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IAEA Hosts International Experts’ Meeting on Radiation Protection after the Fukushima Accident

Vienna – AnIAEA International Experts’ Meeting (IEM) on Radiation Protection after the Fukushima Daiichi Accident- Promoting Confidence and Understanding, began today in Vienna.

During the week-long meeting, experts on radiation protection will discuss such topics such as the management of radiation exposures, potential health effects from the March 2011 accident at TEPCO’ Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, land management and public communication. Lessons from past accidents will also be reviewed.

The meeting will focus on the following areas:

Key radiation protection issues to be addressed by the international community;
Long-term strategies in response to nuclear or radiological accidents;
Assistance for IAEA Member States in reviewing and updating their radiation protection programmes as appropriate; and
Support for the IAEA’s work in the area of radiation protection.

Organisers made a concerted effort to attract young professionals to the meeting as plans that are developed today will be implemented by future generations. Almost 40 of the about 250 participants are young scientists. Participants represent 75 IAEA Member States and 12 international organisations.

The meeting is closed to the media. A formal report will be published after meeting; presentations delivered at the IEM will also be made available on the IAEA website.

The meeting is part of a series of expert meetings held in connection with the implementation of the IAEA Action Plan on Nuclear Safety, which defines a programme of work to strengthen the nuclear safety framework worldwide in light of the March 2011 accident at TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. The Plan was endorsed by the IAEA’s General Conference in September 2011. One of the Plan’s 12 main actions is “Protection of people and the environment from ionizing radiation.”

Press Conference

Denis Flory, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Nuclear Safety and Security, and meeting chair Sigurdur Magnusson, Director of Iceland’s Radiation Safety Authority, will hold a news conference after the closing of the meeting, at about 12:30 on Friday, 21 February, in Boardroom A of the Vienna International Centre’s M-Building. The news conference will be streamed live online and available for downloading afterwards. Please note that this is a view-only channel.


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