ISTC participates in the EU Side Event during the IAEA 66th General Conference

Wednesday October 5th, 2022

ISTC participated in the EU Side Event entitled Strengthening Nuclear Security Through Capacity Building and Education, convened on 27 September 2022 during the IAEA GC 66. The objective of this event, organized by the European Union, the IAEA and the Czech Republic, was to present the experience of the EU and the IAEA in supporting capacity building and education in nuclear security, and to showcase the nuclear security achievements of the Centre of Excellence in Eastern and Central Africa. This implied discussing the outcomes of the EU-funded, ISTC-implemented CBRN ECA CoE Project 60, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year. At the opening of the event, Ms Marjolijn van Deelen, EU Special Envoy for Disarmament and Non-proliferation, pointed out that the European Union supports systematically the capacity building efforts of the IAEA and in the current financial cycle has attributed EUR 11,6 million for such purposes. Ambassador Ivo Sramek, representing the Czech Presidency of the EU, reminded that IAEA Member States are responsible for the physical protection of nuclear material on their territory and appealed for acceptance of the voluntary Code of Conduct in that respect. Ms Elena Buglova, Director of the IAEA Division of…
ENCO carries out a training course for regulatory body staff of Project-60 participating African countries

Monday April 11th, 2022

In the framework of the EU-funded ISTC – implemented Project Support to the Centre of Excellence of Eastern and Central Africa in Nuclear Security, on 5 and 7 April 2022 ENCO Consultancy conducted a training course for regulatory body staff on nuclear security of radioactive sources.  Leading experts from ENCO - Maja Boskovic, Vladimir Rukhlo, Sorin Repanovici, Oana Velicu and Adriana Baciu – made presentations before the audience of 25 attendants. The topics of the lectures comprised international and national regulatory frameworks for nuclear security; the interface between security, radiation protection and safety; management and accountancy of radioactive sources; threat assessment; design of nuclear security systems; mobile radioactive sources and transport security; preparedness and response to radiological emergencies; etc. The course was in line with the activities designed to upgrade the regulators’ capacity for verification of the nuclear security status of relevant RAM users.
Training course for operators and licensees from the Project – 60 participating countries

Friday March 25th, 2022

On 22 and 23 March 2022, ENCO carried out a remote training course entitled: “Verification of the Nuclear Security Status and Measures”. This activity within the ISTC – led implementation of Project -60 was designed for representatives of organizations involved in the use, storage and transportation of radioactive sources. Twenty-eight participants in the course came from various companies and institutions – operators, authorization holders, licensees for facilities in ionizing radiation. For instance, the biggest group of trainees came from the Ocean Road Cancer Institute, the largest tertiary care medical facility in Tanzania. As the licensees are usually the shareholders that bear direct responsibility for nuclear security measures, the program of the training comprised the international recommendations and national legal and regulatory frameworks that describe and define such obligations. In their presentations leading ENCO experts Maja Boskovic, Oana Velicu, and Vladimir Rukhlo provided also perspectives on the safety and security authorizations, licensee’s records and reports, information protection, control and verification of radioactive source inventory, and other related topics. Sorin Repanovici explained the IAEA requirements for the design and effectiveness of nuclear security system for radioactive sources, while Adriana Baciu spoke about the preparedness for and the response to radiological emergencies at…
ENCO Conducts a Training Course for Customs Officers under the EU Project 60 for East and Central Africa

Friday February 11th, 2022

 On 8 and 9 February, 2022 ENCO carried out a virtual training course entitled “Verification of the Nuclear Security Status and Measures” for customs and border control officers of the countries, participating in the EU-funded ISTC – implemented project “Support to the Centre of Excellence of Eastern and Central Africa in Nuclear Security.  The program of the course included topics like International recommendations and national legal and regulatory framework for import/ export of radioactive sources; Basic concepts in radioactivity; Transport safety and security of radioactive sources; Prevention of illegal shipment of mobile radioactive sources across borders; Response measures in case of a radiological emergency at the border, etc. Senior ENCO experts Maja Boskovic, Vladimir Rukhlo, Adriana Baciu, Oana Velicu, and Sorin Repanovici made presentations to thirty attendees from the participating African states. The discussions following the lectures revealed various important areas from the point of view of the customs. One of them proved to be the fact that the customs officers come into contact with radioactive sources as they form part of shipments of related goods. The identification of such sources implies the use of basic equipment and the ability to perform measurements.  It was also noted that the designation…
Workshop on Control of Cross Border Movement of Mobile Radioactive Sources for Project 60 Participating Countries

Thursday January 27th, 2022

In coordination with ISTC the consultancy ENCO organized on 25 and 26 January 2022 a workshop entitled: Control of Cross Border Movement of Mobile Radioactive Sources in accordance with the implementation program of Project 60 Support to the Centre of Excellence of Eastern and Central Africa in Nuclear Security. ENCO Senior Experts Vladimir Rukhlo, Igor Svyetlov and Ognijen Borovina made presentations before the 26 attending participants from the African partner countries on relevant topics, ranging from the control of the radioactive sources that are crossing national borders and specific challenges with sources out of regulatory control; to obligations stemming from international instruments, such as the Code of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources and supplementary guidance, the IAEA Nuclear Security Recommendations on Radioactive Material and Associated Facilities and the Implementation guide for IAEA Security of Radioactive Material in Use and Storage. A special attention during the overview was attributed to the appointment of national focal points for the transportation of sources and other nuclear material. A comparative analysis of bilateral versus multilateral arrangements for exchange of information on sources crossing borders allowed to outline the advantages of both approaches to cooperative interaction that allow actions that go…
Ceremony in Nairobi for awarding certificates to the winners of the ISTC – KEBS Essay Competition

