About SPERA

SPERA’s beginnings go back to two informal scientific workshops held in Australia in 1985 (in Sydney) and 1990 (in Adelaide). The idea of an Association was initially raised at the Adelaide workshop. A special meeting was held in Tahiti in 1991, at which the constitution of SPERA was drafted, and the organisation was subsequently registered in South Australia. Since then, workshops and conferences have been held in Dunedin – New Zealand (1992), Canberra – Australia (1994), Darwin & Jabiru – Australia (1996), Christchurch – New Zealand (1998), Noumea – New Caledonia (2000), Sydney – Australia (2002), Valdivia – Chile (2004), Melbourne – Australia (2006)and most recently in Christchurch – New Zealand (2008).

The primary objective of SPERA is ‘to encourage and facilitate communication among scientists working in the South Pacific region in the field of environmental radioactivity, which involves the study of the occurrence, behaviour and impact of radioactive species present in the environment due either to natural processes or resulting from human activities’.

SPERA is strictly scientific and apolitical in nature, and membership is open to all professional scientists involved in any aspect of environmental radioactivity study. Although primarily concerned with activities within the South Pacific region, membership is not restricted to the region.

In particular, SPERA encourages members and prospective members to attend various events .

Current Committee

Jennifer Harrison

Jennifer Harrison

President

Nuclear Stewardship,
ANSTO,
Lucas Heights, NSW 2234, Australia

Tel: +61 2 9717 3919
jjh@ansto.gov.au
www.ansto.gov.au

Michael Lechermann

Michael Lechermann

Vice President

Institute of Environmental Science
and Research Ltd (ESR),
27 Creyke Road, Ilam,
Christchurch 8041, New Zealand

+64 3 351 6019
Michael.Lechermann@esr.cri.nz
www.esr.cri.nz

Michaela Froehlich

Michaela Froehlich

Secretary

Australian National University,
Canberra, ACT, Australia

Tel: +61 2 6125 1612
Fax: +61 2 6125 0748
michaela.froehlich@anu.edu.au
physics.anu.edu.au/nuclear/

Stephen Long

Stephen Long

Treasurer

Australian Radiation Protection
and Nuclear Safety Agency,
Yallambie, VIC., Australia

+61 3 9433 2211
Fax: +61 3 9432 1835
stephen.long@arpansa.gov.au
www.arpansa.gov.au

 

Sangeeth Thiruvoth

Sangeeth Thiruvoth

Committee Member

Nuclear Stewardship,
ANSTO,
Lucas Heights, NSW 2234, Australia

Tel: +61 2 9717 3786
sat@ansto.gov.au
www.ansto.gov.au

Andrew Yule

Andrew Yule

Committee Member

Australian Radiation Protection
and Nuclear Safety Agency,
Yallambie, VIC., Australia

+61 3 9433 2445
andrew.yule@arpansa.gov.au
www.arpansa.gov.au

Andrew Pearson

Andrew Pearson

Committee Member

New Zealand Food Safety,
Ministry for Primary Industries,
25 The Terrace, Wellington, 6011, New Zealand

Tel: +64 4 894 2535
Andrew.pearson@mpi.govt.nz
http://www.mpi.govt.nz