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2008 Look Ahead: On the Front Lines of the Nuclear World

In many countries around the world, nuclear issues are high on the agenda, related to debates on energy, security, and climate change. (Photo: D. Calma/IAEA)

What´s ahead in 2008 for the IAEA and the world´s nuclear agenda? A selected preview of what´s in store:

January 2008

  • Senior officials from India and the IAEA prepare to resume talks on nuclear safeguards in India initiated in November 2007.
  • Experts meet at the IAEA in Vienna on problems related to denials of shipment of radioactive material, including life-saving medicines that hospitals need.
  • Morocco hosts an IAEA seminar on responding to emergencies caused by malicious acts involving radioactive materials.
  • Global leaders meet in Davos at the World Economic Forum. Sessions include debates on nuclear´s role for energy production and the mitigation of climate change.
  • Young professionals from Russia and other countries assemble in St. Petersburg at "Polar Lights", a scientific conference held in cooperation with the IAEA.





  • Ways to strengthen networks for nuclear education & training are highlighted in Budapest, Hungary, at NESTet 2008, sponsored by the European Nuclear Society and the IAEA.
  • Women working in nuclear fields assemble in Marseille, France, for the annual meeting of the WIN association, focusing on workforce issues surrounding the "nuclear revival".
  • Connections between climate change and disease are explored at a scientific meeting of the IAEA and International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy.
  • The Republic of Korea hosts the 6th International Conference on Isotopes, highlighting industrial uses of radioisotopes and other technologies.



  • The 2008 Summer Institute of the World Nuclear University opens at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, hosted by Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, Bruce Power, Cameco Corporation and Ontario Power Generation.
  • Energy futures and the impact of science on development are among topics of debate at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado, USA, including sessions related to nuclear power, safety, security and the IAEA´s work.


  • The IAEA and Food & Agriculture Organization join to host the eighth international symposium on induced mutations in plants, through which food researchers breed beneficial crops using radiation-based techniques.
  • The annual summer session at the International School of Nuclear Law takes place in Montpellier, France.
  • World Water Week opens in Stockholm, Sweden, with a special focus on the sanitation needs of more than two billion people living in developing countries.


  • Students and young professionals meet at the International Youth Nuclear Congress, in Switzerland, examining a range of topics in fields of nuclear science and technology.
  • The IAEA General Conference of Member States meets in Vienna starting 29 September, again featuring a Scientific Forum on topical issues.
  • The International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy, hosts the IAEA´s week-long School of Nuclear Knowledge Management.
  • Worldwide advances in industrial applications of radiation processing in fields including health care and food production are reviewed in London.


  • Adverse effects of rising carbon dioxide levels on the acidification of world´s oceans are examined at an interdisciplinary symposium in Monaco co-sponsored by the IAEA.
  • Scientific and technical progress toward the generation of electricity using nuclear fusion is assessed at the IAEA´s 22nd Fusion Energy Conference in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • The global system designed to protect people and the environment from harmful effects of radioactivity comes under review at the 12th International Congress on Radiation Protection in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


December 2008

  • In Vienna, the IAEA´s International Conference on Nuclear Security thematically targets global directions for years ahead.
  • How are global changes affecting the quality and quantity of scarce water resources? An international conference in the USA takes stock of developments.

Keep informed by visiting www.IAEA.org and the meetings pages.

Last update: 27 Jul 2017

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