Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Materials Section

Uranium Production Cycle

Technical Meeting on Uranium Provinces and Mineral Potential Modelling

20 – 22 June 2011,
IAEA Headquarters, Vienna, Austria




Global uranium demand is expected to grow by 40% to 120% by 2035 due to accelerated growth of nuclear power. Planned capacity from existing and committed production centres can satisfy only about 80% of the low case requirements and about 50% of the high case requirements by 2035. Additional production centres based to a large extent on yet-to-be-discovered resources are therefore required to fill in the gap and assure security of supplies.

Uranium exploration and development efforts are increasing worldwide, and currently a total expenditure of approximately USD 1.3 billion is incurred in more than 20 countries. The majority of the activities are focused on new areas that have some amount of estimated Prognosticated and Speculative Resources. A large part of the efforts also go into countries and provinces which hitherto do not have any recent history of uranium exploration.

Uranium provinces are defined as a region of the Earth's crust in which rocks of one or more successive ages are enriched in uranium above normal abundance, generally as distinct deposits. Recognition of the uranium provinces followed by critical application of mineral potential modelling techniques often leads to high success rates in locating new uranium deposits when working with yet-to-be-discovered resources. The studies involve formulating conceptual models and applying, either a data or knowledge driven approach, utilizing various geological, structural, geochemical and geophysical datasets to get results.

The purpose of the Technical Meeting is to provide a forum for experts from Member States to discuss recent advances in the recognition of uranium provinces, understanding of uranium mineralization criteria in known uranium provinces and the methods and tools for applying mineral systems knowledge for identifying new resources. Recent case histories and developments in exploration and evaluation of Undiscovered Resources of uranium will be discussed.

The target participants of the Technical Meeting are professionals engaged in uranium exploration, resource evaluation and production, researchers, energy planners and officials interested in uranium resources from Member States.

The Technical Meeting (TM) will be held at the IAEA Headquarters, Vienna, Austria.


The following specific topics are identified as being of particular interest, and shall be considered in the papers to be presented:


Mr Michel Cuney
Directeur de Recherche au CNRS
CREGU & UMR G2R 7566
Geologie et Gestion des Resssources Minerales et Energetiques
Universite Henri Poincare - NANCY I
Equipe Genese et Gestion des Ressources Minerales
Domaine Scientifique Victor Grignard - Entree 3B
BP 70 239 - F54 506 VANDOEUVRE les NANCY Cedex, France
Phone: 33-(0)3 83 68 47 09
Fax: 33-(0)3 83 68 47 01

Scientific Secretary:
Mr Harikrishnan Tulsidas
International Atomic Energy Agency
Wagramer Strasse 5
PO Box 100
1400 Vienna, Austria
Phone: +43 1 2600 22758
Fax: +43 1 26007 22758

Ms Martine Potot-Tarmann or Ms Hiroko Ratcliffe ,
International Atomic Energy Agency
Wagramer Strasse 5
PO Box 100
1400 Vienna, Austria
Phone: +43 1 2600 22765
Fax: +43 1 2600 29671
Email: or


Each person wishing to participate in the meeting is requested to complete the Participation Form A (attached), with an indication of the intention to present a paper must be sent to the IAEA through the competent official authority by 1 March 2011.

Participants are required to prepare a paper on the topic of Uranium provinces and mineral potential modelling and to make a presentation of their paper. The presentations will have a duration of approximately 20 minutes and it is preferred that they are prepared in MS PowerPoint format. Contributed papers and presentations should be submitted in English with an electronic version provided to the scientific secretary prior to the meeting.


The meeting will be held at Agency Headquarters in the Vienna International Centre (VIC), Meeting Room VIC M3, Wagramerstrasse 5, 1400 Vienna, Austria. Participants are advised to arrive one hour prior to the convening time of the meeting to allow for timely registration. It should be noted participants must present an official photo identification document in order to be admitted to the VIC premises.

The following web site ( can be accessed for more detailed information on Vienna and the VIC.


Participants are also advised that they may require a valid passport and Schengen visa for entry into Austria. Accordingly, it would be advisable to begin the immediate preparation of travel arrangements and necessary authorizations. Please advise the Secretariat as soon as possible if a formal invitation letter is needed in order to facilitate the visa request. We recommend that you apply for visa in a timely manner, if necessary. (The 25 Schengen countries are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland. If you need more information please check:


In accordance with the established rules, Governments, national authorities, private companies or individual sources are expected to bear the travel and other costs of designated participants in the meeting. Limited funds are, however, available to help cover the cost of participants from Member States eligible to receive technical assistance under the IAEA's technical cooperation programme. Such assistance can be offered, upon specific request, to one participant per country provided that, in the IAEA's view, this participant will make an important contribution to the meeting. The application for financial support should be made at the time of the designation of the participant.

The Secretariat wishes to state that compensation is not payable by the IAEA for any damage to or loss of the experts' personal property. However, for the period of their engagement with the IAEA, including travel between their residence and the duty station, the designated experts will be covered under the IAEA's insurance policy for permanent total disablement or death resulting from service-incurred accidents or illness up to a maximum of €100 000, for permanent partial disablement resulting from service-incurred accidents or illness up to a maximum of €100 000 and for medical expenses up to a maximum of €20 000 plus €10 000 for supplementary travel and accommodation expenses in case of illness or injury resulting from service-incurred accidents or illness, in accordance with the terms of the IAEA's relevant insurance policy. This insurance coverage only covers accidents and illnesses insofar as they clearly result from attendance at an IAEA meeting. The IAEA recommends that the expert also make arrangements for private insurance coverage on an individual basis.


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