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Photo Essays

In June 2014, the IAEA helped Montenegro to prepare over 90 radioactive sources for safe and secure storage. These sealed sources were contained in devices that were used primarily for lightning rods.

9 September 2014

Conditioning of Radioactive Sources in Montenegro - IAEA Mission in June 2014
In Zanzibar agriculture is the main source of income for around 70 percent of the population.

15 July 2014

IAEA Helps Zanzibar to Improve Rice Varieties
Nuclear forensics is an important tool in the fight against illicit trafficking of nuclear and other radioactive material and assists authorities if a law has been broken.

7 July 2014

Nuclear Forensics in Action
Uranium, the raw material for today's nuclear fuel, must be processed through a series of steps to produce fuel for generating electricity.

23 June 2014

Where is Uranium Found and How is it Processed for Nuclear Energy?
In the early years of the IAEA, the need for accurate, scientific data to support the work of this Agency quickly became apparent.

2 June 2014

Nuclear Data Section (NDS) Through the Years
Data are distinct pieces of information that represent the values of various scientific quantities.

2 June 2014

The Many Applications of Nuclear Data
The nuclear field relies heavily on competent, specialized, highly trained and motivated managers and personnel for its safety, sustainability and high levels of performance. The IAEA helps Member States develop the required human resources to support operating, new and expanding nuclear power programmes, and organizes numerous capacity building and training events each year.

9 May 2014

Human Resource Development for Nuclear Power Programmes: Capacity Building and Sustaining Capacity
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.

28 March 2014

IAEA Technical Cooperation - Applying Nuclear Techniques for Socioeconomic Development
Over the past ten years there has been a fifty percent increase in cancer cases in Viet Nam. The IAEA is supporting the country in its efforts to combat the disease.

3 February 2014

Coping with Cancer - Viet Nam's Story
The IAEA is supporting 14 African countries in their efforts to combat the tsetse fly using the Sterile Insect Technique (SIT). One of these countries is Ethiopia. This photo essay focuses on the country's ongoing tsetse eradication project.

4 November 2013

Eradicating Flies to Improve Lives - IAEA Helps Countries in Africa to Combat Tsetse Fly
The IAEA has published advice in the form of safety standards and guidance that aim to prevent accidents and outline how to best prepare for and respond to them to reduce the harm they could cause. It also holds meetings and conducts exercises and workshops to strengthen these preparedness and response efforts.

28 October 2013

Be Prepared
Non-invasive (non-radioactive) nuclear isotopic techniques are being used by nutrition scientists around the world to tackle obesity by measuring how much people move and how often.

11 October 2013

Eat. Play. Go! Using Nuclear Science to Tackle Obesity
Breastfed children are more resistant to disease and infection as opposed to formula-fed children. They are also less likely to develop diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer later in life. With guidance from the IAEA, countries like the African nation of Morocco are using nuclear techniques to guide national efforts to promote exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of a baby's life.

11 October 2013

It's Better for Babies - Nuclear Techniques Help Guide Global Efforts to Increase Breastfeeding
Iron deficiency is serious business, causing a host of health problems in the tiniest of us (foetuses) up to the oldest of us. Nuclear techniques, particularly the use of stable isotopes, are helping scientists and governments gauge the effectiveness of programmes designed to eliminate iron deficiency in vulnerable populations.

11 October 2013

Combatting Iron Deficiency in Morocco
In Asia and the Pacific, polymers are being used to create products that boost agricultural productivity. Nuclear scientists in Vietnam are using natural polymers (like the chitin that makes up the shells of crabs, shrimp, and other crustaceans) to make sprays and additives that prevent and cure plant diseases and promote plant growth.

25 September 2013

Starch, Seaweed and Shrimp Shells - Gifts to Agriculture
In Vietnam and other countries, radiation is used to modify natural polymers to create useful, specialized products like super water absorbents that can keep and release water at a slow rate, thus enhancing agricultural productivity.

16 August 2013

Save Money, Water, the Environment - Benefits of Natural Polymers
The small ex-Soviet republic of Moldova has been working closely with the IAEA since 2009 to strengthen its nuclear security capabilities. The Agency has provided advice and planning support, training for emergency and law enforcement services and technical equipment to help detect illicitly trafficked radioactive materials. Moldova now has the know-how to run its own training exercises, and contributes trainers for IAEA-run courses elsewhere.

