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Consultancy Meeting on Follow-up of the International Experts' Meeting on Strengthening Research and Development Effectiveness in the Light of the Accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant

IAEA Headquarters, Vienna, Austria

12-14 May 2015


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Background

The objective of this consultancy meeting was to follow up the 8th International Experts’ Meeting (IEM8) on “Strengthening Research and Development Effectiveness in the Light of the Accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant” by focusing on the following tasks:

1) Review of major outcomes from IEM8 and comments on the IEM8 Draft Report by the meeting participants;

2) Discussion of plans to finalize the IEM8 Draft Report;

3) Discussion of proposals on possible IAEA activities to facilitate international R&D collaboration, in particular severe accident R&D; and

4) Discussion on how to effectively disseminate information obtained at IEM8.

Conclusions

Participants from Canada, China, Finland, France, Japan, USA and the IAEA were involved in the meeting discussion. The Scientific Secretariat was composed of an Officer from the Department of Nuclear Safety and Security and an Officer from the Department of Nuclear Energy.

The following tasks were achieved:

  • Review of major outcomes from IEM8 and comments on the IEM8 Draft Report were provided by each participant and discussed.

  • An intensive discussion of the IEM8 Draft Report was conducted. The detailed discussion of all of the comments and the advice provided by the participants will allow the IAEA Secretariat to implement the comments and to issue a new revision of the draft report.

  • Discussions of proposals on possible IAEA activities to facilitate international R&D collaboration, in particular severe accident R&D, took place. Proposals for “Future IAEA Activities on Severe Accident R&D” were discussed during the meeting, focusing on the benefits to the IAEA. For all of these proposals, it was underscored to optimize the use of the existing IAEA resources and services, considering possible interfaces with other international organizations.

  • The discussion on how to effectively disseminate information obtained at IEM8 identified many means that already exist at the IAEA and in other organizations for dissemination of R&D-related information; these means should be used as appropriate and may be complemented by creating a web portal (e.g. within GNSSN) including links to relevant stakeholders.