The working group serves as an example to other countries trying to make relevant stakeholders work together to face threats in a coordinated manner, said Smith from the IAEA.
“Hungary’s journey in nuclear forensics reflects IAEA guidance, technologies, methodologies and approaches,” Smith said.
The IAEA has provided Hungary with training, guidance and technical assistance on nuclear forensics through research and scientific programmes for the past eight years. It has involved Hungary in the IAEA’s coordinated research programme, facilitated the exchange of scientists to share practical experience through expert missions and fellowships, and provided guidance on the establishment of the Nuclear Forensic Laboratory.
While Hungary’s forensics experts are already collaborating with neighbouring countries such as Croatia and Romania, they plan to share their experience, laboratory equipment and improved techniques with all Central and Eastern European countries and others further afield. In July 2016, the IAEA designated the Hungarian Academy of Sciences’ Centre for Energy Research as a Collaborating Centre in nuclear forensics.
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