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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. “The respective labs’ contribution to crop improvement, the eradication of rinderpest, ensuring proper dosimetry training and quality assurance of radiotherapy equipment, and development of isotope reference standards for environmental monitoring are only a few examples of the difference the labs make in developing Member States,” said SAGNA Chairperson, Mr Krishna Sainis, Director of the Bio-Medical Group at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre in Mumbai, India. “To ensure continued support in the future, it is time to review and upgrade the facilities and the equipment to support the Agency’s core function and capacity building in Member States. SAGNA is fully supportive of proposed modernization of the existing NA laboratories in response to the Member States’ GC resolution on the subject,” concluded Mr Sainis.

During their annual week-long meeting in June, SAGNA reviewed the work of the Department of Nuclear Sciences and Application, and its programmatic priorities in the areas of food and agriculture, human health, water resources, the environment, radioisotope production and radiation technology. They discussed these in detail and the Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy during the thematic break-out sessions, which helped them formulate their recommendations for the Department and its future direction.

In the concluding session of the meeting, SAGNA presented its findings and recommendations to IAEA senior management. Daud Mohamad, Deputy Director General and Head of the Department for Nuclear Sciences and Applications, who had himself served on SAGNA from 2008-2010, thanked the participants “SAGNA’s recommendations go beyond the Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications as a large part of our activities is directly related to the delivery of the Agency’s technical cooperation programme.”

Currently, there are 22 members of SAGNA from IAEA Member States and three observers from the Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Health Organization and the International Centre for Theoretical Physics.





Background

The IAEA's Standing Advisory Group for Nuclear Applications (SAGNA) advises the IAEA Director General on the Agency’s activities related to nuclear applications in food and agriculture, human health, water resources, the environment, radioisotope production and radiation technology. SAGNA has about 20 members including the Chairman who come from various backgrounds, serve in their personal capacity and are appointed by the Director General. They are recognized experts in the area of nuclear sciences and applications and are drawn from national authorities, nuclear research and technological centres, academic institutions and the nuclear industry.

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