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IAEA General Conference

64th IAEA General Conference

21 – 25 September 2020, Vienna International Centre, Vienna

Virtual Side Events Organized by Member States During the 64th General Conference

The IAEA does not own the content of virtual side events organized by third parties within the margins of the 64th General Conference. The IAEA does not take any responsibility for the content of such side events; for the functioning, security, and privacy of any website on which a side event may be accessed; or for the accessibility of pictures and videos featured therein.

The Nuclear Sector Deal, Two Years On: Perspectives on Innovation in Cost Reduction

This event will provide an update on the United Kingdom's Nuclear Sector Deal and its key commitments, in particular the work being undertaken to reduce the cost of new build and decommissioning projects. The panel will include members at various stages of their career to discuss the innovative approaches being employed in the UK in reducing costs and in developing the next generation of nuclear talent. This event is organized by the United Kingdom.

This event will be held on Monday, 21 September 2020, from 1.00 p.m. to 2.00 p.m. Delegations should register here

Nuclear Science and Technology for a Better Life

At this event, participants will share their views on collaboration perspectives in nuclear science and technology in order to attain a new level of scientific and technological expertise, to raise current standards of living and launch а full scale nuclear power programme. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s multinational framework for Irradiation experiments concept will be presented. Participants will also discuss how to efficiently integrate nuclear science and technology into countries' economy, industry, science and education development strategies in order to meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This event is organized by the Russian Federation.

This event will be held on Monday, 21 September 2020, from 1.00 p.m. to 2.30 p.m. The virtual event will be accessible here. Delegations wishing to receive further information about this virtual event should contact K. Nikolaeva.

Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant: Decontamination and Decommissioning Progress

This event will provide an update on technical and institutional aspects of decontaminating and decommissioning the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. This event is organized by Japan.

This event will be held on Monday, 21 September 2020, from 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. Delegations should register here.

Accelerated Progress of Radiation Oncology

This event will enable discussions on the current state and future developments of the radiation oncology technology, including carbon ion beam cancer treatment, which is an advanced technology originating in Japan. This event is organized by Japan.

This event will be held on Tuesday, 22 September 2020, from 9.00 a.m. to 10.10 a.m. Delegations should register here.

Delivering Nuclear Security During Times of Crisis

This event will explore how nuclear security can be effectively implemented during times of crisis. Speakers will discuss both historical cases caused by political, societal and economic factors, natural and man-made disasters, as well as more recent lessons from responding to COVID-19. An international panel of government, industry and academic speakers will offer different viewpoints and approaches. This event is organized by the United Kingdom.

This event will be held on Tuesday, 22 September 2020, from 10.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. Delegations should register here

Lessons Learned from COVID-19 and the Way Forward for Technical Cooperation

This seminar will bring experts and representatives from MIKTA member countries together to discuss key opportunities, challenges and priorities for interregional technical cooperation programmes related to diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19, with a long term view to promoting the application and contribution of nuclear science and technology to public health. This event is organized by the Republic of Korea.

This event will be held on Tuesday, 22 September 2020, from 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon. Delegations should register here.

Nuclear Power: Valuable Domestic Energy Source and Assurance of Energy Supply Stability in Times of Economic Strain

This event will look into topics covering the benefits of nuclear power in the context of global climate and environmental challenges, instability of the energy carrier market and the economic crisis; the establishment of a nuclear power programme from a newcomer country perspective; and the future beyond the large-scale nuclear power plant. This event is organized by the Russian Federation.

This event will be held on Tuesday, 22 September 2020, from 11.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. Delegations should register here. Delegations wishing to receive further information about this virtual event should contact M. Prokhorova.

Building New SSAC Capability in a Mature Nuclear State – A Launch Event for the UK SSAC

Following the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union and Euratom, the UK Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) has been working to build the capability and associated regulatory framework of the State system of accounting for and control of nuclear material (SSAC) that the UK will need once Euratom arrangements cease to apply. This event will include keynote speeches, including from ONR’s Dr Mina Golshan, and a technical presentation. There will be opportunities for Q&A in a panel session with key members of the SSAC, and a showcasing of some of the capability and resources developed. This event is organized by the United Kingdom.

