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Minister János Süli and NEA Director-General William D. Magwood, IV, March 2018NEA Director-General makes first visit to Hungary
On 5-6 March 2018, NEA Director-General William D. Magwood, IV, undertook his first official visit to Hungary for meetings with the Ministry of National Development, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority (HAEA), Public Limited Company for Radioactive Waste Management (PURAM), the Hungarian Nuclear Society and the Hungarian Young Generation Network (FINE). Central to his visit were discussions with Minister János Süli (pictured on the right), Minister István Mikola, and State Secretary for Energy Affairs András Aradszki. While in Hungary, the Director General visited the Paks Nuclear Power Plant and various other nuclear facilities, including the CERES (Cooling Effectiveness on Reactor External Surface) facility, Budapest Research Reactor, PURAM Spent Fuel Interim Storage Facility, National Radioactive Waste Repository (NRWR) and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences Centre for Energy Research. On 6 March, he delivered the lecture "Addressing Global Nuclear Challenges in an Era of Change" to students and staff at the Institute of Nuclear Techniques (NTI) of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME). The Director-General’s visit to Hungary proved to be an excellent opportunity to exchange views on nuclear energy issues, education and research, as well as on how to continue strengthening the NEA's engagement with Hungarian entities.

NEA Director-General Magwood and staff at Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics (SINAP), February 2018NEA high-level visit to China

From 25 February to 1 March, NEA Director‑General Magwood led a high-level visit to China. Bilateral meetings were held with the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP), the National Nuclear Safety Administration (NNSA), the China Atomic Energy Authority (CAEA), the National Energy Administration (C/NEA) and the China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC). Technical visits were made to the Qinshan Nuclear Power Plant and the Fuqing Nuclear Power Plant, where China is building the first Hualong One nuclear power reactor. The NEA delegation also visited some of the country's leading research centres, including the Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics (SINAP), which is leading China's development and demonstration of molten salt reactor technology; the Shanghai Nuclear Engineering Research and Design Institute (SNERDI) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). On 28 February, Director‑General Magwood delivered a lecture on NEA work and activities to nuclear science and engineering students at Shanghai Jiaotong University (SJTU). The visit, which was very informative and constructive, exemplified the valuable exchange of information and ideas from which China and the NEA can both benefit. Highlighting the growing relationship between the NEA and China, the Agency will welcome in March a Chinese radioactive waste expert on secondment to work at the NEA in Paris for the next two years. She will be the first Chinese expert to join the NEA's main secretariat staff.

NEA International School of Nuclear Law (ISNL)Apply now for the International School of Nuclear Law

The NEA International School of Nuclear Law (ISNL) is a two-week course designed to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of the various legal issues relating to the safe, efficient and secure use of nuclear energy. To date, the ISNL has provided a unique educational opportunity to nearly 1000 graduate students and young professionals worldwide. The next session of the ISNL will take place from 27 August to 7 September 2018 in Montpellier, France. Applications may be submitted online up until 31 March 2018. For more information on the course and to apply, see:

International Radiological Protection School (IRPS)Applications now open for International Radiological Protection School (IRPS)

We are very pleased to announce the first NEA International Radiological Protection School (IRPS), which will take place from 20 to 24 August 2018 at the Stockholm University in Sweden. This five-day training aims at providing mid-career radiological protection (RP) experts with an understanding of the “spirit” of the RP system. Renowned experts will present the nuances, history and between-the-lines meanings of international guidance and working experience, that will allow tomorrow’s radiological protection leaders to appropriately apply the RP system to address current and future radiological circumstances. For more information on the course and to apply, see:‑irps.

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