9th INMM/ESARDA/INMMJ Joint Workshop in Tokyo

The Institute of Nuclear Materials Management (INMM), the European Safeguards Research and Development Association (ESARDA), and the INMM Japan Chapter are pleased to announce the workshop: Future Challenges for the Enhancement of International Safeguards and Nuclear Security. This is the ninth workshop in the series and the third to be hosted by the INMM Japan Chapter.

SAVE THE DATE: October 7-10, 2019
LOCATION: Tokyo International Exchange Center (TIEC)
Plaza HEISEI (3rd & 4th floor), Tokyo Japan 
ACCOMMODATION Please Click Here for a Local Map and Accomodations Information.

Registration Type Registration Fee
INMM & ESARDA Members $325
Sustaining Members $375
Non-Members $400
Students $50
Banquet Ticket for Companion $30
(All Prices are in USD)

Registration fee includes welcoming reception, workshop banquet, and coffee break.

Click Here to Register! Online Registration Closes Monday, September 23, 2019

ESARDA Members please use code "ESARDA19" to receive the member rate. Please note this will be verified with ESARDA before the start of the workshop. 

Optional Tours: 
INMM Japan Chapter has arranged the following optional overnight tours after the workshop for an additional fee. The optional tours will depart in the afternoon of October 10th from the meeting facility and will conclude in the evening of October 11th in downtown Tokyo.
  • Tour 1: Rokkasho Nuclear Fuel Cycle Facilities of Japan Nuclear Fuel Limited.
  • Tour 2: Fukushima Dai-ichi, Nuclear Power Plant of TokyoElectric Company.
  • Tour 3: Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum 
Click Here for more information on the optional tours and local accommodations 

Cancellation policy of workshop
Cancellations must be submitted in writing to INMM Headquarters on or before 8/31/2019. Cancellations received after 8/31/2019 will forfeit the registration fee.

Should you require a visa for entering Japan please contact the nearest consular representative of Japan as early as possible. If you need any supporting document to obtain your Visa contact:
      Secretariat Office of INMM Japan Chapter
      Phone: +81 3 6371 5830
      Fax:    +81 3 6371 5808

Workshop Program

The program will feature an opening plenary with invited speakers, 4 working groups, and a closing summary plenary. The working groups for the 2019 workshop are:
  • WG-1: International Safeguards 
  • WG-2: Nuclear Security 
  • WG-3: Nonproliferation and Arms Control
  • WG-4: Nuclear Knowledge Retention

Working groups 1, 2, and 3 will have concurrent sessions running throughout the workshop and the chairs of these working groups will provide a summary of the outcomes during the closing plenary. Working group 4 on nuclear knowledge retention will be conducted as a special plenary session for all participants.

The working group sessions are being designed to provide an interactive exchange among all the participants.  Designated facilitators will moderate the discussion using a combination of invited speakers to set the stage for the discussion and an integration of the submitted abstracts.  As such, the authors of accepted abstracts should not expect to make a presentation on their topic, rather they should be prepared to provide an oral description of their contribution when called upon by the facilitator as part of the integrated discussion. 

Working Group Descriptions

Working Group 1: International Safeguards

Technological advancements pose challenges and create opportunities in planning for and implementing international safeguards. This working group will facilitate discussions among technology developers, safeguards practitioners and policy makers in three key areas of current and dynamic change: 1) data handling; 2) advanced reactors and new fuel cycles; and 3) facility decommissioning and waste management. Data handling and automation are changing the way analysts interact with information and are enabling new insights to be gleaned through better integration and processing. Novel reactor designs and new fuel cycles, as well as increased facility decommissioning activities and first-of-a-kind encapsulation plants and deep geologic repositories, will require innovative approaches to design information verification, monitoring and inspections. 

Working Group 2: Nuclear Security

The IAEA defines nuclear security as "The prevention and detection of and response to, theft, sabotage, unauthorized access, illegal transfer or other malicious acts involving nuclear material, other radioactive substances or their associated facilities" (from IAEA Nuclear Security Series publication).  This covers nuclear power plants and all other nuclear facilities, the transportation of nuclear materials, and the use and storage of nuclear materials for medical, power, industry, and military uses. 

Working Group 3: Nonproliferation and Arms Control

One of the key challenges in international nuclear security over the long term is how to develop a comprehensive, non-discriminatory verification regime for the control of nuclear weapons in a multilateral environment. One approach may be to develop a regime based on accountancy and control processes analogous to safeguards. Participants of this working group will explore the common verification challenges and look at how to exploit technical opportunities to improve verification practices in support of arms control, non-proliferation and safeguards. Data analytics and integration of information

Working Group 4: Nuclear Knowledge Retention

The working group on nuclear knowledge retention for nuclear safeguards and non-proliferation aims to use the collective intelligence of all INMM/ESARDA workshop participants to discuss, establish and start to fill out a reference structure for collecting, storing, accessing and updating knowledge and experience with respect to real, historical, nuclear proliferation “crisis cases” such that this essential knowledge is retained, available for and embraced and practiced by future generations. 

The overall scope is to agree (and structure) the elements of knowledge and insights that must absolutely be preserved for future generations, proposed to be organized according to the three typical phases of each crisis: pre, during and post crisis situation. This should allow developing insights in the origin/causes, the way to address the problem and the lessons learned for the future.