Media Advisory - The CTBTO's laboratory in
Seibersdorf celebrates 10th anniversary

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Austria has always played a pivotal role in the implementation of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT). On 31 October 2001, the world’s first radionuclide laboratory designed to verify compliance with the Treaty was brought into service in Seibersdorf, about 35 km southeast of Vienna. Austria’s best physicists in the field of radiation protection work at this state-of-the-art laboratory, where the research and technology is dedicated to nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.

On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Seibersdorf CTBTO laboratory, Vice-Chancellor and Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger will host a reception at the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, together with CTBTO Executive Secretary Tibor Tóth, and the Director of the Seibersdorf Radionuclide Laboratory, Martina Schwaiger.

To mark the occasion, the Foreign Office cordially invites media representatives to a film/photo opportunity at the reception celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Seibersdorf CTBTO radionuclide laboratory:

Venue: Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs
           Marmorsaal, Minoritenplatz 8, 1014 Vienna
Time:   Monday, 24 October 2011, 17:00

You are kindly requested to arrive no later than 16:45.

Registration for media representatives is via the Press Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by e-mail or fax +43 (0) 50 1159 204. Please bring a valid press card or a recent letter of accreditation from your editorial office.

Media representatives will have the possibility to visit the Seibersdorf CTBTO Laboratory in mid-December. A separate invitation will follow.

For interview requests with CTBTO Executive Secretary Tibor Tóth, please contact:
Annika Thunborg
Tel.: +43 1 26030-6375
Mobile: +43 699 1459 6375

For inquiries regarding the event, please contact:

Bundesministerium für europäische und internationale Angelegenheiten, Presseabteilung
Tel.: +43 (0) 50 1150-3320
Fax: +43 (0) 50 1159-204


A globe-spanning network of radionuclide stations and laboratories is monitored and coordinated from the CTBTO’s headquarters in Vienna, Austria. This network, which also comprises seismic, infrasound and hydroacoustic sensors, demonstrated its effectiveness during the 2006 and 2009 North Korean nuclear tests. After the Fukushima nuclear accident in spring 2011, it monitored the dispersion of radioactivity on a global scale; the Seibersdorf CTBTO laboratory was involved in analyzing the radionuclide samples.

For further information on the CTBT, please see – your resource on ending nuclear testing,
or contact:

Annika Thunborg,
Spokesperson and Chief, Public Information  

T    +43 1 26030-6375 
M    +43 699 1459 6375      

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