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(Postponed) International Conference on Challenges Faced by Technical and Scientific Support Organizations (TSO) in Enhancing Nuclear Safety and Security: Enhancing Science and Adaptability in a Changing World and Creating Perspective for Young Generation

Postponed

Conference on Challenges Faced by Technical and Scientific Support Organizations (TSO) in Enhancing Nuclear Safety and Security 2022

At this time this event has been postponed, the IAEA is planning to hold this event in the future and will make available further information through official channels once the respective decisions have been taken.

Background

The International Conference on the Challenges faced by Technical and Scientific Support Organizations (TSO) in Enhancing Nuclear Safety and Security: Enhancing science and adaptability in a changing world and creating perspective for a young generation to be held in Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation, from 10-13 October 2022 will continue the tradition established by the four preceding conferences on this subject, which were held, respectively in Brussels, Belgium (2018), Beijing, China (2014), in Tokyo, Japan (2010) and in Aix-en-Provence, France (2007). Like these earlier conferences, the forthcoming one will play a vital part in the national and international efforts made to ensure the effectiveness of nuclear and radiation safety and security regulatory systems and will focus, in particular, on development and strengthening of technical and scientific capabilities to achieve enhanced nuclear and radiation safety and security of facilities and activities, including legacy and emerging challenges as well as exchange and transfer of best practices with embarking countries.

It was already recognized that nuclear safety and security are to a great extent scientific in nature and that a regulatory body with responsibilities for nuclear facilities and other licensed activities involving radioactive material needs to have continuous access to technical and scientific expertise supporting regulatory functions. One of the main conclusions of the last conference in 2018 concerned the need to assist Member States in their strategies to develop their TSO capacities in order to promote TSO’s potential contribution to the independence and sustainable effectiveness of the national nuclear safety and security regulatory infrastructures. This fifth conference on TSOs will, in particular, present achievements that address the recommendations from the previous TSO conferences.

This conference is being organized by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and will be hosted by the Government of the Russian Federation through Rostechnadzor, supported by the Scientific and Engineering Centre for Nuclear and Radiation Safety (SEC NRS) and in cooperation with the European Technical Safety Organizations Network (ETSON).

Purpose and Objectives

The purpose of the conference is to consider how to develop and strengthen technical and scientific capabilities to achieve enhanced nuclear and radiation safety and security of facilities and activities, including legacy and emerging challenges as well as the exchange and transfer of best practices with embarking countries.

The conference will highlight the importance of scientific and technical capabilities to support regulatory decision-making for enhanced nuclear and radiation safety and security. While addressing challenges to the development, maintenance and enhancement of such capacities, the conference will:

  • Enhance regulatory infrastructure for safety of existing nuclear facilities;
  • Exchange of best practices with embarking countries;
  • Enhance technology, science and adaptability in a changing world;
  • Promote involvement of young generation in the TSO activities.

Themes and Topics

A preliminary programme will be made available on the conference web page well in advance of the conference. The final programme and the Book of Contributed Papers will be available upon registration at the conference.

The Conference will address the following themes:

General Role of Technical and Scientific Support Organizations (TSOs)

This theme will cover the following topics:

  • Long Term Operation, including commissioning Safety and Periodic Safety Review (PSR)
  • Transition to Decommissioning, challenges with Legacy, Unconventional Waste Management and Remediation

TSO role in Radiation Monitoring, Calibration and Record keeping

  • TSO Forum – IAEA publication (TECDOC-1835) and TOSCA (TSO Self Capability Assessment), including feedback from National Workshop in National Nuclear Regulator (NNR), South Africa
  • Inclusion of TSO Forum contributions in IAEA peer review and advisory services

Interaction of TSOs with stakeholders

This theme will cover the following topics:

  • Interaction with public/civil society, regulators, academia, research institutions, industry and public authorities
  • TSO role in filling institutional voids or lack of technical scientific services caused by the absence of institutional infrastructure required to support nuclear safety, security and safeguards.

Technical and Scientific Emerging Challenges

This session will cover the following topics:

  • New and emerging technologies
  • Innovative tools and techniques (Artificial Intelligence, use of harmonized analytical tools to support regulatory decision making, etc.)
  • Lessons learned from COVID-19 pandemic

Human, Scientific and Technical Capacity Building

This theme will cover the following topics:

  • Fostering TSO position with involvement of young generation and promoting gender equality
  • Education and Training
  • Research needs, priorities, and infrastructure
  • Roles of TSOs in Research and Development (R&D)

Role of TSOs in an international context and for Embarking Countries

This theme will cover the following topics:

  • Role of TSOs to support embarking countries, including building national TSO capacities
  • Cross-border and international involvement of TSO, along with regional approach
  • International cooperation

Role of TSOs in the holistic approach to risk and hazard

This theme will cover the following topics:

  • Safety, Security and Safeguards Interface
  • Promoting and fostering Safety and Security Culture (Role of TSOs to ensure safety without comprising security, and vice versa, including nuclear, radiological, chemical and other conventional risks and hazards during operations and in decommissioning and legacy management)

Target Audience

Conference participants, senior government officials, staff from TSOs, regulators, industry and other stakeholders, as well as technical and scientific experts working in all areas of regulatory functions; young professionals, students, youth; and the general public, media, NGOs, academics.

Exhibitions

A limited amount of space will be available for commercial vendors’ displays/exhibits during the conference. Interested parties should contact the Scientific Secretariat by email by 28 February 2022.

Key Deadlines and Dates

Key Deadlines and Dates

  • 3 December 2021: Opening of abstract submission through IAEA-INDICO
  • 11 February 2022 21 March 2022 (Extended): Submission of abstracts through IAEA-INDICO
  • 11 February 2022 21 March 2022: Deadline for submission of the Participation Form (Form A) and if applicable Form for Submission of a Paper (Form B) and the Grant Application Form (Form C), using the InTouch+ Platform
  • 18 March 2022 20 May 2022: Notification of acceptance of abstracts for oral or poster presentation
  • 9 May 2022 1 July 2022: Electronic submission of full papers through IAEA-INDICO
  • 27 June 2022 12 August 2022: Notification of review of full papers
  • 18 July 2022 2 September 2022: Deadline for submission of revised full papers submitted through IAEA-INDICO
  • No deadline: Registration only (no paper submission, no grant request) using Form A through the InTouch+ Platform
  • 10-13 October 2022: Conference dates

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.

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