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The activities of the Environmental Radioactivity Laboratory (LARAM) began in the 1950s in the Physics Department of the Professor Joaquín Catalá de Alemany, on the former Faculty of Sciences of Universitat de València. Subsequently, the laboratory was attached to the departments of Fundamental Physics and Theoretical and Experimental Physics, under the direction of Professor Fernardo Senent Pérez, and was then integrate into the IFIC (a joint CSIC-UV centre). Since 1995, it is also attached as Environmental Radioactivity Laboratory to the Central Service for Experimental Research (SCSIE), dependent on the Vice-Principal Office for Research, and is dedicated both to research in the field of environmental radioactivity and to the performance of radioactivity measurements for all types of clients, institutional or private.

Among the projects in which LARAM participates, we can highlight the REM (Sampling Station Network) programme, under an agreement with the Nuclear Safety Council, whose aim is the continuous environmental radiological monitoring of our country. The PVRA Quality Control analysis of the Cofrentes Nuclear Power Plant are also carried out and they participate in the development of the Radiological Emergency Plan for the Government of the Valencian Community, both projects under a contract with the Government of the Valencian Community. Likewise, analyses of the radioactive content of drinking water are carried out (as required by Royal Decree 140/2003 of 7 February, establishing the health criteria for the quality of water for human consumption, modified by Royal Decree 314/2016 of 29 July), LARAM having obtained ENAC accreditation in December 2011 for the determination of some of radioactive parameters referred to in this decree and being the first laboratory of Universitat de València to obtain this accreditation. In 2019 and 2021, the scopes of this accreditation has been extended to include other analyses carried out at LARAM.

Currently, radon concentration analyses are also being carried out in working environments, in compliance with Royal Decree 1439/2010 (Article 63. Protection against exposure to terrestrial sources of natural radiation). LARAM has a web page where information on radon measurements can be consulted and requested:

Another of the projects in which LARAM participates is the project Interreg-Sudoe TRITIUM, in which they are collaborating with other European universities and research centres to design, build and develop a monitor for the immediate detection of radioactive levels of tritium in water. Also at LARAM, have been designed equipment that made it possible to lower the detection limit associated with the measurements and which is being used in different laboratories.

Regarding research in the field of environmental radioactivity, it has led to the publication of several theses, dissertations, final degree and master’s degree projects and articles in specialised journals. The latest thesis presented in the laboratory was "Contribution to Radon Gas Measurements: Methodology, Application and Dose Estimation" (Vanesa Delgado Belmar, 2020).