General Conference: Highlights of Day 2

General Conference: Highlights of Day 2



The event IAEA Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship Program: Status and Prospects featured some of the program’s first graduates since it started last year, sharing their experiences and the impact the program has had on their studies and careers. Participants were also briefed on the status and prospects of the program, which awards grants to women seeking a Masters degree in nuclear-related fields. At the event, attendees heard that 29 students are expected to complete the program by the end of this year.

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The event IAEA Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship Program: Status and Prospects featured some of the program’s first graduates since it started last year, sharing their experiences and the impact the program has had on their studies and careers. Participants were also briefed on the status and prospects of the program, which awards grants to women seeking a Masters degree in nuclear-related fields. At the event, attendees heard that 29 students are expected to complete the program by the end of this year.

The potential of nuclear power to generate hydrogen for industrial use in the global transition to net zero emissions was examined by international experts at the event Innovations in the production and use of nuclear hydrogen for a clean energy transition. The panelists examined developments in the coupling of nuclear reactors with hydrogen generation plants in order to efficiently generate both electricity and hydrogen as a combined heat and power system.

At the event IAEA recruiting: attracting talent from member states, attendees found out about the IAEA’s recruitment process, the various contract modalities the IAEA offers and the ongoing efforts to reach qualified professionals from all member states, including through the IAEA website and social media. The event also highlighted the importance of Member States’ participation in the free Expert and Junior Professional Officer programs.

the Digitization to support the planning and implementation of nuclear decommissioning The event highlighted the practical value of 3D modeling and simulation, visualization, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, machine learning and other similar applications in planning and implementing nuclear power plant decommissioning. During the session, experts presented practical examples of the use of digital technologies in decommissioning projects. In order to continue the exchange of information on the decommissioning, the IAEA will host the International Conference on Nuclear Decommissioning: Addressing the Past and Securing the Future in Vienna in May 2023.

The event DSRSNet – An international resource for the management of decommissioned sealed radioactive sources presented new functions and resources of DSRSNet in an interactive demonstration. DSRSNet is a CONNECT network that was founded in 2019 as a forum for the exchange of practical experience, knowledge and international developments for the safe handling of disused sealed radioactive sources (DSRS).

At the event Development of capacities for the broader use of stable isotope techniques for the source allocation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, The IAEA and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) have announced their first joint technical cooperation project, which aims to support experts around the world in using stable isotopes to measure the release of greenhouse gases (GHGs) and to precisely determine their source. Participants heard about the potential of high quality stable isotope measurements to generate data for verification of greenhouse gas emissions and how this can affect their efforts to meet their nationally set contributions.

Participant of the Licensing Novel Advanced Reactors: Meeting the Challenges The event discussed the challenges in implementing the IAEA safety standards given the differences in design, location, construction, commissioning, operation, decommissioning, radioactive waste management, safety assessment and regulation of innovative technologies compared to operating reactors. One panel considered how the IAEA’s activities and future plans could best help address these issues.

The event IAEA Procurement: Adding Value to Implementing IAEA Programs provided an overview of the IAEA’s procurement process, underlying partnerships and ongoing initiatives to stay ahead of the curve in sourcing the goods and services needed to implement the Agency’s programs in support of Member States.

The event COMPASS: Improving State Aid Introduced the IAEA’s assistance to help states strengthen the effectiveness of state or regional agencies responsible for implementing Security Precautions (SRAs) and state nuclear accounting and control systems (SSACs), The Comprehensive The Cacity-Building Initiative for SSACs and SRAs (COMPASS) builds on the existing IAEA assistance developed over the past 45 years, and the event highlighted the breadth of assistance the IAEA can offer states in the area of ​​security arrangements .

The IAEA’s general roadmap for the implementation of a deep geological repository for radioactive waste, based on practices and experience from a number of national programs, was based on the Roadm for the implementation of a deep geological repository Event. The establishment of a deep geological repository for radioactive waste is a central factor for sustainable nuclear power generation and the associated activities in the fuel cycle.

In order to promote further cooperation in data collection, the event The Power of Data: An IAEA Approach to Improving Cancer Support – From Prevention to Relief focused on the influence of databases on decision making. During the event, 10 experts shared their experiences on how data from seven publicly accessible global databases can be used for human health in research and education. Participants also discussed the importance of collaborative data collection via online platforms such as the International Research Integration System (IRIS).

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