International Summer School on Radiochemistry: Radioactive Waste Management (ISSR 2021) was held at the Department of Chemistry of Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) between 5 and 14 of July, 2021. The School was organized in the “Train-The-Trainers” format for university faculty members, specialists and postgraduate students from partner countries of the State Atomic Energy Corporation “Rosatom” under the support of Rosatom Technical Academy and in the framework of ROSATOM’s project “International cooperation in the field of nuclear education”.
The ISSR 2021 was attended by 29 representatives of 12 countries (Turkey, Belarus, Kazakhstan, India, Egypt, Uzbekistan, Slovakia, Bolivia, etc.). There was also an online broadcast of lectures organized on the YouTube channel of the Faculty of Chemistry of Moscow State University for 20 listeners from 10 countries who were not able to come to Russia in person due to restrictions caused by COVID-19.
“The program of the School included lectures on radiochemical analysis, the basics of safe handling of radioactive waste, embracing methods of fractionation, compactification and immobilization, as well as storage, regulatory and financial aspects”, – said Prof. Stepan Kalmykov, Chairman of the School Organizing Committee, Dean of the Department of Chemistry of Lomonosov Moscow State University, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences. – “Scientists of the MSU’s Department of Chemistry and other leading world universities, as well as experts from the State Atomic Energy Corporation “Rosatom” shared their experience during the event. Representatives of Rosatom Technical Academy held classes on the topic of environmental safety and remediation”.
The program of the School covered various specific topics in the format of seminars and trainings, including modern methods of radiochemistry, practical tasks on sealing radioactive waste, detecting radionuclides, and disinfecting surfaces. In addition, cultural tours to Moscow were organized for the participants visiting Sergiev Posad to share the Russian culture, history, and nature.
“For more than ten years the Rosatom Technical Academy, in cooperation with leading universities, enterprises and organizations of the Russian nuclear industry, has been training university faculty members and postgraduate students from partner countries on power and non-power applications of nuclear technologies to support establishing their own nuclear curricula”, – stated Pavel Zhuravlev, Vice-rector of the Department for International Cooperation and International Business Development of the Rosatom Technical Academy. – “Radioactive Waste Management is one of 19 issues of the development of nuclear infrastructure in accordance with the IAEA methodology. This fact emphasizes the importance of establishing the necessary competencies in the early stages of a nuclear program. Such schools like MSU’s create conditions for the transfer of nuclear education. This contributes to the development of human resources in the relevant areas and is also an important factor in the international cooperation of ROSATOM with partner countries”.
MSU’s International Summer Schools on Radiochemistry is a series of training events and conferences covering the entire spectrum of fundamental and practical aspects in this area. In 2018, topics on the basics of radiochemistry and its use in various fields of science and everyday life were considered within the framework of the First School. The Second School, which was moved from 2020 to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, was dedicated to radioactive waste management being an important topic for any country working with radioactive materials.
The third event in the series, namely the MSU’s International School “Decommissioning of Radiation Hazardous Facilities: Technologies, Radwaste Management, Project Management”, is scheduled for November 2021. The training organized by Moscow State University will be held under the support of the Rosatom Corporation, and in cooperation with the IAEA, Rosatom Technical Academy and TVEL JSC, a Russian industry integrator in the field of decommissioning of nuclear and radiation hazardous facilities.