On the trail of Environmental Enteric Dysfunction and undernutrition

13 June 2016

International experts converged in Vienna last week to design a ground breaking coordinated research project to address environmental enteric dysfunction (EED) and its impact on child growth. Read More →

World Oceans Day: IAEA Helps Reduce Plastic Pollution

8 June 2016

The ocean and its wildlife are strangled in plastic. About 10% of the 100 million tonnes of plastic that the world produces every year ends up in the ocean. Read More →

South African Experts Advance in Researching Nuclear Technique to Fight Malaria, Sugarcane Pest

>7 June 2016

Several initiatives to control insect pests using nuclear techniques in South Africa are entering the advanced research stage – offering a new possibility to eventually contribute to the control of malaria as well as a major pest attacking sugarcane. Read More →

World Environment Day: Using Nuclear Science to Help Halt Illegal Trade in Ivory and Timber

5 June 2016

World Environment Day this year focuses on fighting the illegal trade in wildlife products. Read More →

IAEA Laboratory Modernization Advances Toward Funding Goal, Thanks to Recent Pledges

3 June 2016

Recent contributions by IAEA Member States have helped to advance the campaign to raise €31 million for the renovation of three of the Agency's eight nuclear applications laboratories closer to its goal. Read More →

Marshall Islands Turns to IAEA for Help in Measuring Food and Environmental Pollution

2 June 2016

Unusual levels of chemical pollutants found in fish and seafood around the Marshall Islands have led the Marshallese authorities to turn to the IAEA for assistance. Read More →

Call for Papers: Abstracts for IAEA International Conference on Applications of Radiation Science and Technology Due 30 June

31 May 2016

Interested contributors have until 30 June to submit an abstract to present at the IAEA International Conference on Applications of Radiation Science and Technology (ICARST) to be held in Vienna from 24 to 28 April 2017. Read More →

Over 50 New IAEA Coordinated Research Activities Now Open for Application

26 May 2016

The IAEA is now accepting applications for participation in new coordinated research activities kicking off this year. Read More →

St. John's Research Institute, Bangalore, India is Re-designated as an IAEA Collaborating Centre

23 May 2016

St John's Research Institute in Bangalore was designated as the first IAEA Collaborating Centre for Nutrition in 2010. The designation was renewed in May 2016. Read More →

IAEA Helps Bulgaria Tackle Cattle Disease with Nuclear-Derived Technique

23 May 2016

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is providing laboratory support and expertise to help Bulgaria battle a cattle disease that can cause significant economic losses to farmers. Read More →

Japanese Labs Reliable in Analysing Seawater, Sediment and Fish Samples Near Fukushima, IAEA Report Finds

13 May 2016

Japanese laboratories working for the country's government, and tested by the IAEA, have produced reliable data on the level of radionuclides in seawater, sediment and fish samples collected near Fukushima, according to a report released last month. Read More →

IAEA Invites Students to Learn Nuclear Science Through Play

12 May 2016

Teachers have reached almost 10 000 students in four Asian countries through a guidebook designed to bring nuclear science and technology closer to young adults. Read More →

For Healthier Babies AND Moms: IAEA Celebrates Mother's Day

6 May 2016

Breastfeeding studies often focus on the benefits to the child, but as research in the field progresses, findings suggest there is also a link between breastfeeding and a reduced risk of breast and ovarian cancer, among other benefits to the mother. Read More →

Over 1000 Visitors Step into IAEA Headquarters to Learn About Nuclear Science

27 April 2016

At 16:45 on 22 April, eight-year-old Tariro stood outside Austria's Vienna International Centre with her father and brother. Read More →

World Malaria Day: A Closer Look at a Nuclear Technique in the Fight Against this Infectious Disease

25 April 2016

One way scientists are looking to fight mosquitoes and the diseases they carry is an insect pest birth control method known as the sterile insect technique (SIT). Read More →

Japan Pledges Further 2 Million Euros in Support of IAEA Laboratory Modernisation

25 April 2016

Japan has pledged an additional contribution of two million euros to support the renovation of the IAEA's nuclear applications laboratories in Seibersdorf, near Vienna. Read More →

Scientists Learn to Detect Zika Virus Using Nuclear-Derived Technique

14 April 2016

More than thirty doctors, epidemiologists, microbiologists and laboratory technicians from Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa learned how to use a nuclear-derived technique to detect the Zika virus during IAEA training courses this month. Read More →

IAEA to Showcase Nuclear Science at Long Night of Research

14 April 2016

The IAEA is set to throw open its doors on 22 April to anyone curious about nuclear science and technology. Read More →

IAEA assists Sudan in the control of animal diseases through the development of vaccines

11 April 2016

Control and eradication of animal diseases are crucial for food security and improving the livelihoods of farmers. Read More →

Nuclear Techniques can help to identify strategies to prevent micronutrient deficiencies in young children

18 March 2016

Eight delegates from Bangladesh, Guatemala, India, Mexico, Netherlands, USA, Zambia and Zimbabwe gathered at IAEA Headquarters in Vienna, from 7-9 March, to discuss the coordinated research project "Using Nuclear Techniques to Develop and Evaluate Food-Based Strategies to Prevent Micronutrient Deficiencies in Young Children." Read More →

Strengthening Ties for Sustainable Development with GCC Member States

15 February 2016

From climate science and natural resource management, to good health and industry: Nuclear science and technology can drive sustainable development across a broad range. Read More →

Sharing the Benefits of the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Science and Technology is our Mission, said IAEA Director General Amano in Kuwait

15 February 2016

The IAEA can directly contribute to the achievement of 13 of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, including poverty, hunger, human health, clean water, affordable and clean energy, and climate change, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said in a keynote address in Kuwait today. Read More →

IAEA to assist Latin American and Caribbean countries in early detection of Zika virus

11 February 2016

Responding to requests for urgent assistance, the International Atomic Energy Agency will provide nuclear-derived early detection tools and training support to help Latin American and Caribbean countries rapidly identify cases of the Zika virus. Read More →

IAEA to Organize Expert Meeting on Fighting 'Zika' Mosquitoes

5 February 2016

In response to the Zika outbreak in Latin America, the IAEA will organize a meeting of experts to review the use of nuclear techniques for the control of mosquitoes that carry the virus, Director General Yukiya Amano said in Mexico City on Thursday. Read More →

Nuclear Technique Can Help Control Disease-Transmitting Mosquitoes

3 February 2016

Countries from around the world are showing increased interest in the use of the sterile insect technique (SIT) to suppress the populations of mosquitoes that transmit, among others, the Zika virus, said Aldo Malavasi, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications. Read More →

Supporting Central America: Director General Amano Visits El Salvador, Nicaragua and Guatemala

3 February 2016

A country doesn't necessarily need to have nuclear power plants to benefit from the peaceful applications of nuclear technology. Read More →

A Day with "Dr Dammi": Nuclear Medicine in Action in Sri Lanka

27 January 2016

Don't sit down, this isn't a lecture," the doctor cries. As the medical students jump to their feet, she tells them: "We're in a clinic. You need to get close to the patient." Read More →

IAEA Laboratories expand radiation medicine services to high dose rate Brachytherapy

11 January 2016

The IAEA's Nuclear Sciences and Applications Laboratories in Seibersdorf are upgrading their technical capacity for radiation medicine services with the acceptance testing of a new High Dose Rate (HDR) Brachytherapy System. Read More →

Looking Ahead: Important 2016 Events

4 January 2016

What's ahead for the IAEA and the global nuclear agenda in 2016? The following is a preview of selected meetings and events: Read More →

New IAEA Guide Helps Developing Countries Improve Food Irradiation Practices

28 December 2015

A new IAEA publication released last week aims to help improve food irradiation practices worldwide, with a focus on developing countries. Read More →

Can Gamma Rays Help Save the World's Favourite Fruit?

21 December 2015

Bananas are making headlines these days, as the world's most widely cultivated variety – the Cavendish – is increasingly falling prey to a new strain of a deadly fungus, endangering its very existence. Read More →

Germany to contribute 500.000 Euro to ReNuAL

7 December 2015

The Federal Republic of Germany has provided the IAEA with an extra-budgetary contribution of 500.000 Euro for the ReNuAL project. The project aims at modernizing the Nuclear Applications (NA) Laboratories in Seibersdorf. Read More →

International Year of Soils: Sudanese Farmers Improve Crop Productivity Thanks to Isotopic Techniques

4 December 2015

Monitoring how atoms behave in soil, water and fertilizer is helping small-scale farmers in the arid Kassala region of Sudan to more efficiently cope with a changing climate. Read More →

Nuclear instrumentation training inspires fellows to share their knowledge

3 December 2015

Nuclear technology impacts our lives in a large variety of fields, ranging from medicine, to agriculture, research and industry.While maintenance service and repair of nuclear instruments is crucial, it poses a challenge to many developing countries. Read More →

Training Future Managers Today for Controlling the Insect Pests of Tomorrow

2 December 2015

From combating malaria-carrying mosquitos to protecting fruit from flies, long-term sustainability of insect pest control using nuclear techniques requires a solid technical foundation and strong management skills locally, agreed participants of a recent training course organized by the IAEA in cooperation with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Read More →

The Importance of Improving Communication in Radiation Medicine

27 November 2015

The importance of communicating scientific facts to the public and the role of Science and Technology in Society (STS) became evident in the aftermath of the Fukushima accident. Read More →

Ensuring food safety requires specialist laboratory knowledge and training

25 November 2015

Effective food control systems ensure a safe food supply on a national and global scale. Specialized laboratories play an essential role in monitoring and surveillance schemes, providing feedback on the effectiveness of agricultural practices in producing food that is safe and meets requirements for international trade. Read More →

Asian and African Scientists Learn How to Detect Animal Diseases Threatening Livestock

25 November 2015

Animal diseases cause great damage in countries, especially where the majority of people depend on agriculture and livestock to live. Read More →

Helping Asia Fight Cancer Through Advanced Brachytherapy

>24 November 2015

Cervical cancer patients often require a specific, technically challenging treatment that is not always readily available in developing countries. Read More →

From the Past to the Future: Measuring Air Pollution in Asia and the Pacific Using Nuclear Techniques

