The scope of the conference covered most of the aspects of nuclear- and radiochemistry including, but not limited to, chemistry of radioactive elements, radioanalytical methods, radiochemical separation methods and speciation techniques, environmental radioactivity (both natural and artificial), radioecology, application of radionuclides and ionising radiation in research, technology, and medicine, chemical problems in nuclear waste treatment and disposal.

As the conference was organised on the occasion of the centenary of the discovery of Radium and Polonium, one session was devoted to the historical issues. This one-day plenary session was held at Jachymov (St. Joachimsthal), radon spa and a centre of a former uranium mining area from where Marie and Pierre Curie were provided with raw material for both their radium and polonium discoveries and the preparation of the first weighable amount of radium. A constituent part of this session was an excursion into radon spa. The section on radiochemical separation methods was held to commemorate the late Prof. Jiri Stary.


The RadChem’98 scientific programme was divided into nineteen sessions conducted over full five days. The programme addressed eight general topics, which were

  1. Chemistry of natural radionuclides, discovery of radium and polonium
  2. Radionuclides in the environment, radioecology
  3. Activation analysis and other radioanalytical methods
  4. Ionising radiation in science, technology, and medicine
  5. Chemistry of actinide and trans-actinide elements
  6. Separation methods, speciation
  7. Production and application of radionuclides
  8. Radiochemical problems in nuclear waste management

Three panel discussions took place on the closing afternoon of the conference. Their topics included: