Course Announcement

The JRC Announces the 18th ESARDA COURSE on Nuclear Safeguards and Non Proliferation to be held in spring 2019 in the European Commission's Research Centre in Ispra, Italy

Dates: April 1st - 5th, 2019

Registration deadline: 25th January 2019

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

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

Please note: to download the registration form you must register/login to the NuSaSET website. More information with instructions can be found here.

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

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: before the deadline of 26 January 2018. 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 NuSaSET Portal as featured article 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 online test is foreseen.


Joint Research Centre, Building 58c, Auditorium

Via Enrico Fermi, 2749, 21027 Ispra VA, Italy


From Monday, April Monday 1st, 2019 at 8:30 till Friday, April 5th, 2019 until 18:00

2019 Course Information


JRC Ispra, Building 58c, Auditorium,
Via E. Fermi, 2755
I-21027 Ispra, Italy

Time schedule:

from Monday 01.04.19 at 8:30 to Friday 05.04.19 till 18:00

Organized by:

ESARDA Working Group on Training and Knowledge Management

Hosted by:

Nuclear Security Unit
ITU - JRC Ispra,
Via E. Fermi, 2749
I-21027 Ispra (VA), Italy

Course Additional 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