24 November 2015

For over a decade, scientists in Asia and the Pacific have been using nuclear techniques to identify the source and level of pollution in the air – and the data collected over the years can now inform policymaking. Read More →

Radiation Medicine and Sustainable Development: the IAEA Helps Countries Fight Cancer

23 November 2015

An estimated 215 000 additional health professionals will be needed by 2035 to meet the growing demand for radiotherapy services as cancer cases continue to increase. Read More →

Conference Participants Discuss Safety, Security and Operation of Research Reactors

20 November 2015

Operators should ensure full utilization of research reactors through proper strategic planning, integrate IAEA guidance on safety and security into their operations and make increased use of networking to learn from their peers. Read More →

The Malaysian Nuclear Agency (Nuclear Malaysia) designated as an IAEA Collaborating Centre in the field of Non-Destructive Testing

20 November 2015

Since 2004, the IAEA's Collaborating Centres Scheme has provided the IAEA with a mechanism to designate eligible institutions as IAEA Collaborating Centres. Read More →

Improving the Safe and Efficient Use of Research Reactors: IAEA Conference to Address Challenges and Ways Forward

13 November 2015

Over 300 participants at the largest international conference on research reactors ever held will discuss progress in the development of advanced and next generation research reactors, and compare operational best practices from some of the 246 research reactors around the world. Read More →

Fourth IAEA Mission to Collect Marine Samples in Fukushima Prefecture

12 November 2015

Experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency will visit Japan from 17 to 20 November 2015 to collect water and fish samples from coastal waters in Fukushima Prefecture to support the quality assurance of radioactivity data collection and analysis by the responsible authorities in Japan. Read More →

Environmental Enteric Dysfunction - What we know and what the participants said

12 November 2015

Fifty experts drawn from diverse professional backgrounds attended a 3-day meeting at IAEA headquarters in Vienna recently to consider current knowledge on environmental enteric dysfunction (EED). Read More →

From Lab Coats to Hazmat Suits: IAEA Trains Scientists to Work Safely With Ebola

11 November 2015

Low and middle income countries in Africa are confronted with the challenge to timely and accurately diagnose dangerous diseases that can spread from animals to humans and to prevent their further spread. Read More →

IAEA's Director of Human Health receives FASTRO award for contributions to the field of radiation oncology

11 November 2015

The Director of the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) Division of Human Health, Dr. May Abdel-Wahab, has been awarded the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Fellow designation this year. Read More →

Nuclear Techniques for a Better Understanding of the Impact of Climate Change on Soil Erosion in Upland Agro-ecosystems

10 November 2015

Upland agro-ecosystems will face three major challenges related to food security and climate change in the coming decades: increasing food production while protecting against soil erosion, adapting to climate change impact on soil resource, and contributing to climate change mitigation. Read More →

A sabbatical year at IAEA to help promote nuclear medical technologies

9 November 2015

Dr M. Prakash Hande, PhD, MPH, has joined the IAEA's Health Division while on sabbatical from the National University of Singapore where he is an Associate Professor at the Department of Physiology. Read More →

The Director General recognises staff members for their outstanding service with Superior Achievement Awards

6 November 2015

The IAEA Director General has awarded a number of individual staff and staff teams with the Superior Achievement Award at the Staff Assembly on 3 November 2015. Read More →

Greening Kenya's Drylands Through Climate-smart Agriculture

5 November 2015

Arid and semi-arid lands account for almost 80 per cent of Kenya's land area, and climate change is threatening this fragile ecosystem. Read More →

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano in Spain: Plans Agreed to Improve Radiation Medicine in Latin America and the Caribbean

28 October 2015

The IAEA and the Association of Medical Practitioners of Spain will work together to improve radiation medicine in countries in Latin America and the Caribbean under a Practical Arrangement that both parties signed on 26 October. Read More →

Poor Sanitation and Malnutrition: Experts to Discuss Connections and Correlations, and How Isotope Techniques can Help

27 October 2015

Isotopic techniques could be crucial in the diagnosis of a condition associated with poor sanitation that contributes to stunting and poor health, which affects over 200 million children worldwide, mainly in low- and middle-income countries. Read More →

New CRP: Therapeutic Radiopharmaceuticals Labelled with New Emerging Radionuclides

27 October 2015

This Coordinated Research Project (CRP) will identify important technical issues related to the production and quality control of emerging new radionuclides for use in the development of therapeutic radiopharmaceuticals. Read More →

New CRP: Use of isotope hydrology to characterize groundwater systems in the vicinity of Nuclear Power Plants

27 October 2015

Nuclear electricity generation represents the second largest source of energy in the world. Both developed and developing countries express interest in using nuclear energy, and many have announced plans to acquire capabilities. Read More →

Scientific Forum 2015: Radiation Technology Helps China's Industries Make Water Cleaner

22 October 2015

China is pursuing the use of radiation technology as part of its wastewater treatment methods to further efforts to manage industrial waste in an environmentally friendly way. Read More →

Prepare and Respond Effectively: IAEA Hosts Nuclear Emergency Preparedness and Response Conference

19 October 2015

National response plans in emergency preparedness need to be in line with international safety standards and best practices, delegates heard at the opening of the International Conference on Global Emergency Preparedness and Response that began at IAEA headquarters in Vienna today. Read More →

World Food Day: How Nuclear Techniques Can Help to Combat Poverty and Hunger

16 October 2015

In many parts of the world, extreme poverty disproportionately affects rural communities that rely on agriculture for their incomes. Read More →

Nuclear-Derived Techniques Improve Cattle Productivity and Milk Quality in Cameroon

15 October 2015

Yaoundé, Cameroon – Increasing agricultural production and improving the quality of milk and meat are key to combatting poverty and increasing food security in Africa. Read More →

Improving vaccine efficiency to fight livestock diseases with new Flow-cytometer

14 October 2015

Vaccines protect livestock against animal diseases and are crucial in disease control programs. Before novel vaccines are released to the market, they undergo a long and complex development, testing and approval process. Read More →

A #hashtag contest brings a sense of innovation and partnership to IAEA's global health conference

12 October 2015

As the 3rd quadrennial international conference on Clinical PET-CT and Molecular Imaging (IPET 2015) at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna drew to a close on Friday, the organizers looked back at a highly successful conference that brought together over 500 participants and 50 guest speakers from 95 countries. Read More →

Top Minds in PET-CT and Molecular Imaging Gather in Vienna for Conference

2 October 2015

A unique, multidisciplinary conference in nuclear medicine and radiology will open at the IAEA on Monday, with 600 delegates from around the world. Read More →

IAEA “much more than just the world’s nuclear watchdog”: Director General at Sustainable Development Summit

29 September 2015

Director General Yukiya Amano represented the IAEA at the historic Sustainable Development Summit in New York, where he underlined the importance of nuclear science and technology in achieving the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Read More →

IAEA training course helps tackle the H5N1 avian influenza outbreak in West Africa

29 September 2015

Nigeria in January, Burkina Faso and Niger in April, Côte d’Ivoire at the end of May, Ghana a few days later in the beginning of June – a list that reads like a travel itinerary through West Africa traces the route of recent bird flu outbreaks in the region. Read More →

How the IAEA Will Contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals

25 September 2015

The IAEA will play an active part in helping the international community with the achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are expected to be adopted at the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Summit in New York this weekend. Read More →

Scientific Forum 2015: Non-Destructive Testing Helps Malaysia's Competitiveness

25 September 2015

Industrial testing using nuclear technology has contributed to the competitiveness of Malaysia’s manufacturing sector, industry players have said. Read More →

Your Doctor is Now Connected: Telemedicine Helps to Improve Access to Radiation Medicine

18 September 2015

Advances in communication technology provide opportunities to offer radiation medicine services to many who live too far from quality treatment centres or do not have the means to use one. Read More →

Nuclear Got Talent: Medical Radioisotope Video Wins ‘Nuclear Olympiad’

18 September 2015

Amidst a week of high level events with ministers, ambassadors and other diplomats, young people took centre stage to emphasize the importance of investing in the next generation. Read More →

Radiation Medicine in Cancer: Improving Patient Care

18 September 2015

Despite rapid technological advances in treatment, cancer still remains one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Read More →

Atoms in Industry: Rays of Hope for Development

17 September 2015

Radiation technology has the potential to boost industrial development, improving productivity in a cost-effective and environmentally-sound way. Read More →

Managing Soils for Climate-Smart Agriculture: Celebrating the International Year of Soils

17 September 2015

Nuclear techniques are making a significant contribution to climate-smart agriculture, by helping to combat soil erosion, improve soil fertility, crop water use efficiency and crop yields. Read More →

Towards Optimal Cancer Treatment: IAEA Launches New Smartphone App for Cancer Staging

16 September 2015

dentifying the stage of cancer quickly and accurately will become easier for health care professionals in developing countries, thanks to an IAEA-developed smartphone app launched today. Read More →

The Energy of the Future: The Status of Nuclear Fusion Research and the Role of the IAEA

15 September 2015

Scientists are becoming increasingly excited about the prospects that within the foreseeable future a reactor can replicate the sun’s energy source on Earth through scientific and technological innovation of a scale previously unimagined. Read More →

Atoms in Industry: The IAEA Scientific Forum Opens

15 September 2015

Cutting-edge industrial technologies underpin the success of strong economies, in developed and developing countries alike. Read More →

Construction of New IAEA Laboratories to Start

15 September 2015

Preparation for the construction of new IAEA nuclear science laboratories near the Austrian town of Seibersdorf has started, Director General Yukiya Amano announced yesterday. Read More →

Nuclear Sciences and Applications Activities at the 59th IAEA General Conference

10 September 2015

At the Nuclear Sciences and Applications (NA) booth this year, along with information about all of the Department’s activities, there will be a series of science displays by all eight of the NA’s research laboratories based in Seibersdorf, Austria. Read More →

Scientific Forum 2015: Fusion Wunderkind Taylor Wilson Gives Us His Take on How Nuclear Technology Can Improve Lives

9 September 2015

Taylor Wilson strongly believes in the bright future of nuclear technology. The 21-year-old nuclear physicist from Arkansas, U.S., fell in love with nuclear science when he was just 10, and has not stopped exploring it ever since. Read More →

