On 14-18 October 2019, Vaida Capaite, Chief Specialist of the NSCOE, participated in a Second Consultancy Meeting organized by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria, to develop a training program for instructors in the field of radiological crime scene management.

The objectives of the meeting were:

  • To review the new Train the Trainers Radiological Crime Scene Management (RCSM) course draft and agree objectives, content and modules;
  • To decide upon future quality assurance and continual professional development strategies;
  • To identify a strategy for building a network of RCSM Trainers in order to support Continual Professional Development (CPD).

There were brief presentations throughout the week on specific topics, presenting the experience gained by the IAEA in designing and developing similar types of training, and the opportunities provided by the NUSEC distance learning platform. Discussions were also held in small working groups to discuss program development strategies to support teaching quality and continuous professional development of trainers. In principle, the draft program was approved and further phases of its development were envisaged.

Participation in this type of working groups provides excellent opportunities for NSCOE specialists to share best practices at the international expert level,  to familiarise IAEA training activities strategies, and discuss emerging challenges in implementing and developing Nuclear Security Training. It is also an excellent opportunity to establish useful contacts on possible cooperation with partners from different countries in the organization and delivery of training.