ICRP established the Bo Lindell Medal for the Promotion of Radiological Protection in 2017. It honours the the memory and dedication of Bo Lindell, ICRP Scientific Secretary 1957-1962, and Main Commission member 1963-1985, serving as Chairman 1977-1985. Bo made many important contributions to radiological protection, including playing a central role in the development of the 1977 Recommendations of ICRP (ICRP Publication 26), the core of which is the foundation of radiological protection today.
The Bo Lindell Medal is given to an early- to mid-career individual making a significant contribution to the promotion of radiological protection. It is normally conferred once every two years on the occasion of ICRP's biennial symposia on the system of radiological protection. However, the first medal was awarded in 2018, ICRP's 90th Anniversary year, in Stockholm, the home of Bo Lindell.
Newly established by former ICRP Chair Dr Claire Cousins, this award recognises the best presentation by a young scientist or professional at an ICRP International Symposium on the System of Radiological Protection. Eligibility is restricted to those within 5 years of having been awarded a postgraduate degree.
Finalists have an opportunity to make a live, in-person presentation at an ICRP International Symposium on the System of Radiological Protection. A panel of international experts will select the awardee based on the quality of their work and its presentation at the Symposium.
The first award will be confired at ICRP 2021+1, the Sixth International Symposium on the System of Radiological Protection, in Vanouver, Canada, 7-10 November 2022.
The Gold Medal for Radiation Protection is awarded once every four years by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. ICRP is the sole nominating body for this award which is given to a person who has made a highly valuable contribution to international radiation protection work during the preceding 10-year period.
The medal is presented at each International Congress of the International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA) by its President, after a short address by the ICRP Chair or a representative of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.