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IAEA NSSC Network Newsletter

ISSUE 3 | MARCH 2019
Dear <<Title>> <<Last Name>>,

It is my pleasure to highlight progress that the International Network for Nuclear Security Training and Support Centres (NSSC Network) has made since the previous issue of this Newsletter was published in September 2018.

Although the NSSC concept is oriented toward meeting national needs, the NSSC Network facilitates regional cooperation among centres as a way for centres to support each other. The NSSCs in China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea have cooperated successfully for many years through the Asia Regional Network (ARN) of NSSCs. Following the ARN model, Hungary, Lithuania and Ukraine met in Vilnius, Lithuania on 10 - 11 September 2018 and agreed to form the “HLU Consortium” of NSSCs. We hope that the formation of this second regional group will inspire others to follow suit in the months to come.

The NSSC Network Bureau discussed the overall Network strategy, reviewed progress in implementation of the three Working Groups’ Action Plans, identified key actions for the coming year, and began preparations for the upcoming Annual Meeting (18-22 March 2019) at its meeting in Vienna, held 25 - 27 September 2018. For 2019, we expect another exciting and active year with steps to further strengthen the Network.

In that vein, the Second Consultancy Meeting of the Task Force for the Development of NSSC Network Information Management Tools was held from 9 – 11 January 2019 in Vienna. Network members continue to  share information through the NSSC Network Database* and Events Calendar*. Over the past year, we have identified a number of improvements that could be made to strengthen these tools, and the Task Force concluded its meeting with a robust plan of actions to be taken in that regard.

Lastly, we eagerly anticipate the revision of IAEA TECDOC 1734: Establishing a National Nuclear Security Support Centre. The IAEA Secretariat, along with key contributors from the NSSC Network, has been working hard over the past two years to enhance this publication. A complete draft revision will be presented at the 2019 Annual Meeting and we hope that the final document will be published by the end of the year.

As always, I would like to thank all contributors to this issue, especially the leadership of Working Group C (Information Sharing, Promotion, and Outreach) and the IAEA Secretariat for their ongoing cooperation and support for development of our Newsletter. The next issue is expected in Fall 2019 (Subscribe here).

*Access to the NSSC Network webpage on NUSEC is available only for Members of the NSSC Network and participants of NSSC Network meetings.


Aleksejus Livsic

NSSC Network Chair, Nuclear Security Centre of Excellence (NSCOE), Lithuania

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

A pilot training course based on a new IAEA nuclear security guidance document will help increase the security of radioactive sources in countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. (Photo: A. Rodriguez y Baena/IAEA)

Pilot Course Based on New Guidance Helps to Increase Security of Radioactive Material in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

A pilot training course based on a new IAEA nuclear security guidance document will help increase the security of radioactive sources in countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. 
Participants taking different measurements of nuclear materials to identify the spectrums for use in calibration the instruments and future measurement checks. ( Photo: C. Friedly / IAEA )

New CRP: Maintenance, Repair, and Calibration of Radiation Detection Equipment (J02014)

The IAEA has launched a new Coordinated Research Project (CRP) to improve the effectiveness of radiation detection equipment and reduce costs by using new approaches to maintenance, repair and calibration. READ MORE
Using a handheld radiation detection device, Bernard Osei, Technologist at Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, looks for nuclear or radioactive evidence at the simulated crime scene. (Photo: T. Tsvetkov/IAEA)

Crime Scene to Court Room: Implementing Nuclear Forensic

All evidence tells a story, and when the evidence is nuclear or radioactive material found at a crime scene, nuclear forensics science is a key to understanding the story. READ MORE
On February 15, 2019 Raja Adnan, Director of the IAEA Division of Nuclear Security, and University of National and World Economy Rector Statty Stattev, sign the second Practical Arrangement on Cooperation in the Area of Scientific Research and Educational Activities in the Area of Nuclear Security. (Photo: D. Calma/IAEA)

IAEA and Bulgaria’s University of National and World Economy Agree to Strengthen Cooperation in Nuclear Security Education

The IAEA and Bulgaria’s University of National and World Economy (UNWE) have renewed a cooperation agreement in the field of nuclear security education and human resource development. READ MORE
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Events and activities

Upcoming network events

  • Annual Meeting of the International Network for Nuclear Security Training and Support Centres (NSSC Network),
    18 – 22 March 2019, Beijing, China
  • Technical Meeting on Advanced Techniques for Equipment Testing Under Field Conditions,
    25-29 June 2019, Seibersdorf, Austria
  • International Workshop on NSSC Programmes in Security of Radioactive Materials and Associated Facilities,
    22-25 July 2019, Vienna, Austria
  • Consultancy Meeting for the Bureau of the NSSC Network,
    Q3 2019, Vienna, Austria

Recent member activities*

  • Ukraine (GKTC): National Training Course on Central Alarm Station Purpose and Functions for Operational Personnel
  • 27 August – 14 September 2018, Kiev, Ukraine
  • Republic of Korea: IAEA International Training Course on Nuclear Material Accounting and Control for Nuclear Security Purposes,
    3-7 September 2018, Daejeon, Republic of Korea
  • Chile: National Nuclear Security Training Course for Regulatory Body Inspectors,
    3-7 September 2018, Santiago, Chile
  • Morocco: National Training Course on Transport Security of Radioactive Material,
    17-21 September 2018, Rabat, Morocco
  • Kazakhstan: National Training Course on Fundamentals of Physical Protection,
    24 – 28 September 2018, Almaty, Kazakhstan
  • Ukraine (WMDTC): Practical Workshop on the Procedure for Detection and Response to Cross-border Trafficking of Nuclear Material,
    15 – 20 October 2018, Odesa, Ukraine
  • Lithuania: Radiation Detection Instructors Development Course Part I,
    6 – 8 November 2018, Medininkai, Lithuania
  • Bulgaria: IAEA Workshop on Legislative Framework in Nuclear Security,
    10 December 2018, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Japan: Regional Training Course on Nuclear Forensics,
    1 – 2 January 2019, Tokai, Japan
  • Montenegro: Consultancy Meeting with Representatives from SCK/CEN (Mol, Belgium) on Advanced Gamma Spectrometry with Semiconductor and Scintillation Detectors,
    11 – 15 February 2019, Podgorica, Montenegro
  • Argentina: Accelerating Towards the Future - Electron Beam and X-ray Technologies Workshop,
    26-28 February 2019, Buenos Aires, Argentina

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

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85 events from 1 September 2018 – 28 February 2019
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