Students and professionals in the nuclear power field are taking on learning opportunities while being housebound during the COVID-19 pandemic. Requests to use the IAEA’s basic principle nuclear reactor simulators have risen sharply in recent weeks.
The IAEA is launching a series of webinars to strengthen the development and implementation of effective training and qualification programmes for nuclear facility personnel. The first, on 9 June, will provide an overview of this training of trainers’ series, with a brief review of its building blocks.
The IAEA has released a new version of a software tool for comparing the economics of different technologies for electricity generation. Developed and updated by the IAEA’s International Project on Innovative Nuclear Reactors and Fuel Cycles (INPRO), the Nuclear Energy System Economics Support Tool evaluates the economics of different reactor types and fuel cycles.
The IAEA provides guidance on issues in establishing and implementing research reactor projects. These include legal frameworks, HR development, safety and security, among others.The IAEA’s Milestones approach helps countries effectively develop their research reactor programmes so they can safely and reliably utilize their research reactors.
Clear, transparent and engaging communication can be a highly effective way to strengthen messages about nuclear power. In the latest edition of the IAEA’s webinar series, global experts discussed the power of storytelling in delivering key messages.
The overall objective of this CRP is to share information between and support concerned Member States on issues related to the characterization of spent nuclear fuel in the various steps of its management.
For young women considering a career in nuclear science and technology, Laura McManniman has simple advice: “Don’t doubt yourself.” She is leading a research project with scientists from 10 countries to develop a technical knowledge base about how nuclear reactor spent fuel and materials behave in wet and dry storage.
For the first time and in response to stakeholder demand, a detailed guidance by the IAEA, published in the IAEA Safety Reports Series, provides systematic guidance and benchmarks to experts in maintaining these standards at fuel cycle facilities, protecting people and the environment from the harmful effects of radiation.
Emergency Response During COVID-19:
IAEA's Incident and Emergency Centre
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the IAEA’s Incident and Emergency Centre remains fully operational and ready to respond to nuclear and radiological emergencies. As the global focal point for radiation emergencies, the Centre’s around-the-clock alert system is always staffed and the training of IAEA responders and conduct of exercises is being done remotely. If a radiation emergency should occur, over 200 trained IAEA staff are available to provide technical and scientific assessments, assist countries and coordinate international emergency response efforts.