Volume 2 | June 2019
Your CONNECT bi-monthly Email Update
This is the CONNECT Email Update! The IAEA CONNECT is a web-based platform that hosts IAEA professional networks. This email update will come to you every two months with the latest news from these Networks and related topics.
 
Enjoy the reading and feel free to encourage others to sign up and join the professional networks!
Our Networks
The professional networks are open to everyone working in the relevant field. Their memberships are free of charge and give access to a wealth of valuable information. 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 are organizing meetings to discuss specific technical issues and the path forward for their activities. Below you will find more information on the already confirmed events.
Underground Research Facilities Network for Geological Disposal - URF Network

913 September 2019
International Low Level Waste Disposal Network - DISPONET

14–18 October 2019
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!
Updates from the Nuclear Energy Capacity Building Hub (CBH)

The Nuclear Energy Capacity Building Hub (CBH) is a “one-stop shop” for information sharing, capacity building and networking on key topics associated with human resource development. The Hub consists of five portals: HRD and workforce planning, nuclear training and SAT, nuclear leadership development, stakeholder involvement, and human performance. Each portal includes a proactive community of practice for users to engage in discussion and share information and good practices.
Available now, new additions to the Hub include a collection of educational resources for nuclear science and technology teaching, the announcement of the IAEA webinar series on stakeholder involvement , information about the upcoming revised SAT publication , the finalist videos from the 2018 IAEA International Student Competition, and details of the IAEA’s new International Essay Competition on nuclear security.
We welcome you to explore the Hub and share your thoughts, questions and experiences in the communities of practice, along with over 350 users from across the world.

For additional information, contact us via CBH.Contact-Point@iaea.org .
Disused Sealed Radioactive Sources Network (DSRS Net) public site is live!

We are pleased to announce that the Disused Sealed Radioactive Sources Network (DSRS Net) public site is now online.

The Scientific Secretary of DSRS Net, Carlos Benitez Navarro, works in the Waste Technology Section as a Nuclear Engineer. Carlos is looking forward to extending his working with the DSRS Net members and developing the network as a valuable resource for professionals worldwide.

We are currently working on the members-only site that should be ready in a couple of months. We will announce it here when ready.

For additional information, contact us via DSRS.Contact-Point@iaea.org
Highlights
RICOMET 2019
1–3 July 2019, Barcelona, Spain
The RICOMET Conference on social science and humanities in ionising radiation research will take place at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health from 1 to 3 July 2019.             
The IAEA is contributing to the conference by co-organizing two sessions and a workshop. The sessions will focus on holistic approach on the management of long-term exposure situations and on communication about indoor radon and stakeholder engagement in a radon national plan. The workshop is titled Bringing theory to practice in environmental remediation projects and it is based on an ongoing remediation project.

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Technical Meeting on Management of Depleted Uranium - DSRS
19–23 August 2019, Vienna, Austria
The IAEA has issued a series of technical guidance documents and safety standards, in addition to providing technical assistance to Member States, in the safe management of DSRS. A new Technical Guidance related to the management of depleted uranium (DU) contained in the shielding once the sealed source has been removed from the device, is currently under development.
The purpose of this meeting is to review the existing draft Nuclear Energy Series document
on management of disused devices containing DU as shielding for sealed radioactive sources (SRS). The objective is to discuss and describe the methodologies that have already been implemented, as well as to identify solutions that can help in overcoming existing challenges in this area.

Webinar
Webinar available on demand
The webinar " A sneak peek of the International Conference on the Management of Spent Fuel from Power Reactors" advertised in our previous edition is now available, on demand, on the SFM Net public site. You can find the link here.
 
The webinar was a preview of what the International Conference on the Management of Spent Fuel from Power Reactors, to be held from 24 to 28 June, in Vienna, Austria, will include in terms of scientific programme, technical contributions, involvement of young professionals and gender balance.
Noteworthy
NORM's Conference programme committee meeting: planning for 2020
The Programme Committee Meeting of the International Conference on the Management of Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM) in Industry took place in Vienna from 11 to 13 June 2019. The purpose of this meeting was to develop the structure and design the programme for the NORM Conference planned for 2020. This is the first IAEA conference on NORM with the aim of fostering the sharing of experiences in the management of NORM in industrial operations. Its objective is the contribution to the harmonization of approaches and adoption of good practices that are cost effective and safe, while taking into consideration members of the public and workers. The conference will explore the good practices that have been put into place worldwide and will bring together different players to identify current issues and expected future challenges and possible strategies for dealing with them.
MAESTRI Project, an ENVIRONET initiative
The Consultancy Meeting to prepare the Terms of Reference of the new ENVIRONET Project - MAESTRI (Management Systems Supporting Environmental Remediation) took place at the IAEA headquarters from 11 to 13 June. The overarching objective of MAESTRI is to develop a structured framework that will allow for the sustainable management of radioactively contaminated sites with a view of bringing them to beneficial use. An integrated interaction of multiple factors will constitute the platform of MAESTRI operation.
For more information contact ENVIRONET.Contact-Point@iaea.org.
LABONET 2019 Technical Meeting
The LABONET 2019 Technical Meeting was held from 14 to 17 May at the IAEA Headquarters in Vienna. Over 60 representatives from 25 Member States participated. The meeting included 23 technical presentations and three breakout sessions. The IAEA Technical Secretary for the LABONET network Ms Felicia Dragolici was supported by approximately 15 participants, contributing to the meeting as Steering Committee members, technical sessions Chairs, moderators and rapporteurs.

The meeting comprised five technical sessions covering challenging aspects such as methodologies for demonstrating compliance with waste acceptance criteria; characterization of legacy waste to facilitate further processing; characterization depending on the end-point; non-radiological characterization of radioactive waste to ensure compliance with waste acceptance criteria; and radioactive waste characterization optimization and design solutions for characterization systems and facilities.

The event provided a forum for the exchange of information and discussions on good practices, latest developments, challenges and future directions in the area of radioactive waste characterization with the aim of meeting the waste acceptance criteria. It also presented the latest state-of-the-art technical methods and technologies to characterization laboratory planners, managers, technicians, designers, operators and regulators involved in the management of radioactive waste. Another relevant output of this technical meeting was the revision of LABONET’s Terms of Reference and the planning of activities to implement the projects established by LABONET’s 5 Year Plan
e-tools
In every edition we will bring to you the latest on our e-tools initiatives. This can be an activity such as webinars, an innovative approach such as e-learning, or anything related to the electronic tools available.
One Wiki approach
A consultancy on expanding the wiki beyond decommissioning was held from 10 to 14 June at IAEA Headquarters in Vienna, Austria. Its purpose was to work on adapting the current IDN Wiki terminology to include other technical topics, such as environmental remediation, waste characterization, processing, disposal, and so on.

A new and improved wiki is under way! Keep an eye out for more information in our future editions. In the meantime, you can find out more about the IDN Wiki here.
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