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13th Coordination Meeting of the IAEA’s Network of Analytical Laboratories for the Measurement of Environmental Radioactivity (ALMERA)
Sydney, Australia
26–28 October 2016 Conference ID: 52135  (TM)
Announcement Meeting hosted by the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO)

Organizers:

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO)

Language:

English

A. BACKGROUND

ALMERA (Analytical Laboratories for the Measurement of Environmental Radioactivity) is a world-wide network of analytical laboratories, established by the IAEA. Through methodological and data quality support received from the IAEA and through collaborative method development and validation, ALMERA member laboratories are able to provide internationally acceptable radioanalytical data in normal situations as well as in case of accidental or intentional releases of radioactivity, as requested by their nominating authorities.
The ALMERA network holds annual coordination meetings to discuss the implementation of planned activities and to define future activities of the network. Within this context, ALMERA laboratories’ representatives are invited to attend the 13th Coordination Meeting of the IAEA’s Network of Analytical Laboratories for the Measurement of Environmental Radioactivity to be held from 26 to 28 October 2016 at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), in Sydney, Australia.

B. OBJECTIVES


The objective of the coordination meeting is to review ALMERA activities and to define a future work plan for developing network activities in the following fields: recommended radioanalytical methods; reference materials and proficiency testing; methodologies supporting routine and emergency environmental monitoring; and radioecological assessment.

C. MEETING FORMAT

The meeting will provide an opportunity to undertake, at the senior technical level, a thorough review of the plan for ALMERA future activities. The meeting will also discuss how to further increase the role of regional coordination centres in mobilizing the network’s experience, encouraging exchange of expertise, and supporting capacity building at regional level.

The meeting will therefore consist of a plenary session and working sessions for regional groups and for task groups. The plenary session will include presentations by ALMERA members on developments in radioanalytical methods, quality systems and environmental radioactivity monitoring and assessment projects in their laboratories and presentations by IAEA specialists in relevant areas. The overall ALMERA work plan will be presented at the plenary session on Friday, 28 October 2016. The meeting agenda will be circulated in due course.

D. PARTICIPATION

The meeting is open to representatives from ALMERA network member laboratories from IAEA Member States. All ALMERA representatives wishing to attend the meeting should be nominated by their Government (Ministry of Foreign Affairs or National Atomic Energy Authority).
Nominations for participation (using Form A) should be received by the IAEA not later than 22 July 2016. Nominations received after this date or which have not been routed through the established official channels cannot be considered.

E. FINANCIAL SUPPORT

The meeting attendance is at no cost to the IAEA (accommodation, travel costs and all the expenses shall be covered by participants’ institutes), with the exception of a limited number of grants, which will be made available to applicants from developing Member States.
Should you qualify and intend to apply for a grant, please fill in the Form C (attached) and submit it together with your application (Form A) through official channels as soon as possible and no later than 22 July 2016. No grant application will be considered after this date.

F. LOCAL ARRANGEMENTS

The self-funded participants will be responsible to cover their costs for travel to/from Australia and accommodation during the meeting.

The participants funded by the IAEA will be notified in due course regarding their travel arrangements.

Detailed information on accommodation, local transport to/from the meeting venue, and other organisational details, will be sent to all designated participants by the host.

MEETING VENUE


26th and 27th October 2016

University of Technology Sydney, Facility of Engineering and Information Technology (UTS FEIT)
UTS Building 11, Room CB11.04.205
81 Broadway, Ultimo NSW 2007

28th October 2016

Morning – ANSTO for a morning facilities tour

Afternoon – Meeting and wrap-up at ANSTO, B55 conference room

G. VISA

Designated participants who require a visa to enter Australia should submit the necessary application to the nearest diplomatic or consular representative of Australia well in advance of entry. An official letter of invitation will be issued to all designated participants by the IAEA Meeting Secretary.

IAEA SCIENTIFIC SECRETARY

Ms Iolanda Osvath
Radiometrics Laboratory
IAEA Environment Laboratories, Monaco
Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications
Phone: +377 97 97 72 33
Email: [email protected] or [email protected]

IAEA ADMINISTRATIVE SECRETARY

Ms Julie Le Normand
Team Assistant
Radiometrics Laboratory
IAEA Environment Laboratories, Monaco
Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications
4A Quai Antoine 1er
98000 Monaco
Phone: +377 97 97 72 15
Email: [email protected] or [email protected]

LOCAL ORGANIZER

Ms Jennifer Harrison
Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization
(ANSTO)
New Illawarra Rd
Lucas Heights
N.S.W. AUSTRALIA
2234
Phone: +61 2 9717 3919
Email: [email protected]


 
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