Since 2003, EEAE acts as the IAEA’s Regional Training Centre (RTC) for “Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety” in Europe in the English language. Following the successful completion of IAEA Education and Training Appraisal Mission (EduTa) in 2008, a Long Term Agreement (LTA) was signed in 2011 between the Hellenic Government and the IAEA to support EEAE as an RTC in Europe. The LTA was ratified by Law (No. 4085, Official Gazette Folio No.194, First issue) in October 2012. Moreover, since 2013 EEAE has been recognized as IAEA’s Regional Training Centre (RTC) in nuclear security in the English language.
The combination of being a regulatory authority and an IAEA RTC makes EEAE the reference point, in terms of education and training at international and national level.
The fulfilment of EEAE’s role as an RTC entails mainly:
- hosting the Postgraduate Educational Course on Radiation Protection and the Safety of Radiation Sources (PGEC), co-organized and co-funded by IAEA. The Course provides education and training to young scientists pursuing to acquire a sound basis in radiation protection and knowledge of related safety fundamentals in order to become, in the course of time, Qualified Experts in countries of Eastern Europe. The Course lasts for 22 weeks and is conducted every two years in English. The Course follows the IAEA’s Standard Syllabus and is supported by the relevant educational material. It is supported in terms of experienced lecturers and technical infrastructure by the Nuclear Engineering Department of the National Technical University of Athens, the Physics Department and the Medical Physics Laboratory of the University of Athens, the Medical Physics Laboratory of the University of Ioannina, the National Centre for Scientific Research “Demokritos” and many hospitals in Athens. The participants are European citizens and are chosen by IAEA. The Course is supported by local and external lecturers.
- the organization and hosting of specialized training courses in various thematic areas, such as nuclear security, emergency response, radiation detection techniques, train-the-trainers, etc.
- the provision of several months internships and on-the-job training to scientists coming from various countries (IAEA fellowships) in the fields of radiation protection, regulatory control, dosimetry, calibration of ionizing radiation detectors and environmental radioactivity.
By the end of 2013, EEAE had hosted 4 PGECs and 17 training courses/seminars. A total of 80 students from 30 different countries have attended the PGECs, and more than 660 people have participated in seminars, workshops, scientific visits and internships.
The recognition of EEAE as RTC:
• is a reward for EEAE, whilst it highlights the high level of its staff and the Greek scientific community, in general;
• certifies the expertise and leadership of the country in education and training on radiation protection and nuclear safety;
• enhances safety culture at both national and international level and
• enhances the prestige of the country internationally.