2 July 2013

Practice Makes Perfect: Moldova Tests Its Nuclear Security Response
The possibility that nuclear or other radioactive material could be used for malicious purposes is real.

1 July 2013

IAEA Nuclear Security: Working to Build a Global Response to a Global Threat
The devices had been in storage at the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI) in Manila. For safety and security reasons they needed to be 'conditioned'. This means they are properly isolated from the environment and secured against loss and theft. If disused sources are not properly stored they can be a threat to human health and the environment and pose a security risk.

22 May 2013

Nuclear Security in Action: Mobile Hot Cell in Manila
Modern life just wouldn't be the same without firm and ripe imported fruits, frozen pizza or überclean medical tools. All thanks to dosimetry!

25 April 2013

Just The Right Amount: Using Dosimetry to Measure Absorbed Radiation
When IAEA Safety Standards and experience come together - Strengthening the Nuclear Regulatory Framework through IRRS Missions.

9 April 2013

Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS)
Under its legal Safeguards Agreements with States, the IAEA safeguards inspectors help verify that nuclear materials are used solely for peaceful purposes. This photo essay illustrates a typical inspection routine at a nuclear power facility.

15 March 2013

Safeguards Inspectors in Action: Behind the Scenes at Dukovany Nuclear Power Plant
Two years after the accident at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, work continues to ensure the damaged units remain stable and to prepare for the long and challenging task of decommissioning.

11 March 2013

Fukushima Daiichi: Two Years On
'Unless we take urgent action, by 2030 over 13 million people will die from cancer every year. The majority of these deaths will occur in developing countries.' - IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano

4 February 2013

Did You Know? IAEA Helps Fight Cancer
As we bid farewell to the year 2012, here is a recap of the stories and images that punctuated the last twelve months, as they relate to developments in the IAEA's work to promote the peaceful applications of nuclear technology for mankind's benefit.

27 December 2012

Highlights of 2012
When the first concrete was poured on the u-shaped building that would house the 'First IAEA Laboratory', hopes were high that this facility would usher in an influx of scientific activity that would would benefit communities around the globe.

28 November 2012

Seibersdorf Laboratories: 50 Years Ago
The eight nuclear applications laboratories in Seibersdorf today represent a dynamic hub, where scientists, technicians, fellows, interns and students from all over the world work and collaborate to apply the benefits of nucler technology in solving day-to-day social and economic problems.

28 November 2012

Eight Laboratories, Eight Stories of Success in Development
In this photo essay you'll see how scientists use nuclear techniques to understand food consumption and nutrition.

16 October 2012

Ingredients of Good Nutrition
Ralf Kaiser, IAEA Fusion Physicist, explains why he believes fusion will someday deliver a nearly limitless supply of non-polluting, carbon-neutral energy.

12 October 2012

Fusion - Is it just a Dream?
People all over the world are benefiting from nuclear techniques in food production, food protection and food safety - many of them aided directly by the IAEA's 200 food-related projects in around 100 countries worldwide.

13 September 2012

Food for the Future: Meeting Challenges with Nuclear Applications
To help address an increasing incidence of cancer in low- and middle-income countries, the IAEA's Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT) offers the imPACT mission service. Providing Member States with a comprehensive assessment of cancer control capacities and needs, PACT has implemented imPACT missions in over forty countries to date.

3 July 2012

Inside an imPACT Mission: Addressing Cancer Capacities and Needs
The IAEA is working with scientists in developing countries like Ghana to create varieties of staple crops that are better suited to changing environments and yield enough to feed increasing populations. The cassava is one such staple.

14 June 2012

Cassava: Feeding People Today and Tomorrow
Access to cheap, clean, reliable energy is a key factor in the struggle to escape poverty. The IAEA provides access to training, experts and funding in order to help more than 150 Member States plan their energy strategies. The photos were taken in Ghana, one of 83 countries the IAEA is assisting.

14 June 2012

Fighting Poverty With Energy Planning
When you say 'IAEA', most people don't think of us as an organisation that's fighting brain drain in African countries. But we are,' says Mickel Edwerd in the IAEA Department of Technical Cooperation.

8 June 2012

Learning Nuclear
The nuclear accident in Fukushima, Japan on 11 March, and the ensuing concerns on nuclear safety issues dominated the global nuclear agenda for much of 2011. Here are some of this year's news highlights as reflected in the pages of IAEA.org.

