Chornobyl Research and Development Institute was first created as a think-tank in May 2015. The expert group brought together specialists in the field of energy and radioactive materials handling, which set out to form a new paradigm of positive change in the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone (the Zone).
Chornobyl Research and Development Institute was registered as a Non-Governmental Non-commercial Public Organization (Public Union) in March 2016 with the aim to facilitate reforming of the Exclusion Zone.
One of our main goals is a change of the attitude towards the Zone in the public consciousness and the state policy.
Since the inception, Chornobyl Research and Development Institute has been taking part in the formation of qualitatively new proposals and programs for the development of the Zone, also contributing to their implementation.
Many initiatives and proposals of Chornobyl Research and Development Institute have been accepted and implemented as state policies regulating the reformation of the Zone.
The important direction of Chornobyl Research and Development Institute activity is to create new opportunities for the widest possible development of the Zone, its revitalization, as well as establishing and developing its investment potential.
Nowadays, Chornobyl Research and Development Institute is an organization focused on numerous in-house and partner scientific and technical research projects in the Zone, as well as those outside of the location, to tackle the problems of radioactive materials handling, environment protection, and overcoming the consequences of radiation accidents.
We create and implement informational, educational, and scientific research programs in the field of radiology and radiation safety.
Raising awareness about all aspects of activity within the Zone, as well as organizing appropriate control by the public is one of the focused areas of our activity. Representatives of Chornobyl Research and Development Institute are the members of the Public Council of the State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management.
Pursuant to the Decree of the President of Ukraine No. 141/2016 dd. April 13, 2016, and per the verdict of the Scientific and Technical Council of the State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management, it was proposed to establish on the basis of Chornobyl Research and Development Institute a scientific and practical International Research Centre as an open international platform for research on radiation safety, the impact of ionizing radiation on human being and the environment.
The main prospective directions of scientific and technical research of Chornobyl Research and Development Institute are:
- environmental problems caused by the Chornobyl catastrophe
- remote consequences of irradiation of people and components of the environment
- implementation of control and non-proliferation systems for nuclear and radioactive materials
- development and testing of technologies for rehabilitation of radiation-polluted territories
- analysis of the safety of nuclear facilities and radioactive waste storage facilities
- monitoring of the Shelter facility (the new safe confinement), as well as of Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant during its decommissioning
- management of territories in the conditions of emergency situations
- development of laboratory and instrumental research methods
- testing of equipment and devices in conditions of radiation pollution
- creation of geoinformation systems as a monitoring and management tool
- other research on the territory of the Zone, leveraging its uniqueness in terms of scale and gradient of radiation pollution, as well as technical and technological saturation
We are convinced that the information and knowledge that is obtained and can be obtained through scientific and technological research in the Zone can be a qualitative contribution to the universal knowledge and contribute to the formation of global nuclear and radiation safety.
Chornobyl Research and Development Institute is actively working on the analysis and proposals for regulatory acts relating to the activities of the Zone, nuclear and radiation materials handling, and radiation safety issues.