The International Atomic Energy Agency's Laboratories
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The Laboratories were established in 1962 with the objective to contribute to the implementation of the Agency's programmes and projects within its department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications, but also for Safeguards, Nuclear Safety and Security and Technical Co-operation. Therefore main activities were the provision of scientific and analytical services, research and development and training of scientists from developing countries. Programmatic responsibilities lie in the field of Assessments and Management of Terrestrial Environments and Supporting Quality in Environmental Analytical Techniques in Member States.
Since 1962, the IAEA's Laboratories have expanded considerably and now occupy a surface area of about 15.000 mē. The staff number is approximately 180 and is composed of 30% professionals, 40% technicians and 30% support staff (site maintenance, mechanical and other workshops, secretarial and administrative/logistic support). In addition the Agency's laboratories host visiting scientists, junior professionals and PhD students and interns and run training courses.
On 25 May 2007 the IAEA inaugurated a new gamma camera laboratory that will be used to train medical personnel from developing countries. The launch of the state-of-the-art facility located at the IAEA's Laboratories in Seibersdorf is part of the Agency's on-going effort of transferring life-saving technologies to developing countries through its technical cooperation programme.
The gamma camera equipment was donated by the Hungarian company Mediso to the IAEA under a so-called "Public Private Partnership". Gamma cameras are imaging devices used for diagnosis in nuclear medicine. They are routinely utilised in the medical fields of oncology, cardiology, neurology, orthopaedics and pharmacology research. These cameras are expensive, highly complex and sensitive devices, and not always available for medical practitioners in developing countries, particularly for training and hands-on experience with the technology.
The photo shows the analysis of environmental samples from Iraq at the IAEA Seibersdorf Laboratories, Clean Laboratory Unit, Safeguards Analytical Laboratory, 19 December 2002.
Stamp catalogue - 25th anniversary