Participation in the Work of ICONS-2024 International Conference

31 May 2024

A side event titled “Development of nuclear forensics as one of the key elements of nuclear security architecture in Kazakhstan” took place during the International Conference on Nuclear Security under the auspices of the IAEA (ICONS – 2024) on Friday, May 24. The event featured the participation of the leading world experts in nuclear security and nuclear forensics.

The event was organized by the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, National Nuclear Center of the RK (NNC RK) and Institute of Nuclear Physics of RK (INP RK).

In his speech, the Vice Minister of Energy of RK Sungat Esimkhanov expressed Kazakhstan's high appreciation for the significant level of international cooperation in successfully addressing nuclear security issues. He also emphasized the crucial role of nuclear forensics in ensuring Kazakhstan's nuclear security. There is a strong emphasis on Kazakhstan's participation at the ICONS conference, considering that Kazakhstan and Australia currently serve as co-chairs of the IAEA forum, ICONS-2024. This intends to strengthen the position of our republic in the world and fully reflects the high level of competence developed by the Republic of Kazakhstan in the peaceful use of atomic energy, nuclear security, and nuclear forensics.

The experts from Kazakhstan shared their achievements in developing the concept and prototype of a national library for nuclear forensics in our country, spoke about the experience of international cooperation in this field and the potential for further cooperation with colleagues from the IAEA and world leading centers for nuclear forensics.

During the discussion, the international experts noted the significant progress in the development of nuclear forensics competences in our country, the creation of own algorithms for the prototype of the national library on nuclear forensics, which was achieved by the leading Kazakhstani scientific organizations - NNC RK and INP RK.

In conclusion, all participants expressed a strong interest in enhancing Kazakhstan participation in the international exchange of nuclear forensics expertise, establishing national libraries and providing training for nuclear security personnel.