Beginning of the conference on the application of radiation science and technology


Radiation science and technology are used in everyday life. Radiation applications can help protect the environment by detecting and even removing pollutants from water, air and soil. They also help increase food safety when applied to develop new crop varieties and used to destroy dangerous pathogens in food. In addition, radiation can sterilize medical equipment, add strength to materials, protect cultural heritage objects from insects and mold, and detect and cure diseases such as cancer.

To take full advantage of the many uses of radiation, the IAEA helps countries by providing the necessary knowledge, expertise, technology and training. Through ICARST, the IAEA fosters partnerships between academia, industry, business and policy makers, to turn ideas into tangible results and contribute to a sustainable future.

In addition to the technical sessions, this year’s special roundtable will focus on gender equality in radiation science and technology. To support students and young professionals, the Young Investigator Prize will be awarded for successful selected scientific work.

“Nuclear science is for everyone, and the IAEA encourages greater participation of young people, women and people from developing countries in the nuclear field,” said Najat Mokhtar, Deputy Director General of the IAEA and head of the Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications. “Through our award, we recognize the achievements and efforts of young researchers and recognize the value they bring to sustainable development.

The conference will conclude with a panel discussion that will provide recommendations to shape the future development of radiation science and technology.

If you would like to attend the conference virtually as an observer, you can still do so by registering on the ICARST webpage. You can follow the conference via #ICARST2022 on social networks.


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