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Looking Ahead: Important 2020 Events at the IAEA

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What's ahead for the IAEA and the global nuclear agenda in 2020? Here is a preview of selected meetings and events:

February

The IAEA will hold its third International Conference on Nuclear Security: Sustaining and Strengthening Efforts (ICONS 2020) at its headquarters in Vienna, Austria, from 10 to 14 February. The conference will provide a forum for ministers, policymakers, senior officials and nuclear security experts to formulate and exchange views on experiences and achievements, current approaches, future directions and priorities for nuclear security.

March

The IAEA Board’s meeting will commence on 9 March in Vienna.

April

The 8th Review Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Convention on Nuclear Safety (CNS) will be held from 23 March to 4 April at IAEA headquarters, in Vienna, where the Contracting Parties will exchange information on their implementation of the CNS obligations, and identify challenges and offer suggestions to one another for improving nuclear safety.

May

The Board of Governors will meet from 4 to 6 May in Vienna.

The IAEA will hold its International Conference on Operational Safety of Nuclear Power Plants from 11 to 15 May in Beijing, China. The conference will foster the exchange of information and experiences related to enhancing nuclear power plants operational safety during commissioning, start-up, ongoing and long-term operation among representatives of new and existing nuclear operators, regulators, technical support organizations, construction companies and other relevant organizations.

June

The summer meeting of the Board of Governors will start on 8 June.

The International Conference on Nuclear Knowledge Management and Human Resources Development: Challenges and Opportunities will be held on 15-19 June in Moscow, Russia. The conference will provide participants with practical solutions that they can use to develop and maintain the human resources needed to support safe, secure and sustainable nuclear power programmes. Various issues related to specific human competencies, methodological or process knowledge and technology-related knowledge management will also be addressed.

The International Symposium on Sustainable Animal Production and Health - Current Status and Way Forward will provide information and share knowledge on modern and novel technologies in animal production and health, and their application to support sustainable livestock production systems.

A conference on transport safety will provide an opportunity for Member States that are currently developing their transport safety infrastructures, to discuss their national needs, their ambitions to develop their use of radioactive material and the challenges they face in developing their regulatory oversight activities. The participants will also have the opportunity to suggest improvements to the IAEA programmes that are designed to support Member States’ work in developing their own appropriate and sustainable transport safety infrastructure.

September

The IAEA General Conference will commence in Vienna on 21 September. Its programme will again include a Scientific Forum held on 22-23 September, and the IAEA Board will meet both before and after the General Conference from 14 to 18 September and again on 28 September.

October

The 28th IAEA Fusion Energy Conference (FEC 2020) will provide a forum for the discussion of key physics and technology issues as well as innovative concepts of direct relevance to the use of nuclear fusion as a future source of energy. The conference will also serve as a platform for sharing the results of research and development efforts in both national and international fusion experiments that have been shaped by these new priorities, and to thereby help in pinpointing worldwide advances in fusion theory, experiments, technology, engineering, safety and socio-economics. 

The IAEA will hold its International Conference on the Management of Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (NORM) in Industry from 19 to 23 October in Vienna, Austria. The conference will foster the sharing of experiences in the management of NORM waste and residues in industrial operations with the aim of contributing to the harmonization of approaches and the adoption of good practices that are both cost effective and safe, and take into consideration the protection of the public and workers.

November

The IAEA Board’s Technical Assistance and Cooperation Committee will meet starting 16 November. The full IAEA Board will convene on 19 November.

A conference on radiation safety will provide a forum for the sharing of experiences in applying the system of radiological protection, as provided for in the IAEA safety standards, to the protection of workers, patients, the public and the environment. Discussions will focus on the radiological protection system’s basic principles and concepts as well as new scientific knowledge and new challenges.

The last conference of the year, International Conference on Molecular Imaging and Clinical PET–CT in the Era of Theranostics, will be held from 23 to 27 November in IAEA’s headquarters. The conference will review important clinical aspects, and the appropriate use, of medical imaging in managing patients with cancers of the prostate, breast, lung, and thyroid, as well as patients with neuroendocrine tumours, lymphoma, and paediatric cancers.

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Last update: 06 Jan 2020

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