The 8th Coordination Meeting of the IAEA’s ALMERA Network

5 - 7 September 2011, International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna, Austria
                                     Registration is  closed

 

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 collaborative method development and validation ALMERA member laboratories are able to provide internationationally 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 8th Coordination meeting of the ALMERA network, which has been rescheduled, due to objective reasons, to be held between 5-7 September at the IAEA Headquarters in Vienna.

B. Objectives of the Meeting

The objective of the meeting is to review ALMERA activities and to define a future work plan for developing ALMERA activities in the field of environmental radioecological assessment, recommended radioanalytical methods, reference materials and proficiency testing. The meeting also aims to address the possible need to revise the ALMERA terms of reference so that the valuable expertise and capabilities of the network can be more efficiently deployed in emergency situations.

The specific objectives of the Meeting are:

  • To present and discuss ALMERA proficiency test results,
  • To present the recommended analytical procedures developed within the ALMERA network,
  • To identify lessons learned for the ALMERA network and to formulate proposals for methodological developments and proficiency tests in light of the Fukushima accident,
  • To discuss the actual and possible roles of the network and its member laboratories in normal and emergency situations
  • To review the terms of reference of the ALMERA network and propose possible updates for further consideration
  • To define a proposal related to environmental radioecological assessment and sampling procedures in case of emergency situation, for both the terrestrial and the marine environment,
  • To discuss efficient means for data sharing and exchange among ALMERA laboratories in case of emergency situation,
  • To identify work plans and proposals of the ALMERA regional groups
C. Scope and Format of the Meeting

The Meeting will provide an opportunity to undertake, at the senior technical level, a thorough review of the ALMERA terms of reference and future activities plan. The Meeting will also discuss the IAEA’s key role as ALMERA central coordinator, the role of regional coordination centers and how to best mobilize the network experience and expertise in coordinating efforts to ensure that the readily available expertise and capabilities of the network are deployed when needed and requested.

The Meeting will consist of a Plenary Session and three Working Sessions for Regional Groups.

The Plenary Session will include presentations by leading national and international experts as keynote speakers, which will be followed by discussions with participating ALMERA members.

The Proposals and summaries of each Regional Working Group will be presented at the Closing Plenary Session on 7 September 2011.

D. Registration

All ALMERA representatives wishing to attend the Meeting should be registered online in advance. The procedure for registration is similar to that used for IAEA Technical Meetings registration.


It shall be very much appreciated if you register on-line before 30th of June 2011. Please be informed that the meeting attendance is free of charge to the ALMERA members. However, members participation is at no cost to the IAEA (accommodation, travel costs and all the expenses shall be covered by participants institutions), with the exception of a limited number of grants, which will be made available to applicants from developing Member States. No grant application will be considered after the 30th of June 2011. Those who have registered for the previously scheduled 8th coordination meeting will have to register again online if they wish to attend this meeting. The final list of participants will be approved by 5th of July 2011. The proposed meeting Agenda and the confirmation of attendance will be sent to the participants during the last week of July 2011.

E. Accommodation

A list of hotels which offers a reduced rate for IAEA meetings is available on the Meeting web page.

F. Visa

Designated participants who require a visa to enter Austria should submit the necessary application to the nearest diplomatic or consular representative of Austria at least 4 weeks before entry into Austria. Please note that Austria is a Member State of the Schengen Area and therefore persons who require a visa will have to apply for a Schengen visa. In States where Austria has no diplomatic mission, visas can be obtained from the consular authority of a Schengen Partner State representing Austria in the country in question.

G. Meeting Scientific Secretaries

Mr. A. Shakhashiro
Terrestrial Environment Laboratory
IAEA Environment Laboratories, Seibersdorf
Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications

Telephone: (+ 43 1) 2600 28226
Fax: (+ 43 1) 2600 728226
Email: a.shakhashiro@iaea.org

Ms. I. Osvath
Radiometrics Laboratory
IAEA Environment Laboratories, Monaco
Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications

Telephone: +377 9797 7273
Fax: +377 9797 7273
Email: i.osvath@iaea.org

Meeting Secretaries

Ms. Karin Will

Ms. Agnes Pirkfellner

Email for general questions related to the meeting: ALMERA@iaea.org

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