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The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
The 10th ESARDA course has been successfully organised and hosted by the Nuclear Security Unit (ITU Ispra) from the 18th until the 22nd of March. The annual course has been conducted at JRC Ispra since 2005, featuring a full five-day program with lectures delivered by worldwide experts in the field of Nuclear Safeguards and Non-Proliferation. The program includes a visit to one of JRC’s safeguards laboratories daily and/or group exercises especially designed to generate discussions and exchanges of ideas among participants from various different academic and professional backgrounds. This interaction is profoundly valuable for activating a comprehensive networking of young professionals in the aforementioned field: the next generation dealing with Nuclear Safeguards and Non-Proliferation issues.
The courses are directed primarily for master degree students, in particular nuclear engineering students, but also at young professionals and international relations/law students. This intends to complement any nuclear engineering studies by including Nuclear Safeguards and Non-Proliferation in the academic curriculum with students able to include this course, recognised by the Belgian Nuclear Higher Education Network (BNEN) and ENEN for 4ECTS, in their academic curriculum.
The fundamental aim is to stimulate students’ interests in safeguards, addressing aspects of the efforts to create a global nuclear non-proliferation system and how this system works in practice: the Treaty on Non-Proliferation 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 the technical aspects and application of safeguards; i.e. how to implement the safeguards principles and methodology within different nuclear facilities. Therefore the course creates an overview on inspections techniques, ranging from neutron / gamma detectors, to design information verification and environmental sampling, etc.
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