All the nuclear discussed at the 14th Arab Conference on the Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy
The Arab Atomic Energy Agency (AAEA) and the Egyptian Atomic Energy Authority (EAEA) organized the 14th Arab Conference on the Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy in the paradise of Sharm El-Sheikh, in the South Sinai. The event was sponsored par Rosatom, Atomtex and the Joint Institute of Nuclear Research (JINR). For 5 days, around 190 presentations and papers were shared by the experts from almost all Arabic countries (the UAE did not come, and Saudi Arabia only sent one person from the military side).
Rosatom network is well established. The director for Middle East and Africa, Alexander Voronkov introduced in perfect Arabic the group and then indicated the strategy in the continent. His colleague Anatoly Kovtunov presented the implementation of El Dabaa nuclear project. Atomtex and JINR were present at the conference to sell and attract new clients. That was indeed the place to be to touch all potential clients.
The topics covered Fundamental Nuclear Sciences,Material Sciences, Nuclear knowledge management, Applications of Radioisotopes, Nuclear Medicine and Radiation Therapy, Accelerators& Reactors, Nuclear Security and Environmental Studies.
We were stunned by the presentation in the field of decommissioning in Iraq, radiation protection in medicine from Libya, waste management in Yemen and nuclear education policy in Egypt.
The number of presentations were maybe too much, but when you gather all Arabic speaking countries, and 300 experts come to share their knowledge, it is hard to be let everyone speak, but the organizers succeeded.
From a political point of view, Dr. Mohamed Shaker, Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy attended the opening ceremony and you could see how close the government is with Rosatom. We could openly discuss with Prof. A. Abdel Hameed, the chairman of EAEA, and Mr. Mohamed Khaliq, from the IAEA.
The organizers promoted young researchers who showed their graduation projects and achievements. One of them, Mohamed Nabawi, introduced a revolutionary research on heavy weight concrete against radiation shielding and received a price remitted by the AAEA and the EAEA.
In fine, the event covers 360 degrees of the nuclear technology, allowed us to meet many new experts that do not have the opportunity to travel much, but pursue great projects that should be financed, in particular in the nuclear medicine. We were amazed by such modesty, knowledge and achievements with restricted resources, a lesson for westerners.