Scientific Forum 2015: Electron Beams Help Poland’s Coal-Driven Power Industry Clean Up its Air

8 September 2015

Radiation technology is expected to play an increasing role in Poland and other countries in cleaning up air pollution to meet regulatory requirements and to protect the environment. Read More →

Ocean Acidification: The Little-known Impact of CO2 Emissions

4 September 2015

Ocean acidification, like global warming, is a serious consequence of rising carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and a growing threat to coastal communities. Read More →

Scientific Forum 2015: Mexico and France Save 2000-year-old ‘Fragile Old Man’ Sculpture Using Nuclear Techniques

2 September 2015

During an excavation in 2001 in Becán, a Maya civilization site located in Campeche State in south-eastern Mexico, a 2000-year-old wooden sculpture was unearthed causing a buzz in Mexico’s archaeological community. Read More →

IAEA Publishes Annual Report for 2014

1 September 2015

Along with an examination of the state of worldwide nuclear-related developments last year, the IAEA Annual Report 2014 provides a comprehensive look at the Agency’s activities over the course of the year. Read More →

Trained to Adapt: Researchers from Pakistan, Mauritius and Afghanistan Breed Mutant Plants to Take on a Changing Climate

28 August 2015

From cotton in Pakistan to tomatoes in Mauritius and wheat in Afghanistan, many crops around the world are being devastated by erratic rains, droughts, diseases and relentless heat, which are being exacerbated by climate change. Read More →

Scientific Forum 2015: Egypt Develops Jelly-Like Hydrogel Bandage With Nuclear Techniques To Help Heal Wounds

26 August 2015

Patients suffering from burn injuries, skin ulcers and bed sores can find relief using unique jelly-like materials — hydrogels — that are playing an increasingly vital role in the healing process of such wounds. Read More →

Engaging students in nuclear science and technology

24 August 2015

What is it like to slip into a white laboratory coat every morning and to conduct cutting-edge scientific research in a laboratory every day? Read More →

When Surging Seas Meet Stronger Rain: Nuclear Techniques In Flood Management

21 August 2015

Unusually high rainfall in many parts of the world is a result of climate change, scientists say. Since warmer air can hold more water, the rationale goes, increased temperatures will increase the chances of stronger rainfall events. Read More →

Scientific Forum 2015: Super Crops Created from Irradiated Natural Polymers in Viet Nam

19 August 2015

Looking to increase yield and eliminate disease, farmers in Viet Nam are now feeding their plants oligochitosan and oligoalginate, substances made from irradiated natural polymers. Read More →

Climate Change Adaptation: Boosting Quinoa Production Using Nuclear Techniques

13 August 2015

In the battle to help developing countries overcome threats from declining food production caused by climate change, one species of edible grain-like crop has caught international attention because of its unique nutritional value. Read More →

The very first application of Fast Neutron Radiography in cultural heritage samples in South Africa under CRP F12024

11 August 2015

South-Africa is extending its scientific capacities by applying Fast Neutron Radiography and Fast Neutron Tomography techniques for Cultural Heritage investigations for the very first time. Read More →

Scientific Forum 2015: Brazil is Saving “Millions” in Dredging Costs Thanks to Nuclear Techniques

11 August 2015

With a coastline of over 8500 kilometres, 90 per cent of Brazil’s total exports and imports pass through its ports. Read More →

New Video: The (Nuclear) Science of Cattle Procreation

6 August 2015

To get better quality, healthier cattle, a number of countries, including Tanzania, are using artificial insemination as a more efficient breeding method. Read More →

Scientific Forum 2015: Ghana Uses Radiation Technology to Sterilize Medical Items

5 August 2015

Infections acquired from improperly sterilized equipment are recognized as a major impediment to safe health care delivery, with consequences that are often deadly for patients. Read More →

Doctors Receive IAEA Training in 3-D Radiotherapy Tools to More Accurately Target Cancer

29 July 2015

Hands-on training with the latest cancer treatment tools helps radiation oncologists — specialized doctors — to deliver precise radiation treatment for managing cancerous or malignant tumours while minimizing harm to healthy tissue caused by unnecessary radiation exposure. Read More →

The Tsetse Fly Eradication Project in Senegal Wins Award for Best Sustainable Development Practices

23 July 2015

A project in Senegal to eradicate tsetse flies that is supported by the FAO/IAEA was recently selected as one of 18 Best Sustainable Development Practices on Food Security at the EXPO Milano 2015. Read More →

Tackling the challenge of dosimetry in controlling insect pests

23 July 2015

Fighting major insect pests through a mechanism of insect birth control called the Sterile Insect Technique is the focus of the scientists in one of the FAO/IAEA’s laboratories in Seibersdorf. Read More →

Radiation Sciences: The IAEA focuses on better Education Programmes

9 July 2015

Radiation processing technologies are one of the currently available green production processes that are being successfully applied in industry in both developed and developing countries. Read More →

IAEA’s contribution to Plasma Physics Research is recognized with high honour by the American Physical Society

6 July 2015

The American Physical Society (APS) has recently selected Dr Hyun Kyung Chung, atomic physicist in the IAEA’s Division of Physical and Chemical Sciences, as one of the recipients of the 2015 John Dawson Award for Excellence in Plasma Physics Research. Read More →

Controlling Avian Flu in West Africa: Nuclear-Derived Techniques Enable Early Detection of Outbreaks

1 July 2015

Following the recent outbreak of avian flu in Cote d’Ivoire, the IAEA – through its partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) – is helping West African countries in the early and accurate detection of the virus using nuclear-derived techniques. Read More →

Global Strategy to Fight Global Ruminant Pest Uses Nuclear Techniques

24 June 2015

Nuclear techniques successfully used in the global eradication of rinderpest will take centre stage in the elimination of a major small ruminant disease in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Read More →

The launch of the new IAEA WISER Data Portal facilitates access to global isotope data

23 June 2015

The new IAEA WISER (Water Isotope System for Data Analysis, Visualization and Electronic Retrieval) data portal for accessing GNIP (Global Network for Isotopes in Precipitation) and GNIR (Global Network for Isotopes in Rivers) data has been launched this week. Read More →

IAEA Environmental Laboratories Help Raise Children’s Awareness on Environment Issues During Monacology Week

22 June 2015

Monaco is once again hosting the ‘Monacology’ event this week from 15-19 June. Every year the Principality welcomes children from Monaco and surrounding communes to educate them on environmental issues. Read More →

Tackling the Global Problem of Desertification Using Nuclear Techniques

17 June 2015

Drylands represent 40 per cent of the world's land mass and are home to one third of the human population. Yet these fragile ecosystems — often the only available farmland for many — are under continuous threat. Read More →

Training course: Detecting animal diseases early

15 June 2015

Trans-boundary animal diseases (TADs) can spread rapidly across national borders. Many factors such as animal movements, international trade of livestock and livestock products and the effects of climate change have contributed to a spread of TADs in Asia in recent years. Read More →

IAEA Paper On Cancer Treatment Wins International Award

9 June 2015

A paper helping doctors to effectively evaluate and treat patients with a form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a very fast growing and aggressive type of cancer, using a nuclear diagnostic imaging technique, has received an Editor’s Choice Award from the Journal of Nuclear Medicine. Read More →

IAEA Impact: Plant Mutation Breeding Helps Bangladesh to Feed Its Growing Population

9 June 2015

Villages in the northern region of Bangladesh used to struggle with poverty and hunger during the long months of the ‘monga’ periods, but they are now bustling as farmers and workers harvest new crop varieties developed using nuclear techniques. Read More →

IAEA Workshop Series is Another Step on the Path to Fusion

9 June 2015

As the availability and costs of energy have become worldwide concerns, the prospect of fusion becoming a possible energy source post-2050 has tremendous potential. Read More →

Protecting the Ocean, One Drop at a Time: IAEA Commemorates World Oceans Day

8 June 2015

With just a drop of ocean water, a scientist can explore how ocean acidification and
climate change is influencing the chemical and biological processes affecting our oceans. Read More →

What’s Going on in Nuclear Applications:
An Insight into the Laboratories’ Work

8 June 2015

The latest ‘What’s Going on in NA’ Seminar in the last week of May focused on activities taking place at two of the IAEA laboratories located in Seibersdorf in Austria. Read More →

World Environment Day: IAEA Supports the Seychelles with Irrigation and Soil Management

5 June 2015

The Seychelles, an archipelago of 115 islands and atolls, has limited land resources. The islands’ soils have very low organic matter content, low water retention capacity and high salinity, and are generally infertile. Read More →

Technical meeting: “Towards a GOA-ON data portal”, 1-2 June 2015, IAEA Environment Laboratories, Monaco

3 June 2015

The IAEA Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre (OA-ICC) organized a two-day meeting (1-2 June 2015) to explore possibilities to create a joint portal for access to global ocean acidification data within the framework of the emerging Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON). Read More →

IAEA Impact: South Africa improves exclusive breastfeeding monitoring using nuclear techniques

2 June 2015

Babies in South Africa that would once be at high risk of malnutrition, disease and even death, now have brighter futures as nuclear techniques help mothers become more diligent about exclusive breastfeeding for the baby’s first six months. Read More →

Training Course on Rapid Assessment Methods for Environmental Radioactivity successfully completed at the Argonne National Laboratory

1 June 2015

'The practical knowledge that I have gained from this training is very important and I can now share this valuable experience with my colleagues back home,' said Thiwanka Appuhamillag, a student from Sri Lanka. Read More →

15 Years Forward: The 3rd Conference of African Nutrition Societies plots a course for sustainably improving nutrition

29 May 2015

Since their adoption and recognition in 2000, the eight chapters of the Millennium Declaration have defined the priorities of the United Nations in the field of international development, shaping global and national development policies and practices. Read More →

New Coordinated Research Project (CRP): Development of New Applications of Machine Generated Food Irradiation Technologies (D61024)

28 May 2015

Most of the food irradiated in the world is treated with gamma rays generated by the radionuclide cobalt-60, but using electrically generated "machine source" radiation could broaden the choice of food irradiation technologies. Read More →

The designation of CICA as a Collaborating Centre confirms IAEA involvement in the Latin American region

27 May 2015

On the 24th April 2015, the Centro de Investigación en Contaminación Ambiental (CICA), of the University of Costa Rica was re-designated as an IAEA collaborating centre. Read More →

