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67th IAEA General Conference

25 – 29 September 2023, Vienna International Centre, Vienna

Tuesday, 21 May

The U.S. and U.K. will partner on a candid panel discussion from the perspectives of some dynamic women in the nuclear sector. They will offer their professional experiences and offer recommendations for managing the recruitment, retention and development of women and the policies and practices that support success. This event is organized by the United States of America and the United Kingdom.

This event will be held on Tuesday, 26 September 2023, from 12.00 noon to 1.00 p.m. in Conference Room CR4, C Building, seventh floor.

This tour will showcase the IAEA Radiation Safety Technical Services Laboratory, which provides annual monitoring services for external and internal radiation exposure to 3000 occupationally exposed workers. These services are critical to IAEA activities globally. Support services also include training, consultation and the loan of survey equipment.

Prior registration for the tour is encouraged at the Nuclear Safety and Security exhibition booth outside the Plenary Hall in the M Building.

Tours will be offered on Tuesday, 26, Wednesday, 27 and Thursday 28 September 2023. from 12.00 noon to 1.00 p.m.

The assembly point is the Information Desk at the entrance to M building, from where participants will be picked up on the respective day at 11.50 a.m.

Representatives of regulatory bodies for nuclear and radiological safety and security from African Member States will meet under the auspices of this regional network to plan activities and projects aimed at enhancing nuclear and radiation safety and security in Africa. This event is organized by Ghana and Nigeria.

This event will be held on Tuesday, 26 September 2023, from 12.30 p.m. to 2.00 p.m. in Conference Room CR 3, C Building, seventh floor.

26 September 2023, 12:30
Secretariat Side Events

This event will showcase the results of IAEA assistance provided to Kazakhstan to remediate the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site. It will outline prospects for the future economic use of the site.

The event will be held on Tuesday, 26 September 2023, from 12.30 p.m. to 2.00 p.m. in Conference Room CR2, C Building, second floor.

 

The event will be also accessible virtually.

26 September 2023, 13:00
Organized Visits

The IAEA Archives are a pillar of the IAEA’s institutional memory, spanning over 70 years and comprising over 10 000 shelf metres of hard-copy records and 10 terabytes of data.

These walking tours are an opportunity to look behind the scenes to:

  • Experience the size and composition of the IAEA Archives;
  • Interact with some of the treasures in our holdings and be inspired by the Agency’s history;
  • View the Reading Room and an archival repository, and learn about challenges in preservation and access management; and
  • Hear how the Department of Management oversees the IAEA Archives.

Tours run from 1.00 to 2.00 p.m. daily. Visit the desk at the MT Exhibition on M0E to sign up.

26 September 2023, 13:00
Member States Side Events

In September 2021, the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) signed Practical Arrangements with the IAEA that provide a framework for cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear technologies in the form of:

  1. Collaboration with relevant national institutions through the PAEC;
  2. Exchange and dissemination of information and sharing of experiences;
  3. Provision of PAEC experts and lecturers to support technical cooperation activities;
  4. Hosting of IAEA activities; and
  5. Support for laboratory analysis in PAEC-affiliated laboratories.

This event aims to highlight the achievements of the Practical Arrangements thus far and their contributions to the IAEA’s South–South cooperation initiative. This event is organized by Pakistan.

This event will be held on Tuesday, 26 September 2023, from 1.00 p.m. to 2.00 p.m. in Conference Room CR5, C Building, seventh floor.

This event, organized by Japan, will highlight the achievements of the Japan Atomic Energy Agency’s (JAEA) capacity-building efforts to ensure safety, security and safeguards (3S) and to cover emerging countries’ challenges and expectations for support in capacity building towards a sustainable new nuclear era. The JAEA has played a key role in planning and providing capacity-building programmes for the international community, mainly focusing on Asia. With the recent changes in the nuclear energy landscape and the nuclear security environment, the JAEA is trying to expand its capacity-building activities to meet international needs in an integrated and strategic manner. This event is organized by Japan.

This event will be held on Tuesday, 26 September 2023, from 1.00 p.m. to 1.30 p.m. at ESPACE M0E, M Building, ground floor.

