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The World Institute for Nuclear Security (WINS) is pleased to announce an International Workshop on the Security of Small Modular Reactors that will take place at Arcotel Kaiserwasser in Vienna, Austria, from 5 – 6 March 2019.
The emergence of Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) has noteworthy potential to provide energy in numerous countries all over the world. The important reduction in costs, maintenance, and ease of operation are strong incentives for the use of SMRs in a wide range of environments and geographical locations. SMRs are inherently safer than commercial nuclear power plants in operation, could be located closer to densely populated areas, and effectively provide energy where needs are. Moreover, due to their flexibility, SMRs could play a key role in the emerging decentralised power supply energy market providing clean, safe, competitive and reliable energy while protecting the environment.
The security implications associated with these new reactors need to be identified and addressed as early as possible. The design and technological choices will impact the risk picture and might require evolution in the regulatory approach. Considering nuclear security from an early stage will support the acceptance and successful implementation of this new technology. One key milestone for the sustainable operation of these new facilities is to reduce the cost of security without compromising safety or security.
Note that the event image was provided by Rolls-Royce.
The purpose of this workshop was to review and discuss all security matters related to the design, commissioning and operation of Small Modular Reactors including:
1. SMRs technologies and their impact on security
2. Security by design / Nuclear safety and security integration
3. Impact of SMRs on the security of the fuel cycle facilities
4. Impact of SMRs on the regulatory framework
The workshop was held in English. In line with WINS’ innovative approach to Best Practice workshops, this event was interactive and professionally facilitated. Several invited expert speakers gave presentations, and participants explored the topics and shared their experiences and lessons learned in breakout sessions. An instant electronic voting system was used to allow participants to provide their views anonymously on specific questions using electronic keypads. Discussions were subject to Chatham House rules (what was said can be reported, but not attributed).
This workshop aimed at bringing together experts and leading thinkers in SMRs and security matters. Attendees were expected to meet their own costs for travel and accommodation. Workshop cost were met by WINS. No registration fee was required.
This 2-day event targeted a group of 25 delegates and was organised in March 2019 in Vienna, Austria.
We welcomed applications from the following:
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WINS is promoting gender diversity in its events and female participants were highly encouraged to apply to this workshop. As part of our Gender Champions programme, funding support for travel and WINS Academy participation was available.
If you wish to obtain more information on this event, please contact:
Mr. Álvaro Acevedo
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