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Chair's Welcome

As the Chair of the NSSC Network, I am pleased to highlight the progress that the International Network for Nuclear Security Training and Support Centres (NSSC Network) has made towards achieving major objectives since the previous publication of this Newsletter in April 2021.

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic, the NSSC Network has continued to identify, develop, and use effective methods of collaboration. In April, we held our first ever virtual Annual Meeting, and while we had to manage some of the usual challenges and limitations with conducting an online event, the meeting was successful in achieving its objectives and in moving forward with further development of the Network. During the meeting, we welcomed three new Member States and three new official Observer organizations to the Network. During the meeting, we hosted a panel session on NSSC efforts to mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, including presentation of the results of a survey carried out by NSSC Network Working Group C on this subject. The IAEA and the Network Bureau also facilitated an interactive exercise for the participants using hypothetical scenarios based on the IAEA publication Establishing and Operating a National Nuclear Security Support Centre (IAEA-TDL-010, Revision of IAEA-TECDOC-1734). Additionally, we discussed a framework for cooperation with our colleagues in the International Nuclear Security Education Network (INSEN). As a result, NSSC Network and INSEN have agreed on an informal memorandum for cooperation to serve as foundation for further collaborative activities between the two Networks.


Inamul Haq
NSSC Network Chair,
Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS)

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Development of the Multifunction Training Facility for Nuclear Security Exercises at Ukraine GKTC

By Ms Anna Havrilyuk-Burkova
Leading Engineer, George Kuzmycz Training Center for Physical Protection, Control and Accounting of Nuclear Material, Institute for Nuclear Research, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (GKTC)
At the George Kuzmycz Training Center for Physical Protection, Control and Accounting of Nuclear Material of Ukraine (GKTC), we analyse nuclear security threats and risks nationally, regionally, and globally and make systematic improvements to stay ahead of the threat. In this context, the GKTC regularly reviews and improves existing training materials in line with national legislation, IAEA recommendations, and in consideration of new challenges. Through this process, we are able to identify existing gaps and needs, further develop the training programme, and deploy the available resources of our centre to serve a wide range of national stakeholders.

Recently, based on our analysis, we embarked upon a project to expand the training and resources offered by GKTC to address emerging needs among organizations responsible for responding to potential malicious acts involving nuclear and other radioactive material in Ukraine. The project kicked-off in 2019 with a series of meetings with managers and experts on radiation safety and nuclear security. During these meetings, we analysed needs for training advanced specialists, considering the tasks, skills, technical base and the current number of specialists. We also assessed nuclear security threats that are currently relevant for both Ukraine and the world. Then, GKTC experts worked together with representatives of law enforcement agencies and government officials from various organizations to develop technical requirements for a "Multifunction Training Facility for Situational Exercises" (MTF) project. These technical requirements were the basis of discussions with international partners, exploring their possible support for the MTF project

Training at GKTC/MTF on response to a simulated nuclear security event (Photo: GKTC)
GKTC/MTF decontamination training (Photo: GKTC)
Police training at GKTC/MTF on conducting investigations during a simulated nuclear security event
(Photo: GKTC)
Security forces train at GKTC/MTF on response to a nuclear security event (Photo: GKTC)
Trainees search for radioactive material out of regulatory control during an exercise at GKTC/MTF 
(Photo: GKTC)

These news stories either highlight NSSC Network members at work in the field, or provide information on subjects relevant to the Network.

IAEA Breaks Ground on Training Centre to Counter Nuclear Terrorism

The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Mariano Grossi, broke ground for a new facility that will help strengthen countries’ abilities to tackle nuclear terrorism in areas such as the illegal trafficking of nuclear material and the physical protection of facilities and major public events. The IAEA Nuclear Security Training and Demonstration Centre will be located at the IAEA facility in Seibersdorf, 30 km south of Vienna, Austria, and is scheduled to be operational in 2023.


Strengthening the Capacity of Women in Nuclear Security Worldwide: An IAEA Webinar

Much progress in nuclear and many groundbreaking discoveries are thanks to the contribution of women scientists — yet to this day, women remain underrepresented in many areas of nuclear science, including nuclear security. A new initiative from the IAEA hopes to change that. The IAEA recently launched the Women in Nuclear Security Initiative (WINSI), with the aim of inspiring young women to take up jobs in the sector. As an initial activity under this initiative, the IAEA is organizing a series of webinars, the first of which focused on the IAEA’s role in strengthening the capacity of women in nuclear security. 


Managing a Radiological Crime Scene: Practical Demonstration on the sidelines of IAEA GC65

When responders arrive at a crime scene, they know they need to be careful, but when radioactive material could be present, extra caution is required and specialized procedures must be put into action. At a side event on the margins of the 65th IAEA General Conference, delegates observed a demonstration of such procedures. The event was organized in cooperation with the Hungarian Police and the Hungarian Centre for Energy Research, an NSSC and IAEA Collaborating Centre for Nuclear Forensics.


