General Conference: Day 1 Highlights

The event ReNuAL2: Modernization of the IAEA Seibersdorf Laboratories celebrated the recent donations from Belgium, Saudi Arabia and the United States of America to the IAEA project ReNuAL2 for the renovation and modernization of its laboratory center in Austria. Participants learned that the extra-budgetary funding will support the construction of a new building in Seibersdorf that will serve as the new home for the Terrestrial Environment Laboratory, the Plant Breeding and Genetics Laboratory, and the Nuclear Science and Instrumentation Laboratory.

That Unveiling secrets using nuclear techniques The event explored the many versatile applications of non-destructive nuclear testing techniques to uncover mysteries in fields ranging from investigating the composition and provenance of historical objects to detecting fraud and verifying the authenticity of paintings, food and wood.

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The focus of Diagnostic Radiology Medical Physicists: Who are we? The event was the role of clinically qualified medical physicists (CQMPs) in maintaining the safe, high quality, and effective use of radiation for diagnostic purposes. Panellists at the event discussed the support the IAEA offers to the medical physicist profession, followed by the difference between radiologists and medical physicists and how radiation protection in hospitals has evolved after medical physicists were introduced to the field.

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At the event Management of exposure to radionuclides in food other than during a nuclear or radiological emergency Participants learned about the different approaches to assessing and managing exposure to radionuclides in food outside of emergency situations. The results of a collaborative project initiated in 2017 jointly with FAO and WHO were presented to the participants, including data on radionuclides routinely present in food.

That Integrated Action for Zoonotic Diseases (ZODIAC): Current Status and Future Directions The event focused on the actions carried out under the ZODIAC initiative launched by the IAEA in 2020. The event showcased the progress made over the past two years and how ZODIAC is helping countries to be better prepared to detect, identify and respond as early as possible to the ongoing and potentially upcoming outbreaks of emerging or recurrent zoonotic diseases.

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At the eventState Declarations Portal (SDP): The efficient way to exchange information with the IAEA Department of Safeguardsparticipants learned about the portal, which provides an online method for state and regional authorities to submit and receive information to and from the IAEA’s Security Operations Division.