IAEA participation in FANUS 3rd Conference contributes to new findings on infant and young child feeding practices in Africa

21 May 2015

Next week, the IAEA will participate in the 3rd Federation of African Nutrition Societies Conference (FANUS), taking place 25-29 May 2015 in Arusha, Tanzania, with a 90 minutes session on ‘Breast feeding and Complementary Feeding’. Read More →

The 3rd Research Coordination Meeting reviews the influence of infection with Helicobacter pylori on food fortification and supplementation strategies

21 May 2015

The 3rd Research Coordination Meeting on ‘Stable isotope techniques to design effective food fortification strategies in settings with high Helicobacter pylori infection’ is being held this week at IAEA Headquarters, Vienna, from 18 to 21 May 2015. Read More →

IAEA Director General Discusses Further Support to Croatia in the Peaceful Applications of Nuclear Technology

19 May 2015

Strengthening health systems for cancer diagnosis and treatment using nuclear technology, controlling fruit flies in the Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean, and establishing a nuclear waste storage centre were among the key issues that IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano discussed during a two-day visit to Croatia. Read More →

IAEA Impact: Protecting Romania's Cultural Heritage Using Nuclear Technology

19 May 2015

Preserving art and cultural heritage is a shared ambition of the global community.
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IAEA Symposium Explores the Frontiers and Foundations of Isotope Hydrology

15 May 2015

Collaboration, knowledge sharing and embracing the latest technology and tools are important elements for developing effective and sustainable water resource management solutions, concluded experts during the 14th International Symposium on Isotope Hydrology held this week at the IAEA headquarters. Read More →

How a Nuclear Technique is Saving Citrus Fruits in Morocco, One Fly at a Time

15 May 2015

Citrus crop losses due to fruit flies along with insecticide use in Morocco are both expected to drop as the country begins to develop capacities in nuclear techniques as part of its pest control management plans. Read More →

Jordanian Members of Parliament Visiting Seibersdorf Laboratories

13 May 2015

A high-level delegation of Jordanian members of parliament (MP) visited the Nuclear Sciences and Applications (NA) Laboratories on Wednesday afternoon. Read More →

Launching of the 2015 Isotope Hydrology Symposium

11 May 2015

The 14th Isotope Hydrology Symposium opened today at IAEA Headquarters with the theme ‘Revisiting Foundations and Exploring Frontiers’. Read More →

India Champions Exclusive Breastfeeding With the Help of Nuclear Techniques

8 May 2015

Nutritional status of both mother and baby is one of the key factors that can affect a child's birth, health and lifelong development. Read More →

Mediterranean Fruit Fly Outbreak: IAEA Emergency Support to Help the Dominican Republican Eradicate the Pest

7 May 2015

High-level representatives from the Dominican Republic met with senior officials from the IAEA’s Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications and Department of Technical Cooperation to discuss containment and elimination of the recent outbreak of Mediterranean fruit fly, also known as the medfly, in the east of the Dominican Republic. Read More →

Lower Radiation Doses May Be Sufficient For Treating Certain Cancers, Report IAEA Experts

7 May 2015

Lower than standard doses of radiation could be sufficient for the treatment of certain cancer types, limiting radiation exposure for patients and decreasing health care costs, indicated results of clinical research trials presented last week in Barcelona at a special IAEA session of the 3rd ESTRO Forum held from 24 to 28 April. Read More →

IAEA Impact: Cuba Goes Local With Radiopharmaceutical Production

5 May 2015

Cancer and cardiovascular disease are health conditions Cuba will now be able to more readily diagnose and treat thanks to its newly built facility for producing radiopharmaceuticals. Read More →

A tribute to the work of the Joint FAO/IAEA Division for the Control and Eradication of Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR)

30 April 2015

At the International Conference for the Control and Eradication of Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR) held in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, in April, Dr Adama Diallo, a staff member of the Joint FAO/IAEA Division, was elevated to the grade of Officer of the National Order of the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire. Read More →

IAEA Peaceful Uses Initiative to Get Boost from U.S., Japan

27 April 2015

The IAEA’s efforts to help nations meet their development goals are set to receive a major boost this week with pledges from the United States and Japan to strengthen their support for the IAEA’s Peaceful Uses Initiative (PUI). Read More →

World Malaria Day: How a Nuclear Technique Could Provide a Future Method for Mosquito Control

24 April 2015

A nuclear technique successfully used to control the spread of various pests could, in the future, contribute to combatting mosquitoes and the diseases they carry. These tiny insects are responsible for spreading malaria and dengue that wreak havoc over large parts of the world, causing sickness and death. Read More →

IAEA Impact: Viet Nam Tackles Soil Erosion With Nuclear Techniques

21 April 2015

Dao Thanh Canh never studied physics or chemistry in school, but he understands a thing or two about nuclear isotopes. Until a couple of years ago, much of his five-acre farm on the hills of central Viet Nam was gradually sliding away. Read More →

Working for Better Soil on Earth: IAEA Celebrates Global Soil Week and the International Year of Soil

20 April 2015

Soil, a living body and home for many microorganisms, plays an essential role in clean water and air, healthy agricultural crops, fruits and vegetables, productive grazing lands, diverse wildlife and forests, and even life-saving medicines. Read More →

IAEA and FAO providing support to Moroccan horticultural industry to manage Mediterranean Fruit Fly through the Sterile Insect Technique

17 April 2015

The Mediterranean fruit fly is among the most devastating of pests for agricultural crops. Insecticide applications are routinely used to control them but this is not sustainable in view of the development of insecticide resistance and negative impacts on humans and the environment, as well as on international trade. Read More →

Contributing to Strengthening Food Safety: IAEA Commemorates World Health Day

7 April 2015

In recent times, food safety has been in the spotlight with reported outbreaks of serious food contamination and fraud, such as horse meat found in beef burgers, melamine in milk powder, and inferior rice, honey, whisky and fruit juice substituted for the genuine product. Read More →

IAEA Impact: Guatemala Works to Control the Double Burden of Malnutrition

7 April 2015

With the help of nuclear techniques, scientists and health workers in Guatemala are now able to identify the causes and consequences of malnutrition in the country's children, enabling policymakers to devise strategies to combat obesity and stunting. Read More →

IAEA Impact: Brazil and Its Neighbours Work to Protect One of the World's Largest Groundwater Reservoirs

31 March 2015

Shrouded in mystery, the future of the largest groundwater reservoir in Latin America once left scientists, academics and politicians in Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay concerned about the fate of their major freshwater resource. Read More →

Open for Applications: IAEA Coordinated Research Activities in 2015

25 March 2015

Research institutes and organizations interested in gaining access to vast global databases of research findings and taking part in papers submitted to high-level, peer-reviewed journals, can now submit a proposal for a Research Contract or Agreement to take part in IAEA-coordinated research activities this year. Read More →

IAEA Impact: More Bountiful Crops With Every Drop Using Drip Irrigation in Mauritius

24 March 2015

Cauliflower, broccoli, sweet pepper and many other nutritious vegetables used to be expensive in Mauritius. The island's climate and traditional agricultural practices were not suitable for cultivating several high value vegetable crops, while importing them to the island state was prohibitively costly due to the long distances involved. Read More →

IAEA Marks World Water Day

20 March 2015

Finding available, clean and safe water is a cornerstone of human development. Nuclear techniques can help in identifying and guarding water resources in countries all over the world. Read More →

South African hospital offers improved cancer care and training to staff from across Africa

19 March 2015

Improved cancer care and strengthened research and development capabilities are among the main results of South Africa’s collaboration with the IAEA over the last decades, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria. Read More →

IAEA Impact: Senegal Nears First Victory in Eradicating Tsetse Flies

17 March 2015

After a four-year eradication programme including nuclear techniques, the Niayes region of Senegal is now almost free of the tsetse fly, which used to decimate livestock. Read More →

Papua New Guinea to Fight Pests, Improve Access to Cancer Care Under First Ever IAEA Project

4 March 2015

Papua New Guinea, one of the IAEA's newest Member States, is getting ready to use nuclear techniques in agriculture, environmental monitoring and cancer treatment, the country's officials said. Read More →

IAEA Director General Highlights Importance of Nuclear Techniques for Development

2 March 2015

Helping countries meet their development needs using nuclear technology was one of the main points addressed by IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano in his introductory statement to the Agency's Board of Governors today. Read More →

Early Warning for Ebola: Strengthening Africa's Capacity to Anticipate Risk of Outbreaks

27 February 2015

Experts in Africa will be able to better track and detect animal diseases that could eventually be transmitted to humans as a result of a new € 2.7 million IAEA project. Read More →

A Changing World

20 February 2015

Nuclear techniques are now being used in polar and mountainous regions to study climate change and its impact on land-water-ecosystem quality in order to better conserve and manage these resources. Read More →

Best Sustainable Development Practices on Food Security - Expo Milano 2015

20 February 2015

The FAO/IAEA project "Eradication of the tsetse fly Glossina palpalis gambiensis from the Niayes in Senegal" was among 18 selected for "Best Sustainable Development Practices on Food Security" by an International Selection Committee from among 749 proposals admitted to the final evaluation process for Expo Milano 2015. Read More →

Ethiopia awards IAEA for continuous support in veterinary disease diagnostics

12 February 2015

Since 2011, the IAEA, through the Joint FAO/IAEA Division, has increased its support to a network of veterinary laboratories (“VETLAB Network”) in sub-Saharan Africa through a project entitled “Strengthening Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories in Africa for Rapid and Specific Diagnosis of Transboundary Animal Diseases”. Read More →

Brunei, IAEA Discuss Cooperation in Cancer Care, Agriculture

2 February 2015

The IAEA is prepared to assist Brunei Darussalam, one of its newest members, in expanding the use of nuclear techniques for the welfare of its population, said IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano in Bandar Seri Begawan last week. Read More →

Science is Key to Progress, IAEA Director General Tells Students in Manila

22 January 2015

Science is one of the cornerstones of economic progress and without technological advancement human development goals are much harder to achieve, said IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano yesterday. Read More →

Experts: Include Ocean Acidification in Climate Change Negotiations

22 January 2015

Monaco – Actions to mitigate and adapt to ocean acidification in a future global climate deal could make the agreement stronger and facilitate its implementation. Read More →

