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Symposium on International Safeguards: Reflecting on the Past and Anticipating the Future

31 October–4 November 2022, Vienna, Austria

Symposium on International Safeguards 2022

The Symposium

The IAEA holds a Symposium on International Safeguards every four years. The purpose of this event is to bring together global stakeholders in support of IAEA safeguards. It is an opportunity for Member State safeguards regulatory authorities, the research and development (R&D) community, industry and civil society to identify challenges and opportunities for IAEA safeguards, showcase research, share ideas, and build partnerships.

Year 2022 is a special one for the global safeguards community, with important anniversaries marking 60 years of IAEA inspections, 50 years of comprehensive safeguards agreements (CSAs), as well as 25 years of additional protocols (AP). The past decades have witnessed developments with significant impacts on the nuclear non-proliferation regime and on IAEA safeguards. Adaptation has been key to success. These anniversaries offer a unique moment of reflection, on what has been achieved and what remains to be done. Year 2022 is also an opportune time for envisioning the decades ahead and the future we aspire to create.

The previous Symposium, held under the theme ‘Building Future Safeguards Capabilities’ in 2018 offered a set of seven ideas for potential action for the safeguards community at large. The 2022 Symposium will examine progress made towards them.


The objectives of the 2022 Symposium are to:

  • Reflect — celebrate the historic anniversaries and achievements thus far, building common understanding of experience gained and key milestones that have shaped safeguards, and reflecting on experience gained and lessons learned over the course of decades of safeguards implementation and on where we are today;
  • Anticipate — anticipating nuclear energy’s role in addressing global challenges, envisage how the IAEA’s operating environment will likely evolve over the coming decades, and identify what this means for safeguards in the form of both new challenges and opportunities; and
  • Inspire — based on lessons from the past and insights about the future, identify actions to take and stakeholders and partnerships to support them, towards ensuring a safeguards system that is well prepared for continued success in the decades ahead.

Key Deadlines and Dates

  • 18 April 2022: Deadline Submission of abstracts through IAEA-INDICO together with the Form for Submission of a Paper (Form B) and the Participation Form (Form A) through the competent national authority using the InTouch+ Platform (extended deadline)
  • 27 May 2022: Notification of acceptance of abstracts
  • 10 June 2022: Deadline for submission of the Grant Application Form (Form C), together with Form A, through the competent national authority using the InTouch+ Platform (extended deadline)
  • 31 August 2022: Submission of accepted full papers
  • No deadline: Registration only (no paper submission, no grant request) using Form A through the InTouch+ Platform


A limited amount of space will be available for commercial vendors’ displays/exhibits during the Symposium. Interested parties should contact the Scientific Secretariat by email by 3 May 2022.


To demonstrate its commitment to sustainability, the IAEA will organize this conference as a 'green meeting' according to the guidelines of the Austrian Ecolabel.

There will be a focus on the areas of paper smart documentation, waste reduction and recycling, and environmentally friendly catering.

Conference app

The IAEA Conferences and Meetings App provides a one-stop access to information on the Conference, exhibitions and scheduled side events. The app also allows users to put together their own personalized schedule of events. Via this app participants will be able to view contributed papers and the latest conference programme, message other participants, and view PowerPoint presentations released after the event. Participants will receive an email inviting them to register for the app approximately one week before the conference.

For iPhone or iPad users, get your free download through the Apple iTunes Store; those with Android devices can visit the Google Play Store.

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