolitics Research Network, Ukraine

12.15 – The triadic relationship strategic communication – security culture- societal resilience, Professor Adrian LESENCIUC, “Henri Coandă” Air Force Academy, Romania

12.30 – Questions and comments

12.45 – Discussant’s conclusions

5th Panel – Radiation incident: medical management plans and response capacity on-site and in healthcare facilities


Moderators:   Professor Corina POP, Medical Director of Bucharest University Emergency Hospital

  Professor Catalina POIANA, President of the Medical College Bucharest

Discussants: Associated Professor Silvia NICA, Bucharest University Emergency Hospital

  Dr. Caroline CLARINVAL, PhD, WHO Country Office Representative, Romania

14.00 – Overview WHO Resources. Resilience / Preparedness / Response for a Nuclear Event, Dr Silvia Gatscher, Health Operations Manager, WHO Country Office in Romania

14.15 – ITB (Iodine Thyroid Blocking) Implementation for Nuclear Emergency, Marc Benderitter, Deputy director of the Health Division of Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire, France

14.30 – Medical preparedness and response to nuclear and radiological emergencies in Moldova, colonel (r) Ion APOSTOL, National Agency for Public Health, Republic of Moldova

14.45 – Medical Units’ Strategic Management in Case of CBRN Incidents in Republic of Moldova, Dr. Sergiu CÎRLAN, “Alexandru cel Bun” Military Academy and Andrei MARFIN, Head of Defence Ministry Health Care Department, Republic of Moldova

15.00 – WHO’s role in global preparedness and response to radiation emergencies (online), PhD Zhanat CARR, Radiation Emergency Medical Preparedness and Assistance Department of Environment, Climate Change and Health, World Health Organisation

15.00 – Questions and comments

15.15 – Discussant’s conclusions


6th Panel – Contingency planning for haematologists in radiologic and nuclear events


Moderators:   Adjunct Professor Leif Stenke (online), Haematology and Internal Medicine at the Department of Medicine, Solna, Sweden.

  Professor Horia BUMBEA, Bucharest University Emergency Hospital

Discussants: Professor Anca Colita, Fundeni Clinical Institute

Professor Tsubokura MASAHARU, Fukushima Medical University, Department of                Radiation Health Management, Japan

15.45 – Ukraine Resilience/Response to a Major Radiation Incident. The European Blood and Marrow Transplant Society EBMT Nuclear Accident Committee NAC Collaboration, Ray Powles Head of Haemato-oncology and Bone Marrow transplantation at Nuffield Cancer Centre London UK  

16.00 – Ukraine under 2022 Russian Invasion: How Ready for a Nuclear Catastrophe Is a Country that Has Previously Experienced a Large-Scale Radiation Accident (online), Sergiy Klymenko, Head of the Center of Hematology, Hemoblastosis Chemotherapy and Bone Marrow Transplantation at “Feofaniya” Clinical Hospital, Ukraine

16.15 – Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation Activity in Romania, and the Capacity to Receive Patients in Case of Radiation Emergency, Alina Tanase, MD, PhD Head of the Bone Marrow Transplantation Unit of Fundeni Clinical Institute, Bucharest

16.30 – Diagnosis and Medical Management of ARS, Marc Benderitter, Deputy director of the Health Division of Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire, France

16.45 – Questions and comments

17.00 – Discussant’s conclusions

Day 3

09:00 – Participants’ arrival, welcome coffee


7th Panel

Radiological incident: plans for response and intervention, including decontamination strategies


Moderator: Cosmin GHITA, Head of Nuclearelectrica, Romania

Discussant: Mihaita GAINA, General Director of Nuclear and Waste Radioactive Agency, Romania

09.15 – The Importance of Effective Communication between Radiation Protection Professionals and Medical Care Providers, Stephen L. (Steve) SUGARMAN, CHP, Vice President and Corporate Health Physicist, SummitET – Summit Exercises and Training LLC, US DOE Office of Nuclear Incident Policy and Cooperation

09.30 – Why We Need Republic of Moldova’s Former and Volunteer Military in Case of a Nuclear Incident in Ukraine, Brigadier General (r) Vitalie MARINUTA, President of Retired Officers Association, former Ministry of Defense, Republic of Moldova, Brigadier General (r) Vitalie STOIAN, Head of Military Training Department Moldova Technical University, Former Chief of Staff, Republic of Moldova

09.45 – The Role of Immigration Service from Republic of Moldova in Case of Nuclear Incident in Ukraine, Alexandr GOTEANSCHII, Head of Radioactive and Chemical Department, Border Police Inspectorate, Republic of Moldova

10.00 – Hybrid Nuclear Compellence: Intentions and Consequences, Ph.D. Valeriia HESSE, fellow at the Odesa Center for Nonproliferation, Ukraine

10.15 – Emergency preparedness and response arrangements in case of nuclear or radiological accidents in Bulgaria, Dr. Lyudmila SIMEONOVA, Acting Head of Emergency planning and preparedness section, Bulgaria

10.30 – Questions and comments

10.45 – Discussant’s conclusions

11:15 – Roundtable on measures needed on a simulated radiation incident.


Moderator: Professor Cristian BARNA, Bucharest University

Discussant: Professor Șerban GEORGESCU, Director of the Department of Asian Studies at the Romanian-American University


Facilitators: H. E. Hiroshi UEDA, Ambassador of Japan in Romania, H.E. Kap-Soo RIM, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea in Romania, HE Victor CHIRILA, Ambassador of the Republic of Moldova in Bucharest, representative of the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lieutenant colonel Lucian BOIURU, Chief of WMD Nonproliferation and Nuclear Consultation Office, National Military Command Center/Defence Staff, Ministry of Defense, Romania, PhD Vasile SIMILEANU, Director Geopolitica Magazine, Colonel (r) Ion PETRESCU, Military Analyst, Former Director of Military Press Trust, Ministry of Defense, Romania

14:00 – Working groups session: elaboration of actionable recommendations for policy makers and relevant stakeholders. 

15:00 – Presentation of ARW Key findings and recommendations. Strengthening the network to build upon further: ways and opportunities under NATO SPS programme and/or different instruments, PhD Cristian FELEA, Former Intelligence Manager, Columnist RepublikaNews, Colonel (r) Niculae IANCU President of Integrated Intelligence, Defense and Security Solutions Association, Former Rector at the National Intelligence Academy

15:30 – ARW harvesting letter: participants’ consensus. Delivering printed harvesting letter to participants and Conclusion remarks by ARW Co-Directors.