The IAEA is set to throw open its doors on 22 April to anyone curious about nuclear science and technology. As part of the Austrian government’s nationwide Long Night of Research, IAEA experts will showcase their work on everything from saving bananas from a deadly disease to preventing proliferation of nuclear weapons.
From 17:00 to midnight on 22 April, IAEA scientists will host more than a dozen exhibition booths as the large rotunda in the Vienna International Centre is transformed into a figurative candy store for anyone interested in nuclear science and research.
At one exhibition booth, visitors can take a crack at handling (mock) radioactive sources used in medicine, industry and science. At another, IAEA scientists will explain how they are using radiation to save the banana from a deadly fungus that threatens the global supply. And experts involved in the Agency’s work to prevent nuclear proliferation will demonstrate some of the methods they use to detect nuclear activities.
The Vienna International Centre, known locally as UNO-City, is one of around 250 exhibit locations across the country that will buzz with excitement and visitors throughout the night. The event, coordinated by several Austrian government ministries, aims to spark interest in science and research.
“For visitors, it is a chance to learn about the variety of nuclear applications in various fields, such as cancer treatment, food safety and security and the environment in a fun way,” said Aldo Malavasi, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications. “For the IAEA, it’s a unique opportunity to showcase the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.”
Mikhail Chudakov, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Nuclear Energy, added:
“Nuclear science and technology are used to improve lives around the world, from nuclear science research to electricity production. We hope that the Long Night of Research will improve people’s understanding of the various technologies that may be applied to overcome different challenges facing us today and in the future.”
Most of the stations are open all evening, and another highlight will be illustrative talks given by experts in a mini-auditorium — questions welcome!
- 18:30 - How can nuclear power help combat climate change?
- 19:30 - How can soil management minimize greenhouse gas emission?
- 20:30 - How can birth control for insects help increase food safety and security?
- 21:30 - Reducing the use of high enriched uranium: why and how?
The 2016 Long Night of Research is the seventh event of its kind. More than 130 000 people visited the last event held in 2014.
Entrance is free. Doors open at 17:00 and the last entry will be at 23:00 with the exhibits closing at midnight. Visitors must bring a photo ID and go through a security check — there could be waiting times. The venue, the Vienna International Centre, will also host exhibit stations from the Comprehensive Test-Ban Treaty Organization, the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization.
More information is available here.