Uppsala, Sweden

18-22 November 2013

The working language of the technical training will be English

Point(s) Of Contact
Ms. Chen Yu Liu-Kiebacher
Administrative Clerk, IDC/CBT
CTBTO Preparatory Commission
Vienna International Centre
P.O.Box 1200
1400 Vienna, Austria
Tel.:+43 1 26030 6588
Fax:+43 1 26030 5973


To provide IMS station operators who already have experience operating SAUNA systems with the required in-depth knowledge and technical understanding of SAUNA noble gas monitoring systems in order to perform more complex operations and maintenance tasks.


Preventive Maintenance:

  • Six month Scheduled Maintenance Task - Practical exercises;
  • Annual Scheduled Maintenance - Practical exercises. 

SAUNA Detector System Principles:

  • Principles of beta-gamma measurement for radioxenon monitoring;
  • Principles of the SAUAN spectrometry detection system.

SAUNA Detector Calibration:

  • Measurement sensitivity, calibration for energy, resolution and efficiency and data quality assurance;
  • Calibration of interference factors, determination of radioxenon ROIs, including practical exercise;
  • Timeliness and periodic schedule for detector calibration to ensure data quality and QC parameters.

Radon Timing

  • SAUNA SoH data analysis on expert level: detecting, understanding, and resolution of problems - examples and practical exercises, troubleshooting exercises using previous experience or past problems;
  • Hardware;
  • Software;
  • Location dependent problems.


Participant Profile
Invited States Signatories should nominate participant(s) who are Station Operators involved in the operation and maintenance of the following Stations:
RN11; RN19; RN38; RN46; RN49 and RN66.

In an effort to ensure that relevant technical training is provided to the appropriate person, please nominate technical staff of IMS radionuclide stations directly responsible for the operation and maintenance of SAUNA noble gas systems, preferably with more than 18 months of experience.

In order to keep the Provisional Technical Secretariat (PTS) record for IMS facilities up to date, please either amend them via an official Stations Operator Note Verbale nomination or request the current Station Operator to communicate to the PTS an updated list of their local support in a timely manner.

Application Procedure
Nominations together with the registration forms should be submitted only through established official channels (their Permanent Missions to the Preparatory Commission for the CTBTO or Ministries of Foreign Affairs) to the PTS point of contact above, not later than 30 September 2013.

However, pending the official nomination, participants may email the registration, upon its approval by a director of the institution or firm, to allow timely travel and accommodation arrangements by the PTS.

Registration Form
Applicants are requested to use the provided form: Initiates file downloadWORD

Financial Information
Applicable to PTS-funded participants only

In accordance with the Staff regulations and rules and Administrative Directives, the PTS will provide a Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) and financial support to cover the travel costs.

  • The DSA will be sufficient to cover accommodation and related expenses during the training programme;
  • The PTS travel agent will reserve, issue and send the flight tickets to the participants for the most direct and economic route;
  • Participants may, under exceptional circumstances, be authorized to purchase their ticket locally, but only if this proves to be most cost efficient for the PTS and has been authorized by the PTS in advance.

Other Pertinent Information

  • The training program is open only to Station Operators from invited countries.
  • Access to relevant e-learning modules will be provided to participants in advance.
  • Insurance: All participants shall be covered under the Global Medical Insurance scheme for the PTS trainees under third party liability insurance.