A webinar entitled “Nuclear Power in Russia: History, Current Status, and Trends” by Prof. Vladimir Artisiuk (Vice-Rector for International Cooperation, Rosatom Tech) on April 24th started a sequence of web-based lectures on nuclear technology organized by the Austrian Nuclear Society (Austria), University of Witwatersrand (South Africa) and the South African Network for Nuclear Education, Science and Technology (SAN-NEST).
The lecture covered the history of nuclear technology development in Russia since the First-in-Eurasia reactor (1946, Moscow) until the achievements of the State Atomic Energy Corporation “Rosatom” in the present days. With more than 70 years of experience, Russia has nuclear technology covering all aspects of the industry including the full nuclear fuel cycle and advanced technologies (SMR, III+, Gen-IV and other). The special emphasis was done on the specifics of Russian nuclear power technologies (VVER, fast reactors, small modular nuclear power reactors).
More than 55 participants joined the webinar, mainly from the African countries. The big number of technical and detailed questions after the lecture showed a great interest in the topic and professionalism of the participants.
Such outreach lectures on the development of nuclear power in the World and in Russia (case of South Africa and SPbPU) help to spread the information aimed at education of a vast auditoria of people on the present state of the safe use of nuclear technologies, its safety features and the influence on a country’s sustainable development.
Rosatom Tech is involved in capacity building in African countries and South Africa in particular, where it established cooperation with North-West University and Pretoria Technical College. Under ROSATOM project “International Cooperation in Nuclear Education” Rosatom Tech supports cooperation between educational systems of Russia and countries embarking on nuclear programmes towards the establishment of nuclear curricula in the latter in compliance with requirements of the industry.