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Nuclear Sciences and Applications Side Events at the 62nd IAEA General Conference

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The IAEA Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications will host five side events during the 62nd IAEA General Conference. 

The IAEA Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications will host five side events during the 62nd IAEA General Conference.  (Photo: IAEA)

The 62nd regular session of the IAEA General Conference will take place from 17 to 21 September 2018. In addition to the usual conference proceedings, the Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications will host five side events throughout the course of the week.

The first side event will take place on Monday, 17 September at 12:00 at the entrance to M building leading to A building. Road to ReNuAL: Progress in Implementation and Next Steps will reflect on the progress made in the ReNuAL/ReNuAL+ projects, milestones, planned events and immediate and future targets.

The second side event, Female Cancers and the Role of Radiation in Diagnosis and Treatment, will take place on Wednesday, 19 September at 9:00 in Conference Room C4, on the seventh floor of C building. This side event will review the use of radiation in the diagnosis and treatment of female cancers in low-and middle-income countries and will provide an update on cervical cancer initiatives through the UN Joint Global Programme on cervical cancer prevention and control.

The third side event, Fusion Energy for Peace and Sustainable Development and “Let There Be Light’ – a Film About the Quest for Fusion, will take place on Wednesday, 19 September at 9:30 at ESPACE M0E, M building, ground floor. This side event is aimed at reviewing the current status and recent progress in the efforts towards controlling thermonuclear fusion for energy production, the potential for fusion to revolutionize both technology and society, and the challenges ahead. The invited key speakers are: Bernard Bigot, ITER Director General, Sibylle Gunter, Scientific Director of Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics and Mila Aung-Thwin, movie director of the documentary Let There Be Light.

‘Let There Be Light’, a film about the quest for fusion tells the story of dedicated scientists working to make fusion a reality. The movie is directed by Mila Aung-Thwin and Van Royoko, and features Bernard Bigot and Sibylle Gunter, who are keynote speakers at the side event.

The fourth side event, Addressing the Burden of Infectious Diseases with Nuclear Techniques, will take place on Wednesday, 19 September at 11:00 in Conference Room C4, on the seventh floor of C building. This side event will focus on the role of molecular imaging in detecting pathophysiological changes related to infection. The role of stable isotope techniques to help track metabolic changes that will allow the design and monitoring of nutritional interventions for improved treatment outcomes will also be discussed.

The fifth side event, Non-Destructive Testing: Methods and Techniques for Civil Structures in Pre-and Post-Management of Natural Disasters, will take place on Thursday, 20 September at 11:00 in Conference Room M6, on the ground floor of M building. The event will present examples from Member States where nuclear techniques have proved to be valuable in identifying structural weaknesses in the aftermath of natural disasters using Non-Destructive Testing methods.

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