Institute for security and safety (ISS)

Nuclear security is defined by the IAEA as “the prevention and detection of, and response to, theft, sabotage, unauthorized access and illegal transfer or other malicious acts involving nuclear material and other radioactive substances and their associated facilities.” In other words, nuclear security deals with the protection of people and the environment from malicious acts that could result in the exposure of the public to ionizing radiation. These issues are addressed first and foremost in the IAEA Nuclear Security Series publications.

These publications are consistent with, and complement, international nuclear security instruments such as the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material and its Amendment, the Code of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources, the Supplementary Guidance on the Import and Export of Radioactive Sources, the United Nations Security Council resolutions 1373 and 1540 and the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism.

ISS Working Areas in Nuclear Security

IAEA DNS = IAEA Department of Nuclear Security
INSEN = International Nuclear Security Education Network
NSSC = Nuclear Security Support Centers

Topics covered by Nuclear Security are:

  • Legal framework
  • Threat assesment
  • Governance/Policy
  • Nuclear fuel cycle
  • Methods and instruments
  • Effects and protection
  • Protection systems
  • Protection technologies
  • Transport security
  • Security culture
  • IT and cyber security
  • Crime scene investigation
  • Interdiction and response

The Institute for Security and Safety (ISS) is supporting the worldwide activites on nuclear disarmament, in particular when ISS is invited to support activities of the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) in New York.

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The need for human resource development programmes in nuclear security was underlined at several International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) General Conferences and Board of Governors’ Meetings. Successive IAEA Nuclear Security Plans, the most recent of which was agreed by the Board of Governors in September 2009.

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The Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences supported a Master in Nuclear Security (MiNS) EU pilot project, in partnership with universities from the Netherlands, Austria, Norway, the United Kingdom and Greece.

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The Master in Nuclear Security (MiNS) at the Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences is an innovative and unique distance learning program, which equips participants with the theoretical background and practical knowledge on the interconnected dynamics in the field of nuclear security.

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Nuclear Disarmament

The Institute for Security and Safety (ISS) is supporting the worldwide activites on nuclear disarmament, in particular when ISS is invited to support activities of the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) in New York.

UNIDIR’s 2017 Space Security Conference, Geneva/Switzerland

Guido Gluschke and Kristina Brandt, ISS research fellow, participated in the 2017 Space Security Conference titled “Celebrating the Outer Space Treaty: 50 Years of Space Governance and Stability”, which was held on 20-21 April 2017 in the UN Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. The conference was organized by the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) in collaboration with the Secure World Foundation and The Simons Foundation Canada. The focus was to revisit the outer space regime in light of the ongoing dynamic changes in the space environment. Specifically, in addition to hearing about key national and regional perspectives, and reviewing some of the foundational concepts of space security, the Conference also examined the main multilateral international initiatives to safeguard access to, and use of, outer space. The aim was to stimulate innovative diplomacy and offer a number of options for moving forward.

2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT)

Mr. Gluschke participated at the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the NPT, which was held at the United Nations in New York from 27 April to 22 May 2015. At the 2015 NPT Review Conference, States parties examined the implementation of the Treaty’s provisions since 2010. The Conference considered a number of issues, including those discussed at the 2010 Conference: universality of the Treaty; nuclear disarmament, including specific practical measures; nuclear non-proliferation, including the promot¬ing and strengthening of safeguards; measures to advance the peaceful use of nuclear energy, safety and security; regional disarmament and non-proliferation; implementa¬tion of the 1995 resolution on the Middle East; measures to address withdrawal from the Treaty; measures to further strengthen the review process; and ways to promote en¬gagement with civil society in strengthening NPT norms and in promoting disarmament education.

Participation at the II International Full Scale Simulations of Nuclear Warhead Dismantlement Verification

As part of the framework UK-Norway Initiative (UKNI) the „II International Full Scale Simulations of Nuclear Warhead Dismantlement Verification” took place in Oslo in June 2013. ISS was represented by its director Guido Gluschke. The simulation was organized by The Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker-Centre for Science and Peace Research (ZNF) at the University of Hamburg in the cooperation with University of Oslo.

