Regional Training Course in Africa on the Use, Management and Operation of INIS Centres

3 July 2009 - A two-week Africa region training course on INIS, the first of its kind in the region, was hosted by the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (NECSA), Pretoria, South Africa on 15-26 June 2009.

Twenty three participants from twenty one AFRA Member States attended this regional course. It consisted of hands-on training on all aspects of INIS input preparation and the utilization of INIS products. Comprehensive information was provided on the INIS concept and INIS role in supporting national nuclear activities and programmes. Member States' role, as well as the scope of the IAEA's contribution to establish new or reactivate existing national INIS Centres, was also at the heart of the training.

The course addressed the important role of the national INIS centre and the need to establish regional cooperation among national INIS centres of AFRA Member States.

The training was especially designed for new personnel who have been appointed to work in national INIS centres. Delivered in the form of lectures, presentations, discussions and practical sessions, it encouraged the exchange of information between participants.

Three lecturers covered the course contents; Ms. M.J.S. Scheepers, INIS liaison Officer of South Africa at the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (NECSA); Ms. Nita Bhaskar from the national INIS centre of India at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and Ms. Taghrid Atieh from the INIS & NKM Section in the Nuclear Energy Department of the IAEA.