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Introduction

The International Nuclear Society Council (INSC) is an organization whose Member Societies represent more than 50,000 nuclear professionals around the world. Current INSC Member Societies are:

  • American Nuclear Society (ANS)
  • Asociación Argentina de Tecnologia Nuclear (AATN)
  • Associação Brasileira de Energia Nuclear (ABEN)
  • Atomic Energy Society of Japan (AESJ)
  • Australian Nuclear Association (ANA)
  • Canadian Nuclear Society (CNS)
  • Egyptian Society of Nuclear Sciences and Applications (ESNSA)
  • European Nuclear Society (ENS)
    Austrian Nuclear Society, Belgian Nuclear Society, British Nuclear Energy Society, Bulgarian Nuclear Society, Croatian Nuclear Society, Czech Nuclear Society, Danish Nuclear Society, Finnish Nuclear Society, French Nuclear Society, German Nuclear Society, Hungarian Nuclear Society, The Institution of Nuclear Engineers, Italian Nuclear Society, Italian Local Section of ANS, Netherlands Nuclear Society, Nuclear Society of Russia, Nuclear Society of Slovenia, Polish Nuclear Society, Romanian Nuclear Energy Professional Organization, Slovak Nuclear Society, Spanish Nuclear Society, Swedish Nuclear Society, Swiss Nuclear Society, Ukrainian Nuclear Society, Yugoslav Nuclear Society.
  • Israel Nuclear Society (INS)
  • Korean Nuclear Society (KNS)
  • Latin American Section (LAS)
  • Nuclear Energy Society, China, Taipei (NEST)
  • Pakistan Nuclear Society (PNS)
  • Sociedad Nuclear Mexicana (SNM)
  • INSC was founded on 11th November 1990 by the INSG, an international group of Nuclear Societies.

    Objectives

    1.To be a global forum for Nuclear Societies to discuss and establish common aims and goals.

    2.To act as a global Non Governmental Organization in nuclear matters of international nature.

    3.To represent the views and positions of professionals and workers in the nuclear field through their Nuclear Societies.

    4.To value the work and achievements of the nuclear community of the world based on ethical principles adopted by the Nuclear Societies.

    5.To increase the operational efficiency of Nuclear Societies by establishing means for cooperation and complementation in the execution of their programs.

    Organization

    Nuclear Societies members of the International Nuclear Societies Council (INSC) have been grouped in five geographical regions: Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America, North America and At-Large (representing the other regions of the world).

    Each region has six seats in the Council, where national and regional Nuclear Societies, or Federations of Nuclear Societies, are represented. Within a region, the number of seats has been allocated by agreement among the Member Societies of the region.

    As of 31 December 1998, the membership of the Council is as follows:

    REGION MEMBER SOCIETY NUMBER OF SEATS
    Asia - Pacific
    Atomic Energy Society of Japan(*) 2
    Australian Nuclear Association(*) 1
    Korean Nuclear Society(*) 1
    Nuclear Energy Society, China, Taipei (*) 1
    Chinese Nuclear Society 1(**)
    Europe European Nuclear Society(*) 6
    Latin America
    Latin American Section of ANS(*) 3
    Argentinian Association of Nuclear Technology(*) 1
    Brazilian Association of Nuclear Energy 1
    Mexican Nuclear Society(*) 1
    North America
    American Nuclear Society(*) 4
    Canadian Nuclear Society(*) 2
    At-Large
    Israel Nuclear Society 1
    Egyptian Society of Nuclear Sciences and Applications 1
    Pakistan Nuclear Society 1
    T O T A L 27

    (*) Charter Member.
    (**) The Chinese Nuclear Society is considered a Charter Member of the Asia-Pacific region, but has not signed the INSC Charter.

    Officers

    INSC has four officers: Chairman, 1st Vice-Chairman, 2nd Vice-Chairman and Secretary/Treasurer. In addition, to give the necessary material support to the organization, the Chairman appoints an assistant from his Society to perform his secretarial activities.

    The officers are elected by majority vote of the members of the Council. The term of office is two years, starting on January 1st of the year following the election.

