Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency, ARPANSA (AUL02)

Melbourne, Australia

16-20 February 2015

The working language will be English

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


The primary objectives of the workshop are:

  • Discuss and address developments and issues pertaining to laboratory certified operations, Proficiency Test Exercises (PTEs) for particulate samples and NG intercomparison exercises, certification, surveillance assessment and measurements;
  • Share operational experiences and lessons learned towards quality improvement;
  • Discuss advances in gamma spectrometry and noble gas measurements.



  • Laboratory Operations
  • Proficiency Test Exercises
  • Laboratory Techniques and Developments
  • Surveillance Assessment and Certification Issues
  • Noble Gas Measurements by Laboratories
  • Advances in Commercial Products Related to CTBTO Verification Needs

Participants Profile
Applicants should be from the State Signatories hosting the 16 radionuclide laboratories for the CTBT.

Participants are expected to submit an abstract for an oral presentation or a poster on the topics of the workshop. This is done as part of the online application procedure and its submission is required by the same deadline (14 November 2014).

Application Procedure and Deadline 
Applicants are invited to submit their applications by online registration at the registration platform at, no later than 14 November 2014.

States Signatories wishing to nominate experts are requested to inform the Provisional Technical Secretariat (see point of Contact) through their respective Permanent Mission by the mentioned deadline for registration.

Submitted applications will be reviewed and successful applicants will subsequently be notified.

Financial Information
Applicable to PTS-funded participants only
In accordance with the Staff regulations and rules and Administrative Directives, the PTS will provide the following:

  • 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
  • A Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) upon arrival, that is sufficient to cover the related expenses during the workshop programme; and
  • Health insurance will be provided that covers the duration of the workshop.

Requirement: Scanned passport copies.


Other pertinent information
PowerPoint presentations should not exceed 20 minutes. Posters should be in either A0 or B1 size and portrait format.

Participants should apply for visas, if needed, at the corresponding consular office upon receipt of an acceptance Note Verbale from the Provisional Technical Secretariat, in order to ensure timely processing. The Provisional Technical Secretariat will provide personal invitations to visa applicants.

Health/Accident Insurance
It is strongly recommended that prior to departure all participants should acquire health and accident insurance for the duration of the workshop. All PTS-funded participants shall be covered under the Global Medical Insurance scheme under third party liability insurance.