Environmental health encompasses the assessment and control of those environmental factors that can potentially affect human health, such as radiation, toxic chemicals and other hazardous agents. The ethical frameworks and underpinnings that drive underlying environmental health research and regulations are not always made explicit and in our view require greater attention. This symposium featured presentations by colleagues from the whole range of environmental health research and practice on the ethical implications of science and technology and on the application of research results in the regulatory and policy domains.

As did its predecessor, the 2nd Symposium on the Ethics of Environmental Health took place in the Czech Republic, this time in Budweis (České Budějovice). It began with introductory lectures on the evening of Sunday, 15 June 2014, and continued with plenary sessions through Wednesday morning, 18 June 2014. The last day of the meeting, until Thursday midday, 19 Jun 2014, was dedicated to a discussion of the wants and needs of the next few years of ethics research in the field of environmental health, more particularly of radiation protection.

Selected contributions will be published in a collection, in preparation for EarthScan.

The symposium was held in conjunction with a “Workshop on Ethics of Radiation Protection” sponsored by OPERRA (“Open Project for the European Radiation Research Area“). Participants could choose to attend only the first two-and-a-half days of lectures and discussion, but were invited to stay for an extra day devoted to drawing up a European road-map of research on radiation ethics until 2020, which is one of the deliverables of the OPERRA project.