Africa Gets its First Host Research Reactor under Internet Reactor Laboratory Initiative

9 March 2018

An agreement signed this month in Vienna will enable students from Kenya, Tanzania, Tunisia and South Africa to get online access to the facilities of a research reactor in Morocco for the purpose of nuclear education and training. Researchers from other African countries are expected to join the project in the future.

Research reactors are vital for the study of modern nuclear analytical techniques, but there are only nine of them operating in Africa. Enabling experts from African countries that do not have a research reactor to access one in another country will be a boost to nuclear science research and development on the continent, said Mikhail Chudakov, Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Nuclear Energy. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has facilitated the regional cooperation.

Read the full announcement.

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