Volume 1 | April 2019
Your CONNECT bi-monthly Email Update
We are introducing the CONNECT Email Update! The IAEA CONNECT is a web-based platform that hosts IAEA professional networks and communities of practice. This email update will come to you every two months with compiled news from these Networks and related topics.
Enjoy the reading and feel free to encourage others to subscribe and join the professional networks!
Introducing Networks
These Networks, also called Communities of Practice, have their sites hosted on CONNECT. The site is divided into public and members-only areas. For more information about each network, including how to become a member, click on the respective icons below to get redirected to their public sites.
Upcoming events
Most Professional Networks have meetings planned to discuss specific technical issues and the path forward for their activities. Below you will find more information on the already confirmed events.
International Predisposal Network - IPN
International Network of Laboratories for Nuclear Waste Characterization - LABONET
Underground Research Facilities Network for Geological Disposal - URF Network
Notes from Scientific Secretaries
Here is where we will bring you the latest on our IAEA Professional Networks, including activities and announcements. Curious about which Professional Networks we have? Head on to the CONNECT Platform to find out. You are welcome to join the network(s) of your choice!
Commencement of Asia-Pacific Regional Group within the IAEA Environmental Remediation and Management Network (ENVIRONET)
ENVIRONET provides a forum to share knowledge and experience of sites contaminated with enhanced natural radioactivity or artificial radionuclides. The IAEA has announced the formation of an Asia-Pacific Regional Group of this Network and the coordinators of ENVIRONET are Dr Tim Payne based in Australia (ANSTO) and Dr Dadong Iskander of Indonesia (Batan). We would like to encourage scientists, regulators and other technical professionals who are based in Asia and the Pacific Region to participate in this regional group of ENVIRONET. If you are interested in receiving more information, please send an email containing your name and affiliation to EnvironetAsia@ansto.gov.au

For additional information, contact us via ENVIRONET.Contact-Point@iaea.org
LABONET has a new Scientific Secretary

We are pleased to announce that the International Network of Laboratories for Nuclear Waste Characterization – LABONET has a new scientific secretary, Ms Felicia Dragolici. Felicia joined the Waste Technology Section in the Predisposal Team as a Radioactive Waste Management Specialist. She has a doctorate degree in Civil Engineering Technology and brings over 26 years of experience in all aspects of radioactive waste management. Prior to joining the Agency, she was Head of the Radioactive Waste Management Department at the National Institute of R&D in Physics and Nuclear Engineering “Horia Hulubei” in Bucharest, Romania. Felicia is looking forward to working with the LABONET members and developing the network as a valuable resource for characterization professionals worldwide.

New addition to the MSN team and a MSN focused newsletter

The Management System Network of Excellence (MSN) is happy to introduce a new Scientific Secretary: Andrew R. Cartas! Andrew has a Doctorate in Nuclear Engineering with a specialization in accident tolerant nuclear fuel design and their impact on the economics of nuclear power. Prior to joining the IAEA, he worked at the National Nuclear Security Administration and, most recently, at the U.S. Department of State managing both bilateral and multilateral nuclear cooperation issues. He will be assisting with all aspects of the Nuclear Power Engineering Section’s (NPES) work on Supply Chain Management, Management Systems, Nuclear Leadership, and Quality Assurance & Quality Control.
Additionally, the MSN would like to announce the release of an MSN focused newsletter found in the members area of the MSN site on CONNECT. Interested in becoming an MSN member? Please register here

The scope of the conference covers the management of spent fuel (SFM) from nuclear power reactors from the past, present and future nuclear energy systems, and how the management of spent fuel can be affected by the decisions taken in the rest of the nuclear fuel cycle. The conference is aimed at scientists, designers, operators, regulators and others with responsibilities within the field of SFM.

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International Conference on Research Reactors
2529 November 2019, Buenos Aires, Argentina
The objective of this conference is to foster exchange of information on operating and planned research reactors. It is a forum in which reactor operators, managers, users, regulators, designers and suppliers can share experience and address challenges and opportunities to ensure effectiveness and sustainability in all relevant areas including safety, security, operation, utilization, infrastructure, and management.

A sneak peek of the International Conference on the Management of Spent Fuel from Power Reactors

3 May 2019 at 14:30 (Vienna time)
This webinar is a sneak peek of what the International Conference on the Management of Spent Fuel from Power Reactors, to be held on 24–28 June in Vienna will include in terms of scientific programme, technical contributions, involvement of young professionals and gender balance.
Dr González Espartero will start the webinar by providing a brief background information on the conference and will cover current initiatives regarding the SFM Net and the development of e-learning materials. Dr Pickering, the Chair of the Conference, will talk about the young generation and gender balance in the nuclear field and Dr Caruso's teaser presentation on spent fuel storage will follow. To finalize, a Q&A session will be held to answer the audience's questions. The webinar is scheduled for one hour, including the Q&A.  

