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Sergii Mirnyi (Ukraine)
Ukrainian National Museum “Chornobyl”
Sergii Mirnyi is a multidisciplinary researcher and award-winning writer. Studying the Chornobyl Disaster, he developed the general pattern for contemporary accidents of various origin, nature, and scale. He uses this pattern and his first-hand professional and personal Chornobyl experience not only for the purpose of holistic studies of accidents and mass-traumatic events but also for the practical mitigation and, if possible, prevention of their most severe and long-lasting consequences. In the first months after the Chornobyl nuclear reactor’s explosion, Sergii Mirnyi was a commander of radiation reconnaissance platoon at the site, and was cited for courage and heroism. His background includes, in particular, humanities, environmental sciences and policy (MSc, CEU/Manchester University) and chemistry (MSc, Kharkiv State [now Karazin National] University).