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09/10/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 09/10/2019 03:16

Side Events and Tours Highlight IAEA Work in Nuclear Safety and Security

The IAEA Department of Nuclear Safety and Security offers 13 side events and two types of tours during the 63rd IAEA General Conference, to be held in Vienna from 16 to 20 September 2019. All are open to all registered GC participants.

The department's exhibition, on the first floor of the M Building (Exhibition Area 1), focuses on the Agency's work to help countries protect people, society and the environment from harmful effects of ionizing radiation.

The second day of the General Conference coincides with International Patient Safety Day, and a side event held in the Espace area on the first floor of the M Building marks this day by highlighting IAEA work to promote a strong radiation safety culture in medicine. The discussion will be livestreamed via the IAEA's Facebook account, starting at 13:30 on 17 September. Other events showcase support available to countries considering introducing the use of nuclear power and an Agency peer review service that helps countries strengthen their arrangements for nuclear and radiological emergency preparedness and response. A side event on Monday gives participants a sneak peek of the 2020 International Conference on Nuclear Security. For details, please see the list below.

During tours of the IAEA Radiation Safety Technical Services laboratory, participants can learn about the monitoring services provided to occupationally exposed workers. Participants are encouraged to register for tours via email or at the Nuclear Safety and Security exhibition booth. The tours depart from the Information Desk at the entrance to M building at 9:50 a.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Registration via email is required for tours of the IAEA Incident and Emergency Centre, which is the hub of the Agency's activities in emergency preparedness and response. The tours depart form the Information Desk at the entrance to M building at 11:50 a.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

The full details of the Departmental events:

The International Nuclear Safety Group Forum on the Safety-Security Interface

Monday, 16 September 2019, 14:00-16:00; Conference Room C3, C building, 7th floor

In a meeting open to all General Conference participants, the International Nuclear Safety Group (INSAG) Forum will provide insights from INSAG and other experts on the safety-security interface.

International Conference on Nuclear Security (ICONS) 2020: Preview

Monday, 16 September 2019, 16:00-17:00; Conference Room C4, C building, 7th floor

A panel discussion will highlight how the topics of the International Conference on Nuclear Security, to be held in February 2020, impact nuclear security globally. The topics are: international legally and non-legally binding instruments for nuclear security; role of the IAEA in nuclear security; national nuclear security regimes; emerging technologies and the digital age; and international cooperation in information exchange, sharing of good practices and broader experience to enhance nuclear security.

Towards a Strong Radiation Safety Culture in Medicine: IAEA Activities

Tuesday, 17 September 2019,13:30-14:00; ESPACE M01, M building, 1st floor

Healthcare stakeholders have designated 17 September as International Patient Safety Day, and the 2019 focus is 'Safety Culture at all Levels'. This side event highlights the IAEA's work to strengthen safety culture in medical facilities. Speakers will discuss how to improve radiation safety culture in medicine and how to support radiation protection and patient safety in general. The event will be livestreamed via the IAEA's Facebook account..

Leading for Safety: What I Learned at the International School of Nuclear and Radiological Leadership for Safety

Tuesday, 17 September 2019, 14:00-16:00; ESPACE M0E, M building, ground floor

At this side event, young and mid-career professionals who have taken part in the IAEA International School of Nuclear and Radiological Leadership for Safety discuss how the course helped them develop as safety leaders. They will highlight how the school's interactive methodology influenced their ability to strengthen safety at their current work places, and to continue to lead for safety throughout their careers.

Celebrating the 100th Edition of the Postgraduate Educational Course (PGEC) in Radiation Protection and the Safety of Radiation Sources - Vision for the Future

Tuesday, 17 September 2019, 15:30-17:00; Conference Room C5, C building, 7th floor.

The PGEC in Radiation Protection and the Safety of Radiation Sources is regularly delivered across all regions in English, French, Russian, Spanish and in Portuguese. In its 37 years of existence, the courses have helped 120 countries build up radiation safety knowledge in young graduates. This side event will review the achievements and set out the vision for the future.

