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[en] The paper gives an overview of the specialist capabilities that have been developed in the United Kingdom to enable conventional forensic science examinations to be conducted both at the radiological crime scene and in the laboratory. (author)
[en] The paper provides an overview of the capacity building activities the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre performed in the area of nuclear forensics. The paper will describe the historical evolution of these activities, the partner institutions and countries involved, the main achievements and the current projects in combination with an outlook. (author)
[en] The paper will discuss an array of TTX-based nuclear forensics training tools that are being used and developed, with a more thorough explanation of the Tabletop Cooperative Simulation Exercises (TCSE). Discussion will suggest guidelines and resources for preparing an exercise appropriate to training goals within a systematic approach. This work is intended to bolster international efforts to deliver nuclear forensics training offerings that are well characterized within best practices. (author)
[en] Full text: As part of a gift basket at the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit, the United States offered the international community the ability to query the United States’ National Nuclear Forensics Library (NNFL). The formal process for such inquiries is detailed to further illuminate the streamlined procedure available through diplomatic channels. Further, the process used by the US Government to pass the query to the US NNFL will be described as will the query process and the formal response back to the international community. Lastly, a case study is highlighted to demonstrate the potential benefits of querying the United States’ NNFL when questions regarding material provenance arise or when materials are found out of regulatory control.
[en] Nuclear forensics is the process of comparing sample characteristics with existing information about the types of material the origin and methods of production of nuclear and other radioactive material or previous cases associated with similar material. Thus, nuclear forensics regarded as a new area of integrated science research that allows not only the identification of radioactive material (withdrawn from illicit trafficking or resulting from a nuclear accident), but also to trace the entire chain of related events - from source origin until to detection. Nuclear forensics is the examination of nuclear and other radioactive materials using analytical techniques to determine the origin and history of this material in the context of law enforcement investigations or the assessment of nuclear security vulnerabilities. In this activity, consolidation and assistance of all organizations that can be involved in nuclear forensics are necessary. Considering the scope of activities and responsibilities of the regulatory body, maintaining a register of all radioactive sources and nuclear materials, controlling the movement of such materials, authorizing activities related to their use, issuing export and import statements, as well as state supervision and control of activities and export-import operations are included in the responsibilities of the regulatory body. Thus the regulatory body makes an indispensable contribution for the purposes of nuclear forensics.
[en] The paper presents main points of organization and performing forensic examination of nuclear materials and radioactive substances, which should be taken into consideration when organizing national system for identification of nuclear and other radioactive materials found out of regulatory control. (author)
[en] The paper will detail recent experience and advances in nuclear forensics at the Federal Office for Radiation Protection in Germany. The challenges of maintaining a deployment-ready capability will be summarized and shared in this contribution, in order to contribute to lessons learned and good practice. In order to further this exchange, the equipment of the measurement team and the training and exercise programme of the BfS for nuclear forensics will be presented. (author)
[en] The Nuclear Forensics International Technical Working Group (ITWG) is an informal, unaffiliated association of nuclear forensics practitioners that identifies, develops, and promotes best practices in the field of nuclear forensics. It was established in 1995 amidst heightened concerns over the threat posed by nuclear smuggling and continues to help forensics practitioners investigate nuclear security events. To advance its mission, ITWG carries out a variety of unique activities including the conduct of exercises designed to inform best practices and the production of guidelines documents on nuclear forensics techniques. ITWG works actively with other international nuclear forensics efforts like the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism (GICNT) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to promote forensics as a nuclear security tool, and its activities both inform and complement work done by the GICNT and IAEA. The ITWG conducts much of its work through Task Groups. There are presently five task groups: Evidence & Testimony, Exercises, Guidelines, National Nuclear Forensic Libraries, and Training & Outreach. Additionally, the ITWG meets annually, with the first part of the annual meeting being devoted to the ITWG Nuclear Forensics Laboratories (INFL), where the presentations and discussions are largely technical and aimed at the laboratory practitioner as well as professional development. The second part involves individual sessions of the task groups as well as plenary sessions where the presentations are of more general interest. The most recent meeting of the ITWG, i.e. ITWG-23, was held in June 2018 at Switzerland’s Federal Training Center in Schwartzenberg, with the SPIEZ laboratory serving as host.
[en] The paper reviews a new doctoral study program in Nuclear Safety, Security and Forensics, backed by new experimental background, which is under development at the Czech Technical University (CTU) in Prague. The programme will be launched in October 2020. (author)