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Looking Ahead: Important 2016 Events


What's ahead for the IAEA and the global nuclear agenda in 2016? The following is a preview of selected meetings and events:

February 2016

Through its programme to fight cancer, the IAEA will join in marking World Cancer Day on 4 February.

Nuclear communicators from Europe and other regions will meet in Bucharest, Romania, at the European Nuclear Society’s yearly conference on public information.

Members of the international nuclear community will reflect on the pivotal role that human and organizational factors have on the overall nuclear safety culture at a conference in Vienna from 22-26 February 2016. The conference’s main focus will be on safety culture and developments in this area over the past 30 years.  


The agenda of the first meeting of the IAEA Board of Governors, starting on 7 March, will include updates on safeguards verification and monitoring in Iran, among other topics.

The world, as well as the IAEA, is celebrating the achievements of women during International Women’s Day on 8 March.

World leaders and top figures in the nuclear industry will gather for the fourth and final Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, DC from 29-30 March.


Senior nuclear safety and nuclear security regulators will review issues that are important to the global nuclear regulatory community, focusing, in particular, on their key role in ensuring safety and security


The challenges, achievements and lessons learned from decommissioning and environmental remediation programmes that have been implemented in the last ten years will be showcased at an international conference in Madrid in May. 


The IAEA Board’s mid-year meetings will open in early June in Vienna.


The United Nations’ High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development will take place from 11-20 July and will review the implementation of sustainable development commitments and the post-2015 development agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The forum will address new and emerging challenges; will promote the science-policy interface and will enhance the integration of economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. Read more about the IAEA and the SDGs here.  


The IAEA General Conference will meet in Vienna starting 26 September – also marking the 60th anniversary of the IAEA. A Scientific Forum will be held at the same time.


Recent developments in the entire spectrum of activities related to medical imaging as applied to cardiovascular diseases will be the focus of an international conference in Vienna beginning 10 October.

The IAEA continues long-standing efforts to foster the exchange of scientific and technical results in nuclear fusion research and development through its series of Fusion Energy Conferences, now in its 26th year.


Knowledge management practitioners in the nuclear sector will share experiences and lessons learned related to managing nuclear knowledge and practical approaches to knowledge management that can be used to develop and maintain a strong nuclear knowledge base at the organizational, national, and international levels.

The IAEA Board’s Committee for Technical Cooperation will meet starting 14 November. The full IAEA Board will convene on 17 November.

An international conference on radioactive waste management safety will highlight the importance of an integrated, long-term approach towards the effective management of radioactive waste and spent fuel. 


The international community’s experiences and achievements to date in strengthening nuclear security will get the spotlight at an international conference in December, hosted by the IAEA with support from 14 other international organizations.

To stay up-to-date with IAEA events and meetings, please visit our meetings pages.


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