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13th GIF-IAEA Interface Meeting

18 – 19 Mar 2019
Vienna, Austria
Event code: EVT1802002

The IAEA supports Member States in the development of innovative advanced nuclear energy systems across the whole spectrum of technical areas. The IAEA's International Project on Innovative Nuclear Reactors and Fuel Cycles (INPRO), established in 2000, is a membership-based project that supports its members on their long-term planning and collaboration on innovations in reactors, fuel cycles and institutional approaches that will promote the sustainable development of nuclear energy. The advanced reactor technology development activities at the IAEA are led by the Nuclear Power Technology Development Section (NPTDS), Department of Nuclear Energy.

The Generation IV International Forum (GIF) is a co-operative international endeavour which was set up to carry out the research and development needed to establish the feasibility and performance capabilities of the next generation nuclear energy systems. It was established in 2000 and currently has fourteen members. GIF selected six reactor technologies for further research and development. These include the Gas-cooled Fast Reactor (GFR), Lead-cooled Fast Reactor (LFR), Molten Salt Reactor (MSR), Supercritical Water-cooled Reactor (SCWR), Sodium-cooled Fast Reactor (SFR) and Very High Temperature Reactor (VHTR).

Shared interests between GIF and the IAEA have been confirmed in 12 interface meetings held since 2003. Areas of technical dialogue, coordination and cooperation have been explored in each of these meetings. In the past, most of the joint activities were exclusively related to the INPRO and NPTDS technical areas, but evolved to include many other areas, including nuclear safety and security, sconomics, and educational and training. Within GIF, several Working Groups and Task Forces cover these cross-cutting areas.

The objectives of the 13th GIF-IAEA Interface Meeting are to:

  • Exchange information on the progress, status and future plans of activities related to RD&D and technology innovations of NES, including Gen IV reactors;
  • Monitor progress and update status of action items agreed in the previous interface meeting; and
  • Continue exploring new potential areas for cooperation, identifying action items and establishing priorities for further consideration.

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