Deadline extended: IAEA conference on developing preparedness for national and international emergency aid

Deadline extended: IAEA conference on developing preparedness for national and international emergency aid



The deadline for interested contributors to submit abstracts for the International Conference on Developing Readiness for National and International Emergency Aid (EPR2021), which will take place from October 11 to 15, 2021 in Vienna, Austria, has been extended to June 1, 2021 .

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The deadline for interested contributors to submit abstracts for the International Conference on Developing Readiness for National and International Emergency Aid (EPR2021), which will take place from October 11 to 15, 2021 in Vienna, Austria, has been extended to June 1, 2021 .

Careful planning by Member States and international organizations always includes preparations for possible radiation-related emergencies. With this in mind, planners must implement an efficient nuclear and radiological emergency preparedness and response system (EPR) based on effective emergency preparedness, sound precautions and trained emergency personnel.

“While the responsibility for developing, maintaining and strengthening the nuclear and radiological EPR regulations lies with the national authorities, the IAEA plays a central role in promoting the international EPR framework for nuclear and radiological emergencies,” said Florian Baciu, acting Head of the IAEA incident and emergency center organizing the EPR2021 conference. “The presentations and discussions at EPR 2021 directly support the development of EPR guidelines by the IAEA to provide Member States with a reference for developing and maintaining robust EPR regulations.”

The EPR2021 conference is an international forum to exchange information on EPR topics and to raise global awareness of the progress made at national and international level and the challenges involved. During the conference, EPR experts from around the world will share experiences, evaluate current trends, technologies and lessons from EPR, and identify key priorities for further improving preparedness for nuclear and radiological incidents and emergencies – whether or not they are related to an accident or caused by a natural disaster, negligence, nuclear safety incident or any other cause.

Guidelines in all areas of nuclear and radiological EPR improve understanding and implementation of international best practices and the principles set out in the IAEA safety standards. Support in the conception, implementation and evaluation of emergency exercises; and technical support for national and regional capacity building projects.

What are the conference goals?

The three objectives of the EPR2021 conference are to reaffirm the vital importance of maintaining preparedness, to emphasize that the strong international EPR framework serves as the basis for supporting the further development of the operational arrangements and to ensure that the focus of protection strategies is achieved becomes the ability to provide a clear, easy-to-understand answer to a key emergency question: “Am I safe?”

Who is invited?

The IAEA invites government officials responsible for EPR, experts on EPR and nuclear safety and security issues, representatives of emergency and operational organizations, emergency planners and emergency services, public information officers and others at EPR for nuclear technology to this conference people involved and radiological incidents and emergencies.

How can you present a person?

Experts wishing to present a per at the conference must submit an abstract in electronic form using the web-based conference file submission system (IAEA INDICO) until June 1, 2021.

The IAEA particularly encourages abstract submissions by young experts. Prospective conference attendees younger than 37 years of age and relatively early in their careers may receive grants to attend the conference.

For more information, please visit the EPR2021 events page or follow #AreWeReady on Twitter.

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