The Conference was a part of the IX International Nuclear Forum “Safety of Nuclear Technologies: Emergency Preparedness and Response”.
The Conference was organized by the St. Petersburg branch of the ROSATOM-CICE&T, National Nuclear Research University “Moscow Engineering Physical Institute” and Swedish Radiation Safety Authority.
Main goal of the Conference was to broaden the knowledge basis of Russian students in the areas of nuclear safety, security and non-proliferation, stimulate interest to these issues, develop professionalism of future nuclear specialists, as well as to search and support of talented and devoted to scientific research students.
Conference programme comprised of 3 sections: Nuclear power development: trends and challenges; Export control, physical protection, control of and accounting for nuclear and radioactive materials, International non-proliferation regime, technical aspects and verification of non-proliferation.
After paper selection on the competitive basis at the participating universities, 20 students and Ph.D. students from 7 Russian universities were selected to participate in the conference. They presented 23 reports.
5 conference winners with best reports were awarded with grants to attend Moscow non-proliferation conference and valuable prizes, and 3 more participants were awarded for particular achievements with special prizes. All these winners received diplomas and special edition of the book on nuclear power development, one – book with photos of famous Hungarian photographer, working at Paks NPP, and winners of sections received books on nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear law.
In the final discussion participants outlined the interesting format of this conference, allowing visiting professional sessions of Nuclear Forum, seeing samples of equipment, including spectrometric and dosimetric instruments, and participating in the emergency drills. These drills were held at the Emercom training range and include crash of helicopter carrying radioisotopic thermo electric generator (RITEG), and railroad accident with car carrying ionizing sources. Students can freely meet with prominent Russian and foreign experts; ask questions during Forum’s sessions and breaks. The common proposal was to continue such format of conference, inviting foreign experts to chair and judge student sessions.