10/01/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 10/01/2019 11:07
To promote the practical use of nuclear techniques worldwide, the IAEA collaborates with designated institutions around the world. Through a Collaborating Centres network, these organizations assist the IAEA by undertaking original research, development and training relating to nuclear science, technologies and their safe and secure applications.
During the IAEA's 63rd General Conference that took place last month, the IAEA designated several institutions as IAEA Collaborating Centres and announced other recently designated centres. These are:
'With the newly designated institutions, there are now 40 active IAEA Collaborating Centres worldwide, with ongoing discussions in several countries to establish new Centres,' said Sasha Damjanac, Head of the IAEA's Research Contracts Administration Section. Focusing on research, development and training, this Collaborating Centre scheme helps reach important targets of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, he added.
In order to be eligible for consideration as an IAEA Collaborating Centre, an institution must have a minimum of two years of successful collaboration with the IAEA - for example, through participation in IAEA-supported coordinated research activities or in hosting fellows and training courses, or in the provision of expertise under the IAEA technical cooperation programme - and adhere to nuclear safety and security guidelines and principles.
Selection criteria include the scientific and technical standing of the institution, the prospective stability in terms of personnel, activities and funding, or the technical relevance of its activities to the IAEA's programmatic priorities.