The webinar is free of charge. We encourage you to forward the registration link below to others.

Meet the presenters
Amparo González Espartero

Dr Amparo González Espartero is the leader of the team on Spent Fuel Management in the Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Materials Section (NFCMS) in the IAEA Department of Nuclear Energy. The scope of the team covers the different aspects of spent fuel storage, including wet and dry technologies, current spent fuel reprocessing and recycling technologies and advanced recycling technologies for Gen IV reactors. She joined the IAEA in January 2015. Previously, she held managerial positions within European Research Projects (ACSEPT, EUROPART and PARTNEW). From 1991 to 2014, she worked for the Centro de Investigaciones Energeticas, Medioambientales y Technologicas (CIEMAT). She has a Ph.D., M.Sc. and B.S. in analytical chemistry.
Susan Y. Pickering

Dr Pickering has over 28 years of experience in nuclear research and development at Sandia National Laboratories, where she holds the position of Director Emeritus. She has worked in major areas of the nuclear fuel cycle including energy production, storage and transportation of spent fuel, waste disposal, and nuclear weapons. She has led programmes to enhance the safety and security of the nuclear fuel cycle, and increase its resistance to proliferation. She led the development and implementation of the quality assurance programme for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. She led the development of assurance processes and procedures for Laboratory-wide application. She has a B.Sc. in geology and biology and M.Sc. in industrial engineering.
Stefano Caruso

With a background in nuclear engineering and a PhD in reactor physics, Dr Caruso has over 17 years of experience in the nuclear industry, including 5 years at the Beznau Nuclear Power Plant, monitoring the reactor cores of both units. He has been a project manager at Nagra for the past eight years, leading projects related to spent nuclear fuel, HLW and waste produced at high-energy accelerators. Currently, he is chief scientific investigator for Nagra in the EURATOM/DoE I-NERI and IAEA CRP SPARV IV, as well as the Swiss representative at the OECD/NEA WPNCS. He was in the coordination team for the development of the EURAD proposal on spent fuel for the European Joint Programme (Horizon 2020).
International Conference on Climate Change and the Role of Nuclear Power
711 October 2019, Vienna, Austria
The purpose of the conference is to provide a forum for the exchange of information on the role of nuclear power, and on the opportunities and challenges of safe, secure and sustainable nuclear technology development in supporting the low carbon energy transformation needed to achieve the climate change goals.

European Union supports further development of eLearning
The European Union, through the European Commission, and the IAEA's Technical Cooperation Department is supporting the development of 8 new e-learning modules via the INT9174 Project - CONNECT. The additional materials will to complete the missing components of the Policies, Strategies and Prerequisites and Predisposal of Radioactive Waste Management courses. Expected time of completion is 2020. Find  here the full curriculum map.

10th edition of IAEA–ANL training course
This year marked the 10 th edition of the IAEA–Argonne National Laboratory Practical Training Course on Planning and Implementation of Nuclear Facility Decommissioning and Remediation of Radioactively Contaminated Sites, which took place on 1-12 April, in the USA. It took advantage of the synergies between the two domains to provide a wide range of stakeholders with a comprehensive understanding of the key elements that need to be integrated in the planning and implementation of Decommissioning and ER Projects. The course was supported by the IAEA Technical Cooperation Program, within Project INT9183.
In every edition we will bring to you the latest on our e-tools initiatives. This can be an activity like webinars, an innovative approach like e-learning, or anything related to the electronic tools available.
New e-learning materials on Spent Fuel Management
The first four lectures of the e-learning Course on Spent Fuel Management are now available on the IAEA Online Training platform. These are:

  • Spent fuel management general overview
  • Factors that can influence the choice of spent fuel management strategy
  • Spent fuel storage strategy and implementation
  • Spent fuel storage facility design and operation
These are designed to give an overview of how spent fuel management fits within the scope of the overall nuclear fuel cycle and how strategies have been developed and have evolved over time. Later material will include a comprehensive set of technical lectures on spent fuel recycling and other subjects. The development of the entire course, including its translation to Japanese, is being supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan.

This course is part of the  Spent Fuel and Radioactive Waste Management, Decommissioning and Environmental Remediation Curriculum. To access the materials one must have a NUCLEUS account. If you are a member of any of the IAEA professional networks hosted on the CONNECT platform, you can also reach the materials via the platform. We hope you have a great learning experience!
Vacancy note
Uranium Resources Specialist
The Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Materials Section has a Uranium Resources Specialist (P4) vacancy with an application deadline of 19 April 2019 . For further information and submitting an application, visit our  Current Vacancies .

More vacancies should open soon, so feel free to visit the site often for updated information!
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