Nuclear Knowledge Management
Why is nuclear knowledge management important?
Alongside other developments, the changing nuclear workforce is raising issues of "knowledge management" underlying the safe and economic use of nuclear science and technology. In recent years, a number of trends have drawn attention to issues. For one, the nuclear workforce is aging - that is, more and more nuclear workers are approaching retirement age, without a corresponding influx of appropriately qualified younger personnel to replace them. Fewer young people are studying nuclear science, nuclear engineering and related fields at the university level, and a growing number of universities are giving up their nuclear education programmes altogether.
In recognition of these and other trends, a number of IAEA advisory committees, as well as the IAEA Board of Governors and General Conference, have called for measures to better identify the nature and scope of the problem, to understand what Member States are doing to address it, and to determine what co-operative international actions might be appropriate.
In response to this challenge, the IAEA established in 2002 knowledge management as an Agency-wide cross-cutting activity since all Major Programmes are engaged in activities to address preservation and promotion of knowledge and maintaining competence in nuclear science and technology. The IAEA's Programme for 2006-2007 includes a dedicated sub-programme, C3, on Nuclear Knowledge Management.
- International Conference on Knowledge Management in Nuclear Facilities (18-21 June 2007)
- Statement of the Director General to the IAEA General Conference in 2005: Excerpt on Nuclear Knowledge Management
- Open for Research Proposals: Coordinated Research Project (CRP) on Comparative Analysis of Methods and Tools for Nuclear Knowledge Preservation
- Consultancy Meeting for the CRP on "Comparative Analysis of Methods and Tools for Nuclear Knowledge Preservation" on 21-25 November 2005 [PDF 214kB]
- The Second Annual World Nuclear University Summer Institute 8 July-18 August 2006, Stockholm, Sweden
- Read about the International Youth Nuclear Congress 2006
- Learn about the Asian Network for Education in Nuclear Technology (ANENT) on their website
- new Newsletter of the INIS&NKM Section (Issue 1) [PDF 1336kB]
- new Proceedings of the International Conference on Managing Nuclear Knowledge: Strategies and Human Resource Development IAEA Proceedings Series, 2006. Proceedings of a Conference held in Saclay, France, 7-10 September 2004
- new Third Coordination Committee Meeting for the Asian Network for Education in Nuclear Technology (ANENT) on 7-8 September 2006, and a related Technical Session on Managing Nuclear Knowledge on 4-6 September 2006. Click here [PDF, 21kB] for details.