ESARDA Course Follow-up

In addition to the information provided during the 16th edition of ESARDA course held in Ispra in April 3rd-7th 2017, please see below information for the exam and deadlines:

The exam includes two parts:
  1. The first part is the online exam posted under the menu: Activities --> Courses & Training --> ESARDA Course. In order to take the exam you must first be logged into the site or it won't start.
  2. The second part of the exam is the essay that you need to make on a subject of your choice but in line with Nuclear Safeguards or Non-Proliferation.

 

PLEASE NOTE: For your convenience please find here below some examples of topics for your essay. In case you choose a topic which is NOT listed below, please inform the course secretariat for approval within the deadline below.

Essay Subject Examples

- Fingerprinting of Nuclear Material for nuclear forensics
- Key technical issues for the proliferation of Generation IV reactors
- Key characteristics for proliferation-resistant Generation IV reactors
- Nuclear Material detectors for efficient border control
- Proliferation indicators derived from historical cases with the development of a nuclear weapons program
- Benefits and drawbacks of remote monitoring by satellite imagery and wide environmental sampling
- Success and failures of the Non-Proliferation Treaty demonstrated in history
- Benefits and drawbacks for Non-Destructive Assay for Nuclear Material
- Updating the safeguards goals with the nuclear progress
- Disarmament: what is in there for the Non-Proliferation Treaty
- Challenges of the transnational Nuclear Proliferation Networks today

Deadlines:

May 19th 2017: Online exam
May 19th 2017: Communicate essay topic
July 21st 2017: Submission of the essay

Send your input by email to
JRC-NUSAF-SECRETARIAT@ec.europa.eu copying kamel.abbas@ec.europa.eu

 

16th ESARDA Course 2017

Course Announcement

The JRC Announces the 16th ESARDA COURSE on Nuclear Safeguards and Non Proliferation to be held in spring 2017 in the European Commission's Research Centre in Ispra, Italy

Dates: April 3rd - 7th, 2017

Registration deadline: 25th January 2017

Organised by the European Safeguards Research & Development Association, WG TKM

Hosted by the Nuclear Security Unit, Joint Research Centre Ispra, Italy

  • Download the Course Programme
  • Download the Flyer here
  • Download Informative Slides
  • The registration form is now available to all nusaset registered users. If you still haven't registered to the Nusaset Portal please visit the Login section.
    PLEASE NOTE, to register to the course you must download the form from the above link, fill it in, and send it to the appropriate e-mail address contained in the form. Login to the NuSaSET website only gives you access to the form download, and does not  automatically imply that you are registered to the course.
    Therefore, the steps are as follows: 1) Login to Nusaset 2) Go to the ESARDA Course webpage 3) Download the form and fill it in 4) Send the form to the email inidcated in the document.

Origin of the course

The knowledge retention problem in the nuclear field was acknowledged by the OECD in 2000. The United Nations study on disarmament and non-proliferation education (2002) made detailed recommendations for urgently required improvements. ESARDA, the European Safeguards Research and Development Association, reacted to these shortcomings with a strategy to tackle the problem and created a Working Group on Training and Knowledge Management (ESARDA WG TKM). The final objective of the ESARDA WG TKM is the setup of academic course modules to an internationally recognised reference standard. This project is in line with the movement of establishing a European curriculum for Nuclear Engineering. Teaching in the Nuclear Safeguards field is indeed strongly influenced by national history so the objective of the course is to provide homogeneous material in Nuclear Safeguards and Non-Proliferation matters at the European and international level.

Learning objectives

This compact course is open to masters degree students, in particular nuclear engineering students, but also to young professionals and International Relations / law students. It aims at complementing nuclear engineering studies by including nuclear safeguards in the academic curriculum. The basic aim of the course is to stimulate students’ interests in safeguards. The course addresses aspects of the efforts to create a global nuclear nonproliferation system and how this sytem works in practice: the Treaty on Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), safeguards technology, and export control. Also regional settings, such as Euratom Treaty, are presented and discussed. The course deals in particular with technical aspects and application of safeguards; i.e. how to implement the safeguards principles and methodology within the different nuclear facilities. Therefore the course will create an overview on inspections techniques, ranging from neutron / gamma detectors, to design information verification, to environmental sampling, etc.

Course content

Introduction
The evolution of the Non Proliferation Treaty —regime, safeguards, international control regimes in theory and practice, and present trends in the nuclear nonproliferation efforts.

What is safeguarded
Definition of nuclear material that is subject to nuclear safeguards and related safeguards goals (significant quantity, timeliness and detection probabilities).

Where is it found
Description of the nuclear fuel cycle from mining to final repository, focussing on enrichment in the front-end and reprocessing in the back-end.

Which legal protection means exist
Overview on international and regional Non-Proliferation Treaties and established Institutions and Organisations.

What is the methodology to verify
Nuclear material accountancy principles and statistics of auditing.

How are inspections performed
Overview on inspector tools and their use to verify the nuclear activities as declared under the safeguards agreements (Non Destructive Assay, Monitoring, Containment / Surveillance); additional safeguards measures under the Additional Protocol (complementary access, satellite imagery, environmental sampling) and how they are applied in field (storage facility, process facility, enrichment facility, research institute, spent fuel transfer).

How to control Import / Export
Guidelines of the Nuclear Suppliers Group, trigger list and dual-use list. Means to combat illicit trafficking, inclusive nuclear forensics.

What additional information offers
Collection of open source data and demonstration of some case studies (Iraq, 1993).

Practical organisation

The course features a full five-days program with 1h lectures by experts in the field of nuclear safeguards, visits to five safeguards laboratories and some classroom exercises.

The course material, consisting of a complete set of presentations and literature will be provided to the participants. It is recommended that the students prepare themselves with the reading material on the website.

The registration form has to be completely compiled and sent to: JRC-NUSAF-SECRETARIAT@ec.europa.eu before the deadline of 25 January 2017. University students can apply for accommodation free of charge, but only a limited number of places per university are available. Travel costs are not reimbursed by the JRC.
There is no course fee; lunches are offered free of charges.

All participants are encouraged to make an essay on a given topic selected from the list, which is handed out at the end of the course. Up to 2 best essays can be selected for being published in the ESARDA Bulletin or for being presented in the poster session at the next ESARDA Symposium.
Students can include this course, which can be recognised by BNEN / ENEN for 3ECTS, in their academic curriculum. To be quoted for this course an additional Take-Home-Exam is foreseen.

Venue

Joint Research Centre, Building 36, Amphitheatre

Via Enrico Fermi, 2749, 21027 Ispra VA, Italy

Schedule

From Monday, April 3rd, 2017 at 8:30 till Friday, April 7th, 2017 until 18:00

 

Registration Form Download Instructions

To register to the course you must download the form from the above link, fill it in, and send it to the appropriate e-mail address contained in the form. Login to the NuSaSET website only gives you access to the form download, and does not  automatically imply you are registered to the course.
Therefore, the steps are as follows:

  1. Login to Nusaset
  2. Go to the ESARDA Course webpage
  3. Download the form and fill it in
  4. Send the form to the email inidcated in the document.

 

Course Additonal Files

Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of nuclear Weapons

The Structure and content of Agreements Between the Agency and the States Required in Connection with the Treatyon the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons

Model Protocol Additional to the Agreement(s) Between State(s) and the International Atomic Energy Agency for the Application of Safeguards

The International Legal Framework for Nuclear Security

Guidance for States Implementing Comprehensive Safeguards Agreements and Additional Protocols

 

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