The International School on Nuclear Security was officially opened in Trieste on 11 April 2011, one year on from the announcement made by the Prime Minister at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington. The School is being held at the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP). Organised through a collaboration between the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the ICTP, the school provides training in institutional capacity building in the nuclear security field.
This concrete contribution by Italy responds in full to the goals of the Washington Summit: to strengthen the global nuclear security culture. It is in line with the emphasis given in 2009 by the Italian G8 Presidency to the development of human resources in the nuclear security field through education and training programmes.
The courses run by the School will be an opportunity for the 50 participants, from over 40 countries, to engage in discussion and training. The programme was specially designed by the IAEA and draws on the most up-to-date material, with input from internationally recognised experts. In addition to providing participants with the tools to contribute to the creation and development of a national nuclear security framework, the School also aims to promote a network of experts who will help disseminate the “security culture”.