ISTC supports the Second African Youth Nuclear Summit

Tuesday October 8th, 2019

Pretoria, 8 October 2019. ISTC, together with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the African Commission on Nuclear Energy (AFCONE), the World Nuclear University (WNU), the International Youth Nuclear Congress (IYNC) and other international and regional organizations delivered a strong message of encouragement to the African Young Generation in Nuclear (AYGN) as this continent-wide network of young professionals convened its Second African Youth Nuclear Summit in Pretoria, from 8 through 11 October. AYGN gathered over 100 participants from the fields of nuclear science, research, education and industry and invited managers and CEOs from public and private nuclear bodies and institutions to discuss a wide range of issues related to the peaceful and innovative use of nuclear power, technologies and products. Speaking on behalf of ISTC, Kamen Velichkov, Senior Programme Manager and Diplomatic Advisor, reminded the participants that ISTC has assisted AYGN since its establishment in Kenya in 2017; it has helped with the organization of the integrated workshop on nuclear communication and advocacy in Nairobi in 2017, supported the launch of Zambia’s national chapter of the AYGN during the international conference in Lusaka in September 2018; ISTC has also supported various commitments and participation of AYGN members in expert meetings…
PROJECT 60 ILLUSTRATES THE USEFUL EU – AFRICA COOPERATION IN NUCLEAR SECURITY

Friday September 20th, 2019

A Side event to the 63rd General Conference of the IAEA, entitled “EU Contribution to international security regime- Advances in nuclear security in CoE Region East and Central Africa (ECA)” took place on 18th September 2019. The Side event was organised to highlight the EC’s efforts to enhance nuclear security internationally, while showcasing the project “P-60-Support for Central and Easter Africa in Nuclear Security”, that is being implemented within the EC DEVCO’s Instrument contributing to Peace and Security through the CBRN Centres of Excellence (CoE) Risk Mitigation Initiative. An international audience of about 60 persons, with interest in RN security, attended. The Side event was opened by Mr. Jacek Bylica, EU’s Special Envoy for Disarmament and Non-proliferation, and moderated by Mr Kamen Velichkov of the International Science and Technology centre (ISTC), based in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. In his opening speech, Mr Bylica stressed the importance of nuclear security for the peace and prosperity worldwide. He accentuated the EC’s high contribution to global security efforts including the support to the IAEA in this regard.  The IAEA’s Director for nuclear security, Mr. Raja Abdul Aziz Raja Adnan introduced the IAEA activities, with EC DEVCO’s Mr Olivier Luyckx and EC JRC’s Mr Said Abousahl…
ISTC MEETS PARTNERS DURING THE IAEA 63rd GENERAL CONFERENCE IN VIENNA

Thursday September 19th, 2019

From 16 through 19 September 2019 the ISTC Executive Director David Cleave and members of the ISTC Secretariat visited Vienna to participate in meetings and activities during the IAEA 63rd General Conference. The General Conference, the IAEA central annual event, brought to Vienna over 3000 participants, including delegates from 152 IAEA’s Member States, and from international organizations, non-governmental organizations and the media. In his opening statement Acting IAEA Director General Cornel Feruta emphasized the Agency’s extensive work in helping Member States to keep nuclear and radioactive material and technologies safe and secure. This message was also addressed to African countries, where ISTC is engaged in implementation of EU-funded projects. A total of 86 side-events took place during the GC 63 week showcasing the innovative work underway at the IAEA and in Member States using nuclear technologies. One of the most interesting among them proved to be the EU Side Event entitled: “Stronger Nuclear Security Through Effective Cooperation: EU Support Through Centres of Excellence in Eastern and Central Africa”, and organized by the European Commission, and featuring ISTC-implemented projects. ISTC Executive Director David Cleave held a number of bilateral meetings with ISTC existing and prospective Partners: In his meeting with Mr.…
KEBS AND EUROPEAN UNION (EU) TALKS AIM AT BOLSTERING COOPERATION

Wednesday July 3rd, 2019

KEBS and EU hold the first strategic cooperation dialogue on strengthening mutual ties. The discussion  aims at bolstering existing modest relation between the KEBS and International Science and Technology Centre (ISTC)  through institutional framework. The EU through ISTC has a long history of standards development, metrology, testing, Research and Development (R & D) working with technical organizations  and connecting scientists in the European Union (EU), Japan, Republic of Korea, Africa, Norway and the United States. The discussion involved thematic areas common to both ISTC and KEBS, in order to address pressing global issues of common concern.  The identified cooperation include KEBS staff capacity building, infrastructural development ,  research and promotion of Radiation Protection by Dosimetry. The meeting was chaired by Ag. Managing Director KEBS Mr. Bernard N. Njiraini .  The EU was represented Ambassador Ron Lehman who is the Chairman of the ISTC Governing Board,  accompanied by  Mr. David Cleave  Chief  Executive Director of ISTC along with other senior officials. [gallery columns="4" ids="10022,10023,10025,10024,10021"]
INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY CENTRE (ISTC) TALKS WITH MINISTRY OF ENERGY AIM AT BOLSTERING COOPERATION

Wednesday July 3rd, 2019

The International Science and Technology Centre (ISTC) delegation and Kenyan Ministry of Energy in Nairobi, Kenya hold the first strategic cooperation dialogue on strengthening mutual ties. The discussion  aims at bolstering existing modest relation between the KEBS and International Science and Technology Centre (ISTC)  through institutional framework. The EU through ISTC has a long history of financial support for projects in 58 countries, benefiting over 76,000 scientist for the last 25 years. The talks centered on how Kenya can benefit and take up the opportunities available through ISTC, by becoming a member. During the talks, Principle Secretary (PS) for Ministry of Energy, Dr. Eng. Joseph K. Njoroge praised the ISTC for supporting innovative projects that are expected to create business opportunities by launching new commercial joint ventures that link the demands of international markets with the highly qualified scientific talent pool available in Russian and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Institutes. The ISTC was represented by Ambassador Ron Lehman who is the Chairman of the ISTC Governing Board,  accompanied by  Mr. David Cleave  Chief  Executive Director of ISTC along with other senior officials. Ambassador Ron Lehman emphasized the need for Kenya to take up leadership role for the region.…
CBRN COE PROJECT 60 POISED TO ASSUME NEW TASKS WITH RESPECT TO TRANS-BORDER COOPERATION ON NUCLEAR SECURITY AMONG PARTICIPATING AFRICAN STATES

Wednesday June 19th, 2019

On 14 July 2019 the Fifth Steering Committee meeting of the CBRN CoE Project 60 “Support to the Centre of Excellence of Eastern and Central Africa in Nuclear Security” took place in la Hulpe hotel, near Brussels, back-to-back with the Sixth International Meeting of CBRN CoE National Focal Points. Executive Director David Cleave greeted the participants on behalf of ISTC that manages the Project implementation. Ms. Silvia Botton, the DEVCO Manager of P-60, also addressed the SC members, referring to the results achieved so far and the prospects for the implementation. A review took place of the follow-ups and fulfillment of the decisions from the last year Fourth Steering Committee. On the basis of the presentation by the ENCO Team Leader Mr. Nicolas Delaunay, the SC members assessed the results of the Train-the –Trainer courses, the Table Top and Field exercises and the experts’ missions that took place during the last twelve months. Participants paid special attention to the expert findings on the lists of equipment needed by individual countries and exchanged opinions on the way forward. They also identified existing gaps in the monitoring of the trans-border movements of radioactive sources and considered possibility for improvements in the bilateral…
Summary Training Course Train the Trainers in Tanzania from April 1-12, 2019

