Scientific Secretariat

The Scientific Secretariat manages the daily business of ICRP.

Scientific Secretariat in Paris, 2017 – From (L-R): Takahiro Koshiba (Intern, Japan), Sylvain Andresz (Intern, France), Lynn Lemaire (Executive Administrator), Christopher Clement (Scientific Secretary), Kelsey Cloutier (Development and Communications Manager), Laila Omar-Nazir (Intern, Canada), Haruyuki Ogino (Former Assistant Scientific Secretary). Missing: Toshihiro Higuchi (Historian).

Until 1957, the Secretary of the Commission was selected from among the Commission members.  However, in that year Secretary Walter Binks had to retire for health reasons.  Bo Lindell (who was not a member of the Commission at the time) was asked to be a "temporary" secretary, then went on to become ICRP Scientific Secretary.

Scientific Secretary became a full-time paid position in 1962 with the appointment of F. David Sowby.  This significantly increased the efficiency of ICRP operations. Over time the Scientific Secretary was assisted more and more in his duties with administrative support provided in-kind through the various national organisations that hosted the Scientific Secretariat. In 2009 ICRP created the second full-time paid position of Executive Assistant to fill this role. In 2012 the first Assistant Scientific Secretary joined the Scientific Secretariat on secondment for a two-year period. This position continues to be filled by secondment. In 2016 the position of Development and Communications Manager, bringing the number of full-time paid staff to to three. All other positions are filled by volunteers or secondment.

As ICRP's Chief Executive, head of the ICRP Scientific Secretariat, and Editor-in-Chief of the Annals of the ICRP, the Scientific Secretary:

  • Oversees the daily operation of ICRP
  • Prepares, organizes, and participates in all Main Commission meetings
  • Is directly involved in aspects of the scientific and policy work of ICRP
  • Represents ICRP at international meetings
  • Speaks on behalf of ICRP at workshops, symposia, etc.
  • Responds to requests for information about the work of ICRP
  • Coordinates the publication of all ICRP reports including working with the authors, final editing of the reports, and various discussions and negotiations with the publisher

Duties of the Assistant Scientific Secretary include acting as Associate Editor of the Annals of the ICRP and assisting the Scientific Secretary as required.

The Executive Administrator assists the Scientific Secretary by taking care of bookkeeping and other administrative and financial functions such as: 

  • administering the finances of ICRP
  • preparing the correspondence from the Scientific Secretariat
  • assisting with planning and preparing the meetings of the Commission
  • maintaining ICRP records

The Develoment and Communications Manager coordinates raising charitable contributions, and internal and external communications including managing the website and social media.

Historian is a a volunteer part-time position, assisting with the organisation of ICRP archives, and undertaking special projects such as the ICRP oral history project.

The Scientific Secretariat is located in Ottawa, Canada.

International Commission on Radiological Protection
PO Box 1046, Station B
280 Slater Street
Ottawa, ON K1P 5S9
Tel: +1(613) 947-9750
Fax: +1 (613) 944-1920

Christopher H. Clement (Scientific Secretary), ICRP, Canada
Hiroki Fujita (Assistant Scientific Secretary), ICRP, Japan
Chunsheng Li (Assistant Scientific Secretary), ICRP, Canada
Kelsey Cloutier (Development and Communications Manager), ICRP, Canada
Lynn Lemaire (Executive Administrator), ICRP, Canada
Toshihiro Higuchi (Historian), Georgetown University, USA
Isao Kawaguchi (Intern), NIRS, Japan