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Whenever we go shopping, we encounter several agricultural products named after a country or region. This happens because the quality and characteristics of agricultural products vary depending on their geographical source. For instance, the wine produced in Bordeaux (France) is different from the wine produced in La Rioja (Spain) or the Yarra Valley (Australia). Similarly, Roquefort-sur-Soulzon (France) and Gorgonzola (Italy) produce different types of blue cheese. Coffee from Colombia is also different from coffee from Brazil.

These are just a few examples of products that are deeply connected and associated with their geographical origins. To protect a geographical name from misuse, producers can use a geographical indication, which identifies a good as originating in a specific region where a given quality, reputation, or other good characteristic is essentially attributable to that geographic origin.

This taster will introduce the concept of Geographical Indications, compare traditional and emerging forms of protection, and explore how our food consumption can promote sustainable agricultural practices and protect traditional knowledge.

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Most people would agree to the following statement:


Radioactive = Dangerous.

Is this really true?

Radioactivity is widely used in medicine and industry. Even your body is mildly radioactive. Learn about how much radiation you get from a banana and why long-distance flights are similar to chest x-rays. Explore the uses of radioactive isotopes in astrophysics, medicine, industry, geology and archaeology. Learn what to do when there is a nuclear explosion next to you and how we know when Tutankhamun lived.

Join this exploration into the world of radioactivity and radiation.

Course Outline

1) Introduction to Radioactivity and Radiation

The periodic table, the elements, atoms and nuclei, radioactive decay, radiation, half-life, dose

2) Radioactivity and Radiation in Astrophysics and Geology

The Sun, supernovae, stardust on Earth, radio-dating

3) Radioactivity and Radiation in Medicine and the Environment

Tumour therapy, x-rays, radiopharmaceuticals, radiation sickness, radiation around us

4) Radioactivity and Radiation in Industry

Nuclear reactors, nuclear waste and storage, sterilisation

5) Radioactivity and Radiation as a Risk

Nuclear disasters, Nuclear weapons, Nuclear terrorism

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you should:

• Understand the concepts of radioactivity and radiation and the units used to quantify them

• Understand the applications of radioactivity and radiation

• Understand the risks of radioactivity and radiation and how to minimise them

• Have awareness that we as humans are surrounded by radioactive elements and radiation

Who should enrol

This course is designed for beginners with an interest in science and the topic radioactivity and radiation. No scientific background is required, the course will introduce all concepts needed. In particular, no mathematical skills are required.


Please consider watching our free taster session of the course:

CCE Taster: Radioactivity and Radiation