Courses and Trainings

ANNETTE Training Course on Nuclear Safeguards

Objective

The course is aimed to provide an introduction to nuclear safeguards and the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons. Following the efforts of the European Safeguards Research and Development Association (ESARDA), this course contributes to enlarge the number of university students and young professionals aware of these themes.

The first week was organised and hosted by the SCK•CEN Academy for Nuclear Science and Technology in Mol/Belgium from 4 to 8 February 2019 (Programme)

The scond week is organised and hosted by Forschungszentrum Jülich in Germany from 11 to 15 November 2019.

The course is part of the H2020 "Advanced Networking for Nuclear Education and Training and Transfer of Expertise" (ANNETTE) project, coodinated by the European Nuclear Education Network (ENEN).

Topics of week 2 (Programme)

  • Refresher of week 1
  • Implementation of safeguards
  • Physical protection
  • Export control
  • Probabilistic and statistical methods for nuclear safeguards
  • Destructive analysis
  • Containment and surveillance
  • Novel technologies, approaches and methodologies
  • Upcoming challenges

Target audience

This training course is targeted to university students and young professionals working in the nuclear field.

Language

The training course will be given in English.

Required knowledge

The workshop is open to students and professionals with an interest in nuclear safeguards and non-proliferation. Basic knowledge of the nuclear fuel cycle is recommended but not mandatory.

The participation in the first week of the course is not obligatory.

Registration

You can register for the course from 1 August to 11 October 2019. The minimum number of participants is 5, the maximum number is 20.

Participants are required to register twice:

  1. Registration at ENEN webpage (Link)
  2. Registration by email to Dr. Thomas Krieger, t.krieger@fz-juelich.de

and to pay a registration fee of 100 Euro. Following your registration you will receive an invoice from Jülich including instructions for this payment. The registration is only complete as soon as we have received the full payment (see the note below for reimbursement).

The registration fee includes:

  • Participation to the course, practical exercises and technical visits;
  • Coffee breaks
  • Lunch breaks
  • Closing dinneer on Thursday, 14 November 2019
  • Training material and documentation
  • Certificate of attendance

Note: In case that less than 5 participants have registered until 11 October 2019, the registration fee will be reimbursed. Refunds will not apply for cancellations or no show of participants.

Accomodation

Participants are requested to make and pay their own travel arrangements. Pre-registration will be made at Best Western Hotel Royal in the centre of Aachen.

Transport

Daily transport will be provided by the Best Western Hotel Royal and Forschungszentrum Jülich.

Venue

Forschungszentrum Jülich, IEK-6

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Containment and Surveillance Course

Module Description: In this module the elements of containment and surveillance, as used in nuclear safeguards, will be introduced.

Prerequisites: Students taking this module should have a basic understanding of nuclear nonproliferation and applied nuclear material safeguards.

Learning Objectives: Students completing this module should be able to explain the need and intent of containment and surveillance; define containment and surveillance; identify equipment commonly used in containment and surveillance; and explain how containment and surveillance can be used at a facility to supplement material accountancy.

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Introduction to Nuclear Safeguards and Security

Module Description: This module is an introduction to the terms and concepts related to nuclear security and safeguards.

Prerequisites: None.

Learning Objectives: After completing this course, students should be able to understand the importance of nuclear security and safeguards and their relationship to the IAEA, be knowledgeable on the legal agreements that brought about the modern safeguards system, and comprehend the various approaches to implementing a safeguards regime. Students should also be able to identify the elements of a nuclear security system and perform some basic nuclear threat assessments.

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BNL - Nuclear Nonproliferation, Safeguards, and Security (NNSS) in the 21st Century

Motivation

This summer course is designed to give students a sound understanding of the framework created by the international community to address the threats of nuclear proliferation and nuclear terrorism. The focus is on the central element of this regime, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and its verification mechanism, the IAEA safeguards system.

The course presents students with critical assessments of current nonproliferation issues, confronts them with the hard choices needed to address them, and provides in-depth analysis of the technical and legal framework needed to assess policy options. Exercises and demonstrations introduce students to the techniques and technologies of international safeguards and the challenges faced by international inspectors in the field. Above all, the course aims to give participants the knowledge, analytic tools, and the motivation to contribute to the improvement of the nonproliferation regime.

Course Topical Areas

  • Nuclear Fuel Cycle
  • Nuclear Weapons
  • Nuclear Safety
  • Nuclear Security
  • Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT)
  • International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
  • Nuclear Nonproliferation Successes and Failures
  • IAEA Safeguards: Concepts and Implementation Examples
  • IAEA Safeguards Complementary Access Exercise
  • IAEA Safeguards Inventory Demonstration
  • Authorities of the IAEA
  • Strengthened IAEA Safeguards: Concepts and Implementation Examples
  • Demonstration and Exercise on Detecting Radioactive Materials
  • Other WMD Issues
 

Course Information

Detailed course schedule for 2019 will be available soon. To be eligible to participate, applicants must be 18 years or older as of June 16, 2019, have a valid medical insurance for the duration of the course, and must be in or entering graduate school, or have recently completed graduate school.

  • Course instructors to be announced.
  • Housing during the course will be provided to all accepted participants.
  • A stipend of $1000 is available based on a demonstration of need.

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International Safeguards Policy and Information Analysis-Intensive Summer Course

The Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS), in conjunction with the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), and sponsored by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), will be conducting a tuition-free, one-week International Safeguards Policy and Information Analysis-Intensive Summer Course.

The course will be held June 3-7, 2019 at MIIS. All nationalities may attend. Limited stipend support may be available (see “Applications” below). Attendees receive a certificate of completion.

This course will be facilitated by senior Monterey Institute staff and other nonproliferation policy analysts from the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies with presentations by experts from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory and other leading nonproliferation and safeguards specialists.

Topics Covered

  • The role of the IAEA and international safeguards in the nuclear nonproliferation regime
  • Concepts, objectives, evolution and history of international nuclear safeguards
  • State-level safeguards analysis
  • Case-study analyses of safeguards challenges
  • Introduction to safeguards inspection, material accounting, containment, and surveillance
Application Deadline: 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 8, 2019

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