Uppsala, Sweden

8 -12 April 2019

The working language of the technical training will be English

Capacity Building and Training Section 
International Data Centre Division (IDC/CBT)
CTBTO Preparatory Commission
P.O.Box 1200
1400 Vienna, Austria
Tel.:+43 1 26030 6147
Fax:+43 1 26030 5973


To provide IMS station operators with the required knowledge and technical understanding of SAUNA noble gas monitoring systems in order to perform operations and maintenance tasks. 


Introduction on the noble gas system

  • Daily routine operation of the system using the system software;
  • Periodic system operations, non-routine operations and data management;
  • System maintenance schedule and application of system manual. 

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 SAUNA 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.

Hands-on Trouble-shooting

  • 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.


Invited States Signatories should nominate participant(s) who are Station Operators involved in the operation and maintenance of the following stations: 
AUX04,  AUX09,  BRX11, CLX19,  GBX66, GBX68, JPX38, MXX44, NOX49, NZX46, SEX63

Applications from other stations using SAUNA equipment may be considered on a space available basis. 

In an effort to ensure that relevant technical training is provided to the appropriate person, nominated technical staff of IMS radionuclide stations should be directly responsible for the operation and maintenance of SAUNA noble gas systems.

Applicants are encouraged to complete the following e-learning modules: 
available upon direct request to [email protected] 

Candidates must be proficient in English.

Nominations together with the registration forms should be submitted only through established official channels (Permanent Missions to the Preparatory Commission for the CTBTO or Ministries of Foreign Affairs) to the PTS point of contact above, not later than 22 February 2019

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

Applicants are requested to use the following registration form: 
RF TT SAUNA Equipment 

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 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;
  • Funded participants are not allowed to purchase their own tickets unless, under exceptional circumstances, authorized to do so and only if this proves to be most cost efficient for the PTS;
  • The PTS will book a hotel and participants will pay the hotel themselves using their DSA, which they receive upon arrival in Uppsala; and
  • Health insurance will be provided that covers the duration of the training.



The training program is open only to Station Operators from invited countries


Participants should apply for visas, if needed, at the corresponding Embassy/Consulate upon receipt of an Acceptance Notel Verbale from the PTS, in order to ensure timely processing.

Nominations arriving late may risk that the time required to obtain visas for the host country can no longer be met. In this context, the Secretariat wishes to advise that the host country requests a 5-week deadline for the submission of Schengen-visa requests to the respective Mission. 

Access to relevant e-learning modules will be provided to participants in advance.