The International Conference on the Challenges Faced by Technical and Scientific Support Organizations in Enhancing Nuclear Safety and Security: Ensuring Effective and Sustainable Expertise to be held in Brussels, Belgium, from 15 to 18 October 2018 will continue the tradition established by the three preceding conferences on this subject, which were held, respectively, in Beijing, China (2014), in Tokyo, Japan (2010) and in Aix-en-Provence, France (2007). Like these earlier conferences, the forthcoming one will play a vital part in the national and international efforts made to ensure the effectiveness of nuclear and radiation safety and security regulatory systems and will focus, in particular, on prerequisites and ways for maintaining and strengthening the actions of technical and scientific support organizations (TSOs) in supporting the enhancement of nuclear and radiation safety and security worldwide in particular through the IAEA TSO Forum.
It was already recognized that nuclear safety and security are to a great extent scientific in nature and that a regulatory body with responsibilities for nuclear facilities and other licensed activities involving radioactive material needs to have permanent access to supporting expertise. One of the main conclusions of the last conference in 2014 concerned the need to assist Member States especially with the development and strengthening, in an effective and sustainable way, of the scientific and technical capabilities that TSOs can draw upon in order to support regulatory bodies. This fourth conference on TSOs will, in particular, present achievements of the IAEA TSO Forum that address the recommendations from the previous TSO conferences.
This conference is being organized by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and will be hosted by the Government of Belgium through Bel V in cooperation/and co-organized by the European Technical Safety Organisations Network (ETSON).
The conference will highlight the importance of scientific and technical capabilities to support regulatory decision-making for enhanced nuclear and radiation safety and security. While addressing challenges to the development, maintenance and enhancement of such capacities, the conference will:
Submission of Form for Submission of a Paper (Form B) and abstract: 17 March 2018
Submission of Grant Application Form (Form C): 17 March 2018
Notification of acceptance of synopses: 27 April 2018
Submission of accepted draft paper (4 pages max.): 29 June 2018
Submission of accepted final paper (4 pages max.): 14 September 2018
Session 1: General Role of Technical and Scientific Support Organizations
Session 2: Technical and Scientific Challenges Faced by Technical and Scientific Support Organizations
Session 3: Role of Technical and Scientific Support Organizations in Emergency Preparedness and Response
Session 4: Other Challenges Faced by Technical and Scientific Support Organizations
Session 5: Key Components Needed to Develop and Maintain Technical Expertise
Session 6: Initiatives to Develop and Maintain Technical and Scientific Capabilities
Participation and Registration Requirements
Persons wishing to attend the conference must register with the forms listed below.
All those wishing to present a paper must submit a abstract by 17 March 2018 and be registered to attend the conference in order to be considered.
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Abstact Submission Requirements
Persons who wish to present a paper at the conference either orally or in the form of a poster must submit a abstract to the IAEA. This abstract must be submitted in an electronic format (no paper copies) directly to the IAEA. The abstract should not exceed 300 words and relevant to the scientific and technical programme. The abstract must be submitted through INDICO (this system).
All papers submitted must present original work and should not have been published elsewhere.
The abstract should give enough information on the contents of the proposed paper to enable it to be evaluated.
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