The Workshop on Signatures of Man-Made Isotope Production (WOSMIP)

Sydney Opera HouseThe 7th Workshop on Signatures of Man-Made Isotope Production (WOSMIP VII) will be held in Sydney, Australia, from 3-7 December 2018. The workshop will be hosted by the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization (ANSTO), and supported by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). It aims to support the Provisional Secretariat of the Preparatory Commission of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), and unite experts from radioisotope and nuclear explosion monitoring communities for a 4-day friendly scientific meeting. This provides a unique forum for technical discussions and collaborations, to discuss the impact of radioisotopes released from civil and industrial sources on nuclear explosion monitoring in support of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT).

Radioisotopes have long been used as fundamental tools in science, medicine, and industry. However, there are similarities in the radioxenon isotopic signature between nuclear explosions and some forms of man-made production including nuclear power plants, research reactors, and medical and industrial isotope production. The effluents from these civil and industrial processes create a global background that is frequently observed by the International Monitoring System (IMS) operated by the CTBTO PrepCom. To support nuclear verification, there is a need to better understand this background and reduce the impact of man-made radioisotopes on the global monitoring network.

Recognizing the immense importance of both radioisotope production and nuclear treaty monitoring, WOSMIP seeks to bring together experts from both communities to better understand challenges created by radioisotope effluents released from the peaceful use of nuclear technology and to propose methods to mitigate these signatures.

Summary reports from previous workshops can be accessed from the links on this page. As always, we hope to expand attendance to those who may not have had the opportunity to attend in the past. For this collaboration to continue to be successful, it is critical that we not only maintain the level of engagement in previous WOSMIPs, but also have new participation from both communities. Therefore, your participation is strongly encouraged!

Last Updated: July 2018