Introductory Course on Nuclear Nonproliferation and Safeguards (June 22nd - June 26th, 2020)
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, in support of the U.S. Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration’s Office of International Nuclear Safeguards, is hosting a one-week, virtual introductory course on nuclear nonproliferation and international safeguards. The course is tuition free and will be held on June 22-26, 2020. Given the challenges of virtual instruction, each day will last approximately three hours, running from 8am-11am PST.
The course is open to selected undergraduate and graduate students, early-career professionals, and others interested in building a foundation of knowledge in nonproliferation and safeguards. There are no pre-requisites, and the course will include content that is relevant for those with either a technical and/or a policy background.
The purpose of the course is to provide participants with a fundamental understanding of the nuclear fuel cycle, the nuclear nonproliferation regime, international safeguards agreements and verification mechanisms including nondestructive assay (NDA) techniques and equipment, destructive assay (DA) techniques, environmental sampling, and containment and surveillance. Participants will learn from safeguards experts, who have real-world experience implementing international safeguards, with the goal of improving their understanding of key concepts related to nuclear material accountancy, the additional protocol, and state-level safeguards.
In previous years, this course has included a number of tours and hands-on learning experiences. Unfortunately, due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, this portion of the course will not be offered during the June timeframe to minimize risk to course participants and lecturers. However, if circumstances improve, participants will be invited on a voluntary basis to Richland, Washington at a later date to participate in hands-on exercises and tours relevant to the course’s key concepts. More information about this will be discussed during the course.