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GC Side Events Highlight IAEA Impact in Nuclear Safety and Security


Interactive demonstration of how the Agency uses this technology in emergency preparedness and response training

GC Side Events Highlight IAEA Impact in Nuclear Safety and Security

The IAEA Department of Nuclear Safety and Security will host three side events, one interactive virtual reality demonstration and five tours during the 62nd IAEA General Conference, to be held in Vienna from 17 to 21 September 2018.

The Department’s exhibition on "Protecting people, society and the environment from the harmful effects of ionizing radiation," on the First Floor of the M Building (Exhibition Area 1), provides conference participants insights into the Agency’s work in nuclear safety and security, including nuclear installation safety, radiation, transport and waste safety, emergency preparedness and response, and nuclear security.

On Monday, starting at 11.00 a.m., conference participants are invited to don virtual reality headsets to experience an interactive demonstration of how the Agency uses this technology in emergency preparedness and response training.

Further insights into the Agency’s Emergency Preparedness and Response work is offered to participants in tours of the IAEA Incident and Emergency Centre held at 1:00 p.m. Monday and Wednesday.

The Agency’s Individual Monitoring Service Laboratories are also offering tours, at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Participants in the one-hour tours will learn about the lab’s radiation protection services.

Other Department-organized events include:


Monday, 17 September 2018, from 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. in Conference Room C3, C building, seventh floor.
The International Nuclear Safety Group (INSAG) Forum will be conducted as a roundtable discussion, and will provide insights from INSAG and other experts on the implementation of safety standards.

Strengthening Safety in Nuclear Medicine – Accident Prevention

Tuesday, 18 September 2018, from 10.30 a.m. to 12.00 noon in Conference Room M5, M building, ground floor.
Nuclear medicine, which involves the use of radioactive substances in medical diagnosis and treatment, benefits patients around the world. However, there is a risk that patients, staff and the public are unintentionally exposed to radiation. Such accidental exposures can occur at any stage in the nuclear medicine process, from the production of radiopharmaceuticals to after the patient’s release from hospital. This event focuses on how to prevent nuclear medicine accidents and on the IAEA resources available to Member States to strengthen the quality and safety of nuclear medicine. The session will also highlight risks in nuclear medicine processes, quality management aspects and typical causes of and contributing factors to unintended and accidental exposures.

Fifth Plenary Meeting of the Global Nuclear Safety and Security Network

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. in Conference Room M6, M building, ground floor.
The GNSSN Plenary meeting will provide a forum for IAEA Member States to discuss safety related to Small Modular Reactors. Meeting participants will also discuss their experiences of managing the safety and security interface.

IAEA Assistance to Member States to Improve Safety by Improving the Subsystems of Industry, Regulators and Stakeholders in Line with INSAG-27

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, from 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. in M0E 03, M building, ground floor.
The side event will present the 2017 INSAG-27 report, ‘Ensuring Robust National Nuclear Safety Systems – Institutional Strength in Depth’. The session will place the report in the context of IAEA safety standards and activities that support Member States in actions related to the document. Speakers will highlight changes to IAEA safety standards, procedures and services carried out in line with the observations and lessons related to human and organizational factors included in the 2015 IAEA publication, ‘The Fukushima Daiichi Accident’, a report by the Director General. The session will include a roundtable discussion.

Senior Regulators’ Meeting

Thursday, 20 September 2018, from 8.30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. in Conference Room C3, C building, seventh floor.
Heads of regulatory authorities and other senior regulatory officials in nuclear, radiation, transport and radioactive waste safety and nuclear security will discuss regulatory challenges and share good practices. The meeting also focuses on IAEA Secretariat initiatives to support regulatory bodies.

Sustaining a National Nuclear Security Regime: How to Maintain Effectiveness Over Time

Thursday, 20 September 2018, from 2.00 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. in Meeting Room C4, C building, seventh floor.
This side event looks at existing and upcoming IAEA guidance documents to explain sustainable nuclear security at the national and operational levels. It will highlight the Integrated Nuclear Security Support Plan process, which provides for a comprehensive assessment of States’ nuclear security needs, and assists them in planning national improvements. The interactive session will also look at the role of the Nuclear Security Support Centres (NSSCs), which are national institutions dedicated to developing the human resources and technical and scientific support capabilities needed to sustain the national regime, and of the IAEA-supported NSSC Network, which fosters international cooperation among NSSCs.

Regulatory Cooperation Forum Plenary

Friday, 21 September 2018, from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. in Conference Room C4, C building, seventh floor.

Regulatory Cooperation Forum members and non-members will share regulatory infrastructure development experience and knowledge.

All events are open to all registered participants of the General Conference, including representatives of the media and NGOs.

The schedule is also available on the IAEA Conference and Meetings App.

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