IAEA Hosts International Experts' Meeting on Radiation Protection after the Fukushima Accident
17 February 2014
17 February 2014| An IAEA International Experts' Meeting (IEM) on Radiation Protection after the Fukushima Daiichi Accident - Promoting Confidence and Understanding, began today in Vienna.
During the week-long meeting, experts on radiation protection will discuss such topics such as the management of radiation exposures, potential health effects from the March 2011 accident at TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, land management and public communication. Lessons from past accidents will also be reviewed.
The meeting will focus on the following areas:
- Key radiation protection issues to be addressed by the international community;
- Long-term strategies in response to nuclear or radiological accidents;
- Assistance for IAEA Member States in reviewing and updating their radiation protection programmes as appropriate; and
- Support for the IAEA's work in the area of radiation protection.
Organisers made a concerted effort to attract young professionals to the meeting as plans that are developed today will be implemented by future generations. Almost 40 of the about 250 participants are young scientists. Participants represent 75 IAEA Member States and 12 international organisations.
The meeting is closed to the media. A formal report will be published after the meeting; presentations delivered at the IEM will also be made available on the IAEA website.
The meeting is part of a series of expert meetings held in connection with the implementation of the IAEA Action Plan on Nuclear Safety, which defines a programme of work to strengthen the nuclear safety framework worldwide in light of the March 2011 accident at TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. The Plan was endorsed by the IAEA's General Conference in September 2011. One of the Plan's 12 main actions is "Protection of people and the environment from ionizing radiation."
Denis Flory, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Nuclear Safety and Security, and meeting Chair, Sigurdur Magnusson, Director of Iceland's Radiation Safety Authority, will hold a News Conference after the closing of the meeting, at about 12:30 on Friday, 21 February 2014, in Boardroom A of the Vienna International Centre's M-Building. The News Conference will be streamed live online and available for downloading afterwards. Please note that this is a view-only channel.
All journalists are requested to inform the IAEA Press Office of their plans to attend. Journalists with permanent credentials to the VIC need no additional credentials. Others should contact Ms. Jayne Stinger for accreditation. Please email IAEA Press Office; tel: [+43-1] 2600-21279 or [43-1] 2600-21273.
Reports from earlier International Experts' Meetings:
- IAEA Report on Decommissioning and Remediation After a Nuclear Accident, September 2013
- IAEA Report on Preparedness and Response for a Nuclear or Radiological Emergency in Light of Accident at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, September 2013
- IAEA Report on Strengthening Nuclear Regulatory Effectiveness in Light of Accident at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, September 2013
- IAEA Report on Protection Against Extreme Earthquakes and Tsunamis in Light of Accident at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (4-7 September 2012), December 2012
- IAEA Report on Enhancing Transparency and Communication Effectiveness in Event of a Nuclear or Radiological Emergency (18-22 June 2012), November 2012
- IAEA Report on Reactor and Spent Fuel Safety in Light of Accident at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (19-22 March 2012), November 2012