On May 26-28, a series of webinars was held for members of the working groups of the international Network for Education and Training on Emergency Preparedness and Response (iNET-EPR). The International Network iNET-EPR was established in 2019 to assist IAEA Member States in global efforts to create, enhance and sustain emergency preparedness and response capacities, including effective joint activities of the IAEA Capacity Building Centres. 131 participants from 57 countries have already joined the network by 2020.
The aim of the webinars was to demonstrate the ongoing activities of the network’s working groups, develop a roadmap identifying the milestones, key events and timelines for the implementation of the network strategy in the short and long term perspective.
A survey of the IAEA Member States identified the need for a unified Master’s Degree Programme and a harmonized approach to international cooperation in this field, as well as the need to develop possible career paths for graduates and promote the designed programme. For this purpose, the working group «Education and Academics» was created within the framework of the iNET-EPR network and representatives of the leading universities of the world were involved in the development of the IAEA Master’s Degree Programme.
Pilot of the IAEA Master’s Degree Programme is scheduled for 2021-2022. Russian universities – Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University and Voronezh State Technical University – expressed their interest in the implementation of the programme in Russia and the training of both foreign and domestic students.
244 representatives from 57 IAEA Member States participated in the final webinar on June 2, where the functionality of the iNET-EPR International Network portal was demonstrated for the first time. The portal contains profiles of organizations and universities that are parts of the network, best practices, announcement of offered training events by countries, pool of international experts, etc. The platform provides an opportunity for the network members to share experiences, find common ground in joint implementation of activities and strengthen their emergency preparedness and response capacity.
Within the framework of the webinar, a separate session was held in which the current IAEA Capacity Building Centres of Austria, Morocco, Russia and Japan shared the best practices of the Centers. Ms Alesya Iunikova – Head of the International Nuclear Infrastructure Training Centre at Rosatom Tech Moscow Branch demonstrated the experience and plans of training activities of Rosatom Technical Academy in cooperation with the IAEA’s Incident and Emergency Centre, and the contribution of Rosatom Technical Academy to the continuous, sustainable training of personnel of the IAEA Member States in emergency preparedness and response.
In September 2018, at the 62nd General Conference Rosatom Technical Academy and Emergency Response Centre of Rosatom signed practical arrangements with the IAEA on cooperation in building competence in nuclear safety, radiation protection and emergency response. The arrangements resulted in the establishment and operation of a joint Capacity Building Centre.