From brain drain to brain “retain”, there is no “quick fix” on the horizon to try and attract the next generation of scientists, engineers and specialists in the fields of nuclear science and technology. But one initiative gaining ground is the efforts of the IAEA to bring nuclear information and science to students around the world.
The International Nuclear Information System (INIS) is the world’s leading information system on the peaceful uses of nuclear science and technology and is operated by the IAEA in collaboration with its Member States and co-operating international organizations. Today 114 Member States and 22 international organizations are participating in INIS.
The IAEA recognizes the importance of nuclear knowledge transfer and the need to attract students to nuclear fields if there is hope of reversing the projected shortfall of specialized expertise. Access to reliable information—especially to students in the developing world—is key to keeping pace. INIS provides students and researchers with access to reliable resources that demonstrate the importance and the advantages of nuclear science and technology.
The INIS Database is available on the Internet and free of charge to students at universities and academic institutes in Member States. To date, the response has been positive and 307 universities in 59 Member States have database access.
“For our nuclear scientists at the Romanian Institute for Nuclear Research (INR), the INIS Database is the first place any nuclear scientist looks for information,” says Mrs. Daniela Diaconu, Administrator of the database at INR. “Information is knowledge and helps to confirm theories or results of technology developed by our researchers.”
INIS processes most of the world’s scientific and technical literature
that falls within its subject scope covering the peaceful uses of nuclear
science and technology. The database currently contains over 2.6 million
bibliographic references with English abstracts.
Central areas are nuclear reactors, reactor safety, nuclear fusion, applications of radiation and radioisotopes in medicine, agriculture, industry and pest control as well as related fields such as nuclear chemistry, nuclear physics and materials science. Legal and social aspects associated with nuclear energy are also covered. And, from 1992, the economic and environmental aspects of all non-nuclear energy sources are also included. INIS also maintains an extensive collection of documents of grey literature not available elsewhere.
If you are interested in this free access, or know of universities that need to access such nuclear information, please contact:
Ms. Taghrid Atieh, INIS & Nuclear Knowledge Management Section.
E-mail: [email protected]
For more information about INIS please visit www.iaea.org/inis
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