IAEA to Host International Conference on Topical Issues in Nuclear Installation Safety


The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will host an International Conference on Topical Issues in Nuclear Installation Safety: Defense in Depth - Advances and Challenges for Nuclear Installation Safety from 21 to 24 October 2013 at the IAEA's Headquarters in Vienna, Austria.

Organized in cooperation with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's Nuclear Energy Agency (OECD/NEA), the Conference will provide a global forum for experts to address the latest advances on Defense in Depth in nuclear installations and its implementations.

More than 130 participants, from 40 countries and six regional and international organizations, have registered for the Conference.

Members of the press are invited to attend the morning session of the first day of the Conference which starts at 10:00 CET on 21 October 2013 in Boardroom A of the M-Building at the Vienna International Centre (VIC). Speakers will include Denis Flory, IAEA Deputy Director General for Nuclear Safety and Security; James Lyons, IAEA Director of Nuclear Installation Safety; and Philippe Jamet, Commissioner of the French Nuclear Safety Authority. Other speakers will include Kazuo Shimomura, OECD/NEA Deputy Director for Safety and Regulation; André Lacoste, President of the Convention on Nuclear Safety 6th Review Meeting; and Won-Pil Baek, General Project Manager for Thermal-Hydraulic Safety Research at the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute. In addition, the final session of the Conference will be open to the media at about 11:00 on 24th October 2013.

The Conference will address Defense in Depth, which aims to provide layers of protection to workers, public and the environment. Defense in Depth is fundamental to the safety of nuclear installations and should be implemented during all stages of their life cycles, from the design phase through operation and eventual decommissioning. The Conference will also tackle international nuclear safety efforts, both by reviewing current approaches and by identifying future approaches of Defense in Depth in nuclear installations and its associated challenges. It will focus on operating nuclear installations, including nuclear power plants, research reactors and fuel cycle facilities.

More information about the Conference is available here.

More information about the IAEA's nuclear safety activities is available here.


All journalists are requested to inform the IAEA Press Office of their plans to attend. Journalists with permanent credentials to the VIC need no additional credentials. Others should contact Jayne Stringer for accreditation. Please email [email protected] or call [+43-1] 2600-21279 or [+43-1] 2600-21273.

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Last update: 12 September 2014