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10-14 February 2020
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Appendix: Topics for Technical Sessions

Appendix: Topics for Technical Sessions

Physical protection of nuclear and other radioactive material and facilities

  • Nuclear security of nuclear fuel cycle facilities: emerging technologies and associated challenges and complex threats;
  • Research reactor security;
  • Design basis threat and threat assessment: prevention and protection;
  • Physical protection systems: evaluation and assessment;
  • Newcomers to nuclear power and research reactors: opportunities and challenges;
  • Nuclear security of new nuclear technologies (e.g., small modular reactors);
  • Security by design, including in newcomer countries;
  • Transport of nuclear and other radioactive material: practices, challenges and regulatory issues;
  • Nuclear security of decommissioned facilities and the facilities being decommissioned;
  • International Physical Protection Advisory Service: good practices and lessons learned;
  • Application of the graded approach and defence in depth to nuclear security;
  • The Amended Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material review conference in 2021;
  • Minimization, on a voluntary basis, of high enriched uranium within civilian stocks and where technically and economically feasible;
  • Risk-informed approach to the security of radioactive material in use and in storage;
  • Insider threats;
  • Nuclear security vulnerability assessments;
  • Nuclear material accounting and control; and
  • National accounting and control measures of radioactive materials.

Nuclear and other radioactive material out of regulatory control

  • Building and maintaining nuclear security detection architecture;
  • Preventing illicit trafficking of nuclear and radioactive material;
  • International Nuclear Security Advisory Service for nuclear and other radioactive material out of regulatory control;
  • Detection technology development and performance testing;
  • Coordinated response to nuclear security events;
  • Nuclear security as part of the security of major public events;
  • Nuclear forensics;
  • Nuclear security in major urban areas; and
  • The IAEA's technical support for States that takes into consideration complex threats and challenges including geographical condition

Cross-cutting/Overarching topics

  • National nuclear security regulations;
  • Capacity building (e.g. human resource development and sustainability, nuclear security education and job-specific performance training including for newcomer countries);
  • Role of Nuclear Security Support Centers to support and sustain national nuclear security regimes;
  • Implementation of national legislative and regulatory frameworks, and international instruments;
  • Information and computer security considerations for nuclear security;
  • Information exchange for incidents of nuclear and other radioactive material out of regulatory control;
  • Nuclear security culture in practice with a focus on sustainability;
  • Nuclear safety and security interfaces;
  • Emergency preparedness and response and nuclear security interfaces;
  • Establishing and formalizing nuclear security processes into integrated management systems;
  • Use of IAEA and other international guidelines for building national nuclear security regimes;
  • National nuclear security inspections: training of inspectors, development of procedures and managing findings;
  • Good practices in the development and execution of nuclear security exercises (e.g. tabletop, drills and field exercises);
  • Identification of national needs through the development of an Integrated Nuclear Security Support Plan;
  • Innovative technologies to reduce nuclear security risks and improve cost effectiveness, where feasible;
  • Risks and benefits to nuclear security from innovations in other fields, including artificial intelligence and big data;
  • Advances in nuclear security research and development; international cooperation on nuclear security research; and
  • Contribution of industry to nuclear security.
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