Malaysia, Developing Countries Benefit from Nuclear Applications, IAEA Director General Says

21 January 2015

Cultivating new varieties of rice, reducing soil erosion rates and improving imaging techniques for cancer treatment are just some of the areas in which the IAEA helps Malaysia to benefit from nuclear technology. Read More →

Bringing Ocean Acidification to the Climate Change Agenda

13 January 2015

Monaco — Ocean acidification poses a growing threat to coastal communities and needs to be on the agenda of any global climate deal, said speakers at a conference hosted by the IAEA this week. Read More →

Nuclear Data on the Go: The IAEA Nuclear Data App Now Available on iOS

11 December 2014

Scientists and professionals working in nuclear-related areas can now quickly reference the properties of more than 4000 nuclides and isomers using their iPhones and iPads.
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Improving Access to Synchrotron Beamlines

21 October 2014

The intense beam of X-rays created by a particle accelerator known as a synchrotron is crucial for certain types of research, but with demand for research use exceeding supply, it is hard to access for many scientists. Read More →

Towards Better, More Accurate Radioactivity Measurement

9 October 2014

Joining a network of expert laboratories is the quickest way for scientists to rapidly gain expertise and competence in radioactivity measurement while ensuring consistency of data. Read More →

Making the Atom Work for the Environment

7 October 2014

Environmental degradation is a major development challenge for many of the IAEA's Member States, affecting local, national, regional and global communities. Read More →

Radiopharmaceuticals for Cost Effective Management of Cancer

2 October 2014

The search for swift and precise scientific procedures that can map the human body for exact diagnosis for rapid treatment of diseases like cancer has long been on the global agenda. Read More →

Seibersdorf Ceremonies Mark ReNuAL Groundbreaking and 50th Anniversary of Joint FAO/IAEA Division

1 October 2014

On 29 September, the IAEA Nuclear Applications (NA) Laboratories in Seibersdorf saw a gathering of Ambassadors, Member State representatives and IAEA staff for the symbolic groundbreaking ceremony for the Renovation of the Nuclear Applications Laboratories (ReNuAL) project. Read More →

IAEA Hosts Event on Particle Radiotherapy for Improved Cancer Treatment

1 October 2014

As cancer is one of the leading global health issues, finding new treatments for the disease is a topic of great international interest. Read More →

IAEA Hosts Event on Particle Radiotherapy for Improved Cancer Treatment

29 September 2014

Good afternoon. I am very pleased to welcome you all to Seibersdorf. We are here for two important reasons. First, to conduct the symbolic groundbreaking for the renovation of the IAEA Nuclear Applications laboratories. And second, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture. Read More →

IAEA and FAO Honour Achievements in Radiation-Supported Plant Breeding

24 September 2014

Awards honouring teams of scientists who have helped increase food security by using radiation to breed better crop varieties were presented today by IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano. Read More →

Nuclear Sciences and Applications Activities at the 58th IAEA General Conference

22 September 2014

The exhibition "Nuclear Techniques for Development and Environmental Protection" will highlight the many ways nuclear sciences and applications are making a difference in the fields of food and agriculture, human health, water resources management, environment and industrial applications. Read More →

The Joint FAO-IAEA Division is supporting Member States to combat H7N9 avian influenza - a new avian influenza virus concern for Humans

10 September 2014

Avian Influenza, also known as “Avian Flu” or “Bird Flu” is caused by a virus that has a reservoir in wild birds. Usually, wild birds are resistant to the disease but do carry and secrete the virus, transmitting it to domesticated birds (chicken, duck, and turkey) that are susceptible and can become sick and die. Read More →

Renovation of the Nuclear Applications Laboratories

11 August 2014

The IAEA is unique in the UN family in having specialized laboratories that support its activities in the peaceful uses of nuclear technology. Read More →

HIV-Positive Mothers and Breastfeeding: Contribution of the IAEA

07 August 2014

Infants who are exclusively breastfed for the first six months of their lives are less likely to suffer from diarrhoea, pneumonia and malnutrition; have better, more resilient immune systems, and they are less prone to chronic diseases like obesity, diabetes and heart disease during adulthood. Read More →

Using Isotopic Techniques to Accurately Assess Exclusive Breastfeeding

01 August 2014

Nutrition plays a vital role in early child development. Good nutrition is vital for brain development and healthy growth, which in turn have long-term consequences for the child's capacity to learn at school and his/her abilities at work in adulthood. Read More →

SUPA BC - The Rice Variety with Benefits

15 July 2014

Whether boiled, fried, mixed with coconut milk or spiced with cloves, rice is a common feature at meal times in Zanzibar. Read More →

Food Made Safe by Irradiation Feeds Landslide Victims in Indonesia

03 July 2014

Residents of the remote Indonesian village of Cikadu saw their lifestyle swept away by a large landslide that struck 1 February 2014. The slide, which followed two months of rains, damaged almost 900 homes and displaced more than 2000 villagers. Read More →

Envisioning the Future

12 June 2014

Nuclear technology can be applied to almost all aspects of human development, from generating electricity to finding drinkable water, but arguably amongst its biggest and most important contributions has been to improve human health. Read More →

Dealing With the Threat of Ocean Acidification

10 June 2014

Ocean acidification (OA) could cost the world billions, and will most assuredly have a devastating impact on some marine species, especially those with shells and those near the bottom of marine food webs. Read More →

Sustained Collaboration Key to Ocean Health

06 June 2014

Despite serious threats to the oceans as a result of human activities, IAEA environmental expert David Osborn says he's optimistic about the future. Read More →

Solving the World's Big Problems with Nuclear Data

06 June 2014

Alan Nichols, Chair of the UK Nuclear Science Forum and Visiting Professor at both the University of Surrey, UK, and Manipal University, India, spoke to the IAEA's Sasha Henriques about the importance of comprehensive and credible nuclear data in solutions to the world's big problems. Read More →

IAEA Commemorates 50th Anniversary of IAEA Nuclear Data Section

02 June 2014

On 2 June 2014, the IAEA celebrates the 50th anniversary of the IAEA Nuclear Data Section (NDS) and the work undertaken in nuclear data collection for the benefit of its Member States in the peaceful uses of nuclear technology. Read More →

IAEA Hosts 30th Meeting of International Nuclear Data Committee

02 June 2014

The 30th meeting of the IAEA International Nuclear Data Committee (INDC) is taking place from 3 to 6 June 2014 at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna. Read More →

Technological Trail Blazing in Nuclear and Atomic Data

02 June 2014

As part of recognizing the 50th Anniversary of the IAEA Nuclear Data Section (NDS) on 2 June 2014, we decided to take a look into the past of this prolific IAEA Section. Read More →

Monitoring Health

30 May 2014

One of the growing challenges facing public health, is related to lifestyle factors, such as unhealthy diet and lack of physical activity. Read More →

IAEA Malnutrition Symposium Ends With Calls for Action

30 May 2014

Following four days of intense discussions and detailed presentations, the IAEA International Symposium on Understanding Moderate Malnutrition in Children for Effective Interventions came to a close on 29 May 2014. Read More →

Nutrition is Much More than Food

Story30 May 2014

While attending the IAEA International Symposium on Understanding Moderate Malnutrition in Children for Effective Interventions from 26 to 29 May 2014, Zulfiqar Bhutta spoke to the IAEA's Sasha Henriques about the ways social inequality affects nutrition. Read More →

Collaboration Key to Defeating Malnutrition

30 May 2014

During the IAEA International Symposium on Understanding Moderate Malnutrition in Children for Effective Interventions from 26 to 29 May 2014, Paluku Bahwere spoke to the IAEA's Sasha Henriques about the importance of communication and collaboration in nutrition research. Read More →

Better Answers to MAM's Key Questions

30 May 2014

During the IAEA International Symposium on Understanding Moderate Malnutrition in Children for Effective Interventions from 26 to 29 May 2014, Saskia de Pee spoke to the IAEA's Sasha Henriques about her hopes for the Symposium. Read More →

Embarking on Nuclear Science, Technology and Innovation

27 May 2014

In response to growing interest in establishing new national research reactors, the IAEA brought together 50 representatives from 30 Member States at a training workshop to explore such projects from multiple angles. Read More →

Collaboration and Capacity Building for Better Nutrition

27 May 2014

Finding intersectional, collaborative and evidence-based approaches to managing moderate malnutrition in children were among the key topics raised during the opening day of the IAEA International Symposium on Understanding Moderate Malnutrition in Children for Effective Interventions. Read More →

Good Nutrition is Essential for Good Health

21 May 2014

One of the most serious health problems facing the poorer countries is undernutrition, the single largest contributor of more than one third of all deaths of children under five years of age. Read More →

Tsetse Fly Genome Breakthrough: FAO and IAEA Crack the Code

09 May 2014

With the recent breakthrough in cracking the genome of the tsetse fly species Glossina morsitans, another milestone has been achieved in helping to solve a problem that has had horrendous ramifications for the African region. Read More →

OA-ICC Meeting at IAEA Environment Labs Fosters International Cooperation on Ocean Acidification Data Management

02 May 2014

The IAEA Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre (OA-ICC) organized an expert meeting on the management of ocean acidification biological response data at the IAEA Environment Laboratories in Monaco, 23-24 April 2014. Read More →

Nuclear Techniques to Fight Cancer: IAEA Experts at ESTRO 2014 Congress

29 April 2014

The IAEA participated in the 33rd Congress on Radiation Oncology, held in Vienna from 4 to 8 April 2014 and hosted by the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO), a leading European organization in the field of radiation oncology. Read More →

Tsetse Fly Genome Breakthrough Brings Hope for African Farmers

24 April 2014

Scientists have cracked the genetic code of the bloodsucking tsetse fly, prompting hope that the breakthrough will help future efforts to control one of the most devastating livestock diseases in sub-Saharan Africa spread by the insect. Read More →

Sharing the Science – National Liaison Officers Visit NA Laboratories in Seibersdorf

04 April 2014

On 13 March the Nuclear Sciences and Applications Laboratories in Seibersdorf hosted a group of recently-appointed National Liaison Officers and Assistants (NLOs and NLAs) from the Latin America and the Caribbean Region, to display first-hand the important role of the laboratories in delivering services to Member States and supporting capacity building through the IAEA’s technical cooperation programme. Read More →

