Russian/American scientists explore international nuclear security solutions

November 10, 2004

Russian and American scientists hope to help each other avert nuclear disasters by coming together at Vanderbilt Nov. 14-17 to share methods, techniques and scientific research related to secure management of nuclear materials, including those at nuclear power plants, nuclear weapons' sites and nuclear waste facilities.

With heightened concern in the wake of terrorist attacks in Russia as well as America, the workshop will explore a wide range of issues related to nuclear security, from nonproliferation activities to hazardous and radioactive waste transport and storage.

Participants will include top scientists and officials from both Russia and the United States involved with nuclear issues, including keynote speaker Alexander Eliseev, who is chief of Headquarters for Civil Defense and Emergency Situations of Moscow City Government, and Larry Satkowiak of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

The workshop is sponsored by the influential International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Vienna, Austria, in cooperation with the International Science and Technology Center (ITC) in Moscow and Vanderbilt University.

Media are invited to opening ceremonies and keynote addresses. Participants will be available for interviews at the conference or via telephone. For a conference agenda, go to

WHAT: "Solutions to Security Concerns about the Radioactive Legacy of the Cold War that Remains in Urban Environments"

WHERE: Opening ceremonies and keynote address: Jacobs Auditorium in Vanderbilt's Featheringill Hall; workshop sessions at Holiday Inn Select Vanderbilt.

WHEN: 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14 - 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16. The group will visit some of the facilities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory on Wednesday, Nov. 17.

Vanderbilt University

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