The United Nations through it’s agencies such as the joint division of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and in collaboration with research institutions are supporting research and training programs in member state countries. Each project aims to increase research capabilities and solve specific, practical problems of agricultural or environmental significance to developing countries using nuclear and stable isotope techniques. As a part of this program, West Australian Biogeochemistry Centre (WABC) has hosted three international researchers earlier this year and is hosting three more researchers on the fellowships again. The current visitors are Dr Ngu War New and Dr Zaw Khaing Oo from The Mandalay University (Myanmar) and Mr. Norman Mendoza from the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute.
The visiting researchers are learning laboratory procedures and application of the stable isotope techniques in ecological and water quality studies. The researchers from Myanmar are working on the Lake Inle conservation project. The researcher from the Philippines is using stable isotope and hydrochemical methods to identify the sources of arsenic in the Pinatubo region.
The visit is hosted by Dr Greg Skrzypek with support from the WABC team: Dr Pauline Grierson, Mr. Doug Ford, and Mrs. Kate Bowler and coordinated by Mrs. Lauren Brown, IAEA International Liaison to Australia from Australia Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation.