Nuclear Sciences and Applications at the IAEA's 57th General Conference
Delegates from the IAEA Member States, International Organizations, NGOs and the media attended the IAEA's 57th General Conference (GC 57) which took place in Vienna from 16-20 September.
This year's conference provided an opportunity for the Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications (NA) to showcase some of the important work and initiatives undertaken over the course of the past year. NA experts played an important role throughout the conference, participating in numerous meetings with Member States, contributing to GC side events, organizing tours of NA Laboratories in Seibersdorf and the Isotope Hydrology Laboratory in Vienna, as well as maintaining and staffing exhibitions on the Department's work.
One of the highlights of NA activities at GC 57 was the Scientific Forum, "The Blue Planet – Nuclear Applications for a Sustainable Marine Environment." Highlighting the importance of coastal and marine systems and the problems facing these vital ecosystems, the Scientific Forum demonstrated the essential role that nuclear techniques play in responding to the serious threats now facing the world's oceans. With expert panellists and speakers, the forum examined issues such as climate change, pollution and ocean acidification, and provided potential means through which to address these challenges.
NA also hosted side events on ReNuAL, the newly launched initiative to renovate NA Laboratories in Seibersdorf, and on the role of the IAEA in cancer control, through its Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy. NA experts participated in events organized by the Department of Technical Cooperation, including an event on technologies for waste water treatment. Exhibit areas provided further information on the department's thematic areas in which NA works.