Volume 3 | August 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. Information sheet linked from the icons.
Network on Environmental Management and Remediation - ENVIRONET

25–29 November 2019
International Decommissioning Network - IDN

26–28 November 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!
Farewell and welcome

The Scientific Secretary for CGULS and RSLS CONNECT pages, Ms Michelle Roberts, is pleased to welcome Mr Ivan Grishechkin to the team. Ivan takes over from Ms Maria Matsola who was previously responsible for managing the CONNECT pages for these two forums. Ivan is looking forward to working with the CGULS and RSLS CONNECT users to ensure the networks continue to deliver the best possible service to the Member States. 

For more information about CGULS and RSLS on CONNECT  CGULS.Contact-Point@iaea.org
The Uranium Production Cycle Network (UPC Net) is now live!

We are pleased to announce that the Uranium Production Cycle Network (UPC Net) public site is now online.

The Scientific Secretaries of UPC Net, Brett Moldovan and Martin Fairclough work in the Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Materials Section, Uranium Resources and Production team.

They are looking forward to extending the team's work with the UPC Net members and developing the network as a valuable resource for professionals worldwide.

We are currently working on the members–only site, which will be live in September. The exact publishing date will be announced here.

For additional information, contact us via UPC.Contact-Point@iaea.org
The  63rd Annual Regular Session of the IAEA General Conference will be held from 16 to 20 September 2019 at the Vienna International Centre (VIC) in Vienna, Austria, where high-ranking officials and representatives from IAEA Member States will consider a range of issues. Below are some of the events related to our networks field areas.
EC–IAEA cooperation to strengthen the safety of radioactive waste and spent fuel management
16 September 2019

The side event will focus on lessons learned from and the way forward for the IAEA’s Integrated  
Review Service for Radioactive Waste and Spent Fuel Management, Decommissioning and  
Remediation (ARTEMIS) peer reviews, harmonization of national inventories, and global international cooperation and status and trends in radioactive waste and spent fuel. This event is organized by the European Commission.  
IAEA Support to Environmental Remediation Projects   
17 September 2019

T his side event will showcase successful environmental remediation initiatives supported by the IAEA and highlight partnership opportunities. It will also celebrate the tenth anniversary of the IAEA Network on Environmental Management and Remediation (ENVIRONET) and announce the First IAEA International Conference on the Management of Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM) in Industry.         
Disused sealed radioactive sources (DSRS) and DSRS -Net
18 September 2019

This event will launch the DSRS-Net web-platform and feature a hands-on demonstration of handling disused sealed radioactive sources.   
Presentation of the IAEA Nuclear Communicator's Toolbox
18 September 2019

This event will present the newly launched IAEA Nuclear Communicator’s Toolbox, which offers tools to support effective communication on the benefits and risks associated with nuclear technologies. It is intended for scientists, engineers and communication professionals who work in the field of nuclear science and technology applications or regulate their safe and secure use.   

  • Amparo González Espartero - IAEA
  • Susan Y. Pickering - Sandia National Laboratories, USA
  • Stefano Caruso - Nagra, Switzerland

A short bio of each presenter is available in our first edition found here .

The webinar is free of charge. We encourage you to forward the registration link to others.
Follow up webinar on the International Conference on the Management of Spent Fuel
As the webinar " A sneak peek of the International Conference on the Management of Spent Fuel from Power Reactors " mentioned in our last edition was a big hit, we decided to host one on the outcome of the conference as well and we would like to invite you to join us!

18 September at 15:00 (Vienna time)

The webinar will present the conference's highlights and conclusions. We will also have one of the conference's speaker providing his impressions of the event. The International Conference on the Management of Spent Fuel from Power Reactors was held from 24 to 28 June, in Vienna, Austria and included technical contributions and involvement of young professionals.
IAEA launches webinar series on stakeholder involvement in nuclear power programmes

The IAEA has launched a new series of interactive webinars aimed at supporting Member States in developing and implementing effective stakeholder involvement programmes related to nuclear power. Webinars are held on a quarterly basis.

The first webinar , held on 4 June 2019, addressed the basics of stakeholder involvement and highlighted why it is a strategic tool for and an essential component of a nuclear power programme – both in countries introducing nuclear power as well as for ongoing nuclear power programmes. The second webinar will take place on 3 September 2019 and focus on public surveys.

These webinars enable participants to learn about and engage on key stakeholder involvement topics such as establishing and running a public information centre, maintaining an effective social media presence and conducting opinion surveys.

Participation in the webinars is free of charge and open to all. Each webinar features international expert speakers who present a global diversity of experiences and good practices in stakeholder involvement related to nuclear power. Participants are encouraged to ask questions and join in interactive segments during the webinars.
Picture by Marta Solano, ISGlobal.
RICOMET's outcome
The RICOMET 2019 took place in Barcelona from 1 to 3 July. The event covered the following topics: communication about indoor radon and stakeholder engagement in a radon national plan; holistic approach on the management of long-term exposure situations; management of socio-psychological impact of radiation emergencies; participation in radiological protection: from formal to informal; uncertainties and decision-making in the early and intermediate phases of nuclear or radiological emergencies; and the radiation protection culture.

It also included a workshop on Bringing Theory to Practice in Environmental Remediation Projects, based on an ongoing remediation project from Kyrgyzstan. The presentations provided can be found along with other related materials here.
In its 5th edition, the event highlighted the continued importance of taking social-sciences perspectives in decision-making processes related to different aspects of exposure to ionizing radiation. Participants emphasized the need for transparent and participative decision making that take into account ethical values. Those perspectives will be of paramount importance to the new ENVIRONET Project MAESTRI - Management Systems Supporting Environmental Remediation Projects to be formally launched during the Annual Meeting of ENVIRONET in November 2019.
Animated video on r adioactive waste management
Radioactive waste makes up a small portion of all waste. It is the by-product of millions of medical procedures each year, industrial and agricultural applications that use radiation and nuclear reactors that generate around 10 % of global electricity. This animation explains how radioactive waste is managed to protect people and the environment from radiation now and in the future. 
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.
Wiki content on the making
Towards the end of the year, a consultancy meeting to develop wiki content for predisposal and disposal will be held at the IAEA Headquarters.
This week long activity is part of the Technical Cooperation INT9174 - the CONNECT project, funded by the European Union, towards capacity building in the area of radioactive waste management, decommissioning and environmental remediation.
Previous edition
Missed our previous editions?
Recent publications
NE Nuclear Energy Series
NE Nuclear Energy Series
IAEA TECDOC Series 1873
IAEA TECDOC Series 1878
IAEA Safety Standards Series
IAEA Safety Glossary: 2018 Edition
We hope you found this Email Update useful. Please share!

Until next time!