Wokshop 2019

The Undersecretariat of Nuclear Energy of Argentina, in cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the National Atomic Energy Commission of Argentina (CNEA) and INVAP will host a Workshop on “Simulation of a Non-Power Reactor for Training Purposes” to be held from 2 to 4 December 2019 in San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina.

The event will provide a transfer of experience and know-how in the field of operation and analysis of research reactors and will contribute in maintaining and increasing technical competence to ensure sustainable development of nuclear technology 

The workshop will consist of lectures addressed by INVAP´s staff experienced in research rector design, and a visit to the RA-6 Research Reactor located at CNEA’s Centro Atomico Bariloche. 

CNEA is the institution in charge of R&D on nuclear activities. CNEA holds more than 60 years of experience in operation of Research Reactor and other nuclear facilities. 

INVAP has a long track record of success in the nuclear sector spanning the world, helping to provide and contribute with key nuclear data and improve awareness about the wide range of applications of nuclear technology. 

The Workshop will represent a unique opportunity to those attending the IAEA-CNEA, International Conference on Research Reactors (ICRR 2019), that will be held in Buenos Aires in the immediate previous week.   

The attached IAEA Note Verbale provides further details of request for financial assistance.

The IAEA has allocated limited funds at its disposal to help meet the cost of attendance of certain participants with special consideration to those delegates from Newcomers’ attending the IAEA-CNEA, ICRR 2019.

Participants must make their own travel and accommodation arrangements.

It should be noted that compensation is not payable by the organizers for any damage to or loss of personal property. The organizers does not provide health insurance coverage for participants. Arrangements for private insurance coverage on an individual basis should therefore be made.


The development and management of national nuclear power programmes requires a systematic and continuous training of qualified nuclear professionals. 

The purpose of the Workshop is to show the importance on using a reactor simulator on training human resources on regular operational activities in a research reactor. The simulators support interactive and intuitive ways of learning and are very useful for human capacity building in newcomer countries.

The capabilities of the Educational Reactor Simulator (ERS) will be presented along the workshop. 

The ERS is a PC based software that emulates the control system screens and the reactor console buttons and indicators of an open pool low power research reactor (less than 50 kW), with the core cooled by light water under natural convection regime. It has an arrangement of fuel rods such as those of a power reactor, and the power is controlled by six control rods which serve as a shutdown system. 

These training sessions also teach participants the necessary technical measures to ensure reactor safety during accidents. First-hand response simulations allow students to fully understand and effectively apply theoretical content.


The event is aimed at providing the participants of newcomer-countries (countries which are introducing nuclear power for the first time) with practical information on the ERS and also the possibility to share and discuss experiences, challenges and lessons learned in relation to Research Reactor Simulators.

The workshop will provide a transfer of experience and know-how in the field of operation and analysis of research reactors. It will thus contribute to maintaining and increasing technical competence and to ensuring sustainable development of nuclear technology.

Key Deadline

Registrations should be submitted not later than 15th October 2019 

Target Audience

The workshop is highly suitable for operators, maintenance technicians, suppliers, regulators, students, and engineers from newcomer-countries and/or from countries interested in developing staff qualified in research reactor design. 


There is no registration fee.


The working language of the event will be English.

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