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Scientific Forum
during the 45th Regular Session of the IAEA General Conference

Serving Human Needs:
Nuclear Technology for Sustainable Development

Conference Room C, Austria Center, Vienna
18 - 19 September 2001

PROGRAMME AND PARTICIPANTS


Objective

The objective of this year's Scientific Forum is to increase Member States' awareness that technical co-operation in non-power applications can produce cost-effective solutions to high-priority problems of sustainable development.

Format

The first four sessions of the Scientific Forum will consist of presentations by leading experts drawing on practical examples of nuclear technology applications. Each session will be followed by a round table discussion. In all sessions, Scientific Forum participants will be encouraged to engage in discussions with the speakers and panelists.

TUESDAY, 18 SEPTEMBER 2001
10.00 - 11.50 OPENING
Statement:
by M. ElBaradei, Director General, IAEA
Remarks:
by V. S. Ramamurthy, Forum Chairperson, India
  SESSION 1: SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND DEVELOPMENT: INTERCONNECTIONS
(Chair: S. Javed Burki, Pakistan)
  Two prominent international development experts will provide their views on the role of science and technology transfer in development and how to manage such activities. A round-table discussion will follow the keynote presentations.
Keynote Addresses:
- J. Sachs, USA, will assess the strengths and shortcomings of current practices, and provide a vision of the future of science for development. This address will be in the form of a video presentation.
- J. Vargas, Brazil, will focus on science and development from the perspective of developing countries.
Panelists:
- Y. Seyyid Abdulai, OPEC Fund
- W. Stumpf, South Africa
12.00 - 13.00 SESSION 2: PROMOTING FOOD SECURITY
(Chair: J. Turk, USA)
 

Isotopes and radiation can play key roles in enhancing food security by overcoming basic ecological constraints on agricultural productivity, and promoting more efficient use of land, water, and biological resources. Presentations and a round-table discussion among international experts and policy makers will highlight several examples.

Speakers:
"Tsetse Fly and African Trypanosomosis: Towards a Lasting Solution"
(J. Kabayo, Organization for African Unity)

"The Sterile Insect Technique: Cost-effective Control of the Mediterranean Fruit Fly"
(P. Gómez Riera, Argentina)

"Global Impact of Induced Mutation in Plant Breeding"
(C.R. Bhatia, India)
  ----- Break -----
15.00 - 16.20 SESSION 2: PROMOTING FOOD SECURITY (Continued)
Speaker:
"Utilization of Saline Water and Land: Reclaiming Lost Resources"
(M. Naqvi, Pakistan)
Panelists:
- R. Mshangama, United Republic of Tanzania
- B. Barnes, South Africa
- M.A. Awan, Pakistan
- J. Gallagher, USA
16.30 - 18.00 SESSION 3: MANAGING WATER RESOURCES
(Chair: B. Attia, Egypt)
 

Managing scarce water resources wisely requires the kind of detailed understanding of aquifer dynamics that is sometimes only possible with the techniques of isotope hydrology. But water also must be of adequate quality to protect human health. Two presentations and a round-table discussion among international experts will focus on this increasingly important field.

Speakers:
"Ethiopia's National Strategy for Improving Water Resources Management"
(M. Amha, Ethiopia)

"Understanding Arsenic Contamination of Groundwater in Bangladesh"
(B.N. Kabir, Bangladesh)
Panelists:
- M. Dengo, United Nations
- W.M. Edmunds, UK
- I. Ahmad, Pakistan
WEDNESDAY, 19 SEPTEMBER 2001
10.00 - 13.00 SESSION 4: IMPROVING HUMAN HEALTH
(Chair: L. Pinillos Ashton, Peru)
 

The use of radiation in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders such as cancer is well known. Less familiar are crucial applications of isotopes and radiation for improving children's health through cost-effective interventions. Isotopes also are fundamental tools in the modern biotechnology laboratory's development of new vaccines and diagnostic reagents. Presentations by four distinguished speakers will be followed by a round-table discussion among leading experts.

Speakers:
"Neonatal Screening for Treatable Congenital Disorders"
(W. Charoensiriwatana, Thailand)

"Stable Isotopes for Improving Human Nutrition"
(R. Uauy, Chile)

"Radiotherapy for Cancer Treatment: A Growing Priority for Developing Countries"
(R. Pardo Evans, Costa Rica)

"Biotechnology for Development: Human and Animal Health Perspectives"
(T. Yilma, USA)
Panelists:
- A. Aznarez, Uruguay
- J. Amuasi, Ghana
- B. Cummings, International Society for Radiation Oncology
- A. Awan, World Health   Organization
- S. Wade, Senegal
  ----- Break -----
15.00 - 18.00

SESSION 5: PANEL : MATCHING NEEDS AND TECHNOLOGIES: THE ROAD FORWARD
(Moderator: M. Catley-Carlson, Global Water Partnership)

  The Forum will conclude with a round-table discussion. Ms. Catley-Carlson will lead off the sesssion with a summary of the Forum's deliberations.
Panelists:
- B. Attia, Egypt
- S. Javed Burki, Pakistan
- L. Pinillos Ashton, Peru
- J. Ritch, World Nuclear Association
- J. Sachs, USA
(via video conference at 16.30 hours)
- R. Singh, India
- J. Turk, USA
- J. Vargas, Brazil
 

Closing Remarks


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