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IAEA Department of Department of Nuclear Safety and Security Webinars

The Department of Nuclear Safety and Security offers a variety of webinars and online learning courses that are continuously being expanded and updated to meet the growing demand and changing needs of Member States. Participate in the free webinars on the nuclear safety and security topics to strengthen knowledge and raise awareness.

IAEA Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship Programme


The IAEA Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship Programme (MSCFP) seeks to inspire and support young women to pursue a career in the nuclear field. The MSCFP aims to help increase the number of women in the nuclear field, supporting an inclusive workforce of both men and women who contribute to and drive global scientific and technological innovation.

The MSCFP provides scholarships to selected students studying towards a Master’s degree in nuclear related studies at accredited universities. They are also provided with an opportunity to pursue an internship facilitated by the IAEA for up to 12 months.

Scholarships are awarded annually, with up to 100 female students selected per year depending on the availability of funds. Consideration is given to geographic and linguistic diversity.

NSSC Network members are actively involved in the implementation of the MSCFP and they are encouraged to further disseminate this information at national and regional level.  

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Events and Activities

Upcoming network events

3rd Consultancy Meeting on Developing Materials for Workshops on Establishing and Operating a National NSSC (Virtual)
15 – 19 November 2021
Consultancy Meeting for the Bureau of the NSSC Network (Virtual)
8 – 10 December 2021
Hungary – Lithuania – Ukraine Consortium Meeting
January 2022 (TBC), Ukraine

Regional Workshop on Establishing and Operating a National NSSC
6 – 10 February 2022, Cairo, Egypt
Annual Meeting of the NSSC Network
6 - 10 April 2022, Vienna, Austria


Recent member activities*

Tajikistan, NRSA: Front Line Operator Training and RPM System Administrator Training
29 March – 2 April 2021

Hungary, EK: Crime Scene Management Competition
 5 – 7 May 2021, Budapest, Hungary

Kazakhstan, NSTC: Transport Security Inspection (Virtual Training)
12 – 14 May 2021

Ukraine, GKTC: Workshop and Tabletop Exercise on Tactical Planning and Decision Making
17 – 21 May 2021, Kyiv, Ukraine

Ukraine, WMDTC: Advanced Training for CBRN Protection and Environmental Safety Specialists Concerning Maintenance and Repair of RPMs
7 – 11 June 2021, Cherkassy, Ukraine

Niger, HANEA: Regional Meeting of the Forum of Nuclear Safety and Security Authorities of G5-Sahel Countries and Senegal (FASSN)
16 – 18 June 2021, Niamey, Niger

Uganda, AEC: Training for Regulatory Staff and Key Stakeholders on Development of a Site Security Plan
12 – 16 July 2021, Kampala, Uganda

Philippines, PNRI: Radiological Training for National Coast Watch Center Personnel and Support Agencies
24 – 27 August 2021, Manila, Philippines

Indonesia, I-CoNSEP: National Nuclear Preparedness Countermeasures Tabletop Exercise
6 – 7 September 2021, Bandung, Indonesia

Korea, KINAC/INSA: Training Course for Nuclear Security Inspectors
6 – 10 September 2021, Daejeon, Republic of Korea

Morocco, CNESTEN: Regional workshop on establishing a national framework for the management of response to nuclear security events
27 September – 1 October 2021, Rabat, Morocco


*List of member activities selected from the NSSC Network Calendar requesting promotion in the Newsletter

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“Establishing and Operating a National Nuclear Security Support Centre
(Revision of IAEA-TECDOC-1734)”
This publication presents a systematic approach to establishing and operating a national nuclear security support centre (NSSC) as a means to strengthen the sustainability of nuclear security in a State. It provides specific practical guidance to States, detailing a straightforward decision making and project management process drawn from good practices in establishing and operating an NSSC that were identified through the experience and lessons learned from States within the NSSC Network. The publication is intended for use by the IAEA and the NSSC Network as the primary reference for activities to support States with the establishment and operation of an NSSC. The IAEA and NSSC Network are developing and planning workshops to assist States with implementing the publication.

Nuclear Security Series No. 12-T

Model Academic Curriculum in Nuclear Security
This publication provides a model academic curriculum covering the entire spectrum of nuclear security topics for a master’s degree programme or for an academic certificate programme in nuclear security. The first edition, entitled Educational Programmes in Nuclear Security, was published in 2010. Since then, the body of knowledge in the field of nuclear security has grown substantially and the IAEA Nuclear Security Series has expanded to cover more topics. The current publication takes into account the latest IAEA guidance, as well as feedback from the International Nuclear Security Education Network (INSEN) community and other international experts. The publication can be used by university curriculum developers as well as faculty and instructors from institutions that are implementing or considering educational programmes in nuclear security.
Network Event Data
107 events from 1 April – 30 September 2021
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