Visit of the director of the International Atomic Energy Agency Cienfuegos Center for Environmental Studies • Workers

Visit of the director of the International Atomic Energy Agency Cienfuegos Center for Environmental Studies • Workers

Deputy director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Dr. Najat Mokhtar visited the Cienfuegos Center for Environmental Studies (CEAC) as part of his agenda, which he is developing in Cuba, which ends on Friday, the 25th.

Deputy Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Dr. Najat Mokhtar.

When the head of the IAEA Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications also arrived at the site, he was received by local authorities, a delegation from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (Citma) and the Provincial Government headquarters. CEAC directors and researchers.

During his stay in Cienfuegos, he taught a postgraduate course on Nuclear Technology for the Control of Plastic Pollution, based on the IAEA’s activities aimed at treating pollution through recycling with radiation techniques and marine monitoring through isotope monitoring.

Deputy Director General of the International Organization at CEAC, Deputy Scientific ─ Technical Director Dr. He received information about the ongoing projects from Alain Muñoz Caravaca and toured the Environmental Testing Laboratory equipped with the most advanced technologies. In cooperation with the IAEA. He also made an exchange with the experts, researchers and managers of the scientific institution.

According to a review on the CITMA website, during his stay in Cuba, Dr. Mokhtar toured several centers carrying out projects with the IAEA and held meetings with directors of various ministries, including Science, Technology and Environment, Public Health (Minsap). With the representation of Agriculture and Home Affairs as well as the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

According to the program, IAEA Deputy Director General also visited Minsap’s National Institutes of Hygiene, Epidemiology and Microbiology (INHEM), Pedro Kourí Tropical Medicine Institute (IPK) and Office of Cancer Control in Havana.

Najat Mokhtar was interested in the realization of research projects. / Photo courtesy of CEAC.

On the agenda was the Surgical Medical Research Center (CIMEQ), where a cyclotron was established for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases such as cancer and which received the support of the United Nations System Organization.

He also learned about the work of the National Institute of Agricultural Sciences (INCA) and the Isotope Center (Centis) in Mayabeque state.

At the National Center for Agricultural Health (Censa), the coordinator of the Integrated Measures Against Zoonotic Diseases (ZODIAC) project gave a presentation on this IAEA initiative to strengthen global preparedness for possible future pandemics.

Dr. Najat Mokhtar was appointed as Deputy Director General and Head of Department for Nuclear Sciences and Applications on 1 January 2019. Prior to his appointment, he served as Director of the Asia-Pacific Division of the Office of Technical Cooperation.

Between 2012 and 2014, he served as the Head of the Department of Environmental Studies on Nutrition and Health, and the Head of the Department of Human Health. From 2010 to 2012, he participated in World War II in Morocco, where he coordinated the national Education and Research strategy. He served as the Director of Science and Technology at the Hassan Academy of Science and Technology.

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Deputy Director General with executives and researchers from CEAC. Photo courtesy of / CEAC

He worked as a university professor and research director at Ibn Tofail University in Morocco for over 20 years, and worked as a technical officer at the Agency from 2001 to 2007.

Deputy Director General and head of the IAEA’s Division of Nuclear Sciences and Applications, he holds a PhD in Nutrition and Endocrinology from the University of Laval in Canada and a PhD in Food Sciences from the University of Dijon in France. He completed his postdoctoral education at Johns Hopkins University in the United States as a Fulbright Scholar.

He was head of the Department of Environmental Studies in Nutrition and Health; Department of Human Health (2012 – 2014); Moroccan Academy of Science and Technology II.

CEAC, which celebrates its 23rd anniversary on November 3, stands out with the effective use of international cooperation as a means of technological improvement and scientific update.

It has produced more than 350 scientific publications in journals with national and international influence, carries out various research and development projects, and provides a wide range of services aimed at contributing to the knowledge and solution of environmental problems in Cuba and the Caribbean region.


about the author

Graduated as Professor of General Education at the Félix Varela Higher Pedagogical Institute in Villa Clara, Cuba (1979). He worked for the magazine Juventud Técnica, the weekly En Guardia, a publication of the Central Army, Escambray, CINCO de Septiembre and the newspapers Granma. Since 2007 he is the correspondent of Trabajadores in the province of Cienfuegos. He specializes in economic and agricultural issues. He accompanied the second Cuban Medical Brigade, which arrived in Honduras after Hurricane Mitch passed in 1999, on their journalistic duties. He published Truths Without Ports (Cuban editorial MECENAS). He held three more journalistic posts in that Central American country, lecturing university students, advising the media, and giving courses-workshops on journalism updating to journalists and communicators. He has received multiple awards in international, national and regional Journalism awards and competitions. Manuel Hurtado del Valle (Cienfuegos) awarded the Provincial Journalism Award for Life’s Work – 2012. Awarded with the Award Seal by the National Union of Cultural Workers (SNTC). Maintains Professional Evaluation of Exception.

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