Posted on March 25, 2014

Distinguished officials from leading international organizations in the nuclear industry have participated in the Third World Nuclear University School on Radiation Technologies (WNU-RT).

Hosted through the combined efforts of the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Department at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and Qatar University (QU), the two week program brought together representatives from the World Nuclear University (WNU), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the World Council on Isotopes, and the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization (ANSTO) as well as local professionals in the field of radiation from HMC, the Ministry of Environment, the Supreme Council of Health, Sidra Medical and Research Center and some private hospitals.

Speaking at the event, the IAEA Deputy Director General and Nuclear Sciences and Applications Head, Daud Mohamad, said: “This is a very important gathering for young scientists who are the leaders of tomorrow. It provides an overview of nuclear applications in various sectors such as medicine, agriculture, industry and the environment.”

“Radioisotopes and radiation technologies are among the most widely used tools in nuclear applications. However, the amount and type of radioactive source used is of paramount importance as it affects the safety and security of the applications of nuclear technologies. This course instills knowledge on these aspects at a broad level to future leaders and enables them to comprehend the details to plan for the sustainable establishment of radiation applications,” Dr Mohamad noted.

The course which is being attended by some 63 fellows from 28 different countries is WNU offering WNU that brings international faculty from the nuclear field to conduct dedicated technical workshops and world-class lectures to exchange expertise on the area.

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World Nuclear Association (WNA) Director General, Agneta Rising, said that holding the school in the Middle East this year is particularly exciting for the organizers as it consolidates WNU’s mission of being a global organization. “We support education and networking to raise awareness about the benefits of nuclear energy,” she said, adding: “there are excellent leaders in Qatar and we hope to make use of them as faculty for our future schools.”

“The spirit of the attendees as they interact with each other over a two week period is very high. We have noticed that a lot of new possibilities are being discussed in the form of collaborative research and the exchange of ideas,” HMC’s OHS Executive Director, Dr Huda Al Naemi, said. She added that as HMC continues to encourage education and research in all areas, it was pleasing to see the tremendous amount of interest in nuclear applications shown by local healthcare professionals who were eager to gain the maximum benefit from the event.

Representing HMC’s Managing Director, Dr Hanan Al Kuwari, at the opening of the event on 9 March was HMC’s Group Chief of Facility Services, Hamad Al Khalifa, who has supported the event since it was first proposed in 2012. Al Khalifa commended the World Nuclear University School management and the IAEA representative as well as HMC’s organizing committee for their valuable efforts in organizing the event.

More information about the program can be found on the course website: http://wnusrt.hamad.qa.

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