The Russia-IAEA Nuclear Energy Management School for Managers in Nuclear Organizations was held on 14-18 May 2018 in Sochi and St. Petersburg. It was organized by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in cooperation with the State Atomic Energy Corporation “Rosatom” through Rosatom Technical Academy (Rosatom Tech). Although two other Joint Rosatom-IAEA Nuclear Energy Management Schools have taken place in Russia before (in 2016 and 2017), the present one became the first of a kind NEM-School in Russia aimed at training of mid-level managers and decision makers involved in development of national nuclear energy programmes. IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano and Director General of Rosatom Alexei Likhachev participated in the School opening ceremony by addressing the School participants.
Mr Amano stressed that ensuring the availability of highly qualified staff to assume responsibility for the safe, secure and sustainable operation of nuclear facilities in the coming decades is extremely important and the IAEA Schools are among the ways in which the IAEA helps its Member States to address challenges of knowledge transfer.
Mr Likhachev encouraged participants with statement that the world and the future development of energy is largely based on the growth of the nuclear generation in the energy mix and this will be driven by people who are responsible, innovative and very much excited and involved.
The week-long Russia–IAEA Nuclear Energy Management School for managers in nuclear organizations started in Sochi in conjunction with the ATOMEXPO 2018 International Forum, one of the largest internationally recognized venues focusing on important issues facing the nuclear industry. The School programme involved participation in the ATOMEXPO activities: Round Table Session on Nuclear Infrastructure, Plenary discussion “Global partnership – joint success”, Visiting Atomexpo Exhibitions and in ATOMEXPO AWARDS.
The School continued on the premises of the Saint-Petersburg branch of Rosatom Tech. A broad range of issues including nuclear infrastructure development, safety culture, achievements in reactor technology and management of nuclear knowledge have been covered in the process of training. All lectures were delivered by leading experts from IAEA and Russian Federation.
During the event the participants had an opportunity to join the unique technical tour to Leningrad NPP 2, with the visiting of both reactor under construction and reactor in pre-commissioning phase, as well as full scope simulator (AES-2006 design with VVER-1200 reactor).
Totally 23 representatives of 16 countries (Argentine, Armenia, Bolivia, Egypt, Hungary, Ghana, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Nigeria, Indonesia, Cambodia, Uzbekistan, Turkey, Viet Nam, Russian Federation) have participated in the event.
On May 18th the certificates of successful completion were awarded to participants.
For more information about the School, please visit official School’s web page.