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9 July 2015

Radiation Sciences: The IAEA focuses on better Education Programmes

Participants of the meeting 'Enhancing Education Programmes on Radiation Sciences in Cooperation with IAEA Collaborating Centres’

Participants of the meeting 'Enhancing Education Programmes on Radiation Sciences in Cooperation with IAEA Collaborating Centres’

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.

This week, nineteen international experts have gathered at a meeting organized by the IAEA’s Division of Physical and Chemical Sciences to review the status of the regular courses and initiatives proposed at the Universities in the Member States in radiation sciences and technology. The meeting, entitled ‘Enhancing Education Programmes on Radiation Sciences in Cooperation with IAEA Collaborating Centres’, is reviewing the present status of education on radiation sciences in Member States and the assistance the IAEA is providing their institutions. Discussions are focussing on analysis of solutions, future actions and implementation plans for better training courses and cost effectives methodologies, such as e-learning modules for online training materials, with special emphasis on the role of IAEA Collaborating Centres

The IAEA has been supporting Member States to utilize radiation-based technologies for many different applications ranging from sterilization of single-use medical products to development of advanced materials for applications in medicine, agriculture and environmental remediation. Through Technical Cooperation and Regional Cooperation Projects, the work of the Agency enables Member States to build necessary infrastructure as well as human capacity to meet the challenges of development and deployment of processes and products based on radiation technologies.

IAEA Coordinated Research Projects, meanwhile, provide fertile ground for bringing together scientists from developing and developed countries to jointly focus on well-defined areas of research and exchange of knowledge, experience and ideas on emerging technologies. IAEA publications, guidelines and training modules complement these efforts.

So far, these projects and programmes have played a key role in the successful adoption of radiation technologies by the Member States and their accompanying socio-economic benefits. However, the potential of the technology still remains to be fully realized, as well as continued development and availability of a reservoir of adequately qualified personnel in radiation technology techniques. These areas will require continued focus to help ensure the sustained and enhanced growth of radiation processing technologies in the future.

More information on radiation technologies can be found here.

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