The ReNuAL Project
The eight Nuclear Applications Laboratories in Seibersdorf are unique in the United Nations system. They address fundamental global challenges such as food security and safety, climate change, cancer, environmental monitoring and emergency response through research and development, training and the provision of analytical services.
The Nuclear Applications laboratories have not received a comprehensive renovation or significant upgrading of equipment since their establishment in 1962. As a result, the laboratory buildings are generally in suboptimal condition, space is limited and much of the equipment requires replacing or modernizing.
Accordingly, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano has launched a project entitled, the Renovation of the Nuclear Applications Laboratories (ReNuAL). The project’s objective is to deliver efficient, fit-for-purpose laboratories able to share the benefits of nuclear sciences and applications with Member States.
The ReNuAL project formally commenced on 1 January 2014 with a target budget of €31 million to be reached through a mixture of IAEA regular budget and extra-budgetary funds. The project plan consists of new building construction, the renovation of existing buildings, the acquisition of new laboratory equipment to replace aging instruments, and infrastructure upgrades. The project is scheduled for completion in December 2017.