PNNL is hosting a virtual training course for early- and mid-career professionals and others interested in a greater understanding of nonproliferation and international safeguards concepts and engagement with Safeguards experts. (Please note: In 2021, this course was called Nonproliferation and International Safeguards Summer Course).
Who: Early-and mid-career professionals and others seeking to further their understanding of safeguards
What: 5-day activity-based course on applied international nuclear safeguards
When: March 7-11, 2022
Where: Virtually via Zoom
Why: To bridge the gap between fundamental and advanced safeguards courses through an intermediate-focused applied safeguards course
Previous exposure to international safeguards, including but not limited to professional experience and/or safeguards-related courses
Willingness to complete specified required reading and videos (PNNL to provide access)
Course Objectives: At the completion of this course, students will have a greater understanding of the following topics and be able to apply them in their future work activities:
Introduction to nuclear nonproliferation and international safeguards
Legal basis of international safeguards
Basic concepts of the nuclear fuel cycle
Safeguards objectives and approach
International safeguards implementation at facilities (technologies, techniques, and equipment)
Safeguards conclusions, state-level concept, and state evaluation process
Course Structure: This 5-day course features seminars, tabletop exercises, and other interactive group activities, such as those listed below. A final agenda will be provided to students enrolled in the course.
Nuclear Fuel Cycle Mapping Exercise: Identify relevant fuel cycle information from a draft state evaluation report to complete the fuel cycle and map facilities and nuclear material flow.
Virtual Design Information Verification: Review operator declarations, verify facility design and layout, and analyze the data to confirm accuracy of the declaration.
Facility-Level Safeguards Implementation: Perform a diversion pathway analysis to analyze proliferation/diversion pathways and establish and prioritize technical objectives. Identify key safeguards measures/activities for facility-level implementation and illustrate how containment/surveillance measures help verify operator records and systems.
State Evaluation: Learn the techniques the International Atomic Energy Agency uses to evaluate a state’s nuclear fuel cycle and implement safeguards. Participate in a virtual State Evaluation Group and use industry tools and techniques to evaluate safeguards implementation.
Sponsored by the Office of International Nuclear Safeguards (OINS)
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