The Moscow branch of the Rosatom Technical Academy hosted the Fourth Joint Russian Federation – IAEA Nuclear Knowledge Management School.
23 participants from 13 countries received specialized education and training on the development and implementation of nuclear knowledge management programmes in nuclear science and technology organizations. It is intended for young professionals in current or future leading roles in managing nuclear knowledge.
School's program included various dimensions of nuclear knowledge management, such as processes and tools, challenges and benefits, the influence of organizational culture, the relationship with human resource development, and the use of information technology for knowledge preservation and sharing.
At the end of the training, the Director for International Cooperation of the Rosatom Technical Academy, Mr Viktor Mazepov, emphasized the necessity of ongoing knowledge transmission between generations for the safe and effective use of nuclear technologies. Ms Helena Zhivitskaya, expert of the Nuclear Knowledge Management Section of the IAEA Department of Nuclear Energy, added: “In recent years, nuclear knowledge management has become an increasingly important factor in managing the nuclear sector. In order to increase the safety of nuclear energy, the IAEA offers a variety of services to its Member States, such as fostering systematic and integrated knowledge management.”.
Training also included the practical part. During the week, the participants, under the guidance of supervisors, worked in groups on their own projects on implementing a nuclear knowledge management system in the organization.
The Russian experience of efficient nuclear knowledge distribution and preservation was shared by the Deputy Director for Training and Nuclear Infrastructure of the Rusatom Service branch in Hungary, Ms Yulia Chernyakhovskaya, and the Scientific and Technical Information Engineer of JSC OKBM Afrikontov, Ms Maria Afanasyeva. Director of the Prognoz Research and Development Centre, Mr Eduard Volkov, and Associate Professor of the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI, Mr Evgeny Kulikov, explained to the participants the fundamentals of nuclear knowledge management.
The IAEA actively supports its Member States by providing tools and training to assess, improve and strengthen the safety and security culture throughout the lifetime of their facilities and activities.
The Russian Federation – IAEA Nuclear Knowledge Management Schools are organized within the extra-budgetary contribution of the Russian Federation to the implementation of the IAEA Technical Cooperation projects for the development of the nuclear infrastructure of newcomer countries. The School is organized by the Center for International Cooperation.