This event will be held on Tuesday, 22 September 2020, from 12.30 p.m. to 2.00 p.m. Delegations should register here

Nuclear Contribution to Power System Resilience: Lessons Learned from the COVID‑19 Crisis in France and Long Term Scenarios in Europe

The resilience of the power system has to be analysed in a short term and a long term perspective. In many countries, nuclear reactors have ensured the security of the electricity supply during the COVID-19 crisis, in particular thanks to flexible operations with renewables. In the latest 2050 decarbonization scenarios, flexible nuclear power will be a key contributor to power system resilience in systems with a high share of renewable energies. This event is organized by France.

This event will be held on Tuesday, 22 September 2020, from 1.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. Delegations wishing to register for this event should contact F. Lempereur.

Celebrating a New Chapter in the UAE's Journey Towards Development of Peaceful Nuclear Energy: Barakah Nuclear Power Plant

This event will provide the latest updates on the United Arab Emirates' nuclear energy programme development, and on its regulatory and safety infrastructure supported by a comprehensive legal framework in line with international obligations and best practices. The event will present the updated status of the construction of Barakah nuclear power plant and will provide opportunities to learn about the UAE‘s work with the IAEA. This event is organized by the United Arab Emirates.

This event will be held on Tuesday, 22 September 2020, from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m. Delegations should register here

Qualification Approaches of Non-Destructive Examination for the Safe Operation of Nuclear and Other Industrial Installations

Non-destructive examination (NDE) is a key tool to evaluate the integrity and properties of material or components for quality control, safety and reliability without causing damage to the tested object. This event will introduce the qualification approaches of NDE. This event is organized by Croatia.

This event will be held on Tuesday, 22 September 2020, from 2.00 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. Delegations wishing to register for this event should contact Z. Corak.

Nuclear Human Resource Development in Asian Countries Embarking on a Nuclear Power Programme

This event will discuss the effectiveness of training courses and workshops focusing on nuclear human resource development (HRD) conducted over the past 10 years by the Fukui International HRD Center for Atomic Energy in the Wakasa Wan Energy Research Center for embarking countries mainly in Asia. The IAEA has helped the activities, concluding Practical Arrangements with the Fukui Prefectural Government. This event is organized by Japan.

This event will be held on Wednesday, 23 September 2020, from 9.00 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. Delegations wishing to register for this event should contact kikaku.

Regulatory Challenges in the Immediate Dismantling of Reactors without Final Disposal Solutions in Place

This event will address the challenges arising for the licensees and regulator when immediate dismantling is chosen or required even though no licensed or operational disposal facilities exist for spent nuclear fuel or nuclear waste from decommissioning. Sweden will highlight several measures taken by the licensees and the regulator in this regard. The event will also discuss how the regulator adapts inspection programmes for operating nuclear power plants to decommissioning. This event is organized by Sweden.

This event will be held on Wednesday, 23 September 2020, from 10.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. Delegations wishing to register for this event should contact M. Amft.

The Link between Emergency Preparedness and Protection Strategy for Nuclear Emergencies

This event will highlight the important link between emergency preparedness and a protection strategy for nuclear emergencies based on experiences from recent developments in Sweden. The successful implementation of protective actions and the optimization of radiation protection during nuclear emergencies strongly depend on the capabilities developed and implemented at the preparedness stage. This event is organized by Sweden.

This event will be held on Wednesday, 23 September 2020, from 11.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon. Delegations wishing to register for this event should contact J. Johansson.

Innovation in Decommissioning

This event will present how the United Kingdom uses innovative techniques, practices, and technology solutions in decommissioning across multiple sites. The diverse panel of experts, from across the UK’s decommissioning ecosystem, will share UK experiences on how innovation has been at the heart of stakeholder engagement, optimizing efficiency and enhancing the safety of decommissioning. This event is organized by the United Kingdom.

This event will be held on Wednesday, 23 September 2020, from 11.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon. Delegations should register here.

The Role of Nuclear Energy in Combating Climate Change: Are Advanced Nuclear Technologies the Answer?

This event will explore the ways in which nuclear energy can contribute to combating climate change, particularly the role which advanced technologies, such as small and medium sized or modular reactors and advanced modular reactors, can play. It will explore the ways in which new technologies can provide both on‑grid and off‑grid electricity, providing an alternative to fossil fuel related generation, and how these technologies can contribute to the decarbonization of heating systems and hydrogen production. This event is organized by the United Kingdom.