IAEA INSEN

The need for human resource development programmes in nuclear security was underlined at several International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) General Conferences and Board of Governors’ Meetings. Successive IAEA Nuclear Security Plans, the most recent of which was agreed by the Board of Governors in September 2009, give high priority to assisting States in establishing educational programmes in nuclear security in order to ensure the sustainability of nuclear security improvements.

The current Nuclear Security Plan covering 2010-2013 emphasizes on the importance of considering existing capacities at international, regional and national levels while designing nuclear security academic programmes.

As a member of IAEA’s International Nuclear Security Education Network, the ISS is an academic partner for the IAEA in implementing nuclear security education with a deep understanding of nuclear security education and training concepts.

The mission of INSEN is to enhance global nuclear security by developing, sharing and promoting excellence in nuclear security education.

INSEN Membership

At this stage the INSEN membership is informal and open to any educational and research institution already involved or, that plans to be involved in nuclear security education in the future. The INSEN membership is open to any competent authority that is interested or involved in nuclear security education. The INSEN membership can be requested by an authorized representative of any educational or research institution, or an authorized representative of competent authorities.

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Master in Nuclear Security (Pilot)

The Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences supported a Master in Nuclear Security (MiNS) EU pilot project, in partnership with universities from the Netherlands, Austria, Norway, the United Kingdom and Greece. The Master in Nuclear Security provided a broad overview of the entire risk area. The scope of the course included prevention and planning, detection of and response to unauthorized access, theft, sabotage, illegal transfer or other malicious acts involving nuclear material, other radioactive substances or their associated facilities. The Master programme aimed at delivering security nuclear managers with the ability of finding synergy in thinking between hazard-risks, security methodology and corporate governance on strategic and tactic organization level.

Press release:
19.12.2014 : Diploma Ceremony For Master In Nuclear Security

Press release:
Top Story | 18 April 2013 : New Masters Programme in Nuclear Security is Launched

The Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences is the only participant from Germany in the upcoming Erasmus project “Master in Nuclear Security” (MiNS). The other participants are: Delft University of Technology (project coordinator), Vienna University of Technology, the University of Oslo, the University of Manchester (Dalton Nuclear Institute) and the Institute of Nuclear Technology-Radiation Protection National centre for Scientific Research “Demokritos”. The project is developed and organized in collaboration with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

The Master in Nuclear Security provides a broad overview of the entire risk area. The scope of the course includes prevention and planning, detection of and response to unauthorized access, theft, sabotage, illegal transfer or other malicious acts involving nuclear material, other radioactive substances or their associated facilities.

The master course aims at delivering nuclear security managers with the ability of finding synergy in thinking between hazard-risks, security methodology and corporate governance on strategic and tactical organisation level. While providing know-how and practical experience, the course will enable the participant to work at strategic level within the field of nuclear security. This applies to employees of nuclear installations, nuclear security officers in national authorities, such as Ministries of Justice, Finance Health an Environment, police and intelligence services and regulatory authorities.

The master course aims at delivering nuclear security managers with the ability of finding synergy in thinking between hazard-risks, security methodology and corporate governance on strategic and tactical organisation level. While providing know-how and practical experience, the course will enable the participant to work at strategic level within the field of nuclear security. This applies to employees of nuclear installations, nuclear security officers in national authorities, such as Ministries of Justice, Finance Health an Environment, police and intelligence services and regulatory authorities.

Organisations will benefit from the first Master in Nuclear Security. It is a cost-effective way of educating and rewarding managers and strategic talent. The experience, knowledge and skills will mould participants into innovative leaders of the future, making them invaluable to their organisation.

The semesters will be given in several countries and several visits to nuclear plants, hospitals and logistics centres have been planned. The course consists of six modules, and each module consists of two weeks of classroom study and the master thesis.

The Programme of the Master in Nuclear Security