Symposium on International Safeguards: Verification and Nuclear Material Security

Vienna, Austria
29 October - 2 November 2001


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    The Symposium will be organized by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in co-operation with the European Safeguards Research and Development Association (ESARDA) and the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management (INMM). It will be the ninth in a series, the last of which was the "Symposium on International Safeguards" held in October 1997.

    The purpose of the Symposium is to foster a broad exchange of information on the international non-proliferation regime, concentrating on concepts, technologies and experience related to international safeguards.


    Reflecting developments since 1997, the 2001 Symposium will focus on the following issues.

    1. Elements of the international non-proliferation regime

      • Non-proliferation policy

      • The NPT and Nuclear Weapon-Free Zone Treaties

      • IAEA Safeguards Agreements and the Additional Protocol

      • Nuclear export control arrangements

      • The IAEA Action Team: Experience in Iraq

      • Synergies between the verification of non-proliferation regime undertakings and the verification of other relevant multilateral treaties, agreements, conventions, existing or in prospect e.g., the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, Conventions for Chemical and Biological Weapons and Missiles, and a treaty banning the production of fissile materials for use in nuclear weapons and other nuclear explosive devices

    2. Implementation of the Strengthened Safeguards System

      • Integration of safeguards measures pursuant to comprehensive safeguards agreements and Additional Protocols for optimum effectiveness and efficiency under restrained resources

      • Advances in verification technology for declared facilities:

        • Design information examination, verification and re-verification

        • Unattended monitoring systems

        • Sensor integration

        • Remote monitoring

        • Environmental sampling

        • Nuclear materials accountancy, measurements, and data analysis and evaluation

        • Non-destructive assay technology

        • Containment and surveillance technology

        • Authentication technologies, procedures and practice

      • Safeguards approaches and experience gained at nuclear facilities:

        • Enrichment plants

        • Fuel fabrication facilities

        • Power and nuclear research reactors and critical assemblies

        • Reprocessing plants and vitrification facilities

        • MOX fabrication facilities

        • Hot cells

        • Research & development institutes

        • Geologic repositories

      • Verification measures related to undeclared nuclear materials and activities:

        • Information acquisition and analysis

        • Complementary access Including managed access

        • Environmental sampling

        • Dual-use technologies

        • Satellite imagery

      • Experience in the verification of the completeness and correctness of State declarations

      • Regional and State systems of accounting for and control of nuclear material

      • Member State Support Programmes

      • Training; IAEA and Member State programmes

      • Neptunium and Americium

    3. The security of nuclear materials, physical protection measures and the IAEA role in relation to illicit trafficking

      • The Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material

      • Assistance programmes to States for improved nuclear security

      • Illicit trafficking in nuclear materials

    4. International verification in relation to nuclear disarmament

      • NPT commitments regarding nuclear disarmament

      • IAEA role in fissile material agreements

      • The Trilateral Initiative: IAEA Verification of weapon-origin and other fissile material in the Russian Federation and the United States:

        • Scope of coverage, implementation schedule and anticipated costs

        • Relationship to bilateral agreements

        • Legal framework

        • Attribute verification measurement systems for fissile material with classified characteristics

        • Inventory monitoring systems


    All papers - apart from invited review papers - must present original work; they should not have been published elsewhere.

    Deadline for submission

    A completed Form for Submission of a Paper, together with the Participation Form and two copies of an extended synopsis of 800 words (i.e. two A4 format pages of single spaced typing or the equivalent, including any tables or diagrams and a few pertinent references) must be sent (in English) to the competent national authority for official transmission to the IAEA by 15 April 2001 (see Section 13 below).

    In addition, this extended synopsis should also be sent electronically to the Scientific Secretary, Mr. T. Shea (e-mail address: [email protected]). The extended synopsis and the paper itself should be prepared using commonly available word processing software. The IAEA uses Microsoft Word. In the letter of transmittal, the author should note the specific software used.

    The synopsis should give enough information on the contents of the proposed paper to enable the selection committee to evaluate it. Introductory and general matters should not be included. The synopsis - if accepted - will be reproduced in unedited form in the Book of Extended Synopses; therefore, the original must be submitted as camera-ready copy in a form that the author will wish to have the work presented. The general style and presentation should be as in the attached sample.

