TECHNICAL MEETING ON THE IDC VALIDATION AND ACCEPTANCE TEST PLAN

LOCATION
Vienna International Centre
Vienna, Austria 

DATES
3-4 July 2017

LANGUAGE
The working language will be English


ADMINISTRATIVE POINT OF CONTACT 
Ms. Elena Fazilova
Training Assistant, IDC/CBT 
Preparatory Commission for the CTBTO
Vienna International Centre
P.O.Box 1200
1400 Vienna, Austria
Tel.:+43 1 26030 6258
Fax:+43 1 26030 5973
Email: conferences_and_workshopsping@ctbtopong.org

 

OBJECTIVES
The objective is to continue the process of completing the IDC Validation and Acceptance Test Plan. The focus for this particular meeting will be on reviewing the changes made since the December 2016 meeting and to continue improving the test content. Progress in this regard will be presented at WGB-49. 

 

AGENDA

Day 1

  • Review of recent updates & status (PTS);
  • Expert presentations, discussion and feedback;
  • Validation methods, acceptance criteria and metrics for the IMS and IDC as systems;
  • Updates to verification methods and metrics for specific functionalities that will be tested in Experiment 2: Standard Products, Data Handling, Data and Product Access Services, IMS Operations, and IMS Radionuclide Laboratories (PTS).


Day 2

  • Completing all verification methods, acceptance criteria and metrics for the remaining validation tests (PTS);
  • Expert presentations, discussion and feedback; 
  • Meeting outcomes and action items (PTS).


Experts contributions are sought for each topic of the agenda and should focus on specific, concrete suggestions to the plan that will help the PTS and WGB achieve positive outcomes from these activities. Supporting documents will be posted on the ECS prior to the meeting.

 

PARTICIPANTS PROFILE 
The meeting is aimed towards scientists, engineers and other persons who have technical expertise in one of the four IMS technologies, the functions of the IDC and in performance monitoring and testing. The participants are expected to provide their technical input to the IDC validation and Acceptance Test Plan.  

States Signatories are expected to nominate Experts who will provide substantive inputs to these plans.

Information will be available on the Expert Communication System (ECS) prior to the meeting. Experts are expected to review and evaluate the material.

The Provisional Technical Secretariat may solicit presentations from participants on the topics of the meeting. 


APPLICATION PROCEDURES and DEADLINE  

All applicants are requested to apply through the online registration platform: https://ctnw.ctbto.org  latest by 2 May 2017.

In addition to the online registration, States Signatories nominating experts are requested to do so through their respective Permanent Missions and to inform the PTS Point of Contact.

Applicants are invited to submit an abstract relevant to the objectives of the meeting at the time of registration via the registration platform.

Applicants requesting financial support must submit a relevant abstract to qualify for funding consideration.

All applications will be reviewed and applicants will be notified about their selection status.

No registration fee is charged for attending the Meeting.  

 
FINANCIAL INFORMATION 
Applicable to PTS-funded participants only

Funding will be considered for those developing country-experts fully meeting the Participants Profile. 

In accordance with the Staff regulations and rules and Administrative Directives, the PTS will provide the following:

  • A Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) that is sufficient to cover related expenses during the meeting;
  • The PTS travel agent will reserve, issue and send the flight tickets to the participants for the most direct and economic route;
  • Funded participants are not allowed to purchase their own tickets unless, under exceptional circumstances, be authorized to do so and only if this proves to be most cost efficient for the PTS;
  • The PTS will book a hotel and cover the costs for the accommodation. Participants will receive their remaining DSA upon arrival in Vienna; and
  • Health insurance for the duration of the meeting will be provided.



OTHER PERTINENT INFORMATION

Presentations
Power-Point presentations shall not exceed 20 minutes.

Visas
Participants should apply for visas, if needed, at the corresponding consular office upon receipt of an Acceptance Note Verbale from the PTS.

Health/Accident Insurance
It is strongly recommended that prior to departure all participants should acquire health and accident insurance for the duration of the meeting.