The 21st edition of the ESARDA Course (ESARDA Course 2023) will be organized on-line and will feature a full five-days program with lectures, group exercises and virtual visits of some JRC Ispra (Italy) research laboratories.
Pre-registrations open on 16th January, 2023.
- nuclear safeguards
- Online only
- Live streaming available
- Online only
- Who should attend
The course material, consisting of a syllabus, a complete set of presentations and literature, will be provided to the participants. It is recommended to the students to prepare themselves beforehand using the material that will be available.
On a voluntary basis, participants are encouraged to take an exam, which includes two parts. The first part is an on-line multiple-choice questionnaire, which will take place during the week course. The second part consists in writing an essay on a nuclear safeguards or non-proliferation topic. Up to two best essays can be selected for being published in the ESARDA Connector journal or for being presented in a poster session at the next ESARDA Symposium. Successful students can include this course in their academic curriculum as it is recognised by BNEN/ENEN for 3 ECTS points.
Upon acceptance of your file by the course organizer committee, you will be notified for enrolment in the course and to proceed with the final registration. There is no course fee.
Origin of the course
The knowledge retention problem in the nuclear field was acknowledged by the OECD in 2000. The United Nations study on disarmament and non-proliferation education (2002) made detailed recommendations for urgently required improvements. ESARDA, the European Safeguards Research and Development Association, reacted to these shortcomings with a strategy to tackle the problem and created a Working Group on Training and Knowledge Management (ESARDA WG TKM). The final objective of the ESARDA WG TKM is the setup of academic course modules to an internationally recognised reference standard. This project is in line with the movement of establishing a European curriculum for Nuclear Engineering. Teaching in the Nuclear Safeguards field is indeed strongly influenced by national history so the objective of the course is to provide homogeneous material in Nuclear Safeguards and Non-Proliferation matters at the European and international level.
This compact course is open to masters degree students, in particular nuclear engineering students, but also to young professionals and International Relations / law students. It aims at complementing nuclear engineering studies by including nuclear safeguards in the academic curriculum. The basic aim of the course is to stimulate students’ interests in safeguards. The course addresses aspects of the efforts to create a global nuclear nonproliferation system and how this sytem works in practice: the Treaty on Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), safeguards technology, and export control. Also regional settings, such as Euratom Treaty, are presented and discussed. The course deals in particular with technical aspects and application of safeguards; i.e. how to implement the safeguards principles and methodology within the different nuclear facilities. Therefore the course will create an overview on inspections techniques, ranging from neutron / gamma detectors, to design information verification, to environmental sampling, etc.
The evolution of the Non Proliferation Treaty —regime, safeguards, international control regimes in theory and practice, and present trends in the nuclear nonproliferation efforts.
What is safeguarded
Definition of nuclear material that is subject to nuclear safeguards and related safeguards goals (significant quantity, timeliness and detection probabilities).
Where is it found
Description of the nuclear fuel cycle from mining to final repository, focussing on enrichment in the front-end and reprocessing in the back-end.
Which legal protection means exist
Overview on international and regional Non-Proliferation Treaties and established Institutions and Organisations.
What is the methodology to verify
Nuclear material accountancy principles and statistics of auditing.
How are inspections performed
Overview on inspector tools and their use to verify the nuclear activities as declared under the safeguards agreements (Non Destructive Assay, Monitoring, Containment / Surveillance); additional safeguards measures under the Additional Protocol (complementary access, satellite imagery, environmental sampling) and how they are applied in field (storage facility, process facility, enrichment facility, research institute, spent fuel transfer).
How to control Import / Export
Guidelines of the Nuclear Suppliers Group, trigger list and dual-use list. Means to combat illicit trafficking, inclusive nuclear forensics.
What additional information offers
Collection of open source data and demonstration of some case studies (Iraq, 1993).
The course features a full five-days program with 1h lectures by experts in the field of nuclear safeguards, virtual visits to five safeguards laboratories and some classroom exercises.
The course material, consisting of a complete set of presentations and literature will be provided to the participants. It is recommended that the students prepare themselves with the reading material on the website.
The registration will be soon available on the JRC online registration system, which will be shortly available.
All participants are encouraged to make an essay on a given topic selected from the list, which is handed out at the end of the course. Up to 2 best essays can be selected for being published in 'The Connector', ESARDA's official Newsletter.
Students can include this course, which can be recognised by BNEN / ENEN for 3ECTS, in their academic curriculum. To be quoted for this course an additional Take-Home-Exam is foreseen.