The Sixth Plenary Meeting of the Global Nuclear Safety and Security Network

Wednesday, 18 September 2019 9:30-12:30; Conference Room C3, C building, 7th floor.

The Plenary meeting will provide a forum for IAEA Member States to discuss challenges related to the development of a sustainable radiation and nuclear safety infrastructure in line with the IAEA safety standards and international good practices. The IAEA Secretariat will brief participants on the IAEA's Consolidated Plan for Safety as a tool to assist Member States in addressing these challenges.

Recent IAEA Safety Guides: Radiation Protection of the Public and the Environment

Wednesday, 18 September 2019, 10:00-11:00; Conference Room M4, M building, ground floor.

This side event offers an in-depth-look at three recently issued IAEA Safety Guides:

  • Radiation Protection of the Public and the Environment (IAEA Safety Guide No. GSG-8)
  • Regulatory Control of Radioactive Discharges to the Environment (GSG-9)
  • Prospective Radiological Environmental Impact Assessment for Facilities and Activities (GSG-10).

Radiation Safety Information Management System (RASIMS) Version 2.0: An Online Tool to Evaluate National Radiation Safety Infrastructure

Wednesday, 18 September 2019, 14:00-15:00; ESPACE M0E, M building, ground floor.

At this side event, the IAEA will present the Radiation Safety Information Management System (RASIMS) that enables Member States to compare their national infrastructure for radiation safety to relevant IAEA safety standards. This information can be used as the basis for designing projects and activities to address the identified needs, thus leading to a strengthened infrastructure for radiation safety that is consistent with the IAEA safety standards.

20 Years of the Emergency Preparedness Review (EPREV) Service: Experience and Way Forward

Wednesday, 18 September 2019, 14:00-15:00; Conference Room C4, C building, 7th floor.

Two decades after the IAEA's first EPREV mission, hosted by Indonesia, IAEA experts and selected mission hosts share insights from the 48 missions conducted so far and look ahead at the way forward for the service. IAEA speakers will summarize lessons learned and discuss plans for future improvements. EPREV host countries will share their views on the benefits and challenges of hosting an EPREV mission.

New Nuclear Power Programmes: Coordinated International Support for Safety and Success

Wednesday, 18 September 2019, from 15:30-17:00; Conference Room C4, C building, 7th floor.

This side event highlights the IAEA Milestones approach and other IAEA support available to countries that are considering building new nuclear power plants to meet United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 7 on ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. The event emphasises the role of sound regulatory arrangements, leadership capability and operational safety. The World Association of Nuclear Operators and the Electric Power Research Institute will also present their programmes for the newcomers.

Senior Safety and Security Regulators' Meeting

Thursday, 19 September 2019, 9:00-18:30; Board Room D, C building, 4th floor.

At this meeting, heads of regulatory authorities and other senior regulatory officials in the fields of nuclear, radiation, transport and radioactive waste safety and nuclear security will discuss regulatory challenges and share good practices. The meeting will also focus on IAEA Secretariat initiatives to support regulatory bodies.

Transport Safety E-learning Initiatives

Thursday, 19 September 2019, from 15:30-16:00; ESPACE M0E, M building, ground floor.

The IAEA offers comprehensive e-learning on the safe transport of radioactive material. This side event introduces the e-learning course 'Safe Transport of Radioactive Material ', which provides training for regulators, operators and anyone interested in the regulatory requirements for the safe transport of radioactive material by sea, air and land.

Plenary of the Regulatory Cooperation Forum (RCF)

Friday, 20 September 2019, 9:30-13:00 Conference Room C4, C building, 7th floor

The RCF Plenary focuses on common regulatory infrastructure development issues faced by countries embarking on nuclear power programmes and facilitates information exchange and experience- sharing among newcomers and countries with operating experience. At this meeting, participants will share regulatory infrastructure development experience and knowledge, and review the RCF Strategy.

The Side Event schedule is also available online and on the IAEA Conference and Meetings App for android and iOS.