Nonproliferation and International Safeguards Summer Course
Virtual via Zoom
The Nonproliferation and International Safeguards Summer Course is a virtual 5-day activity-based course on applied international safeguards. It is designed for undergraduate and graduate students, early-career professionals, and others interested in a greater understanding of international safeguards technologies and engagement with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory experts.
Objective: This applied safeguards course covers topics such as the nuclear nonproliferation regime, nuclear fuel cycle, safeguards objectives and conclusions, and basic technical elements of safeguards using the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safeguard’s implementation 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.
» Material Balance Area Tabletop Exercise: Role play as the IAEA to develop material accountancy structures for a mock facility covered under IAEA safeguards.
» Containment and Surveillance Tabletop Exercise: Participate in a tabletop exercise to better understand how containment and surveillance complements material accountancy and the role C/S plays in maintaining the integrity of IAEA safeguards.
» Capstone State Evaluation Exercise: Learn the techniques the IAEA uses to evaluate a state’s nuclear fuel cycle and implement safeguards. Participate in a virtual State Evaluation Group and use IAEA tools and techniques to evaluate safeguards implementation.