Thursday April 18th, 2019

The Second Train the Trainers Training (TTT) event, with participation of 22 national experts from Ghana, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Burundi, Zambia; Uganda and Tanzania was successfully concluded. The TTT was organised at the headquarters of the Tanzanian Atomic Energy Commission (TAEC) in Arusha, Tanzania from 01 to 12 April 2019. The TTT course was conducted by four instructors from ENCO and SCK●CEN. The TTT course was conducted over 11 training days and contained 10 Modules as follows: 1) Basic radiation safety and radiation protection measures, 2) Management of radioactive sources, 3) Equipment used for radiation safety control, detection, search, identification and recovery of radioactive sources, 4) International recommendations on security of radioactive sources, 5) Carrying out the regulatory security inspections of radioactive sources, 6) International recommendations on the national legal and regulatory framework for nuclear security, 7) Prevention of illicit trafficking of radioactive and nuclear material, 8) International recommendations on the security of Uranium Oxide Concentrates (UOC), 9) International recommendations on the preparedness and response to RN emergency events and 10) Planning, preparing and conducting training courses. The Days 1 and 2 were dedicated to Module 1 (Basic radiation safety and radiation protection measures) and Module…
Brief summary of the Training Course Train the Trainers – 11 to 22 March 2019 in Kenya

Thursday April 18th, 2019

The First Train the Trainers Training (TTT) event, with participation of 22 national experts from Malawi, Seychelles, Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya was successfully concluded. The TTT was organised at the Kenyan Radiation Protection Board (RPB) radioactive storage facility in Nairobi, Kenya from 11 to 22 March 2019. The TTT course was conducted by four instructors from ENCO, SCK●CEN and STUK. The TTT course was conducted over 11 training days and contained 10 Modules as follows: 1) Basic radiation safety and radiation protection measures, 2) Management of radioactive sources, 3) Equipment used for radiation safety control, detection, search, identification and recovery of radioactive sources, 4) International recommendations on security of radioactive sources, 5) Carrying out the regulatory security inspections of radioactive sources, 6) International recommendations on the national legal and regulatory framework for nuclear security, 7) Prevention of illicit trafficking of radioactive and nuclear material, 8) International recommendations on the security of Uranium Oxide Concentrates (UOC), 9) International recommendations on the preparedness and response to RN emergency events and 10) Planning, preparing and conducting training courses. The Days 1 and 2 were dedicated to Module 1 (Basic radiation safety and radiation protection measures) and Module 2 (Management of radioactive sources), during…
Brief summary of first Expert Mission for DRC in Kampala, Uganda 16 – 18 January 2019

Monday February 4th, 2019

The Expert Mission for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), in frame of the CBRN CoE Project 60, took place in Kampala, Uganda from 16 to 18 January 2019. Four national representatives from the Ministry of Scientific Research and Technology, the Regulatory Authority (CNPRI – Comité National de Protection contre les Rayonnements Ionisants), and from the CoE CBRN national team participated in the meeting. Two experts of the Consortium (ENCO, SCK•CEN and STUK) implemented the mission. The main objective of the mission was to collect information on the status and issues of interest for the areas covered by P 60. The current legislative framework in the DRC is defined in the law No. 017-2002 of 16 October 2002 which contains provisions for the protection against ionizing radiation and the physical protection of nuclear materials and nuclear facilities. The content of this law as well as the resulting regulatory documents were presented by the national experts who said that there is a project to revise this law and these regulatory documents. The Consortium experts reviewed thoroughly this Law and these regulatory documents with the national experts to identify if all these documents cover all necessary elements (based on international recommendations) for…
Brief summary first Expert Mission for Burundi in Kampala, Uganda 14 – 15 January 2019

Tuesday January 29th, 2019

The Expert Mission for Burundi, in frame of CoE Project 60, took place in Kampala, Uganda from 14 to 15 January 2019. Three national representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Water, Energy and Mines and the Ministry of Public Security and Disaster Management participated in the meeting. Two experts of the Consortium (ENCO, SCK•CEN and STUK) implemented the mission. The main objectives of the mission were to collect information on the status and issues of interest for the areas covered by P 60. Burundi has started to develop its legislative framework by drafting a Law on the peaceful use of nuclear energy in 2014, which has gone through a review process since then. The Law is in the administrative process at their government and needs to be approved (by the government first and then by the Parliament). This Law will be the basis for future work on the safe and secure management (regulatory framework, inventory, …) of RN materials in Burundi. The coordination of the different institutions involved in this matter could be enhanced and the roles and responsibilities should be well defined. Burundi has different agreements with neighboring countries on for example transport. As the…