"The new Collaborating Centre 'RAPID' (from Radiation Processing and Industrial Dosimetry) is an important addition to the IAEA's resources in further serving Member States in feasibility assessment of emerging applications of radiation processing to facilitate adoption and industrial dosimetry intercomparison exercise, vital for effective and efficient application of the technology," said N. Ramamoorthy, Director of the IAEA's Division of Physical and Chemical Sciences, during the inauguration of the Collaborating Centre plaque at INCT headquarters.
On 16 July, the Centro de Investigación en Contaminación Ambiental (CICA) of the University of Costa Rica was inaugurated as an IAEA Collaborating Centre for eLearning and Accelerated Capacity Building for Food and Environmental Protection (EACB). CICA was designated as the lead institution, or Collaborating Centre, acting on behalf of the Advanced Radiation Technology Institute (ARTI) of the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute and the Food Science and Technology Programme (FST) of the National University of Singapore.
In the initial three year trial period (2006-2009), the EACB Collaborating Centre will consult with the Agency within their specific areas of expertise in four major areas related to food safety and environmental protection, including, the implementation of Agency capacity building activities; the development, evaluation and application of new technologies; the enhancement of information collection and dissemination; and, the development of eLearning courses.
On 20 April, Deputy Director General and Nuclear Sciences and Applications Department
Head Werner Burkart joined Australian Prime Minister John Howard in attending the opening ceremony for Australia's A$380 million
OPAL research reactor in Sydney, which simultaneously saw the inauguration of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization (ANSTO) as a new IAEA Collaborating Centre.
In his address, Mr. Burkart remarked, "This is an auspicious occasion for Australia and ANSTO, and marks the start of a new generation of world class research from a world class facility." Click here for the full text of Mr. Burkart's statement.
On 26 March, the
Malaysian Nuclear Agency (MNA) was officially recognized as an IAEA Collaborating Centre for "Radiation Processing of Natural Polymers" in an inaugural ceremony held in Kuala Lumpur. Mr. Natesan
Ramamoorthy, Director of the Division of Physical and Chemical Sciences, represented the IAEA in opening the new collaborating center with Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation, Mr. Mohd. Ruddin bin Abdul Ghani, and the Director General of MNA, Mr. Daud Mohamad. The ceremony was accompanied by a seminar addressing the topic of the two organizations' collaborative efforts as well as an exhibition of products and processes developed at MNA.
The inauguration of the Atomic Energy Agency of Syria as a Collaborative Center with the IAEA took place in Damascus on 23 March 2007. Ms. Gabi Voigt, Director of the Agency's Seibersdorf Laboratories, hands the IAEA plaque to AECS Deputy Director General Professor Dr. R. Al-Masri in recognition of upcoming collaboration regarding the production of reference materials and the terrestrial radioecology of naturally occurring radionuclides.
IAEA representatives (Ms. G. Voigt, Dir-NAAL, and Mr. U. Sansone, Unit Head-Chemistry) inaugurated the Hungarian National Food Investigation Institute in Budapest as an IAEA
Collaborating Center for the Production and Characterisation of Matrix Reference Materials.
At the inauguration ceremony held on 24 July 2006, the plaque was handed over to the Head of the Department of Radiochemistry, Dr. Sandor Tarjan, and his team. This ceremony was also attended by the Director General of the Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority, Dr. Joszef Ronaky, and Dr. Miklos Suth from the Hungarian Ministry of Agriculture and Regional Development.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), established by the United Nations in 1957 as the world's 'Atoms for Peace' organization, has introduced a new program for the creation of a network of 'Collaborating Centres' to support the IAEA in the implementation of its programs through research, development and training activities.
The Agency has included ELETTRA Laboratory in the short list of Collaborating Centres for a three-year period (2005-2008) thanks to the visibility achieved by the laboratory through the training and research activities of scientists from developing countries in cooperation with the Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics.
ELETTRA Laboratory, managed by Sincrotrone Trieste SCpA, will play a leading role in the agency's plans with reference to accelerator physics, synchrotron light and free-electron lasers, as mentioned in the work plan agreed upon by IAEA Deputy Director General, Werner Burkart, and the Senior Scientific Director of ELETTRA, Massimo Altarelli. More Information [pdf]. (J. Synchrotron Rad. (2005). 12, p. 543, International Union of Crystallography).
Dr. Gabi Voigt, Director of IAEA's Seibersdorf Laboratories, hands over the first plaque of IAEA Collaborative Centre to SCK-CEN officials (left: Mr. Paul Govaerts, Director General, and right: Mr. Frank Deconinck, Chairman of the Board). This designation recognizes SCK-CEN's competence in the field of radioecology. Mol: 07-10-2005.
- Zhejiang University becomes the first IAEA Collaborating Centre. [pdf, 425 KB]
- The IAEA Collaborating Centre scheme. [pdf, 1125 KB]