The 2nd CTBT Science Diplomacy Symposium was held from 21 May to 1 June 2018 at the Vienna International Centre. Its aim was to raise public awareness of the CTBT's contribution to international peace and security, and to encourage cooperative and collaborative research and innovation on nuclear test monitoring science and technology. The Symposium also hopes to stimulate creative thinking about possible political, legal and diplomatic solutions among diplomats, practitioners and policy makers, academics, and the next generation to the challenges facing the Treaty.

Media and civil society

Practical sessions on media looked at the current challenges and provided tools for reporting about the CTBT. Participants also examined civil society's role in advocating for nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, and discuss new approaches.

•  Media Advisory ( Initiates file downloadPDF )

•  Youth group Newsroom publication

•  flickr photo album

2nd CTBT Science and Diplomacy Symposium

Contact & additional information

See CTBT Educational Resources for background information.
For specific inquiries or further information on the symposium, please contact Opens window for sending emaileducationping@ctbtopong.org.


In addition to a high-level session featuring the Executive Secretary and other preeminent voices in the field of nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, the Symposium was comprised of the following elements:

 •  High-level session featuring CTBTO Executive Secretary Lassina Zerbo and other preeminent voices in the field of nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament.

 •  Seminar Style Lectures

 •  Expert Panel Discussions

 •  Participant presentations

 •  Tours of CTBTO facilities and a site visit to the Vienna University of Technology's "Atominstitut"

 •  Demonstrations of IDC Waveform and Radionuclide Analysis

 •  Academic Forum and Collaborative Activities

 •  Interactive exhibits

 •  Side events

Participants who completed all required activities and assignments received a Certificate of Successful Completion.

Simulation exercise

A highlight of the Symposium was the simulation exercise which allowed participants to take part in a mock CTBTO Executive Council deliberation over an on-site inspection request, enabling them to apply concepts and ideas discussed during the Symposium, and deepen their understanding of the Treaty and the Organization.


The CTBTO is grateful to the European Union, the Kingdom of Norway and the Kingdom of Sweden for their generous financial contributions in support of the Organization's educational and outreach activities.