Striking a Balance – Avoiding Excessive Vitamin A Intake

03 April 2014

In March, the IAEA brought together 20 scientists, nutritionists, academics, United Nations organizations and civil society representatives to address concerns associated with vitamin A status. Read More →

Delivering Results for Peace and Development

28 March 2014

A key IAEA mandate is "to accelerate and enlarge the contribution of atomic energy to peace, health and prosperity." The IAEA carries out this responsibility through research and development activities, coordinated research projects, and through its Technical Cooperation programme. View Photo Essay →

IAEA and Argonne National Laboratory Train Scientists on
State-of-the-Art Methods for Rapid Environmental Radioactivity Assessment

20 Mar 2014

For two weeks in March, 24 scientists representing laboratories in 21 countries learned state-of-the-art methods for precise and quick assessment of radionuclides in the environment. Read More →

Assessing Our Oceans

07 March 2014

A workshop recently held at the IAEA Environment Laboratories in Monaco provided an opportunity for marine experts to discuss recent scientific findings on a range of open ocean pollution topics. Read More →

We Need to Talk About Cancer: IAEA Commemorates World Cancer Day

3 February 2014

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will be convening a midday event on 4 February 2014 at its headquarters to mark World Cancer Day. Debunk the Myths, the theme of this year's World Cancer Day, aims to encourage greater public discussion of some of the pervasive myths surrounding cancer - that we don't need to talk about it, that there are no symptoms of cancer, that there's nothing we can do about it, or that people don't have the right to cancer care. Read More »

Nanoscience with a Big Impact: IAEA joins 3rd Nano Today Conference

14 January 2014

An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) representative from the Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications (NA) joined over 300 participants from 45 countries at the 3rd Nano Today Conference held from 8-11 December 2013 in Biopolis, Singapore. Read More »

PACT Plays Leading Role at International Cancer Control Congress

24 December 2013

Carrying a message about the need for collaboration and cooperation in implementing cancer control strategies worldwide, staff from the IAEA's Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT) participated in an important international conference on cancer control in Lima, Peru from 3-6 November 2013. Read More »

Pioneering Nuclear Science: The Discovery of Nuclear Fission

20 December 2013

"The pioneering work of Otto Hahn, Lise Meitner and Fritz Strassman was a crucial step in the long scientific journey that led to the development of nuclear technology as we understand it today." With these words, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano marked the 75th anniversary of the discovery of nuclear fission, celebrating the scientists who deduced the process upon which all nuclear technology depends. Read More »

Papua New Guinea Receives First IAEA imPACT Mission

11 December 2013

In 2012, a few months after becoming an IAEA Member State, Papua New Guinea requested an IAEA imPACT mission to assess the country's cancer control capacity and needs. Read More »

Uganda to host the VUCCnet Secretariat for Sub-Saharan Africa

11 December 2013

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), through its Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT) in cooperation with its international partners in cancer control and supported by the Roche African Research Foundation, launched, in 2010, an initiative to establish a Virtual University for Cancer Control supported by regional cancer training and mentorship networks in Sub Saharan Africa. Read More »

FAO and Indonesia to Collaborate on Nuclear Technology in Food and Agriculture

03 December 2013

FAO and Indonesia to collaborate on nuclear technology in food and agriculture: FAO and Indonesia will step up cooperation on the use of nuclear technology to improve food security and food safety after signing an agreement in Rome. The Agreement covers joint activities including techniques for improved seed varieties, food safety and insect pest control. Read More »

Using Nuclear Techniques to Understand Ocean Acidification

18 November 2013

Ocean acidification refers to a series of chemical changes in the ocean. Ocean water will become "corrosive" to organisms forming calcium-containing shells or skeletons (such as oysters, mussels and corals), and impair other biological processes, with potential ripple effects through marine ecosystems. Read More »

The Other CO2 Problem - IAEA Highlights Ocean Acidification at Climate Change Conference

18 November 2013

Often called "the other CO2 problem", 24 million tonnes of CO2 are absorbed by the oceans each day, or about a quarter of all CO2 emissions. In ocean water, CO2 is transformed into carbonic acid making the ocean's chemistry less hospitable for many forms of marine life. Read More »

Sharing Positive Experiences in Cancer Control in Latin America and the Caribbean Region

21 November 2013

On 31 October and 1 November 2013, Panama hosted the second meeting on cancer control challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean region. The meeting was organized by IAEA's Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT) with support from Division of Latin America of Technical Cooperation Department, in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO-WHO) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Read More »

IAEA imPACT Mission to Bangladesh Notes Country's Progress to Reduce its Cancer Burden and Expand Radiotherapy Services

21 November 2013

Bangladesh, the seventh most populous country in the world with over 150 million people, is perhaps best known for cycle-rickshaws in Dhaka and its passion for cricket. Read More »

IAEA and Rosatom Discuss Cooperation in Non-Power Nuclear Applications

19 November 2013

More than 20 Russian scientists, representatives of ten scientific institutions within the Rosatom State Nuclear Energy Corporation of the Russian Federation visited the IAEA and discussed possible cooperation with colleagues and experts from the Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications. Read More »

IAEA Showcases Work on Climate Change at Global Conference

12 November 2013

The role of nuclear energy in mitigating climate change and the role of nuclear technologies in protecting the environment, including the oceans, will be the focus of IAEA's outreach at the global climate change conference that began on 11 November 2013 in Warsaw, Poland. Read More »

Suppressing Tsetse Flies to Improve Lives

04 November 2013

Arba Minch, Ethiopia -- In the foothills of Ethiopia's Addo Malla Mountain, a young man guides a wooden plough pulled by two oxen over a rough field. He is preparing the land to grow maize. Read More »

imPACT Mission to Tunisia Finds Major Advances and Strong Commitment to Cancer Control

04 November 2013

Upon the request of the Minister of Health, Dr Abdellatif Mekki, the IAEA Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT) conducted a national cancer control assessment or imPACT mission in Tunisia from 7-11 October 2013. In collaboration with the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean, the team included international experts in the area of cancer control planning, prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment, and palliative care. Read More »

Battling Cardiovascular Disease with Nuclear Medicine

Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) kill more people globally than any other disease. Nuclear imaging technology plays an ever more central role in detecting these diseases early. It is used to improve "outcomes" for patients, meaning that early and precise disease diagnosis informs effective treatment and leads to a faster, more complete return to health. Read More »

Permanent Missions to the IAEA in Vienna visit the Environment Laboratories in Monaco

More than 11 representatives from ten Vienna-based Permanent Missions to the IAEA visited the IAEA Environmental laboratories in Monaco. They learned more about the labs' role in supporting Member States to better understand, monitor and protect the marine environment. Read More »

New Lifeline for Plants

Scientists are using seaweed, shrimp shells, sago starch, cassava starch, and palm oil to make products that increase plant growth rates, and either eliminate disease or reduce plants susceptibility to disease. By making use of these products, farmers can decrease their dependence on agro-chemicals, diminishing environmental stress and saving money. Read More »

An Ounce of Prevention

There are millions of tonnes of trash floating in the ocean, consisting mainly of plastic bags, plastic bottles, food wrappers/containers, and other disposable plastic items brought there from poorly managed landfills, ships, polluted rivers and streams. Marine animals either get entangled in this debris or ingest it, which can result in birth defects and death. Read More »

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. Read More »

One Ocean Under Threat

"We say oceans, but it is in fact one ocean, interconnected. These highly important ecosystems are under threat because of decades of overfishing, pollution, habitat destruction and unplanned coastal urban and industrial development," said David Osborn Read More »

Side event at GC57 discusses the innovative use of E-beam technology for waste water treatment

Wastewater is commonly treated with chemicals to destroy microbes. The chemicals remain in the treated water and are discharged to natural waters, where they may be hazardous and pose significant harm to the environment. Read More »

Marine Environments under Growing Pressure

Experts from around the world gathered for the first day of the two-day Scientific Forum of the IAEA's 57th General Conference in Vienna, Austria, to discuss the pressing issue of ocean acidification, and nuclear applications for a sustainable marine environment. Read More »

IAEA Conducts 25th imPACT Mission in Africa to Botswana

Upon the request of Botswana's Minister of Health, Rev. Dr. John Seakgosin, the IAEA's Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT) conducted a national cancer control assessment mission (imPACT Review) in the country from 26 to 30 August 2013. The imPACT Review mission was comprised of a team of internationally renowned cancer control experts that visited several institutions involved in providing cancer care. Read More »

Scientific Forum: The Blue Planet - Nuclear Applications for a Sustainable Marine Environment

The Scientific Forum on The Blue Planet: Nuclear Applications for a Sustainable Marine Environment opened yesterday at the IAEA in Vienna. The two-day Forum focuses on protecting and preserving the coastal regions and the marine environment. Nuclear and isotopic techniques make an important contribution to improving our understanding of the challenges that threaten the health of our oceans. For explanation of the science behind the techniques, take a look at the Keeping the Planet Blue film. Read More »

Nuclear Sciences and Applications Activities at the 57th IAEA General Conference

As delegates of IAEA Member States from around the world make their way to Vienna for the Agency's 57th General Conference, preparations are underway to highlight the IAEA's accomplishments in 2013 as well as draw attention to plans for the future. Read More »

IAEA and FAO Help Member States Detect Deadly Avian Influenza

A deadly form of "bird 'flu'", the H7N9 Avian Influenza A virus, was detected in four provinces of eastern China, where it has infected 135 people, and 44 of the infected individuals have died in the course of the past five months. These incidents are of particular importance, since it is the first time that this subtype of the Avian Influenza A virus has been verifiably transmitted from infected poultry to humans. Read More »

Light at the End of a Tunnel: IAEA Contributes to the Global Fight to Stop a Wheat Killer

In eastern Africa and the Middle East, a wheat killing fungus, called Ug 99, that causes the wheat stem rust disease, is spreading across arable land at an alarming rate, rapidly destroying wheat fields, reducing harvest yields, literally devouring wheat farmers' livelihoods, and threatening food security. Read More »

