On July 14-18, 2013, the 54th Annual Institute of Nuclear Materials Management (INMM) Meeting was convened in Palm-Desert, California, USA. The objective of the meeting was to provide nuclear materials international experts with the platform for discussion of current challenges in nuclear materials management. Representatives from all over the world took part in the 60 sessions throughout the week. These sessions were dedicated to the problematic of the INMM’s six technical divisions, such as Facility Operations, International Safeguards, Materials Control and Accountability, Nonproliferation and Arms Control, Nuclear Security and Physical Protection, and Packaging, Transportation, and Disposition. Each technical division is the focal point for information and activities related to its specialty.
Associate Professor of Odessa National University Polina Sinovets
From Ukraine the Associate Professor of Odessa National University Polina Sinovets participated in this Meeting. She presented the integrated report on the cooperation of Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (SSM) with Russia and Ukraine in the field of nonproliferation education. This paper was written by number of Ukrainian and Russian nonproliferation experts from different Universities, like Ural Federal University named after the First President of Russia B.Yeltsin (Yekaterinburg, Russian Federation), National Research Tomsk State University (Tomsk, Russian Federation), Odessa National I.I. Mechnikov University (Odessa, Ukraine), Novouralsk Technological Institute of National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Novouralsk, Russian Federation). The paper presented the projects that SSM has implemented together with the four above-mentioned partners and their practical outputs: for instance, a generation of young nonproliferation professionals trained as a result (working for Russian and Ukrainian government bodies, such as Ministry of Foreign Affairs and nuclear regulatory authorities, as well as NGOs, civil nuclear industry, think tanks and research centers). These projects rely on the synergy of technology and policy approaches, which is necessary for efficient responses to contemporary challenges facing the NPT regime.
The report explored the role of SSM in training of young nonproliferation experts in Russia and Ukraine, presenting certain conclusions about the role of international support in the field of nonproliferation and nuclear security education. Special attention was paid to the current SSM educational activities in Russia and Ukraine, such as supporting and organizing summer schools in Russia and Ukraine and also the investments in Ph.D programs in Nonproliferation.
Since 1958, the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management (INMM) [http://www.inmm.org//AM/Template.cfm?Section=Home] has promoted research and development in new concepts, approaches, techniques and equipment in the fields of nuclear materials management. INMM is a nonprofit, international, professional organization that includes policymakers, analysts, educators, students, managers, engineers, scientists and technicians dedicated to providing assurance that nuclear materials are properly protected, managed, handled, stored and used for purposes approved by treaty or law. The INMM provides an ideal forum for interacting with the international nuclear materials management community at the industry and government levels.
The website editorial staff 2/08/2013