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Rabat, Morocco 2011

International Conference on Research Reactors: Safe Management and Effective Utilization,
14-18 November

The IAEA has promoted and fostered the exchange of scientific and technical information on research reactors for many years. An important mechanism for this exchange has been the organizational role the IAEA has undertaken in periodic meetings, seminars, symposia and conferences. In recent years, the IAEA has organized major international conferences every four years on topics of interest to the research reactor community. The last such meeting was the International Conference on Research Reactors: Safe Management and Effective Utilization in Sydney, Australia, in November 2007.

International conference on Research ReactorsSignificant issues still being faced by the research reactor community are primarily related to operation, utilization and safety, ageing, decommissioning and waste management. More recent challenges, such as initiatives for new RR facilities, securing isotope production, human resources and infrastructure capacity building, and sustainability of RR programmes, are receiving greater attention. In view of the continuing interest in these topics and in a wide range of additional issues, it is timely to convene another in the series of international conferences to discuss the issues, report progress and plans, exchange information and foster cooperation among the worldwide research reactor community.

The objective of this conference is to foster the exchange of information on current and new research reactors and to provide a forum for reactor users, operators, managers, regulators, designers and suppliers to share experience, exchange opinions and to discuss common challenges, options and strategies.

The Conference was attended by 240 delegates from 44 Member States, with discussions on important safety and utilization issues and the sharing of information on good safety practices. New research reactor projects and milestones for building the safety and technical infrastructures in embarking countries were also discussed.

Multiple recommendations for improving the operational safety and utilization of research reactors worldwide resulted from this Conference.

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