Earlier this week ANSTO hosted a delegation of various Vietnamese nuclear agencies, led by the Director General of the Vietnam Atomic Energy Agency (VAEA), Dr Hoang Anh Tuan.
During the visit, a Memorandum of Understanding between ANSTO and VAEA was signed by ANSTO CEO, Dr Adi Paterson, and Dr Hoang (pictured above) to allow further collaboration between respective organisations.
“ANSTO has worked with a variety of Vietnamese agencies for many years through multilateral fora such as the IAEA, the Regional Cooperative Agreement (RCA), and the Forum for Nuclear Cooperation in Asia (FNCA)” Dr Paterson said.
“This MoU will give us an opportunity to cooperate with Vietnam more closely on areas of mutual benefit”.
Discussions were held on possible areas on cooperation including research reactor operation and utilisation, environmental monitoring of mining tails, and food provenance.
The delegation will continue with a comprehensive, week-long program to observe other organisations involved with the application and regulation of nuclear science and technology in Australia.
This will include visits to the Australian Synchrotron, Austin Hospital, Olivia Newton John Cancer Research Institute, the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre Alliance, an industrial sterilisation facility, and ARPANSA’s laboratories for regulatory standards setting and environmental monitoring.
Other agencies represented included Tran Hung Dao Hospital, the Vietnam Agency for Radiation and Nuclear Safety (VARANS), the Centre for Nuclear Applications of Nuclear Technique in Industry, and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.
The visit to ANSTO included a tour of landmark infrastructure, environmental and material science laboratories, reactor operations and waste management facilities.
The visit was made possible as part of the International Atomic Energy’s (IAEA’s) Technical Cooperation Programme and facilitated by ANSTO’s International Affairs team.