Tuesday December 21st, 2021

On 20 December 2021 at the Kenyan Bureau of Standards Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, an award ceremony took place at which certificates were presented to the winners of the ISTC–KEBS Essay Competition on the topic ‘How international cooperation can boost research and development in my area of expertise?’ Kenya is about to accede as a new State Party to the International Science and Technology Centre (ISTC) from Africa. The competition was launched to celebrate this event. A total of thirty-five essays were submitted by contestants across Kenyan academia, research institutes and individual experts. ISCT, Kenya Bureau of Standards (KeBS), Eastern Africa Association of Radiation Protection (EAARP), Kenya Young Generation in Nuclear and National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI) provided assessors for the submitted essays. A good number of submissions examined the topic comprehensively and added that networking on matters related to nuclear science and technology would alleviate challenges Kenya and other African countries face. The winner of the competition is Stefan Mwale, final year student in mechanical engineering at Dedan Kimathi University of Technology in Nyeri, Kenya. In his essay he wrote, inter alia: ‘… the activities of the European Union are evidence that the global approach to…
ISTC takes part in the IAEA International Conference on the Safe and Secure Transport of Nuclear and Radioactive Materials (13–17 December 2021, Vienna)

Tuesday December 21st, 2021

In the week of 13 to 17 December 2021, the IAEA organized the International Conference on the Safe and Secure Transport of Radioactive Materials, designed to evaluate the prevailing conditions of the transport of nuclear and radioactive materials. More than 20 million shipments of such material occur globally per year, and a periodic survey of the situation is urgently needed to ensure proper governance of the transport systems, and to improve the regulatory framework and infrastructure for both safety and security. This year, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the conference had to be carried out as a virtual event. But that allowed over 600 participants to attend, more than twice the number at the previous conference on the subject, held ten years ago. The audience comprised officials, policymakers and operational stakeholders responsible for transport safety and security, including technical support organizations, law enforcement and border control agencies. Representatives from industry and civil society, including from non-governmental organizations and academic institutions, also took part in the conference. In his opening remarks IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi recalled that when nuclear and radioactive materials are on the move they are most vulnerable and urged the participants to remain vigilant as the…
Completion of the combined training for Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia and Zimbabwe on the Information Tracking System

Saturday December 18th, 2021

The Radiation Protection Authority and its counterparts in the radiation sector from Zimbabwe, and Congo DRC in collaboration with Software company and the International Science and Technology Centre hosted recently a virtual and physical training on the use of the web-based system for monitoring nuclear and radioactive materials during transport. A real tine exercise followed the training that took place from 15 to 26 November, 2021, in the pursuit of the objectives of the EU project MC5.01/15b Support to the Southern African States in Nuclear Safety and Safeguards, funded by the EU’s Instrument for Nuclear Safety Cooperation. On 3 December 2021 a meeting of the participants was convened to take stock of the results and the lessons learned.   Related to the training activities, the project team organized an exercise to stimulate the transportation of uranium ore concentrate from country to country and to monitor step by step the provisions applied in the individual countries, at the border crossings. The exercise allowed also to assess the interaction at the regional level on how the monitoring system could be used to track the movements of Uranium Ore Concentrate  and other Radioactive Materials during transport. The exercise involved tracking of a consignment…
A debrief on P-60 at the 15th CBRN CoE National Focal Points Round-Table Meeting for Eastern and Central Africa

Monday December 6th, 2021

From 30 November to 3 December 2021 Fairview Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya, hosted the 15th CBRN CoE National Focal Points Round-Table Meeting for Eastern and Central Africa, presided over by Mr. Joseph Maina, Head of the Secretariat. The meeting was opened by Ms Silvia Bottone, CBRN CoE Programme Manager for ECA, Foreign Policy Instrument, European Commission. It assembled  the National Focal Points of the participating 11 African countries, who also constitute the Steering Committee of the EU-funded Project 60 Support to the EU CBRN CoE ECA in Nuclear Security. The Round Table meeting made an overview of engagement with partners, and recent activities within the region. As Project P60 continues to be the flagship project of the ECA CoE due attention was attributed to it. The meeting was attended also by Mr. Louis Dey, EU Regional Cooperation Officer for Eastern and Central Africa, EU Delegation to Kenya, overseeing the project on behalf of the European Commission. Bojan Tomic, P-60 Team Leader, updated on the project status, and intended schedule for the post-pandemic period. He debriefed the NFPs on the completed activities, and on eventual need for expansion. One example is the Train-the –Trainer courses and their rollout through training for custom…
ISTC participates in a SAIIA webinar on: ‘Nuclear Energy in Africa: Governance, Financing and Peaceful Uses’

Friday December 3rd, 2021

On 2 December 2021 the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) hold a webinar on nuclear energy in Africa focusing on governance, financing and peaceful uses.  The event was part of the SAIIA’s ‘Atoms 4 Development Project’, sponsored by the MFA of Norway.  It focuses on the nexus between nuclear security in securing global peace and the peaceful use of nuclear technology. In her opening remarks SAIIA’s Chief Executive Prof. Elizabeth Sidiropoulos noted that 17 African states have already expressed interest in nuclear energy: some have active nuclear research and development programs, while others are investigating the possibility of a nuclear build. Nuclear power is therefore expected to play an increasingly important role in improving energy supply and security and mitigating climate change on the African continent. Besides, several African states intend to use their uranium deposits for export revenues. Safety and security of new and existing nuclear programmes and uranium mining is paramount.  Against this background, the webinar surveyed the African continental nuclear institutions through a review provided by Prof Jo-Ansie van Wyk, University of South Africa (UNISA). Professor Van Wyk was invited lecturer during activities of the EU-funded, ISTC-managed project Support to Southern African States in Nuclear…