Media Advisory - Opportunities for the media at CTBT: Science and Technology 2013 Conference – 17-18 June

The CTBT Science and Technology 2013 Conference will bring together world-renowned speakers on arms control, experts on North Korea’s nuclear tests and the latest research into detecting nuclear explosions to Vienna, Austria from 17 to 21 June.

The five-day event will feature keynote speeches from Hans Blix who formerly led the International Atomic Energy Agency and the UN’s Verification Commission for Iraq (UNMOVIC) during the final years of Saddam Hussein’s regime; the American nuclear scientist,  Siegfried Hecker, who has frequently visited North Korea’s main nuclear facilities; Roald Sagdeev, science advisor to Mikhail Gorbachev; and Ellen Tauscher, the former Under Secretary of State responsible for arms control and international security in the U.S. State Department.

Latest research findings from over 350 scientists will be presented throughout the conference. These will include research on how whales’ calls are helping scientists to monitor the Earth’s climate, or how seismologists are using World War II mines to improve the seismic detection of explosions.

A journalists’ seminar will be held on 17 to18 June to equip journalists with background knowledge on the detection of nuclear explosions. Press briefings on the North Korean nuclear tests, the meteor that exploded over Russia in February 2013 and tsunami early warnings will not only provide new insights into these events but give journalists essential background information and reliable sources for when similar events may occur in the future. An off-the-record discussion into the political challenges for the ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty will take place over breakfast on 18 June including Blix, Tauscher and Pramit Pal Chaudhuri, Foreign Editor of the Hindustan Times.

A programme of conference events relevant to the media is available here.


CTBT: Science and Technology 2013 Conference is the fourth in a series of conferences that help establish interactions and partnerships between the scientific and technological community and the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) to ensure that the CTBTO verification effort remains state-of-the -art. More than 350 abstracts have been received and over 80 oral presentations will be given. A book of abstracts of all the presentations is available on the CTBTO’s website.

The CTBT bans all nuclear explosions. The CTBTO is building a verification regime to ensure that no nuclear explosions will go undetected: over 85 percent of the facilities that monitor the world for any sign of a nuclear explosion are already in place.

183 States have signed the Treaty and 159 have also ratified it, see map. However, eight nuclear holding countries must ratify the Treaty before it can enter into force. They are China, Egypt, Iran, Israel and the United States, which have already signed the CTBT, and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, India and Pakistan, which have yet to sign and ratify.


The conference is open to the media. Filming and recording is possible: kindly inform us in advance of the equipment that you intend to bring. Wi-Fi will also be provided free-of-charge at the Hofburg. The entrance to the conference is from Josefsplatz 3, 1010 Vienna and open from 08:00 every day. The journalists’ seminar runs from 09:30 to 17:30 on 17 June and from 08:15 to 15:30 on 18 June followed by a screening of a play about the meeting between Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan in Reykjavik in 1986 that marked the end of the Cold War.

We would also like to advise you that for security reasons, media representatives will be required to present their photo ID upon arrival and should allow extra time for security checks at the entrance. To facilitate speedy entry to the venue, please register in advance for the conference or journalists’ seminar by sending you name, job title, media affiliation, and country to CTBTO Public Information (

The conference will be video streamed live on our website and the link will be advertised on the Conference web pages.

For media background material on the CTBTO, see:

CTBT in the News: daily selection of news & op-eds

CTBTO Image Packages: pictures from different events, at your disposal

CTBTO Video Footage: loosely-cut & ready-to-air packages, free of rights (click here for FTP server)

Newsletters: our monthly compilation of international CTBT news

Press Releases: our latest press information

Latest tweets at #SnT2013


Content and interview requests:

Annika Thunborg, CTBTO Spokesperson,
tel: +43-1-26030-6375
mobile: +43-699-1459 6375

Information on the journalists’ seminar and science news from the conference:

Iain Stewart, SnT Communications Advisor
Tel: +43-1-26030-6271
Mobile: +43-676-83-807-433

Practical information and registration:

Pablo Mehlhorn, CTBTO Public Information
tel: +43-1-26030-6451


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

Annika Thunborg,
Spokesperson and Chief of Public Information

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

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