IAEA Helps Train African Cancer Control Workforce

There is a drastic shortage of accessible knowledge and quality training programmes in Africa for comprehensive cancer control. The local capacity to train and mentor practitioners within the region is not sufficient to ensure sustainable cancer control and to counter the effects of brain drain in this field of expertise. Combined with a lack of financial resources, this scarcity of training opportunities has resulted in a great shortage of trained professionals in health care, particularly in cancer control and treatment. Read More »

Technical cooperation helps to improve cancer care capacities in Yemen

To increase the availability and accessibility of cancer care in the country, the government of Yemen is now planning the construction of the first oncology centre in the seaport city of Aden, with the help of the IAEA’s technical cooperation programme. Read More »

IAEA/PACT Assesses Cameroon's Cancer Control Capacity and Needs

In common with the majority of African countries, Cameroon faces a growing number of cancer cases, estimated to rise from almost 12 000 in 2008 to more than 20 000 cases by 2030 (GLOBOCAN, 2008). Breast and cervical cancers account for more than half of cancers among women, while prostate and liver comprise more than a third of cancers for men. Read More »

SAGNA Members Visit Nuclear Applications Laboratories in Seibersdorf

During their visit to Seibersdorf, members of the Standing Advisory Committee on Nuclear Applications (SAGNA), toured the eight laboratories and spoke with the scientists about their work and future plans. Read More »

A Solid Marriage

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General Graziano da Silva have reaffirmed both their organisations' commitment to the Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture. Read More »

PACT Concludes Weeklong Mission on Cancer Control in Cambodia

As in many other low and middle-income countries, the number of people who contract cancer is rapidly increasing in Cambodia. To assess the country's needs and current cancer control capacity, the Cambodian Ministry of Health requested the IAEA to undertake a week-long Expert Mission. Read More »

IAEA Works with Cuba to Ensure Good Manufacturing Practices of Medical Radiopharmaceuticals

Scientists at CENTIS have participated in several IAEA technical cooperation projects aimed at introducing diagnostic and therapeutic radiopharmaceuticals in Cuba and establishing a national production of Molybdenum-99/Technetium-99m generators, used in the preparation of Tc-99m diagnostic agents. Read More »

Assessing Opportunities for Cancer Control in Europe

At the end of May, the IAEA brought together representatives from 18 of the IAEA's and WHO's European Member States to discuss national cancer control progress and opportunities for further development and implementation of national cancer control plans. Read More »

Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Environmental Monitoring

A demonstration of the capabilities of an unmanned aerial vehicle, or drone, was held at IAEA headquarters in Vienna as part of a consultant's meeting to use such a system in rapid environmental monitoring. Read More »

Senior European Officials Visit IAEA Labs in Seibersdorf

Ambassadors and other diplomats of European Union (EU) countries, senior European Commission (EC) staff and Ambassador Györgyi Martin Martin Zanathy, the Head of the EU Delegation in Vienna, convened at the IAEA Laboratories in Seibersdorf, Austria, to receive in-depth briefings on the science conducted there and on the IAEA's plans for modernisation of the laboratories on 14 May 2013. Read More »

The Joint FAO-IAEA Division is supporting Member States to combat H7N9 avian influenza - a new avian influenza virus concern for Humans

Since 31 March 2013, an H7N9 avian influenza A virus has been detected in four provinces of eastern China, the first time this subtype has been found in humans. The Joint FAO-IAEA Division’s Animal Production and Health Laboratory (APHL) is investigating the use and adaptability of early and rapid molecular diagnostic technologies to identify poultry that are infected or that carry the H7N9 virus. Read More »

Saving Lives in Cuba with Nuclear Cardiology

Cardiac diseases are growing as the leading cause of death around the world. Cuba is no exception. Through a decade long cooperation with the IAEA, the National Institute of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery in Havana is working to combat heart disease in Cuba. Read More »

United Nations Secretary General Commends Work Done at IAEA Environmental Laboratories in Monaco

During an official visit to the Principality of Monaco, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, paid a visit to the IAEA’s Environment Laboratories. As the only marine laboratories in the UN system, these facilities play an important role in improving global understanding of marine processes, including ocean acidification. Read More »

Water Cooperation for Peace and Development: The International Celebration of World Water Day 2013

On the occasion of World Water Day, 22 March, the IAEA participated in the International Celebration of World Water Day 2013 On Water Cooperation, in The Hague, The Netherlands. The celebration provided an opportunity for experts from international organizations, NGOs, the private sector and academia to come together to identify and discuss solutions to the water challenges of the future. Read More »

GC 56 Comes to a Close

After five days of deliberations and side events, the 200 delegations to the IAEA’s 56th General Conference have departed the Vienna International Centre. The General Conference, held from 17 to 21 September, was attended by more than 3 000 representatives from Member States, observer countries, United Nations and specialized agencies, IGOs and NGOs, each seeking to learn more about the IAEA and its work in furthering the peaceful use of nuclear technology. Read More »

US Secretary of Energy visits Seibersdorf Labs

During his participation in the IAEA Scientific Forum “Food for the Future”, US Secretary of Energy and Nobel Laureate, Steven Chu, visited the IAEA’s nuclear applications laboratories in Seibersdorf. The visit, led by the Director of the IAEA Division of Physical and Chemical Sciences, took Mr Chu to eight of the Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications’ laboratories. The agenda incorporated many diverse areas relating to food and agriculture, environmental monitoring and assessment, physics and human health. Read More »

56th General Conference: Side Events Highlight the Importance of Nuclear Sciences and Applications

During the 56th IAEA General Conference, five side events were held to highlight the innovative work of the IAEA’s Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications. The events, on topics such as human health, cancer control, the Seibersdorf Laboratories, isotope hydrology and sustainable development informed Member States of the services provided by the Department and the new approaches and techniques being developed by IAEA scientists. Read More »

Side event at the GC56: ‘Nuclear Technology for a Sustainable Future’

On 20 September 2012, the IAEA Departments of Nuclear Energy, Nuclear Sciences and Applications and Technical Cooperation held a joint side event at the 56th IAEA General Conference, entitled Nuclear Technology for a Sustainable Future. The side event presented the role of science and technology in sustainable development and discussed the IAEA’s participation in the United Nations Rio+20 Conference, as well as its role in the post-Millennium Development Goals (MDG) agenda. In addition, the IAEA’s new Ocean Acidification Centre was presented as an example of how the IAEA is contributing to sustainable development through nuclear technology. Read More »

EXPO 2012: IAEA Raising Awareness to Preserve our Oceans for the Future

The world’s oceans, home to 80% of biodiversity on earth, are increasingly impacted by rising temperature and acidification, oxygen depletion, continued pollution and over-exploitation. Currently, heightened levels of CO₂ are causing the oceans to absorb an unbalanced amount of carbon, millions of tons of oil are reaching the sea each year and about 70% of the world’s fisheries are considered as “fully-“ or “over-exploited”. As coastal zones support approximately 60% of the global human population, the importance of maintaining healthy and prosperous oceans is paramount. Read More »

IAEA and FAO Strengthen Food Security Partnership

In a meeting at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna on 15 August 2012, Yukiya Amano, IAEA Director General, and José Graziano da Silva, FAO Director General, agreed to further strengthen the long-standing IAEA/FAO partnership, which helps developing countries use nuclear techniques to improve food security. The Directors General agreed to support a joint proposal for the IAEA to become a member of the United Nations Secretary-General's High-Level Task Force on the Global Food Security Crisis. Read More »

Director General Visits International Nuclear Fusion Project Headquarters

“Nuclear fusion holds the promise of an inexhaustible, clean and safe source of energy,” said the IAEA Director General, Yukiya Amano, during a 6 July 2012 visit to ITER Headquarters in Cadarache, France. The DG furthermore stressed that the IAEA “directly supports research through Coordinated Research Programmes and the provision of nuclear data”. ITER, a project shared by China, the European Union, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Russia and the United States, is constructing the world’s largest fusion reactor experiment in order to demonstrate fusion’s commercial viability. The IAEA has supported ITER as a collaborative research project since its inception in 1985, and the Agency continues to support worldwide fusion and plasma physics through the publication of a leading scientific journal and the organization of the biennial Fusion Energy Conference, which will next be held 8-13 October 2012 in San Diego, USA. Read More »

50th Anniversary of the IAEA’s Nuclear Sciences and Applications Laboratories in Seibersdorf

This year the IAEA’s nuclear sciences and applications laboratories in Seibersdorf commemorate 50 years of dedicated support to Member States in their efforts to address developmental needs through the peaceful uses of nuclear science and technology. With the changing nature of the nuclear applications landscape, the need and expectation for national and international organizations to cooperate in nuclear research and technology transfer has increased. Read More »

IAEA Signs Memorandum of Understanding with BIPM, Honouring 50 Years of Cooperation

On 25 June, the IAEA and the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM) marked a milestone in their over 50 years of mutual cooperation in the field of metrology by signing a Memorandum of Understanding at the IAEA Headquarters in Vienna. The event further strengthened what has been a long and productive relationship, as well as paved a new path for opportunities for collaboration in the future. Read More »

BERM 13 and IAEA Reference Materials: Facilitating International Cooperation in the Scientific Community

One of the IAEA’s roles in facilitating the peaceful applications of nuclear technology around the world is to ensure that laboratories in Member States are able to share scientific knowledge and resources effectively. In order for analytical data to be comparable and reliable between laboratories in different countries, it is vital that everyone follow the same universally accepted system of units. Read More »

Telemedicine in Africa: Connecting Professionals in the Fight against Cancer

Delegates from African Member States recently gathered in Vienna to participate in an IAEA technical meeting aimed at setting-up a telemedicine network for radiation oncology consultation in Africa. A telemedicine network allows health professionals to communicate through interactive audio-visual media, allowing parties on either end to rapidly share information regardless of where they are. Read More »

The IAEA at Rio+20: Nuclear Technology for a Sustainable Future

Nuclear technologies are used daily to find and protect sustainable sources of fresh water, produce energy and food, while providing researchers the tools to study the ocean’s past and predict its future. Download Brochure

