13th ESARDA Course

The JRC Announces the 13th ESARDA COURSE on Nuclear Safeguards and Non Proliferation to be held in October in Thailand's capital, Bangkok.

Dates: 6 – 10 October, 2014

Organised by:

  • The European Safeguards Research & Development Association, WG TKM
  • The European Commission, Joint Research Centre
  • Chulalongkorn University

Hosted by Chulalongkorn University

Please note:

  • Course maximum participants 55
  • Deadline for applications 5th September 2014
  • Dedicated only to participants from ASEAN countries

Download the Flyer here.

Visit the ESARDA Course website.

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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. 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.

Learning objectives

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.

Course content

Introduction
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).

Practical organisation

The course features a full five-days program with 1h lectures by experts in the field of nuclear safeguards, visit of 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.

For this limited enrolment course early registration is recommended. A numerous clausus of 55 is introduced. The registration form is available only to nusaset.org registered users. If you haven't registered yet to the nusaset network please proceed so here.
 
For more information visit: http://npns.jrc.it/frameset.html. The registration form has to be completely compiled and sent to:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before the deadline of 5 September 2014. Participants can apply for accommodation and travel cost free of charge, but only a limited number of places per university/organisations are available.

Venue

Bangkok, Thailand (exact location to be confirmed)

Schedule

From Monday, 6th, October 2014 at 8:30 till Friday, 10th October, 2014 until 18:00