Vienna, Austria 2013
International Conference on Topical Issues in Nuclear Installation Safety, 21-24 October
The first International Conference on Topical Issues in the area of nuclear installation safety was held by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in 1998 in Vienna, Austria, with three further conferences held in 2001 (Vienna), 2004 (Beijing) and 2008 (Mumbai) focusing on different topics. The issues discussed, and the recommendations made, have provided the IAEA with valuable insights as to where future activities should be focussed. These activities have included the development of guidance on safety performance indicators, the development of new IAEA safety standards, e.g. on probabilistic safety assessment and establishing the safety infrastructure for a new nuclear power programme, and highlighted the important roles of national regulators and international organizations in harmonizing global nuclear safety, and in developing the relationship between safety and security requirements.
The objective of this conference is to foster the exchange of information on the latest thinking and advances in the implementation of the concept of defence in depth (DID) in nuclear installations, and the associated challenges. The focus will be on operating nuclear installations, including nuclear power plants, research reactors and fuel cycle facilities, and on how lessons learned from operating experience and recent events (e.g. the Fukushima Daiichi accident) are used to enhance safety. The implementation of DID covers a number of elements that are directly related to the different states and phases of a nuclear facility.
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