This event will be held on Wednesday, 23 September 2020, from 1.00 p.m. to 2.00 p.m. Delegations should register here.

Enhancing Nuclear Safety and Radiological Protection through Regional and International Cooperation: Lessons Learned from the FORO

This event will highlight the achievements of the Ibero-American Forum of Radiological and Nuclear Regulatory Agencies (FORO) in enhancing nuclear safety and radiological protection in all practices and activities related to the peaceful uses of nuclear energy in the Ibero-American region and beyond. The cooperation between the FORO and the IAEA to disseminate the results in order to maintain high levels of safety and security in a sustainable manner will be showcased, together with the collaboration of FORO with regional networks and other interested parties. This event is organized by Cuba.

This event will be held on Wednesday, 23 September 2020, from 4.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. Delegations wishing to register for this event should contact FORO Contact Point.

30th Anniversary: Cooperation between Euratom and JAEA in Nuclear Non-proliferation and Security

At this event, Euratom and the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) will celebrate 30 years of cooperation in the field of research and development on nuclear safeguards and security. This event will review the history and achievements of the past 30 years of cooperation and discuss future challenges for cooperation. This event is co-organized by Japan and EURATOM (EC/JRC).

This event will be held on Thursday, 24 September 2020, from 9.00 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. Delegations should register here. Delegations wishing to receive further information about this virtual event should contact Y. Tomoki.

The Role and Responsibilities of FNRBA in Strengthening Nuclear and Radiological Safety and Security in the Africa Region

The objective of this event is to present the role and responsibilities of the Forum of Nuclear Regulatory Bodies in Africa (FNRBA) in strengthening nuclear and radiological safety and security in the Africa region. This event is organized by Morocco.

This event will be held on Thursday, 24 September 2020, from 11.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. Delegations should register here. Delegations wishing to receive further information about this virtual event should contact S. Oukemeni.

Success Stories, Roadblocks, and Opportunities — Sustaining Nuclear Security in the Time of COVID-19

The Global Partnership's Nuclear and Radiological Security Working Group will host this virtual webinar as an event to provide an opportunity for members of the nuclear security community to share lessons learned and reflect on measures taken or under way to adapt to requirements for physical distancing and travel restrictions. The discussion will focus on how critical work has been sustained during this challenging time and on measures that improved resilience and optimized capacity building. It will also examine hurdles that prevented optimization of virtual platforms and brainstorm on how such obstacles can be overcome in the future. This event is organized by the United States of America.

This event will be held on Thursday, 24 September 2020, from 3.00 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. Delegations should registere here.

US Reactor Technologies — Flexible Energy Security for Real-World Challenges

Many countries are considering the potential for using domestically generated, reliable, resilient and clean integrated energy systems for purposes in addition to the generation of electricity. This event will highlight the capabilities of small modular reactors (SMRs) and other innovative reactors for addressing countries’ current needs, as well as challenges anticipated in the future. This event is organized by the United States of America.

This event will be held on Thursday, 24 September 2020, from 3.00 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. Delegations should register here

Gender Balance and Cooperation: Towards the Sustainable Development Goals in the Post COVID‑19 Era

As part of the workforce, women are particularly vulnerable during times of economic crisis and uncertainty, experiencing lower pay, weaker legal protection and difficulties accessing social protection. The coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the pace of digital transformation, bringing about positive changes such as remote and flexible work that provide more space inclusivity and diversity of values in the workplace. Bringing together leaders of international and women's organizations as well as employers from around the world, this event will focus on the role of gender diversity in the present and future of the nuclear industry. This event is organized by the Russian Federation.

This event will be held on Thursday, 24 September 2020, from 3.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. Delegations should register here. Delegations wishing to receive further information about this virtual event should contact A. Khaperskaya.

COVID-19 info

Arrangements for GC(64) in view of COVID-19 restrictions
Following a series of Member States' consultations conducted by the IAEA Secretariat on the arrangements for the 64th regular session of the General Conference, Member States have agreed on arrangements so that the General Conference can pursue its work in the current circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. The arrangements provide the framework for the conduct of the General Conference and are accessible here.

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