WORKSHOP
on

Developing the Safety Infrastructure for a Research Reactor in an Emerging Nuclear Power State

J7-TM-41680

Argonne, Illinois, USA
7 - 11 March 2011

1. Introduction

There are now many Member States considering introduction of a nuclear power programme as part of their response to increased demand for energy while reducing dependence on fossil fuels. In some cases, these emerging nuclear power States have one or more operating research reactors, or have indicated the desire to acquire a new research reactor. Over the past few years, the IAEA has developed a number of documents that provide guidance for development of the nuclear power programme, including the "Milestone" document that outlines the three phases of a nuclear power programme leading up to commissioning of the new NPP, and the "Safety Infrastructure" document that summarizes the actions needed to establish the safety infrastructure for the NPP programme. Developing or upgrading the safety infrastructure for a research reactor, either existing or new, will provide a start on developing the safety infrastructure needed for the nuclear power plant. Potential benefits to the State include engagement with the international nuclear safety community, establishment of the regulatory infrastructure for safety and development of people having experience in the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed for successful operation and regulation of nuclear reactors. In this regard, the IAEA is organizing a Workshop on Developing the Safety Infrastructure for a Research Reactor in an Emerging Nuclear Power State from 7 to 11 March, 2011.

2. Working Language

The working language of the workshop will be English. No translation will be provided.

3. Purpose of the Workshop

The objective of the workshop is to provide an introduction to the actions needed to satisfy IAEA safety requirements for a research reactor, with emphasis on the regulatory infrastructure, leadership and management, siting, safety assessment, human resource development and emergency preparedness.

4. Workshop Participants

This workshop is intended for individuals from research reactor project implementation organizations, research reactor operating organizations or regulatory bodies who are responsible for formulating and/or upgrading the national safety infrastructure needed for a new research reactor project.

5. Content of the Workshop

Lectures will be presented covering the actions needed to satisfy IAEA safety requirements for legal and regulatory infrastructure, leadership and management, siting, safety assessment, human resource development and emergency preparedness relevant to a new research reactor. The emphasis will be on discussion of the actions needed to comply with IAEA Standards and international good practices. The workshop will also provide a forum for the participants to discuss their national infrastructure and to exchange experience, especially between States having an existing research reactor and those considering an initial research reactor.

6. Visas

Designated participants who require a visa to enter the USA should submit the necessary application to the nearest diplomatic or consular representative of the USA as soon as possible.

7. Application Procedures

Nominations should be submitted on the TC form for application for a training course. Completed forms should be endorsed by and returned through the official channels. They must be received by the IAEA not later than 18 January 2011. Nominations received after that date or applications sent directly by individuals or by private institutions can not be considered. Nominating Governments will be informed in due course of the names of the selected candidates and at that time full details will be given on the procedures to be followed with regard to administrative and financial matters.

8. IAEA Secretariat

The IAEA Scientific Secretary for the workshop is
Mr. Hassan Abou Yehia, Research Reactor Safety Section, Division of Nuclear Installation Safety.
Address: International Atomic Energy Agency
P.O. Box 100, Wagramer Strasse 5
A-1400 Vienna, Austria
Tel: +43-1-2600-22400
Fax: +43-1-26007
Email: h.abouyehia@iaea.org