Nuclear research

Nuclear science, technology and research represent the underlying foundation of all nuclear applications. Nuclear applications contribute in many ways to health, development and security worldwide. They are used in a broad range of areas, from power production to medicine, agriculture, food safety, environment, forensics, industry, and the analysis of artefacts.

Continuous research efforts and knowledge expansion in nuclear physics is necessary to further technological innovation, which in turn brings about new benefits for society. The IAEA’s objective is to promote the best solutions available today and to build better solutions for tomorrow.

The Agency runs a nuclear science programme to help its Member States to benefit from the various existing radiation applications. It also assists and advises them on their needs for capacity-building, research and development in the nuclear sciences, for instance with regard to the utilization of particle accelerators, research reactors and nuclear instrumentation, including nuclear fusion research and technology.

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