Chernobyl, 25 Years. Safety for the Future  

 An International Conference, to be held April 20-22, 2011.

On 26 April 2011, it will be exactly 25 years since the disastrous accident at Chernobyl. It was an incident that affected not just Ukraine, Belarus and Russia but the whole world, changing not just the communities involved but attitudes to nuclear power on a global scale.

International radiation standards, strategies for improving the nuclear engineering process, safety standards and procedures and processes for managing nuclear waste all came under review after the incident. Now, a quarter of a century later, the time has come to evaluate those radiation safety measures, examine what can be learned from any shortcomings and outline an action plan for the future.

This international Conference, “Chernobyl, 25 Years On: Safety for the Future”, to be held in Kyiv on 20  22 April, 2011, is intended to be a forum for the scrutiny of the disaster mitigation measures implemented after the Chernobyl disaster, and the examination of how the lessons learned can be used to improve nuclear and radiation safety around the world.

The aim of the Conference is to examine how the most current international knowledge and experience can be applied in solving the following problems:

  •    Reducing nuclear and radiation risks; how the most recent technologies and scientific advances can be used to improve safety in the future; how governments and individuals can work together to achieve this.
  •  The consequences of nuclear and radiation accidents for the population, health and the environment;
  •  The decommissioning of Chernobyl NPP and strategies for radioactive waste and spent fuel management
  •  Improving the prevention of nuclear and other technology-related emergencies, and the response to any that may still happen.
  • The development of emergency plans, and public awareness and involvement in emergency planning
  • Post-accident radiation monitoring;
  •  The radioactive consequences of the Chernobyl catastrophe; farming in contaminated areas, social and economic development of areas affected by the disaster: successful development models, overcoming stereotypes and attracting investment to such regions.

The Structure of the International Conference

The working languages of the Conference are Ukrainian, English and Russian.

Participants will be provided with relevant documents and materials; these will be available from the Conference Secretariat during registration.

Conference conclusions will be edited into a series of reports and distributed among participants.

The Conference Programme is available on the website of the All-Ukraine Research Institute for Civil Defence of Population and Territory from Technological and Natural Emergencies (URICD): or

 The Conference Programme covers:

  • Opening ceremony; welcome speech by conference organisers, greeting representatives of governmental and international organizations (April 20, 2011)
  • Morning plenary session (April 21, 2011)
  • Sessions on a selection of themes (from 14:00 on April 21, 2011):

Section 1: Nuclear and radiation risks – cooperation between governments and populations; the latest technological advances, and progress towards a safer future.

Section 2: Provision of radiation safety and protecting the health of people already affected by post-accident radiation; current levels of radiation, and forecasting, modelling and estimating dose loading on population.

Section 3: Shelter object principal aspects of Chernobyl NPP decommissioning, strategy for handling radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel management.

Section 4: Development of a system for preventing nuclear and other technological emergencies, and the response to any that do occur; exposition of emergency plans; public awareness and involvement in emergency planning; post-accident radiation monitoring.

Section 5. Radiological consequences of the Chernobyl catastrophe; managing the economy in contaminated areas; the social and economic development of territories exposed to radiation from Chernobyl: successful development models, overcoming stereotypes, attracting investment.

  • Plenary session, exposition of the outcomes of the themed sessions; general conclusions of the  International Conference and recommendations for future. Conference close (April 22, 2011);
  • Visit to the Chernobyl exclusion zone (optional, prior registration required) (13:00-18:00, April 22,  2011).

The Conference is organized by the Government of Ukraine in co-operation with:

The Government of the Republic of Belarus
The Government of the Russian Federation
The European Commission
The Council of Europe
The Institute of Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety (France)
The Society for Technical and Nuclear Safety GRS (Germany)
And supported by the following UN Agencies in Ukraine:
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF)

Secretariat: Deputy Director of the All-Ukraine Research Institute for Civil Defence of Population and Territory from Technological and Natural Emergencies (URICD); Perepelyatnikov GP; Loginova LS; Perepelyatnikova LV; Kalynenko LV.

For more information please visit the conference web page: