ISTC connects the “Nuclear Youth” of Kazakhstan to the African and Global Young Generation in Nuclear

Wednesday April 5th, 2017

5 April 2017, Astana. A congratulatory letter on behalf of the Youth Department of the Nuclear Society of Kazakhstan was delivered by ISTC’s Senior Programme Manager and Diplomatic Advisor Kamen Velichkov to the participants in the Inaugural African Youth Nuclear Summit, held last week in Nairobi. The letter was read to over 200 young and senior professionals in nuclear from 20 + countries who gathered for the four-day event in the capital of Kenya. The Kenyan Young Generation in Nuclear (KYGN) hosted the Summit thanks to the generous backing of the EU’s funded Project 60, managed by the International Science and Technology Center (ISTC). KYGN organized the Summit in conjunction with the South African Young Nuclear Professionals Society (SAYNPS) both being affiliate bodies to the International Youth Nuclear Congress (IYNC) – a global network of professionals in the nuclear industry. ISTC, which maintains fruitful contacts with the Nuclear Society of Kazakhstan and its youth section, initiated the first formal contact between the Kazakhstani nuclear youth and the African young professionals in nuclear. “The theme and aims of the summit are all alarming issues. It is essential to pass the knowledge from the present day leading scientists to the future generations… We…
Project 60 supports the launch of the African Youth Generation in Nuclear, a new professional international network

Sunday April 2nd, 2017

2 April 2017, Nairobi. The Inaugural African Youth Nuclear Summit 2017 took place last week in Nairobi, where Project 60 was presented to an international audience of young and senior nuclear professionals from the academia, research and development, radiation services providers, healthcare, nuclear operators, and nuclear regulators among others. Kamen Velichkov, ISTC Senior Programme Manager and Diplomatic Advisor, took part in the event, together with representatives of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the World Nuclear Association (WNA), the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO), the EU CBRN Center of Excellence for Eastern and Central Africa, the International Youth Nuclear Congress (IYNC), and many other participants from national and regional professional  organizations from Nigeria, Uganda, South Africa, Kenya, Belgium, Canada, Sweden, USA, China, and Eastern Africa. Just a month after its official launch with national stakeholders from its 12 participating countries, Project 60 stepped into an international stage where top-notch experts from across the “Nuclear Globe” discussed various aspects of the nuclear science, technology and industry; nuclear politics, economics, communication and social aspects and the involvement of young professionals in demystifying nuclear science and technology in Africa. With its focus on strengthening the nuclear security in the region of East…
Pledging to Share and Collaborate: Eleven African Countries and their Supporting Partners Kicked off a new Project to Increase Regional Nuclear Safety and Security

Friday February 24th, 2017

24 February 2017, Nairobi. The Inception meeting of a new project that will boost nuclear safety and security in the region of Eastern and Central Africa, offered ample opportunities to the representatives of national regulatory bodies, scientific and research institutes from eleven African countries and to their partners from European institutions and supporting organizations, to chart a road map for their joint endeavour. As a convener of the meeting in Nairobi at the end of February, the International Science and Technology Center (ISTC) – the project’s implementing partner – presented the guiding principles, working schedule, main activities and expected results of the initiative, titled Support to the European Union Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Center of Excellence (EU CBRN CoE) for Eastern and Central Africa in Nuclear Security. The experts on radiological and nuclear (RN) issues from the participating countries shared information about existing legal frameworks, institutional mechanisms and national policies on nuclear safety and security; they approved an initial outline for specialized trainings and field exercises that will increase their capabilities to better respond to RN risks; and agreed that the project’s envisaged activities can help them better address the challenges of managing RN sources in all industrial and…
ISTC expands its geographical reach, helps African countries improve nuclear safety and security

Friday February 17th, 2017

Astana, 17 February 2017. Experts on radiological and nuclear (RN) issues from state institutions and research communities of eleven African countries are convening in Nairobi to kick start a new project on nuclear safety and security in the region. They will share information about existing legal frameworks, institutional mechanisms and national policies on nuclear safety and security; will voice their needs of specialized training, field exercises, and equipment to better respond to RN risks; and will discuss ways and means to address efficiently the challenges of managing RN sources in all industrial and medical domains, and of ensuring safe trans-border transportation of RN materials. The new project is titled Support to the European Union Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Center of Excellence (EU CBRN CoE) for Eastern and Central Africa in Nuclear Security and involves the following countries:  Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, The Seychelles, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Namibia. The overall long-term objective of the project is to strengthen and harmonize the nuclear regulatory frameworks in the participating countries, to enhance their nuclear safety and security and to support their efforts to fulfill the international safeguards obligations they have assumed under a plethora of UN and multilateral treaties…
Meeting of ISTC with Williams Nkurunziza, Ambassador of Rwanda accreted to Kazakhstan on Rwanda’s participation in the P-60 project

Monday November 28th, 2016

The meeting took place on the initiative of ISTC, in Astana, on 28 November 2016. Ambassador Williams Nkurunziza received with interest the short debrief on the ISTC-implemented P-60 project on nuclear security in eleven African countries, including Rwanda. He explained that in Rwanda there is limited use of radiological materials, mainly for medical purposes. However, the project will be very useful in raising public awareness about the need to deal properly with nuclear materials, in full compliance with the relevant safeguard rules and requirements.