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Nuclear Safety and Security Side Events at the 65th IAEA General Conference


The IAEA Department of Nuclear Safety and Security will host 12 side events, in virtual or hybrid format, including two ESPACE events and three tours, during the 65th IAEA General Conference, to be held in Vienna from 20 – 24 September 2021.

Nuclear Security E-learning: A Tool to Effectively Engage with Nuclear Security Practitioners Worldwide

Monday, 20 September 2021, 12:00 - 13:00 CET, ESPACE M0E, M building, ground floor.

The objective of this event is to showcase the suite of IAEA nuclear security e-learning modules and to engage a wide range of users in an interactive and hands-on presentation, including a demonstration of different modules. This will be an interactive session, with participants receiving an overview of the e-learning courses available and the chance to try out the modules under the guidance of the Technical Officers involved in their development. 

Visit to the Nuclear Security Detection and Monitoring Equipment Laboratory

Monday, 20 September 2021, 12:00 – 13:00 CET; Tuesday, 21 September 2021, 12:00-13:00 CET; Wednesday, 22 September 2021, 12:00-13:00 CET. 

Assembly point: Information Desk at the entrance to M building, from where visitors will be picked up on the respective day at 11:50 CET.

The IAEA’s Nuclear Security Detection and Monitoring Equipment Laboratory (NSDMEL) supports nuclear security detection activities related to nuclear security equipment procurement, assistance during major public events (MPE), training and testing. This visit is intended to provide information about the assistance that NSDMEL offers Member States and to demonstrate the equipment used for nuclear security at MPEs.

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The Integrated Nuclear Security Support Plans (INSSP): Building on 15 Years of Achievements

Monday, 20 September 2021, 13:00 – 14:30 CET, Conference Room C3, C Building, seventh floor. 

This event will feature a panel discussion to reflect on lessons learned from 15 years of implementation of Integrated Nuclear Security Support Plans (INSSPs) since they were first introduced in 2006. To date, 112 States have developed an INSSP, and 75% of all requests for nuclear security assistance received by the IAEA are channelled through INSSPs. Keynote speakers will include IAEA and State officials, as well as representatives from international partners supporting the INSSP programme, who will share their experience related to how INSSPs increase coordination and support partnership building to effectively address States’ nuclear security needs. 

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Virtual Tour of the Incident and Emergency Centre

Monday, 20 September 2021, 13:00 – 14:00 CET; Tuesday, 21 September 2021, 13:00 –14:00 CET; Wednesday, 22 September 2021, 12:00—13:00 CET.

The IAEA’s Incident and Emergency Centre (IEC) is the global focal point for international preparedness for and response to nuclear or radiological emergencies. The tour will provide the participants with an overview of the IEC’s response roles and emergency preparedness and response tools. 

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International Nuclear Safety Group (INSAG) Forum

Monday, 20 September 2021, 14:00-16:00 CET, Virtual.

The event will provide an opportunity for the International Nuclear Safety Group to provide insights on a decade of progress made since the Fukushima Daiichi accident. 

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Virtual Tour of the IAEA Radiation Safety Technical Services Laboratory

The tour will showcase the IAEA Radiation Safety Technical Services Laboratory, which provides monitoring services to 3000 occupationally exposed workers annually for external and internal radiation exposure. The services are critical to IAEA activities globally. Support services also include training, consultation and loan of survey equipment. 

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Licensing Novel Advanced Reactors: Addressing the Challenges

Tuesday, 21 September 2021, 12:00 - 13:00 CET. Conference Room C3, C Building, seventh floor. 

This event will highlight the latest IAEA safety related activities on novel advanced reactors, including Small Modular Reactors (SMR) and the SMR Regulators’ Forum. A wide range of topics will be covered; from licensing to the applicability of IAEA safety standards to these technologies including siting, design, commissioning and operation; and the development of a technology-neutral safety assessment framework. A panel of senior regulators will consider how the IAEA activities and future plans could best support them to address the issues they are facing on the regulatory assessment of these technologies. 

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Recent Developments in Support of the IAEA’s Assessment and Prognosis Emergency Response Role

Wednesday, 22 September 2021, 12:00 - 13:00 CET, Conference Room M6, M Building, ground floor. 

The Incident and Emergency Centre continues to develop tools to support the IAEA’s assessment and prognosis role in the response to nuclear or radiological incidents or emergencies, while making effective use of Member States’ capabilities. This event will provide the participants with an overview and live demonstration of the Reactor Assessment Tool and its newly implemented prognosis workflow, and of the newly developed Database of Source Terms for accident scenarios involving nuclear power plants and spent fuel pools, which is populated with data shared by Member States on a voluntary basis. 

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Global Nuclear Safety and Security Network (GNSSN) Plenary Meeting

Wednesday, 22 September 2021, 13:00 – 15:00 CET, Conference Room C4, C building, seventh floor. 

The Global Nuclear Safety and Security Network (GNSSN) Plenary is an annual meeting held on the margins of the IAEA General Conference. This event brings together members of the GNSSN Steering Committee, leadership and members of associated networks, and senior IAEA officials to share updates, achievements, and highlights relevant to the GNSSN programme. The focus of the event will be on transforming the GNSSN programme to adapt to global changes and on building networks and partnerships in the 21st century. 

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Radiological Crime Scene Management and Nuclear Forensics

Wednesday, 22 September 2021, 14:00 – 15:00 CET, ESPACE M01, M building, first floor.

Radiological crime scene management (RCSM) and nuclear forensics are key elements of a nuclear security regime. While the importance of nuclear forensics is already recognized worldwide, recognition of the importance of RCSM, as well as the need to connect the work in these areas, is also on the rise. The event will present the main elements of RCSM such as the proper use of personal protective equipment and searching and packaging mechanisms, and how to conduct in-field categorization of materials, with a specific focus on the connection of RCSM with nuclear forensics. 

Senior Safety and Security Regulators’ Meeting

Thursday, 23 September 2021, 12:00-16:30 CET, Board Room C, C Building, fourth floor.

At this event, heads of regulatory authorities and other senior regulatory officials in the fields of nuclear, radiation, transport and radioactive waste safety and nuclear security will discuss regulatory challenges and share good practices. The event will also focus on IAEA Secretariat initiatives to support regulatory bodies. 

Regulatory Cooperation Forum Plenary Meeting

Friday, 24 September 2021, 13:00-15:00 CET, Conference Room C4, C Building, seventh floor. 

The Plenary will focus on the common challenges and issues for regulatory infrastructure development among nuclear power plant (NPP) embarking countries and facilitate experience sharing with NPP advanced countries. There will be a focus on the implementation of the Regulatory Cooperation Forum (RCF) Strategic Plan (2020–2024) objectives, as well as on the RCF ‘Generic Roadmap’ and the relationship with nuclear safety peer review and advisory services for embarking countries. The event will also provide an opportunity to raise awareness of RCF activities. 

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