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[en] Summary: INPRO was established 20 years ago following a recommendation from the General Conference; INPRO contributed to better understanding of how nuclear energy can become a sustainable energy option; INPRO created knowledge and tools that can be used to ensure the sustainability of nuclear energy; INPRO Members guide directions, but INPRO s results and tools are available to all IAEA Member States.
[en] With this newsletter we would like to share the good news that all the planned outputs from our big symposium on the double burden of malnutrition have been published – the report, a brochure and the proceedings. Check out the links on page 8. It was great that the publication of the proceedings coincided with the launch of The Lancet Series on the double burden of malnutrition. This increased the momentum and reinforced the importance of combating the double burden of malnutrition. You will also find summaries on meetings, conferences we contributed to, events we organized and latest publications. Success stories from the European region, Jamaica and on amino acid digestibility demonstrate the benefits of the isotope techniques. Don’t miss the information on page 4 on the formulation of new TC projects for 2022/2023 which starts now! Let us know if you have a great project idea. Many thanks to UNSCN for giving us an update on nutrition and food systems at the climate conference in Madrid.
[en] This issue of SSDL Newsletter (No 72) is dedicated to the report of 19th Scientific Committee of the IAEA/WHO Network of Secondary Standards Dosimetry Laboratories SSC-19. The meeting was held at the IAEA Headquarters in March 2020. The SSC-18 reviewed the activities reported by the Dosimetry and Medical Radiation Physics (DMRP) section for the biennium 2018 – 2019 and noted the actions following the SSC-18 recommendations. Particularly, the activities of the present and future programmes for biennium 2020 – 21 and 2022 – 23 were discussed and prioritized recommendations were made. These recommendations will be used to target our activities accordingly. One of the requirements for the SSDL Network members is to submit their annual report. This year the annual reporting was performed for the first time through DOLNET web interface. Each SSDL was assigned to one DOLNET contact person and the information related to SSDL contacts, equipment and services was reviewed and updated. In the annual reporting part, the SSDLs provide information about annual calibrations and training activities. Based on the annual reports, the database on calibration services provided by the SSDL Network will be updated and the information is shared on the DOLNET Services web page. This tool can be used by any end-user who needs a calibration for their dosimetry equipment.
[en] The only meeting held in 2020 so far was from our Atomic and Molecular Unit which was a Consultants’ Meeting on the Development and Implementation of a Database of DFT Calculations of Defects in Nuclear Materials. Most of the nuclear data meetings happen to be scheduled in the second half of the year. The only nuclear data meetings which had to be postponed to 2021 are the NRDC meeting including the 50 years celebration of EXFOR, and the INDC meeting. At the time of this writing, it is not entirely clear what will happen with the meetings for the rest of 2020. Information on Computer Codes, Data Libraries and Web News, NDS Meeting Reports and Selected Charts, Reports and Documents are provided in this Newsletter.
[en] The IAEA Dosimetry Laboratory has updated the QMS and it is now fully compliant with the ISO/IEC 17025:2017 standard. In addition, some technical changes in the calibration services were implemented from the beginning of the year. The SSDL Charter provides information about the SSDL Network membership and last year it was translated into Russian. There are also some membership changes in the IAEA/WHO SSDL Network, and we are happy to welcome Morocco, Azerbaijan, Nigeria and Turkey (Ankara) as new members of the Network. This issue covers many IAEA activities performed in 2019 and the beginning of 2020. The IDOS-2019 gathered together many professionals working in the field of dosimetry. In addition, many other smaller meetings were organized, and short summaries are given in this Newsletter.
[en] An important element of the IAEA Milestones Approach is a mechanism to coordinate efforts among the many organizations and individuals who have roles to play in considering and developing a nuclear power programme. This mechanism is referred to as a nuclear energy programme implementing organization (NEPIO). This second webinar of the IAEA webinar series on the role of government and key organizations in nuclear power programme development will focus on the evolving responsibilities and functions of a NEPIO, as well as possible structures for this key organization (the others being the regulatory body and the owner/operator of the nuclear power plant). Expert speakers from IAEA Member States will share their experiences in coordinating national efforts to establish or expand a national nuclear power programme. By attending this webinar, participants will: Improve their knowledge on the NEPIO's responsibilities and functions, and how these evolve in each phase of the IAEA Milestones Approach to develop the nuclear power infrastructure; Increase their awareness on possible NEPIO structures and hear about Member State experiences in coordinating the national effort to establish a successful nuclear power programme; Gain insights from specific examples of a NEPIO's activities and learn how programme development is aligned so as to be consistent with national policies and strategies.
[en] Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), which this year celebrates the 50. anniversary of its entry into force, has had its five-year review conference postponed for the first time in its history. This is not the only major diplomatic event that cannot be held this Spring. The postponement of the tenth NPT Review Conference comes with its share of hesitations, uncertainties and other issues. One of them is whether it can be useful. (author)
[en] Plant Breeding and Genetics (PBG) started 2020 with enthusiastic coordination with counterparts towards the implementation of Technical Cooperation (TC) Projects of the 2020–21 cycle, planning of a Consultation Meeting for a new Coordinated Research Project (CRP) on technologies for mutation breeding in vegetative crops, and continued implementation of ongoing CRP and TC projects. Early 2020 saw the final project coordination meeting of the regional Latin America project, ‘Improving Yield and Commercial Potential of Crops of Economic Importance’ (RLA5068), held in Quito, Ecuador during 2–6 March 2019. Importantly, this meeting, while reporting advanced mutant lines from several countries, ended with the Second Latin American Symposium on Nuclear Applications in Agriculture. The latter was organized by the National Institute for Agricultural Research (INIAP, the Ecuadorian counterpart), with support from the IAEA and other strategic partners such as the University of San Francisco de Quito, and the Korea Program on International Agriculture (KOPIA). In the PBG Laboratory (PBGL), a small number of staff continued essential activities on five crucial greenhouse projects across barley, coffee, maize, rice and sorghum, and on sub-culturing and maintenance of cell and tissue cultures in the lab, ensuring the continuity of highly valuable genetic material and avoiding loss of invested prior efforts. Sincere appreciation goes to the essential PBGL staff who were involved in this effort! PBGL has resumed irradiation services for seed and vegetative material during the third week of May after temporarily stopping it since 16 March. In alignment with the PBG mid-term roadmap, Functional Genomics for Trait Utilization (FGTU) is becoming an important effort at PBGL to harness emerging genomic technologies such as amplicon sequencing and exome capture to identify and utilize the molecular basis of mutations for marker-assisted breeding. Following the First Workshop of the Mutation Breeding Network (MBN) in Jingzhou, China, during 22–25 July 2019, an update letter was sent to MBN participants in April 2020, the full version of which can be accessed on Page 30. An important ongoing effort reported in this update letter is the assessment of seed systems models in Asia through a TC project. The goal is to identify and/or refine successful seed system model(s) that can eventually be tested in a few countries for the dissemination of seeds of mutant crop varieties. A home-based consultancy is in progress to develop a concept note for an initial Consultation Meeting this year. More information will be available once the concept note is ready. Discussions are ongoing for the next MBN meeting and plans for the Achievement Awards in mutation breeding are postponed to 2021.