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IPRA14 Congress Registration and Technical Tours


14th International Congress of the Radiation Protection Association
9 - 13 May 2016, Cape Town – South Africa

IRPA 14 is the premier world congress in radiation safety in all areas of application of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation. IRPA will also celebrate its 50th Anniversary in Cape Town to acknowledge the substantial contributions to both science and the practical and safe application of radiation that IRPA and its associate societies have made over the last 50 years.

Registration for the Congress is open for all categories and you are invited to register online now at to take advantage of the discounted early-bird rates.
Deadline Dates: 
Early:  Pay before 31 January 2016
Standard:  Pay between 1 February and 2016 and 31 March 2016
Late:  Pay between 1 April 2016 and 1 May 2016
Onsite:  Pay after 1 May 2016
Registration fees are to be paid in South African Rands (ZAR), and should be paid according to the procedure described on the registration form included in this announcement. Payment can also be made on-line when you register for the Congress on the website: Payment can be made by MasterCard, Visa, American Express or Diners Card or by bank transfer.

For more information on how to register and registration costs, please visit the official Congress  website at:


Pre-Congress Technical Visits and Tour

Delegates will be able to visit a variety of facilities as part of the Technical Visits programme as well as a tour to Necsa. These visits will take place prior to the congress on Friday 6 May 2016 and can either be attended as a one-day visit or as part of a sightseeing tour. All visits will depart from the Cape Town International Convention Centre except the visit to Necsa.
The tour to Necsa will take place on Thursday 5 May 2016 and Friday 6 May 2016.

See for full details, a summary is below.


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Koeberg Nuclear Power Station (One Day Visit)

Date: 6 May 2016 / Time: 08h00 to 17h00
Based on a maximum of 20 participants
Transportation costs including Lunch pack: R650.00 per person rate


This one day tour will afford delegates the opportunity to visit the Koeberg Nuclear Power Station, the only nuclear power station on the entire African continent. It is located North of Cape Town on the picturesque west coast of South Africa. The Koeberg Nuclear Power Station is owned and has been operated by the country's national electricity supplier, Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd.
More information at

Groote Schuur and Tygerberg Hospital (One Day Visit)

Date: 6 May 2016 / Time: 08h00 to 17h00
Based on a maximum of 20 participants (maximum 10 participants at each venue)
Transportation costs including Lunch pack: R800.00 per person rate


Groote Schuur is one of Cape Town's premier tertiary academic hospitals and was officially opened in 1938. The hospital is internationally renowned as the training ground for some of South Africa's finest doctors, surgeons and nurses. Internationally, Groote Schuur Hospital gained global fame when, in December 1967, a young UCT educated surgeon named Dr Christiaan Barnard completed the world's first successful human heart transplant. Perhaps not quite as well known is the fact that Allan Cormack, co-recipient of the 1979 Nobel prize for his role in the development of the CT scanner, performed a large part of his work on the CT scanner while working at Groote Schuur Hospital.
The visit entails a tour of the "Heart of Cape Town" Museum (Entrance fee included); a museum built on the Groote Schuur Hospital premises around the first heart transplant. It will also include a tour to the radiotherapy department. Tygerberg Hospital is a tertiary hospital located in Cape Town.
The hospital was officially opened in 1976 and is the largest hospital in the Western Cape and the second largest hospital in South Africa. It acts as a teaching hospital in conjunction with the University of Stellenbosch's Health Science Faculty. This tour would include a visit to the PET imaging centre at the hospital and possibly the 3 Tesla MRI scanner.

iThemba LABS

Date: 6 May 2016 / Time: 13h00 - 16h00
Based on a maximum of 20 participants 
Transportation costs including Lunch pack: R650.00 per person rate


The iThemba Laboratory for Accelerator-Based Sciences is a group of multi-disciplinary research laboratories administered by the National Research Foundation. Based at two sites in the Western Cape and Gauteng, these provide facilities for:

  • Basic and applied research using particle beams
  • Particle radiotherapy for the treatment of cancer
  • The supply of accelerator-produced radioactive isotopes for nuclear medicine and research
The main accelerator is a variable-energy separated-sector cyclotron, capable of accelerating protons to a maximum energy of 200 MeV. Since the late 1980's, the Radionuclide Production Department has been known for supplying both the national and international markets with high quality accelerator based radiopharmaceuticals / radionuclides. This included the supply of short-lived SPECT radiopharmaceuticals such as 123I-related products and 67Ga to its over 25 nuclear medicine departments in South Africa. In 2006, the first commercial PET radiopharmaceutical, 18F-FDG, and in 2008 the first commercial 68Ge/68Ga generator was produced.The particle radiotherapy facility boasts a 200 MeV horizontal proton beam line, as well as an isocentric p(66)/Be neutron therapy unit, with depth dose characteristics very similar to an 8 MV photon beam.

South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa)

This two day tour will afford delegates the opportunity to visit a variety of nuclear facilities at Necsa's picturesque Pelindaba Site located 70 km from the OR Tambo airport, Johannesburg.


Necsa is a state-owned company responsible for undertaking and promoting Research and Development in the field of nuclear energy and radiation sciences. It is also responsible for processing source material, including uranium enrichment, and cooperating with other institutions, locally and abroad, on nuclear and related matters. More information at 

Facilities that would be included in the visit would be:

  • SAFARI-1 Research Reactor: 20 Megawatt tank-in-pool type nuclear research reactor, owned and operated by Necsa.
  • NTP Radioisotopes SOC Ltd: Responsible for a range of radiation-based products and services for healthcare, life sciences and industry. Necsa is by far Africa's largest producer of a range of medical isotopes and an important international supplier of 99Mo which is used for diagnostic purposes and therapeutic treatment of cancers. Many millions of people have received the benefits of medical isotopes originating from the SAFARI-1 Research Reactor.
  • Pelstore: Responsible for pre-disposal operations of all solid radioactive waste originating from Necsa operational facilities and also the interim storage area for all solid radioactive waste from Necsa's decommissioned enrichment programme. A large facility containing 65000 steel drums with several operations, e.g. segmented drum scanner, repacking area and dispatch area for waste transported to the Vaalputs radioactive waste disposal facility.
  • Necsa Emergency Control Centre: From this centre emergencies at Necsa are managed by a multidiscipline team of functionaries. Emergency services are also provided to the local municipality. The Centre which has been renovated during the FIFA 2010 World Cup and has been successfully used as a national nuclear security and emergencies command centre for several major public events such as FIFA 2010 World Cup, COP 17 and AFCON 2013.
  • Necsa Visitor Centre: Used to promote the public understanding of nuclear science and technology and facilitate regular communication with the public and its stakeholders.


Delegates should make travel arrangements through the Congress Secretariat, Turners Conferences to arrive at the hotel on Wednesday 4 May 2016 and depart the hotel on the morning of Saturday 7 May 2016.

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