    Acceptance of Papers for Oral Presentation and Poster Presentation

    Given the number of papers anticipated and the need to provide ample time for discussion, the number of papers that can be accepted for oral presentation is limited. Authors who would prefer to present their papers in a poster session are requested to indicate this preference in their letters conveying the extended synopses.

    Authors will be informed whether their papers/posters have been accepted for presentation on the basis of the extended synopsis. Guidelines for the preparation of the papers and the deadlines for their submission will be provided at that time.

    The IAEA reserves the right to refuse the presentation or publication of any paper that does not meet the expectations based on the information given in the extended synopsis.

    Further details concerning the preparation of the papers and oral presentation at the Symposium will be sent to the authors of accepted papers following notification of acceptance.


    Commercial vendors of equipment and services relevant to the topics above will be invited to display their wares during the Symposium.


    All persons wishing to participate in the meeting are requested to complete a Participation Form and send it as soon as possible to the competent national authority (Ministry of Foreign Affairs or national atomic energy authority) for subsequent transmission to the IAEA. A participant will be accepted only if the Participation Form is transmitted through the competent official authority of a Member State of the International Atomic Energy Agency or by an organization invited to participate.

    Participants whose designations have been received by the IAEA will be notified directly two to three months before the meeting.


    No registration fee is charged to participants.

    As a general rule, the IAEA does not pay the cost of attendance, i.e. travel and living expenses, of participants. However, limited funds are available to help meet the cost of attendance of qualified specialists mainly from Member States eligible to receive technical assistance under the IAEA’s Technical Co-operation Programme. Generally, not more than one grant will be awarded to any one country.

    If governments wish to apply for a grant on behalf of one of their specialists, they should address specific requests to the International Atomic Energy Agency to this effect. Governments should ensure that applications for grants:

    1. be submitted by 15 April 2001;

    2. be accompanied by a duly completed and signed Grant Application Form.

    Applications which do not comply with the conditions mentioned under (a) and (b) cannot be considered.

    The grants awarded will be in the form of lump sums usually covering only part of the cost of attendance.


    The proceedings of the Meeting will be published by the IAEA in camera-ready (unedited) form as a CD ROM soon after the Meeting.

    Each author is responsible for providing a camera-ready copy and a computer text file of the final version of each paper at the latest by the final day of the Symposium otherwise the paper will not be included in the proceedings.

    All participants will receive a free copy of the proceedings.


    The working language of the meeting will be English. All communications, synopses, abstracts and papers must be sent to the Agency in English.


    A preliminary programme of the Symposium will be sent to participants before the meeting.

    The final programme and the Book of Extended Synopses will be distributed on registration.


    Detailed information on accommodations and other information of interest will be sent to all designated participants well in advance of the meeting.

  11. VISA

    Designated participants who require a visa to enter Austria should submit the necessary application to the nearest diplomatic or consular representative of Austria as soon as possible. Please note that Austria is a Schengen State within the European Union and therefore persons who require a visa will have to apply for a "Schengen Visa at least 14 days before entry into Austria. Applicants are advised to secure the visa well in advance of the Symposium. In States where Austria has no diplomatic mission visas can be obtained from the consular authority of a Schengen Partner State representing Austria in the country in question." [As of September 1999, the Schengen States are: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Portugal and Spain].


    The address of the Secretariat is:

    International Atomic Energy Agency
    Vienna International Center
    P.O. Box 100
    Wagramer Strasse 5
    A-1400 Vienna

    Telephone No.: +43-1-2600(0) plus extension
    Telex No.: +43-1-12645
    Telefax No.: +43-1-26007
    Email: [email protected])

    Information on the Symposium is provided on the IAEA WorldAtom Web Page:

    The Scientific Secretary of the Conference is Mr. T. Shea, Head, Trilateral Initiative Office, Department of Safeguards (telephone extension 26600; e-mail address: [email protected]). Conference organization is provided by Ms. Regina Perricos, Conference Service Section, Division of Conference and Document Services (telephone extensions: 21315 or 21311; e-mail address: [email protected].


    The Participation Form and the Form for the Submission of a Paper, together with two copies of each synopsis, and, if applicable, the Grant Application Form, should be sent to the competent national authority (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, national atomic energy authority) for official transmission to the International Atomic Energy Agency.

    Subsequent correspondence on scientific matters should be sent to the Scientific Secretary and correspondence on administrative matters to the IAEA Conference Service Section.

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