Saturday 18 June - Saturday 25 June 2022

DTRA-IIRM-URA UK Summer School


University of Surrey

Student registration costs £280, this includes seven nights campus accommodation.


The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA)Interaction of Ionizing Radiation with Matter (IIRM), University Research Alliance (URA) will be hosting a one-week summer school to introduce graduate students to the principles of radiation detection, and to give hands-on experience of laboratory radiation measurements.

The summer school is offered as an additional learning activity, and students will not be registered for any credit-bearing course or module. The short course will include a full social programme, including a welcome evening upon arrival, a day trip to London to visit the National Science Museum and Natural History Museum, and a concluding summer school dinner at the end of the week with student prize awards.

Key objectives

The key objectives for the summer school are the following:

  • To deliver a basic overview of radiation detection and measurement, illustrated by case studies of alpha, beta and gamma spectroscopy measurements
  • To provide hands-on experience of nuclear measurements, with experimental classes in radiation detection at the University’s nuclear measurement laboratory
  • Students will present their key findings in an informal presentation session at the end of the week.

Who is this course for?

The summer school is open to all graduate students from any DTRA-IIRM-URA partner institution. No prior knowledge of radiation measurement or associated physics topics is required to participate. Campus accommodations will be provided at the University of Surrey.

The University of Surrey is committed to providing an inclusive environment that offers equal opportunities for all. We place great value on diversity and we encourage applications for this summer school from under-represented groups and people with disabilities. DTRA-IIRM-URA will also provide cost-share financial assistance to offset travel and lodging costs.

How to attend

Attendees wishing to attend this event should complete the summer school application form (doc), and return the completed form to Dr Douglas Wolfe at Penn State University ( by Monday 18 April 2022.

Apply now (doc)

If you have any queries or need further information, please contact Professor Paul Sellin ( and Dr Douglas Wolfe (

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