30 December 2011

2011 in Pictures
More than 3.5 billion people depend on the ocean for their primary source of food. In 20 years, this number could double to 7 billion.

23 September 2011

Water Matters: Making a Difference with Nuclear Technniques
They are the seas' silent killers, toxin-laden patches of algae that amass along coastal shores and wreck havoc on marine eco-systems. They appear with no warning and outbreaks have become more frequent. Virtually every coastal country in the world has suffered from their effects.

16 September 2011

Protecting the Seas from an Invisible Killer: HABS, Also Known as Red Tides
The Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna concluded 24 June, with a final plenary session that considered recommendations and discussions related to improving nuclear safety around the world. Following are some images of what transpired 'behind the scenes'.

24 June 2011

Behind the Scenes at the Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety
A team of international nuclear safety experts completed a preliminary assessment of the safety issues linked with TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station accident following the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011. The team - created by an agreement of the IAEA and Government of Japan - sought to identify lessons learned from the accident that can help improve nuclear safety around the world.

23 June 2011

IAEA Fact-Finding Mission to Japan
Energy is key to meeting many of the United Nations' Millennium Development goals. Some 60 countries have shown an interest in nuclear power as a possible way to meet the growing need for energy worldwide.

7 February 2011

Nuclear Power for Next Generation
Cancer deaths in the developing world are expected to surpass the collective toll of three illnesses targeted by the Millennium Development Goals - HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

4 February 2011

Cancer Epidemic
Reflecting the IAEA's continued active role in applying nuclear technology for maintaining peace and promoting social development.

30 December 2010

IAEA Highlights 2010
Nuclear-related events and developments in 2009 reflected global trends dealing with global security, environmental, and economic issues.

30 December 2010

2009 Year in Review
Shut down 26 years ago, the Vinca nuclear research reactor in Serbia attracted global attention because the site continued to house highly enriched uranium fuel that was stored in poor conditions.

26 November 2010

Removing Nuclear Fuel from Vinca: Closing a Nuclear Chapter
Lebanese customs officers receive radiation detection training from IAEA-EU.

21 December 2010

Lebanon NSNS
IAEA success stories in Technical Cooperation.

26 November 2010

Success Stories in Technical Cooperation
Equipment Used in Safeguards.

21 November 2010

Equipment Used in Safeguards
45th Anniversary of the International Centre of Theoretical Physics (ICTP).

8 November 2010

International Centre of Theoretical Physics (ICTP)
Nuclear Fusion: Harnessing the Power of the Sun.

8 November 2010

Nuclear Fusion: Harnessing the Power of the Sun
IAEA Introduction to the Nuclear Fuel Cycle.

31 May 2010

Nuclear Fuel Cycle
The drip irrigation technique.

22 March 2010

Drip Irrigation: More Crop per Drop
Nuclear Power Projections.

8 March 2010

Nuclear Power Projections: Estimates for the Period up to 2030
Radiation Fundamentals.

4 December 2009

Radiation Fundamentals
IAEA uses Sterile Insect Technique to control the olive fruit fly.

24 November 2009

Olive Fly: Nuclear Technology to Protect an Ancient Fruit
A final resting place for spent nuclear fuel.

24 November 2009

Deep Disposal
Human Health and Nutrition: Facts on Malnutrition.

29 September 2009

Human Health and Nutrition: Facts on Malnutrition
Human Health and Nutrition: Health and Quality of Life.

29 September 2009

Human Health and Nutrition: Health and Quality of Life
The Jamaican Government, with help from the IAEA, continues to tackle lead pollution.

29 September 2009

Toxic Playpens: Children and Lead Pollution
Serbia and the IAEA are teaming up to clean up Vinca, a site with an aging research reactor and warehouses filled with decaying radioactive waste.

29 July 2009

The Big Fix: Cleaning up Vinca
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20 May 2009

Spent Nuclear Fuel: Final Destinations
An IAEA technical cooperation project in the Caribbean is helping countries manage coastal pollution through the use of nuclear techniques, and building collaborative networks and enhanced technical capabilities in the process.

4 May 2009

Blue Sky, Clear Waters: Managing Pollution in the Caribbean Sea
Toward sustainable solutions.

4 May 2009

Radioactive Waste Management
Natural and Artificial Ionizing Radiation: A Fact of Life.

24 April 2009

Natural and Artificial Ionizing Radiation: A Fact of Life
State-of-the-Art technology display at 2009 European Congress of Radiology (ECR).

