17th International Nuclear Graphite Specialists’ Meeting
September 5th – 8th 2016
(Opening Reception Sunday September 4th at 7pm in Der Wilhelmshof Hotel)

United Nations complex in Kaisermühlen, Vienna, Austria

INGSM-17 will take place at THE INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY, which is located within the United Nations complex at Kaisermühlen, Vienna, Austria (also known as ‘UNO City’ and adjacent to the Vienna International Centre [‘VIC’]). All conference sessions will take place in Room M3 (Building M sits between Buildings B and A and will be found to your left after you enter the final security barrier: go up the escalator from M ground floor then walk around to the REAR – straight ahead then two left turns! – and find the room entrance on your left).

Delegates are expected to arrive into Vienna on Sunday 4th September and there will be a welcome reception at HOTEL DER WILHELMSHOF in the evening.

This conference will continue the series begun at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee, in 2000. The annual conferences continue to explore the entire nuclear graphite life cycle and the technical issues which are presented in the design, operation and decommissioning of graphite-moderated nuclear reactors.

The previous conference held in September 2015 in Nottingham (UK) attracted nearly 100 delegates representing the key international design organisations, plant operators, specialised university research departments, consultants and regulators. INGSM presentations are archived within the IAEA Knowledge Base on Nuclear Graphite, and this will continue with presentations for the 2016 conference.


Conference Chairman:

Mr. Frederik Reitsma, International Atomic Energy Agency f.reitsma@iaea.org


Prof. Tony Wickham, Cwmchwefru Farm, Llanafanfawr, Builth Wells, Powys LD2 3PW, UK
+44 (0) 1597 860 633
+44 (0) 7785 567 577
n.b. contact details may change during 2016 – please check this page!


Conference Staff (during event only):

Mr Sam Church mrsamchurch@gmail.com

Conference Office

During the conference, Tony Wickham or Sam Church will be available in Room M OE 58, Conference Building Ground Floor (towards the back!). UK mobile numbers or the confer@globalnet.co.uk address will reach us very quickly: +44 7785 567 577 or +44 7969 840 681. In the unlikely event that assistance is unavailable, please contact Frederik Reitsma on +43 676 482 6527 or on any internal phone in the IAEA complex (dial 22565) or in Room A2565.

Small Print

Whilst every care has been taken in the preparation of this information, no responsibly for errors or any consequences thereof can be accepted by The British Carbon Group, The International Atomic Energy Agency or by any named individual. IAEA logo used with permission.

The British Carbon Group is registered in accordance with The Data Protection Act 1998 and subsequent amendments. No personal data will be shared with any third party without permission (see also registration form) and no card data will be retained beyond the conclusion of the meeting either in electronic or paper form. Card payments are handled through WorldPay on behalf of The National Westminster Bank, UK. Registration transactions will be processed in the UK in UK pounds.

The British Carbon Group acts only as agent providing guidance for the reservation of personal accommodation. Any issues relating to your hotel accommodation must be taken up directly with the hotel. No responsibility can be accepted by The British Carbon Group or the International Atomic Energy Agency for loss or damage to personal items at any time during the conference.


Blocks of rooms at preferential rates have been reserved in two hotels:

Classic Hotel Wien, Praterstraße 72 (booking deadline 8th July 2016)

Der Wilhelmshof, Kleine Stadtgutgasse 4 (booking deadline 15th May 2016)

Booking forms for the Classic Hotel Wien and Der Wilhelmshof are downloaded here.

Both hotels are within 200 metres of Praterstern station which is accessible directly from the airport by S-Bahn (S-7, interval 30 mins, departures approx. xxh10 and xxh40), and Praterstern also offers a direct link to the IAEA via U-Bahn Line 1 (alight Kaisermühlen – VIC and use the forward exit which opens directly to Gate 1). Both hotels are within a reasonable walking distance of central Vienna (but see information under TRANSPORTATION).

Hotel costs ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THE REGISTRATION FEE and must be settled directly with your hotel.

Many other hotel choices are available, either in the old city, the environs of Stadtpark, or adjacent to the IAEA – for the latter area, search for Park Inn by Radisson, ARCOTEL Kaiserwasser or NH Danube City, all on Wagramerstraße and within sight of IAEA, but be aware that you will need to use the U-Bahn to access the centre of Vienna in the evenings.

Local Transportation

Local transportation in Vienna is extremely cheap, efficient and safe, and will be used for travel between hotels and the IAEA, for trips into the inner city for dinner, and for the social programme. Delegates are strongly advised to obtain a weekly ticket (‘Wochenkarte’) from the self-service machines either at the airport train station or any U-Bahn station. This costs €16.20 at the time of writing, and is valid from one minute past midnight on Monday September 5th for seven 24-hour periods. Instructions on how to purchase tickets can be found here: InstructionsOBBmachines

Whatever time/day you arrive at Vienna International Airport, this ticket is NOT valid for the whole of your journey into the city. You are strongly advised NOT to take the ‘City Airport Train’ (CAT) which is outrageously expensive and does not deliver you to a useful destination unless you have chosen a hotel somewhere in the area of Stadtpark.

Assuming that you will take either one of the recommended hotels, or a hotel near IAEA, use S-7 local train (usual destinations are Floridsdorf or Laa an der Thaya). On Sunday, purchase also a two-zone ride single fare (€4.40), on Monday morning and after you need only a one-zone ride (€2.20) because your Wochenkarte covers the rest. If purchased at the airport, neither of these tickets need be validated as they will be date-stamped by the issuing machine. The touch-screen machines offer four languages!

Train-ticket machines are located in three places in the airport: upon leaving customs turn to the right. There is one on the right at the top of the ramp down to the station (and an actual manned ticket office, but only open at times to suit themselves). There are more machines at the entrance level when you go through the two sets of automatic doors, and further ones on the platform.

S-7 arrives to Praterstern in approximately 30 minutes and the recommended hotels are nearby. Exit the station to the south and cross the tram/bus station and then the main road. The Classic Hotel Wien is straight ahead along Praterstrasse – 100 metres on the left. For Der Wilhelmshof, turn to your right, staying on that road until you see Kleine Stadtgutgasse as second turning on your left. The hotel entrance is 50 metres on the left-hand side.

For hotels near the Agency, transfer at Praterstern to U-1 (destination of train is ‘Leopoldau’), and your destination station will be ‘Kaisermühlen – VIC International Centre’. The hotels are on the main street to your right (facing the direction of travel). Exit from the rearmost platform to access a subway under the busy road.

Any additional travel on Sunday will require a separate ticket, which MUST be validated before starting your journey (‘Entwerter’). Such tickets can be purchased at any U-Bahn station machine.

Once in possession of your Wochenkarte, from Monday morning you need only carry it with you and present it on demand (rare). It is valid on U-Bahn (all) and on trams, buses and the S-Bahn within zone 100, which is huge – i,e, for all your journeys to and from IAEA, and trips into the inner city for dinner. You will also need it for the social outing on Wednesday. However, it will NOT take you all the way back to the airport. It is valid as far as Schwechat, two stops short. Further instructions on how to purchase a ticket at an ÖBB machine, before you set off in Praterstern can be found here: InstructionsOBBmachines.