26 September 2023, 13:00
Organized Visits

The IAEA’s Incident and Emergency Centre (IEC) is the global focal point for international preparedness and response to nuclear or radiological emergencies.

Participants are invited to a tour of the IEC, where they will be given an overview of the IEC’s response roles and emergency preparedness and response tools.

Owing to space constraints and to maintain safe social distancing, a maximum of 12 visitors can visit the IEC.

Tours will be offered on Tuesday, 26, Wednesday, 27 and Thursday, 28 September from 1.00 p.m. to 2.00 p.m. The planned duration of each tour is one hour.

The assembly point is the Information Desk at the entrance to the M building from where participants will be picked up on the respective day at 12.50 p.m.

26 September 2023, 13:30
Secretariat Side Events

Spills have devastating impacts on the marine environment, causing harm to marine wildlife, fisheries and ecosystems, as well as threatening human health and livelihoods.
This event will showcase the scientific expertise and tools of the IAEA Marine Environment Laboratories that can be deployed in marine emergencies to assist Member States in monitoring and assessing post-spill contamination, including seafood safety. Capabilities such as forensic tools used for oil fingerprinting or the identification of microplastics will be highlighted. Case studies of assistance provided in major marine incidents will demonstrate the scientific expertise available and the wider capacity-building actions undertaken.

This event will be held on Tuesday, 26 September 2023, from 1.30 p.m. to 2.30 p.m. at ESPACE M01, M Building, first floor.

At the event, the National Nuclear Energy Commission (CNEN) will present the current state of the Brazilian Multipurpose Reactor (RMB) project, which main objectives are to produce radioisotopes for medical and industrial use; to use neutron beams in scientific and technological research; to perform neutron activation analyses; and to perform materials and nuclear fuel irradiation tests. The event will showcase how the RMB aims to provide Brazil with facilities that will significantly improve the country's infrastructure for nuclear scientific and technological development.  This event is organized by Brazil.

This event will be held on Tuesday, 26 September 2023, from 1.30 p.m. to 2.30 p.m. in Conference Room M6, M Building, ground floor.

During this tour of the safeguards equipment workshops, visitors can learn more about the verification equipment that supports the IAEA’s verification mission, including non-destructive assay equipment, surveillance and unattended monitoring capabilities, and the seals and containment applied to nuclear material.

Prior registration for all tours is required in advance. To register for Safeguards Equipment Insight contact: SG.Equip.Labs.Tours@iaea.org, stating first and family name, affiliation, delegation, and telephone number.

The assembly point is the Information Desk at the entrance to the M building from where participants will be picked up on Tuesday, 26 September at 1.30 p.m.

This event will explore the advantages of standardization and replication and how the ‘fleet effect’ and serial production are the backbone of a successful and sustainable nuclear programme. High-level speakers from industry and institutions will discuss:

  • Complementarity between a robust domestic new nuclear programme and international projects;
  • The strategic portfolio of nuclear projects to stimulate and give visibility to the supply chain to foster investments;
  • Lessons learned sharing between existing and new nuclear operators to secure long-term performance both during construction and operation; and
  • International cooperation to secure global strategic and political support.

This event is organized by France.

This event will be held on Tuesday, 26 September 2023, from 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. in Conference Room CR3, C Building, seventh floor.

The event will be also accessible virtually.

This event will present the ongoing IAEA coordination activities on disused sealed radioactive source (DSRS) management, including:

  • Source removal;
  • The conditioning and storage of DSRSs;
  • The Global Radium-226 Management Initiative; and
  • Recent publications, such as Management of Disused Radioactive Lightning Conductors and Their Associated Radioactive Sources and soon to be published Management of Disused Ionization Chamber Smoke Detectors and Their Associated Disused Sealed Radioactive Sources.

This event will be held on Tuesday, 26 September 2023, from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m. at ESPACE M0E,
M Building, ground floor.

