IAEA holds its first virtual training course on the use of ion beam techniques and applications
IAEA and Croatia Ruđer Bošković Institute (RBI) hosted the first live virtual training workshop on advancements in ion beam techniques and their applications to minimize the impact of nuclear science learning loss caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The five-day course focused on Ion Beam Analysis (IBA) – a group of widely used non-destructive material analysis techniques – and attracted graduate students and young professionals from 16 countries.
The lack of training opportunities during the pandemic is affecting the professional development of the next generation of nuclear scientists. This is especially true for skills that require hands-on training to excel, such as accelerator applications, which are difficult to acquire remotely.
“We have designed a virtual training that replicates as much as possible practical in-person training on IBA, which makes this course so unique,” said Milko Jaksic, manager of the RBI Accelerator Lab.
The course included lectures and demonstration videos of typical ion beam experiments related to environmental studies, biology, cultural heritage, forensic science and materials research. The data collected during these experiments was sent to the participants for the practice of data analysis and interpretation. The training course also included a virtual tour of the RBI accelerator facilities. All training course demonstration videos are available here.
“By organizing this live training course, we gave the participants practical information on how to prepare and conduct an experiment and how to analyze real experimental data,” added Sotirios Charisopoulos, nuclear physicist at the IAEA.
The online training was attended by 17 women and 19 young male professionals, nearly four times the number of participants the IAEA can accommodate during the IBA in-person trainings. This is the second in a series of IAEA nuclear technology trainings conducted in cooperation with RBI.
“The IBA virtual training gave us real access to the beamline,” said Alassane Traoré, training participant at the Institute of Applied Nuclear Technology in Dakar. “It is a step forward to give access to more students to, what we call in Senegal,” inaccessible techniques “.”
The IAEA holds a series of RBI Accelerator Training Workshops each year for young scientists from around the world, especially from developing countries. The next workshop will be held practically in November 2021 and will present accelerator technology and associated instrumentation, including operation and maintenance aspects of ion beam accelerator installations.