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Joint ROSATOM-IAEA School on Research Reactors completed in Saint Petersburg

On 22 August - 2 September 2022 the Saint Petersburg Branch of Rosatom Technical Academy (Rosatom Tech) hosted the first Joint ROSATOM-IAEA School on Research Reactors held in Russia. Rosatom Tech is an IAEA collaboration center cooperating with each IAEA specialized department in their activities and gradually boosting its collaboration potential with the Agency. The conducted School is the example of how Rosatom Tech takes part in harmonizing the activity of the IAEA Department on Nuclear Energy and the IAEA Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications in personnel training for nuclear technologies non-power application. It is the logical follow-up of previous joint events on nuclear technologies non-power applications namely the V WNU School on Radiation Technologies and the Joint ROSATOM-IAEA School on Non-power Applications

The School had 15 participants from Azerbaijan, Zambia, Russia, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.

The School purpose was to acquaint foreign specialists with Russian experience in research reactors development and application.

The School Scientific Secretary was Andrey Sitnikov, the IAEA Technical Head of Research Reactors Infrastructure Development. The School’s Russian pool of experts included specialists from ROSATOM, NRC Kurchatov Institute, National Research Nuclear University MIPhI, JSC Rusatom Service, JSC Rusatom Heathcare, Joint Institute of Nuclear Research (JINR), JSC Science and Innovations, JSC Proryv, Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU), Karpov Institute of Physical Chemistry and Rosatom Tech. 

The School participants were able to deepen their knowledge in radioisotopes and radiopharmaceuticals production, nuclear materials accounting and control, nuclear and radiation protection. They also learned about various applications of research reactors, among them studying cultural heritage objects. Within the School the participants had a virtual tour to TPU’s IRT-T reactor and radiopharmaceuticals production laboratory. The School program also included on-site technical tours to JSC Baltic Shipyard, Peterburg Nuclear Physics Institute (PNPI) and Almazov National Medical Research Centre. During their excursion to JSC Baltic Shipyard the participants visited the nuclear icebreaker Yakutia, which is under construction, and another nuclear icebreaker Ural. When they visited Almazov National Medical Research Centre, the participants had a tour around the radiological department, saw PET-СT in operation and learned about radioisotopes application for cancer treatment. At PNPI they had a unique chance to visit PIK reactor facility and the biological complex, where they learnt about the Institute’s research in biophysics. 

 At the closing ceremony the participants received congratulations with successful school completion from Dr. Mikhail Chudakov, the IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Nuclear Energy, Dr. Alexander Blagov, Vice-President of NRC Kurchatov Institute and Corresponding Member of RAS, Dr. Alexander Belushkin, JINR Director of Neutron Physics Laboratory and corresponding Member of RAS, Dr. Alexey Kovalishin, Deputy Director on Nuclear Technologies, NRC Kurchatov Institute, Yuri Seleznev, Rector of Rosatom Technical Academy, Dr. Vladimir Artisyuk, Advisor to the General Director, ROSATOM, and Viktor Mazepov, Head of Centre for International Cooperation, Rosatom Technical Academy.