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About school

Recognizing that the management of a nuclear energy facility over its lifecycle is challenging and complex, and that it requires both technical and managerial knowledge specific to the nuclear sector, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has developed the Nuclear Energy Management (NEM) School programme, which focuses on the managerial and technical competencies that are required to support of national nuclear energy strategies.

The NEM School programme is a one-week or two-week learning event managed by the Nuclear Management Section of the IAEA and it builds on contributions from various IAEA Sections and external subject matter experts from Member States. It provides a broad international perspective coupled with the IAEA’s specific knowledge on areas relevant to the entire nuclear energy lifecycle, e.g. nuclear licensing and regulation, nuclear energy policy, safety culture, nuclear fuel cycle, and nuclear safety, security and safeguards.

The IAEA 2017 General Conference resolution GC(61)/RES/11 provided continuing support for the NEM School programme in the following statement: “Acknowledging the increasing regional demand for the Agency’s Nuclear Energy Management School and its positive impact on enhancing awareness and understanding of nuclear sector issues and challenges among future nuclear professionals and managers.”

The NEM School programme envisages two formats that can be implemented in regional NEM Schools in cooperation with a local university or nuclear organization acting as the host organization:

  • A two-week NEM School for young professionals working in the nuclear sector who show managerial potential and aptitude for future leadership positions.
  • A one-week NEM School for managers and decision-makers from the middle management level in the nuclear sector and government.

The Russia—IAEA Nuclear Management School for Managers in Nuclear Organizations is organized in the Russian Federation by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in cooperation with State Atomic Energy Corporation “Rosatom” through Rosatom Technical Academy (Rosatom Tech). This one-week education and training event is devoted to building leadership competencies essential to supporting nuclear infrastructure development in countries embarking on or expanding national nuclear power programmes. The School is aimed at providing mid-level managers in the nuclear industrial sector and governments of IAEA Member States with broad understanding of key issues and challenges associated with peaceful uses of nuclear technology.

A unique feature of the School in Russia is its focus on practical cases of energy policy implementation and nuclear power development. It consists of two sessions:

  • The session in Sochi (14—15 May 2018) is organized in conjunction with the ATOMEXPO 2018 International Forum, one of the largest internationally recognized venues focusing on important issues facing the nuclear industry.
  • The session in St. Petersburg (16—18 May, 2018) incorporates a technical tour to Leningrad NPP-2 site, which is at the final stage of its commissioning.

NEM Schools can include lectures, panel discussions, technical visits, group projects, case studies, tests/assessments and informal activities that are designed to:

  • Share the nuclear energy knowledge of the Member States and IAEA;
  • Ensure a broad awareness and international perspective of issues related to nuclear energy;
  • Benefit from the experience of lecturers from industry, academia, and the IAEA;
  • Make use of the IAEA’s e-learning platform designed to collect and facilitate sharing of training materials;
  • Utilize various facilities in Member States for technical visits or training;
  • Enhance networking opportunities among participants;
  • Underline the specific aspects of nuclear energy management in implementing national nuclear energy strategies.


The NEM School will cover a broad range of subjects. Examples are presentations, panel discussion and case studies on the following topical areas:

Nuclear Human Resource Challenges:

  • Workforce planning and the workforce lifecycle
  • Education and training for a nuclear workforce
  • Competency building and knowledge management across the nuclear lifecycle

Leadership and Management in a Nuclear Enterprise:

  • Nuclear project management
  • Management systems and quality assurance
  • Strategic leadership and management for safety and safety culture
  • Communication strategies for leaders in nuclear power projects

Nuclear Safety:

  • Main principles of nuclear installation safety
  • The IAEA safety standards
  • Regulatory infrastructure and nuclear licensing fundamentals
  • Emergency planning, preparedness and response

Nuclear Security:

  • Nuclear Security Fundamentals
  • Establishing the nuclear security infrastructure for a nuclear power programme
  • Physical protection of nuclear material and nuclear facilities
  • Computer/cyber security
  • Measures to prevent, detect and respond to a nuclear security event
  • IAEA Nuclear Security Series
  • Nuclear security culture and its relationship to safety culture

Nuclear Safeguards:

  • International non-proliferation regime
  • IAEA safeguards; legal aspects
  • The IAEA’s methods and tools for safeguards implementation

Nuclear Power Technologies:

  • Basics of nuclear power systems
  • Overview of current nuclear power technologies and designs
  • Nuclear power plant design basis and principles
  • Small modular reactor and advanced reactor technologies
  • Evolution of VVER Technology

Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Waste Management:

  • Overview of the nuclear fuel cycle; mining, conversion, fuel design and manufacture, fuel performance, spent fuel management
  • Decommissioning of nuclear facilities
  • Radioactive waste management; minimizing waste; processing, storage, disposal

Communication, Public Acceptance/Understanding of Nuclear Power:

  • Outreach and public awareness; building public support
  • Main principles of stakeholder involvement for nuclear power
  • Effective communication in support of nuclear power

Case study: Activities of the State Atomic Energy Corporation “Rosatom” to support partner countries in communication with the public

Nuclear Knowledge Management:

  • Role of nuclear knowledge management (NKM) in nuclear energy programmes
  • Identifying and managing critical knowledge assets; risk management of knowledge loss
  • Knowledge capture and sharing; explicit and tacit knowledge
  • Knowledge management in transition period from construction to operation and from
  • operation to decommissioning

NKM platforms, tools, and applications; the IAEA’s learning platform: CLP4NET

Industrial Involvement and Localization during Construction, Operation and Decommissioning:

  • Experience and lessons learned in construction management
  • Architect engineering and engineering, procurement and construction contracting
  • Role of technical support and service organizations
  • Procurement engineering and nuclear supply chain management