    The following table lists the INSC officers since its creation:

    Post 1991-1992 1993-1994 1995-1996 1997-1998 1999-2000
    Chairman Jean van Dievoet (ENS) L.Manning Muntzing (ANS) Mishima Yoshitsugu (AESJ) Manuel Acero (ENS) Gail de Planque (ANS)
    1st Vice-Chairman L.Manning Muntzing (ANS) Mishima Yoshitsugu (AESJ) Manuel Acero (ENS) Robert Long(**)/ Gail de Planque (ANS) Chang Kun Lee (KNS)
    2nd Vice-Chairman (*) Manuel Acero (ENS) Robert Long (ANS) Chang Kun Lee (KNS) Jorge Spitalnik (LAS)
    Secretary/Treasurer Jorge Spitalnik (LAS) Jorge Spitalnik (LAS) Jorge Spitalnik (LAS) Jorge Spitalnik (LAS) Konrad Hädener (ENS)
    Chairman's Secretariat Peter Feuz (ENS) James Toscas (ANS) Endo Yuzo (AESJ) Montserrat Casero (ENS) Michael Diekman (ANS)

    (*) The 2nd Vice-Chairman post was established in 1993
    (**) Robert Long resigned on 30 Sep. 1997

    Representatives Identification

    Pins with the INSC logo, and different background colours to identify the bearer, are provided to Member Societies' representatives, in accordance with the following criteria:

    Red - Former Chairman
    Gold - Chairman
    Silver - 1st and 2nd Vice-Chairmen
    Blue - Secretary/Treasurer
    Copper - Representative of Member Society
    White - Responsible for the Secretariat

    Bylaws and Rules

    Annex I and II contain the INSC Bylaws and Rules that are currently in force. Annex III is a Guideline approved by the Council.

    Code of Ethics and Public Statements

    Annex IV contains the Code of Ethics, called Global Creed, approved by INSC for adoption by Member Societies. The list of Member Societies having adopted it is included in the Annex.

    Annex V and VI show statements made public by the Council on matters regarding Nuclear Energy Role in XXIst Century Development and Illegal Trade of Fissile Materials.

    The Council accepted the Declaration on Nuclear Energy and Sustainable Development shown in Annex VII.

    In connection with the 50th Anniversary of the A-bomb and the NPT Extension Conference, the Council made a statement expressing INSC hope for nuclear energy to be utilized exclusively for peaceful uses. The statement refers to the INSC Global Creed prescribing the promotion of peaceful uses of nuclear energy (Annex VIII).

    Global Award

    In order to recognize the dedication, based on the Global Creed principles, to the cause of nuclear energy development performed by individual members of Member Societies, the Council instituted a Global Award as defined in Annex IX.

    The first INSC Global Award was conferred to Dr. Hans BLIX at the INSC meeting of October 1998, for "his remarkable leadership in influencing global improvement of nuclear installations safety, his active participation in consolidating the safeguards system for nuclear non-proliferation, and his firm leadership in advocating nuclear power relevance as an energy source consistent with goals of sustainable development and environmental protection".

    A posthumous recognition for "his outstanding chairmanship of INSC, his role in consolidating the Council and his commitment to nuclear technology" was awarded to Professor MISHIMA Yoshitsugu, former INSC Chairman, at the Honors and Awards Ceremony held in Nice, France, on 27th October 1998, on the occasion of ENC'98.

    Internet Home-page

    INSC has a Home-page in Internet under the following address:

    http://www2s.biglobe.ne.jp/~insc/

    Technical Actions

    Safety Convention

    INSC views on the peer-review system for the Safety Convention were reported to the IAEA and the Convention Parties in December 1994 (Annex X). This system can accommodate the concept of a list of experts for peer-review made by INSC from inputs by Member Societies. A proposal containing a list of experts nominated by the Member Societies was sent to the Secretary of the Nuclear Safety Convention in spring 1995. (Currently, 57 experts have been nominated by ANA, AESJ, ANS, LAS and NEST). Informative actions took place, in the 1995-96 period, to explain to some Parties and governments the purpose and scope of this proposal.

    50-Year Vision of Future Nuclear Energy

    Based on the accomplishment of the first fifty years of development, new directions of nuclear energy utilization in the second fifty years were analyzed from a global standpoint and a long-term view. After more than two years of work by the 50-Year Vision Committee, under the leadership of Mr Masao Hori, INSC published the report "A Vision for the Second Fifty Years of Nuclear Energy". More than 12,800 copies of the report have been issued in English, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Polish languages, Portuguese and Spanish. The Study is expected to be translated into other languages. INSC holds the publication copyright.

