Courses and Trainings

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


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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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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Nuclear Materials Protection, Nuclear Safeguards and Interface with Nuclear Safety, Nuclear Security _11/18

  • Date: 19-23 November 2018
  • Location: Paris, France
  • Zone: Course in English

This training course is organised in the framework of the Instrument for Nuclear Safety Cooperation of the European Commission. A 5 days training module dedicated to nuclear security of nuclear and other radioactive materials and associated facilities and activities which emphasizes on international safeguards, physical protection and accounting for and control of nuclear materials. The course is for the benefit of master degree or higher educational level professionals involved in nuclear safety and security activities employed in NRA and TSO. The module is made up of presentations and includes a practical exercise and is presented by internationally recognized experts from European countries.

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