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60 years of CEA support to the IAEA


Since its creation in 1957, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has been able to count on the support of the CEA which presented, on the occasion of the 60th General Conference of the IAEA, a work of art at the Agency.

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The CEA General Administrator, and head of the French delegation to the 60th IAEA General Conference, presented Yukiya Amano, IAEA Director General, a work of C215.

Following a CEA commission, Christian Guémy, better known by his street artist name C215, worked on a radionuclide table on which the portraits of Irène Joliot-Curie and Frédéric Joliot-Curie, first High Commissioner of the CEA are reproduced. , and both Nobel Prize in chemistry[1].


Presentation by Daniel Verwaerde, CEA General Administrator, of the gift of the French delegation to the IAEA, represented by its Director General Yukiya Amano during a ceremony on September 25, 2016 at the French Embassy in Vienna.

Through this graphic work rich in scientific and historical meaning, the CEA wanted to mark its commitment for 60 years to the achievement of the objectives of the IAEA, for which it makes available its scientific expertise. The CEA has thus confirmed its desire for international openness by signing three ICERR affiliation agreements allowing IAEA member states which are signatories and wish to acquire skills in nuclear R&D to have access to research reactors in ICERR-labeled operation in other States, such as the Isis and Jules Horowitz reactors, in France. Verwaerde also recalled during his statement to the 60th General Conference “the importance of a solid international non-proliferation regime which is, today and for 60 years now, embodied and made possible by the IAEA. The CEA will illustrate the skills and expertise in nuclear energy that it makes available to the international community at several side events to the IAEA General Conference. In particular, it organizes an event on technological innovation in support of nuclear power programs.

[1] A table of radionuclides classifies nuclei according to the number of protons and the number of neutrons. Not to be confused with the periodic table of the elements, or Mendeleïev’s table, which classifies the elements according to the number of protons in their nucleus.

French physicists and chemists, Frédéric Joliot and Irène Joliot-Curie won the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1935 for the discovery of artificial radioactivity. Their work paved the way for the mastery of nuclear fission reactions, towards many applications such as atomic energy.
A sister work of this painting is hung on the wall of a CEA nuclear physics research laboratory in Sacla y, near Paris, this 1981 map lists the atomic nuclei known at that time, stable and radioactive, classified according to their numbers of neutrons and protons.
C215, French street artist, has produced more than 50 works on the history of science and science fiction at CEA Saclay.

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To celebrate the 60 years of the IAEA, the French representatives published a reproduction of the press release of the IAEA period reporting on the first election of the 10 members of the Board of Governors of which France was a member