    This report represents a professional, global, and uncompromised view of those engaged in the development and utilization of nuclear power and related research all around the world:

  • professional, because it was written by technical people who belong to Nuclear Societies that take part of INSC;
  • global, because it gathers the opinion of some 50,000 people from around the world who are represented at INSC through their Nuclear Societies;
  • uncompromised, because it reflects no political or commercial boundaries, just the consensus of the nuclear community worldwide.
  • A Press Release regarding this publication was issued in April 1996 as shown in Annex XI.

    Enhancement of Soviet Reactors Safety

    Member Societies described the activities being performed in their countries for enhancing the safety of Soviet designed reactors. Data on actions taken by different countries for improving the safety of such reactors was consolidated by the 1995-96 Secretariat.

    Young Generation Nuclear Development

    The Council decided to set up a Young Generation Development Committee to prepare a statement proposal to promote the work of younger generations in the nuclear area, taking into account the opinion of the young generation entering the nuclear business.

    Climate Change

    Aiming at providing subsidies to governments in their discussions at the Conferences on Climate Change, the Council made public statements to underline nuclear power contribution for achieving targets of combustion gases to reduce CO2 emissions and to uphold sustainable development. These statements were distributed at the International Conferences of the Parties held in Kyoto (COP3 - December 1997) and Buenos Aires (COP4 - November 1998). The statements are reproduced in Annex XII.

    Action Plan for the Coming Future

    The "Action Plan for the Coming Future" was launched by the International Nuclear Societies Council at the end of 1996, with the aim of reinforcing communication and mutual understanding among INSC Member Societies on several nuclear issues of global importance.

    Seven INSC Task Groups, made of experts coming from the different INSC Member Societies, were constituted to work on the following subjects:

  • Nuclear Safety
  • Public Acceptance
  • Nuclear Role in Coming Future
  • Radioactive Waste
  • Nuclear Non-Proliferation
  • Risk Issues
  • Low Doses Issues.
  • Reports produced by the Task Groups were issued as chapters of an INSC book entitled "WORLDWIDE INTEGRATED VIEW ON MAIN NUCLEAR ENERGY ISSUES". The first edition of the book, dated October 1998, was presented at a Special Session organized in conjunction with ENC'98 in Nice, France. The chapters refer to:

  • Toward a worldwide consensus about safety of nuclear reactors
  • Achieving public understanding and acceptance of nuclear power
  • Important issues of global utilization of nuclear energy
  • Radioactive waste
  • Nuclear non-proliferation
  • Role of risk methods in the regulation of nuclear power
  • Low doses of ionizing radiation incurred at low dose rates.
  • Summaries of chapter contents and the composition of each Task Group are presented in Annex XIII.

    As the chapters reflect today's views, the book shall be continuously updated and improved. The book will have periodical revisions and introduce other issues that may become of interest.

    A report by a group of Young Generation professionals was produced with this group's views on matters related to nuclear science and technology. The report does not represent the INSC position on such matters. This group's composition and the contents of its report are shown in Annex XIII. The group's report was issued in October 1998 as an independent publication.

    Cooperative Actions

    Information Network

    The possibility of setting up a system of exchange among member Societies of technical information, R&D recent results, and newly developed operating practices, under the INSC umbrella, is being considered. The system shall not duplicate existing networks.

    Waste Disposal

    Development of the International Council for Nuclear Waste Disposal (ICND) will receive Council support provided INSC plays an important role in its activities.

    Pacific Basin Council

    Common meetings for exchange of information and cooperative efforts are periodically organized.

    IAEA

    The Council is recognized by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as a Non Governmental Organization, having an Observer seat at the General Conference of the Agency.

    Meetings

    INSC meets twice a year in conjunction with major nuclear energy meetings. INSC meetings have been held as follows:

    Nr DATE PLACE
    1 11 Nov 1990 Washington DC (USA)
    2 16 Apr 1991 Paris (France)
    3 10 Nov 1991 San Francisco (USA)
    4 13 Apr 1992 Taipei (Taiwan)
    5 15 Nov 1992 Chicago (USA)
    6 20 Jun 1993 San Diego (USA)
    7 3 Oct 1993 Toronto (Canada)
    8 1 May 1994 Sydney (Australia)
    9 2 Oct 1994 Lyon (France)
    10 9 Apr 1995 Tokyo (Japan)
    11 29 Oct 1995 San Francisco (USA)
    12 4 Apr 1996 Vienna (Austria)
    13 20 Oct 1996 Kobe (Japan)
    14 10 Apr 1997 Tokyo (Japan)
    15 30 Sep 1997 Vienna (Austria)
    16 3 May 1998 Banff (Canada)
    17 25 Oct 1998 Nice (France)
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