29 April 2009

Radiation Protecton of Patients: Exchanging Knowledge
Plant breeding success stories.

2 December 2008

Plant Breeding Success Stories
Seven Challenges for Food Security: Investment is Needed.

20 October 2008

Seven Challenges for Food Security: Investment is Needed
Ten Far-Reaching Achievements: Realizing Results.

20 October 2008

Ten Far-Reaching Achievements: Realizing Results
China and the IAEA have been working closely as part of overall security preparations for the Olympic Games this summer..

8 August 2008

Security at the Beijing Olympic Games
IAEA, Partners Join to Help Fight Rising Cases of Cancer.

24 July 2008

In Vietnam, Alongside Progress, a Battle for Life
The M Building Inauguration..

24 July 2008

20 Views of a Special Event: The “M Building” Inauguration
Citizens were tragically unaware about the effects of an old radiation source in 1987.

7 March 2008

Global Schoolhouse on Rua 6
In Rez, Czech Republic, dozens of men and women begin an operation to ship of spent, highly-enriched uranium back to Russia. This operation is part of global efforts to repatriate spent nuclear fuel to its countries of origin, where it can be safely monitored and managed.

12 December 2007

On the Nuclear Train Leaving Prague
A chocolate replica of the Saliera, a US $60 million Rennaisance sculpture, was displayed at the 51st IAEA General Conference as part of a photo gallery of major conference activities and events.

21 September 2007

Photo Gallery: 51st IAEA General Conference
For one patient in Zambia, the country’s new cancer hospital ends years of waiting and brings renewed hope to her and thousands of cancer patients, a story on the Department of Technical Cooperation website reports.

21 August 2007

New Cancer Hospital in Zambia Brings Hope to Patients
IAEA Children's Paintings Competition 2007.

24 July 2007

IAEA Children's Paintings Competition 2007
An IAEA expert team is en route to the nuclear facilities in Yongbyon, in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK/North Korea) to verify and monitor the shutdown and sealing of the facilities.

13 July 2007

IAEA Team en Route to North Korean Nuclear Facilities
Major public international events are confronting a new security reality – the risk of the malicious use of nuclear or other radioactive material..

13 July 2007

Nuclear Security and Pan American Games
For Tanzania’s cancer patients, life-saving radiotherapy is available only at the Ocean Road Cancer Institute in Dar es Salaam. That’s a huge workload for this small hospital and its dedicated staff.

21 June 2007

Tanzania’s Cancer Centre Works to Save Lives
In the Middle East, Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Authority are working side-by-side to protect a fruitful valley using a spin-off nuclear technology used for fighting food pests and protecting crops.

5 April 2007

The Middle East’s Fruitful Valley
In Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Guatemala and the United States, the battle of the sexes is a profitable affair.

20 April 2007

Science, Sex Superflies
Nuclear Technology & Artistic Treasures.

2 February 2007

Unlocking Secrets Within: Nuclear Technology & Artistic Treasures
The IAEA Incident & Emergency Centre Answers the Call.

10 November 2006

A Life Saving Hotline
IAEA Marks Its First Half Century.

28 September 2006

Moments in Time
Images from the week-long conference in Sept ember 2006.

25 September 2006

50th IAEA General Conference
The clock is ticking to secure Serbia’s nuclear waste.

10 June 2006

The clock is ticking to secure Serbia’s nuclear waste.

18 April 2006

Tackling Tuwaitha's Radioactive Ruins
For local families the accident is more than just a distant memory.

31 March 2006

Revisiting Chernobyl Villages
Giving Voice to a Vision.

28 March 2006

Revisiting Chernobyl Villages
Using nuclear science to protect Ghana’s cocoa production.

24 March 2006

Saving the Source of Chocolate
Radiation is a double-edged sword that can hurt people… but can also save lives.

21 February 2006

The Dose That Saves
Learning the 'ins and outs' of safeguards.

17 January 2006

Training Nuclear Watchdogs
Preserving nuclear knowledge for the next generation of engineers.

17 January 2006

A Changing of the Guard
Rice breeders work to improve harvests and livelihoods.

17 January 2006

Ricemakers of Vietnam
Families in northern Colombia are lucky enough just to get water by the barrel. They depend on a deep underground, freshwater lake, known as the Morroa aquifer, for survival. The IAEA is helping to preserve Morroa for these families and future generations.


Water for 30 Cents a Barrel