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The two-week School is designed for early career professionals from developing countries, ideally with 1-3 years of experience, working at relevant institutions in their home country. Candidates should have a specific career interest in, or knowledge of nuclear security, although their academic and technical background may vary. Candidates with a scientific or technical background in a discipline of relevance to nuclear security, such as nuclear physics, nuclear engineering, political science, law enforcement, and/or in related fields are especially encouraged to apply.

School curriculum will include the following topics:
  • International legal framework supporting nuclear security
  • Identification of, and measures to address, threats against nuclear material, facilities, and activities
  • Instruments and methods for physical protection of associated facilities
  • Threat and risk assessment, detection architecture, and response plan for material out of regulatory control
  • Radiation detection instruments and detection strategies and techniques
  • Transport security for nuclear and other radioactive material
  • Nuclear forensics and radiological crime scene management
  • Nuclear security culture, computer and information security, and security at major public events
  • Measures for systematic nuclear security human resource development at the national level

As a prerequisite to admission to the School, all applicants will be asked to complete the following IAEA introductory e-learning modules on several topics in nuclear security:
  • Overview of Nuclear Security Threats and Risks
  • Nuclear Security Threats and Risks: Material and Facilities
  • Nuclear Security Threats and Risks: Material Out of Regulatory Control
  • Nuclear Security Threats and Risks: Cyber Threat
  • Transport Security
  • Information and Computer Security
  • NMAC for Nuclear Security
  • Radiological Crime Scene Management
  • Physical Protection
  • Preventive and Protective Measures against Insider Threat
  • Use of Radiation Detection Instruments for Front Line Officers
  • Introduction to Radioactive Sources and Their Applications

The estimated time for completing the courses is between 1 and 4.5 hours per module. Upon successful completion of each module, the system will generate a personalized certificate. Please submit all certificates of completion (as pdf or jpg files) with the online application form for this School. In case of technical issues, please contact:

Additionally, there will be practical exercises designed to incorporate the acquired knowledge into national planning and procedures to protect against threats to nuclear security.

A limited number of grants are available to support the attendance of selected participants, with priority given to participants from developing countries. There is no registration fee.

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