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WNU Radiation Technology School gets off to great start

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The WNU Radiation Technology School has got off to a great start in Daejeon, South Korea. Hosted by Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety, Korea Institute of Radiological & Medical Sciences, Korea Radioisotope Association, Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co and supported by the IAEA and the World Council on Isotopes, the school runs until 1 June.

Forty fellows from 19 countries, seen with their mentors in the photo below, heard on their first day from IAEA Deputy Director General – Daud Mohamad - about his organisation’s work in this field. There was also a forward-looking presentation from ANSTO’s Professor Richard Banati covering everything from the use of nuclear technologies in diagnosing mental illnesses to determining the effect of plastic waste on the oceans.

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Nuclear technologies play a vital role in many areas other than just power generation. More can be found out in WNA's Info Papers on Radioisotopes in Medicine and Radioisotopes in Industry

WNA Symposium Call for Presentations

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The Call for Presentations for the 37th Annual WNA Symposium is now out, with an 18th May deadline for submissions. The WNA Symposium is the nuclear industry’s premier event – an annual conference attended by over 700 leaders and specialists from more than 30 countries. The Symposium brings together the nuclear industry and its major stakeholders to discuss topics ranging from the nuclear fuel market to the practicalities of building new nuclear power plants. 

The topics we are particularly looking to cover include, but will not be limited to:

• From mining to fabrication: the key issues for fuel supply in meeting growth.
• Adjusting to lower secondary supplies with the end of the US/Russia HEU Agreement.
• Keeping on track with waste management, decommissions and disposal.
• How the global supply chain can assist national industries to benefit from nuclear investments.
• Tried and tested: the challenges for our existing reactors.
• On budget, on time and on line: successfully implementing new build.
• Policy, technology and society: the challenges of future energy supply.

We welcome presentations on these and other topics from industry experts and external specialists. We particularly encourage proposals from professionals in emerging nuclear countries and from younger specialists.

Submitting a Proposal

Proposals for Presentations must be submitted in the form of an abstract by 18 May 2012 using this online form.

WNA assists in IAEA projections for 2030-50

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Ian Emsley participated in the IAEA expert group convened to formulate high and low projections for global nuclear capacity to 2050. The group met in Vienna between 22-27th April and the work will be published in August.

The global projections reflect those generated for individual countries which are based principally on reactors that are planned or under construction and reactors that are expected to be retired in the period to 2030. Projections for 2030-2050 are based on expected electricity requirements, stated government objectives, past performance and technical capacity. The apparent consequences of Fukushima have been incorporated into the projections but the full consequences will not be known for many years.