Advances in nuclear technologies for energy, waste, medicine, environment, earth and space exploration, security, safeguards, and cultural heritage rely on quality-assured nuclear data characterizing nuclear reactions and decay radiation. Progress depends heavily on the latest scientific insights being promptly incorporated into databases. The competencies, research infrastructures, and best practices required for data development transcend the resources of a single application, calling for a coordinated and concerted effort at the national and international levels. A panel of experts will present challenges and opportunities in transforming the best scientific knowledge to quality-assured nuclear data, ready for use in developing new nuclear solutions. This event is organized by EURATOM.

This event will be held on Tuesday, 26 September 2023, from 2.00 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. in Conference Room M7, M Building, ground floor.

26 September 2023, 14:00
Technical Cooperation Meetings

This annual meeting of the Board of Regional Co-operation Agreement for the Promotion of Nuclear Science and Technology in Latin America and the Caribbean (ARCAL) Representatives will provide an opportunity to review the achievements of ARCAL in 2023 and approve the activities for 2024.

This event will be held on Tuesday, 26 September 2023, from 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. in Conference Room CR4, C Building, seventh floor.

26 September 2023, 14:30
Secretariat Side Events

The incidence of different cancers in children and young people varies by age. Survival rates for childhood cancer in low and middle income countries are between 10% and 30% as opposed to 80% in high income countries. Other than the striking issues of misdiagnoses of cancer, inaccessible treatment and scarcity of specialized health professionals, malnutrition plays a pivotal role in lower survival rates of children with cancer.

This event will describe how the IAEA’s different activities support radiation applications in Member States to address the multiple challenges associated with childhood cancer.

This event will be held on Tuesday, 26 September 2023, from 2.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. in Conference Room CR2, C Building, second floor.

Sharing and facilitating access to knowledge and information related to nuclear power infrastructure between the IAEA and Member States is key for the development of sustainable nuclear programmes. This event will demonstrate the content and functions of the interactive Milestones approach E-book and its benefits to Member States.

This event will be held on Tuesday, 26 September 2023, from 3.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. at ESPACE M01, M Building, first floor.

26 September 2023, 15:00
Member States Side Events

This event, organized by the United Kingdom, will highlight how fusion has the potential to provide a low-carbon, safe, continuous and sustainable source of energy that could, in the long term, contribute to ongoing efforts to decarbonize global energy production. It will cover recent developments in fusion science and technology, coupled with advanced manufacturing and computing capabilities. There will also be discussions on the need to globally harmonize an appropriate and proportionate regulatory approach that can maintain public and environmental protection, provide public assurance and support the growth of this low-carbon energy industry. This event is organized by United Kingdom.

This event will be held on Tuesday, 26 September 2023, from 3.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. in Conference Room M6, M Building, ground floor.

Radiation is widely applied in health care for diagnosis and treatment. Its appropriate use is fundamental to optimize clinical outcomes and cost–benefit, while minimizing risks. Quality assurance, used to monitor processes, equipment and personnel, provides confidence that patients receive the best possible care. With their unique expertise, clinically qualified medical physicists (CQMPs) play a key role in ensuring quality. They have competences to deal with patient and staff dosimetry, and ensure the implementation of quality assurance programmes and radiation safety standards. Despite their importance, there is lack of awareness and recognition of their role in many countries.

This event will be held on Tuesday, 26 September 2023, from 3.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. in Conference Room CR5, C Building, seventh floor.

The IAEA Passive Gamma Emission Tomography (PGET) system, for the underwater verification of spent nuclear fuel assemblies, was developed and tested with the support of Finland, Hungary, the Russian Federation, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States of America. PGET takes tomographic images to detect missing or substituted fuel pins, and to verify closed containers containing nuclear fuel. In the future, PGET will be used for the routine verification of spent nuclear fuel at Finland’s deep geological repository. During these visits to the Safeguards Equipment Workshops at the Vienna International Centre (VIC), IAEA staff together with their Finnish counterparts will exhibit PGET and present the associated data analysis functions.

Prior registration for all visits is required in advance. To register please send an email stating the visit you wish to attend, your first and family name, affiliation, and delegation.

The assembly point is at the Finnish exhibition booth in the Rotunda of the VIC from where participants will be picked up on Monday, 25 September at 12:00pm and Tuesday, 26 September at 3:30pm.

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