Department of Nuclear Energy

Nuclear Information Section (NIS)

The IAEA's Nuclear Information Section (NIS) consists of the IAEA Library Unit, the INIS Unit and the Systems Development and Support Group. The objectives of NIS are to:

  • Foster the exchange of scientific and technical information on the peaceful uses of nuclear science and technology;
  • Increase awareness in Member States of the importance of maintaining efficient and effective systems for managing information resources on the peaceful uses of nuclear science and technology;
  • Provide information services and support to the Member States and the Agency;
  • Assist with capacity building and training.

IAEA Library Unit

The IAEA Library provides information management and library services in all areas of IAEA activities. Its core functions are:

  • Management of internal and external library information resources;
  • Provision of library information services and information support to the Agency and Member States;
  • Promotion of information exchange, cooperation and resource sharing between nuclear information centres and libraries worldwide.

International Nuclear Information System Unit

The International Nuclear Information System (INIS) Unit is the world's largest custodian of published information in the field of nuclear science and technology. Its role is to:

  • Collect and process bibliographic metadata and electronic texts of nuclear literature published in IAEA Member States;
  • Electronically preserve non-conventional or "grey" literature, such as IAEA documents, policy reports and full-text publications from Member States;
  • Make the INIS collection of publications freely available to all Internet users.

Systems Development and Support Group

The Systems Development and Support Group (SDSG) supports and maintains existing computer information systems and applications, as well as improves their functionality and develops new solutions according to INIS and IAEA Library requirements.

Nuclear Knowledge Management Section (NKM)

The IAEA's Nuclear Knowledge Management Section (NKM) activities assist Member States by developing methodology and guidance documents in nuclear knowledge management; facilitating sustainable education, training and information exchange in nuclear science and technology; and assisting Member States in maintaining and preserving nuclear knowledge.

Planning and Economic Studies Section (PESS)

The objectives of the Planning and Economic Studies Section (PESS) are twofold: to enhance the capacity of Member States to perform their own analyses regarding electricity and energy system development, energy investment planning and energy-environment policy formulation and their economic implications, and to increase the understanding of the potential role of nuclear energy in the context of mitigating climate change and contributing to sustainable energy development.

Division of Nuclear Power (NENP)

The objective of the Division of Nuclear Power (NENP) is to increase the capability of interested Member States to safely, securely, economically and sustainably implement and maintain nuclear power programmes, and develop and apply advanced nuclear technologies. NENP consists of the Sections and Groups detailed below:

Nuclear Power Engineering Section

The Nuclear Power Engineering Section helps to enhance the capability of Member States with existing and planned nuclear power programmes to improve nuclear power plant operating performance and life cycle management, including decommissioning, human performance, quality assurance and technical infrastructure, drawing on good practices and innovative approaches consistent with global objectives on non-proliferation, nuclear safety and security.

Nuclear Power Technology Development Section

The Nuclear Power Technology Development Section helps to enhance the capacity of Member States in the safe, efficient, responsible and sustainable development of evolutionary and innovative nuclear system technology for electricity generation, actinide utilization and transmutation, and non-electric applications that are consistent with sustainability goals.

International Project on Innovative Nuclear Reactors and Fuel Cycles Section

The International Project on Innovative Nuclear Reactors and Fuel Cycles (INPRO) supports Member States in developing and deploying sustainable nuclear energy systems. It is a membership-based project led by a steering committee in which INPRO Members are represented. The INPRO Section in the IAEA's Department of Nuclear Energy coordinates activities with and in Member States that have joined the project.

Nuclear Infrastructure Development Section

The IAEA's Nuclear Infrastructure Development Section (NIDS) in the Department of Nuclear Energy supports Member States embarking on new nuclear power programmes and Member States expanding their existing programmes, in building a sound nuclear infrastructure for the successful introduction or expansion of nuclear power programmes and for the safe, reliable and efficient operation of nuclear power plants.

Division of Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Waste Technology (NEFW)

The objective of the Division of Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Waste Technology (NEFW) is to increase the capabilities of interested Member States for policy making, strategic planning, technology development and implementation of safe, reliable, economically efficient and proliferation resistant, environmentally sound and secure nuclear fuel cycle and waste management programmes. NEFW consists of the Sections detailed below:

Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Materials Section

The IAEA's Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Material Section activities support Member States by promoting sustainable practices in uranium production, the better utilization of uranium resources, improved nuclear fuel performance, proper management of spent fuel through long-term storage and/or reprocessing, and recycling and the development of materials, fuels and fuel cycles for new, innovative nuclear reactors. It covers the nuclear fuel cycle from 'cradle to grave', focussing on production of nuclear-grade uranium; fabrication and in-reactor performance of nuclear fuel; management of spent nuclear fuel; and advanced fuel cycles including recycling.

Waste Technology Section

In radioactive waste management, the IAEA promotes and develops a universally applicable safety regime through the development of safety standards and the application of safe and proven technologies. The IAEA's Waste Technology Section (WTS) fosters technology transfer, promotes information exchange and cooperative research, as well as builds capacities in Member States in order to support the management of radioactive waste resulting both from the nuclear fuel cycle and nuclear applications.

Research Reactor Section

The IAEA's Research Reactor Section (RRS) works with Member States in every step of the research reactor fuel cycle or infrastructure development programme: from the initial decision to build a research reactor, to ensuring safe and effective utilization throughout a lifetime of operation and maintenance, to final decommissioning and disposal of spent nuclear fuel activities supporting research reactors.

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