CRPs and TCs: IAEA’s Delivery Mechanisms for Nuclear Applications

In order to assist Member States in planning for and using nuclear science and technology for peaceful purposes, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) plans, implements and manages Coordinated Research Projects (CRPs) and Technical Cooperation Projects, both of which are essential for the IAEA to foster collaboration between Member States and improve nuclear techniques worldwide. Read More »

The IAEA’s Nuclear Spectrometry Laboratory: Developing Cutting-Edge Technologies for the Past, Present and Future

If human civilization is to make sustainable progress, it is essential that we better understand the ecological impact of our actions. While globalization has opened up the path of rapid industrialization to many developing countries, it is now necessary for the international community to step back and ensure that this path is not only heading in the right direction, but that the tracks left behind are not causing too much damage.
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Analytical Laboratories Contribute to Food Safety in Latin America and the Caribbean Region

6 Dec 2012 -- A weeklong final coordination meeting on assessing the impact of pesticides on food and the environment concluded with a high-level meeting in San Jose, Costa Rica last week. Government representatives from Brazil, Ecuador and El Salvador joined the Costa Rican Minister of Science and Technology, the Vice-president of the University of Costa Rica and IAEA officials. Read More »

IAEA Workshop on Monte Carlo Method in Medical Physics Attracts Participants from Around the World

On 17 – 28 October, medical physicists, scientists and engineers from around the world convened in Trieste Italy to participate in one of the largest IAEA workshops that’s ever been held. The workshop on “Monte Carlo Radiation Transport and Associated Data Needs for Medical Applications,” which was held at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), constituted a unique opportunity for participants to gain extensive and up-to-date training on the use and understanding of cutting edge techniques for medical physics applications. Read More »

Preserving the Past for a Stronger Future: Nuclear Techniques for Cultural Heritage Research

At the mouth of the Amazon River, 1500 years before Europeans arrived in South America, there emerged one of the most intriguing indigenous societies of the Americas, the Marajoaras. An exuberant and aesthetically driven culture, they are known for their pottery, which—both highly complex in form and decoration—has been studied intensively since the 19th century in relation to vessel function, production processes and style. Read More »

Addressing the Water Shortage with Electron Beam Wastewater Treatment

As the population of the world continues to grow, so does industrialization and urbanization, creating a global community that relies on enormous amounts of water and resulting in waste water containing a variety of contaminants. Nature alone used to be able to clean the water, but not anymore. The steady discharge of toxic substances into the world’s ecosystems has made it impossible for water to be naturally recycled in rivers and aquifers. With a lack of clean, accessible water in both arid and semi-arid climates, we are now facing a global crisis of water supply. Read More »

Exclusive Breastfeeding for a Healthy Start in Life

“Breastfeeding provides an excellent start of life for newborn babies,” says Lena Davidsson, an expert in nutrition from the IAEA’s Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications, “and with exclusive breastfeeding during the first 6 months of life, infants are given the best opportunity to grow and develop normally, regardless of where they live.” The WHO and UNICEF have recommended that women practice exclusive breastfeeding—which means that women feed their children only human milk—from birth up to six months of age. Much of the IAEA’s work in nutrition involves feeding infants and young children. In many countries, these projects focus on breastfeeding by HIV infected mothers and therefore deal with the complex issues related to transmission of the HIV virus via human milk. Read More »

Human Health Campus Goes Mobile

On Thursday, 22 September of the 55th IAEA General Conference, a special side event was held to introduce the mobile version of the distance learning tool developed by the IAEA, called the Human Health campus. In addition to being available online for desktop computer users, those with a smart phone will now have access to a wide variety of learning material in radiation medicine including nuclear medicine, oncology, medical physics, radiopharmacy and nutrition, all essential in the global fight against cancer and other non-communicable diseases. Read More »

A World Free from Rinderpest

On Tuesday, 20 September, a special Rinderpest Freedom Celebration was held to bring together some of the key players that contributed to this great feat, and gave them the opportunity to share what the experience means to them. By some estimates, the eradication has left Africa an annual economic benefit of around US$920 million. FAO Deputy Director General Ann Tutwiler opened the event and commented on how the eradication of rinderpest is evidence of the power of international cooperation. Read More »

Helping To Feed the World with Nuclear Techniques

At the IAEA 55th General Conference, the Division of Food and Agriculture distributed banana plantlets to conference participants in order to draw attention to their recent work in the field of plant breeding and genetics. Those who attended the giveaway had the opportunity to sit and talk directly with experts from the IAEA Plant Breeding and Genetics Laboratory to learn more about the important role of nuclear techniques for sustainable food security. Read More »

Efforts to Ensure Sustainable Supply of Medical Isotopes: Molybdenum-99

At the IAEA 55th General Conference a special side event on radioisotopes was held to allow conference participants to gather additional information and talk directly to experts from the IAEA working in this field. By bridging the gaps between businesses, science and medical expertise, the IAEA General Conference was a pivotal opportunity for new ideas to be shared and put to use. Read More »

Helping to Improve Africa’s Health Care Work Force with VUCCnet

The IAEA’s Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT) was created in 2004 to confront the cancer crisis in the developing world by facilitating the transfer of technology and expertise in radiation therapy and nuclear medicine. At the IAEA 55th General Conference, PACT will host a special side event to recap the progress it has made in past couple years, highlighting its most recent successes while also discussing challenges for the future. Read More »

Understanding the Water Below Our Feet

Two billion people are dependent on groundwater moving under our feet and between borders, the amount of which is estimated to be as much as 10.5 million km3 worldwide; 99% of the world’s accessible fresh water is under the earth. In the 20th century, the human population has tripled and fresh water consumption has risen six-fold. According to the World Water Vision Unit of the World Water Council, if water is not more efficiently used, approximately half the world’s population will soon live in high water stress regions, where agricultural, industrial, and domestic users compete. Read More »

Battling Bugs - IAEA Pest Eradication Work Boosts Guatemalan Produce Exports

The IAEA, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), helped deploy sterile insect technology (SIT), a nuclear application, to assist in curbing Guatemala's fruit fly population, thereby providing a host of new jobs and at least doubling, over four years, export earnings from non-traditional agricultural export crops of tomatoes, bell peppers and papaya. Read More »

IAEA Dosimetry Laboratory Celebrates 50 Years of Work in Medical Dosimetry

This year, the IAEA commemorates the 50th anniversary of its Dosimetry Laboratory in Seibersdorf, Austria, which has played an integral role in improving the consistency of dosimetry used in radiation medicine and other applications of ionizing radiation worldwide. Dosimetry is a precise art of measurement to determine the dose--or the amount of radiation energy-- deposited in a unit mass of matter, such as the cancer cells of a cancer patient. By improving dosimetry measurements around the world, the IAEA helps to ensure that cancer patients treated with radiation beams receive the correct doses, no matter where in the world they are being treated. Read More »

What is Dosimetry and Why is it Important for Cancer Treatment?

Whether weighing out apples at the supermarket or medication at the drug store, accurate measurements are important in everyday life. The decisions we make depend on the amount we buy--or rather the measured weight--of the product. While an error of a few percent may not be of grave concern when buying fruits and vegetables, when it comes to medical treatment for disease it is certainly necessary to be precise. But, what if the thing we are measuring is completely invisible? Ionizing radiation, which can be used to treat cancer by destroying harmful cells but is completely undetectable by human senses, requires the utmost care in ensuring it is accurately measured. Otherwise, too little or too much radiation can be harmful to the cancer patient that is being treated. Read More »

Rinderpest No More - IAEA in Global Partnership to Eradicate Rinderpest

For centuries, rinderpest, a highly contagious viral disease afflicting cattle, buffalo, yak and several wildlife species, caused immense livestock losses and crushing economic damage. Once common in Africa, the Indian Subcontinent and the Middle East, rinderpest, or cattle plague, has now been eradicated worldwide, as officially declared on 25 May by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) in Paris. Read More »

Committed to Fight Cancer

At the IAEA´s annual commemoration of World Cancer Day, held at the IAEA´s headquarters in Vienna on 7 February 2011, Director General Yukiya Amano took stock of his prioritization of cancer control in developing countries during 2010, his first year as IAEA Director General. With seven of ten cancer deaths occurring today in the developing world, he noted that awareness of the growing cancer epidemic in developing countries is steadily increasing, yet much must be done to combat the disease. Read More »

IAEA helps to improve the productivity of cattle, camels and yaks in Mongolia through better nutrition and reproductive management

The livestock sector is the main pillar of the economy in Mongolia which, in addition to providing export products, provides food, clothing and shelter. The livestock sector employs 30 percent of Mongolians and is a core survival strategy for nomadic families that rely entirely on pastureland livestock herding. In 2009 there were 43.4 million heads of livestock in Mongolia or 0.3 million camels, 2.2 million horses, 2.5 million cattle, 18.4 million sheep and 20 million goats. However, there is large variation in animal numbers from year to year because of the death of millions of animals each year due to harsh climatic conditions. Read More »

Water Resources and Livestock: An increasing constraint

Global warming is causing serious deleterious effects to the environment. The maintenance of stable water temperature in oceans, lakes, and rivers is extremely important for aquatic animals as small temperature variations can affect feed availability, egg hatchability, and survival; furthermore, elevated ambient temperatures prompt higher water consumption in humans and all terrestrial animals.

Changes in the hydrological cycle may cause more water to be deposited in the oceans at some periods of the year and an increased scarcity of water in others, while accelerated melting of glaciers and increasing use of fossil water will lead to severe shortages of water that will affect millions of people in the mid-term future unless governments jointly agree on and implement appropriate measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere. Read More »

The Agency supports portable diagnostic devices to enhance "at-source" control of transboundary animal diseases

Molecular genetic testing plays a vital role in safeguarding public health – from diagnosing disease to monitoring for pathogens with pandemic potential; from detecting potential bioterrorism threats to safeguarding the food supply via crop and farm animal surveillance. Meanwhile, government agencies like the US Public Health Service and CDC, WHO and medical, emergency response and agriculture professionals are struggling to keep up with increasing demands of testing to ascertain safety and security. Finite financial resources, a shortfall in qualified technical personnel and time-consuming test technologies restricted to specially equipped laboratories have created an environment of need poorly served by the solutions currently available. Read More »

Poland's Institute of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology (INCT), in Warsaw, is the IAEA's newest Collaborating Centre

"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. Read More » on Collaborating Centres