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Third International Conference on Human Resource Development for Nuclear Power Programmes: Meeting Challenges to Ensure the Future Nuclear Workforce Capability

28–31 May 2018, Gyeongju, Republic of Korea

Human Resource Development Conference 2018

The nuclear energy sector now has a very active lifecycle of human resource challenges in play, from embarking countries moving through IAEA Milestones approach to countries with fully operational nuclear power programmes, as well as NPPs and facilities, including Research Reactors and Radioactive Waste Fuel Cycle facilities seeking operational lifetime extensions and moving into decommissioning. Many of the development needs, opportunities for improving HRD capabilities and lessons learnt are similar for all these working populations.

The conference is directed at a broad range of experts in the area of capacity building, human resource development, education and training, knowledge management and knowledge networks for nuclear power programmes, and will review across the facility and worker lifecycle the current state of nuclear human resource development including nuclear education and training and will address issues such as availability and opportunities for sharing of relevant infrastructure. Topics to be addressed at the conference include attracting, recruiting and retaining a high quality nuclear workforce, development of individuals and teams within nuclear organisations and the required education, training and qualification of a nuclear workforce together with the organisational culture and the impact on the workforce.

International Student Competition

One of the challenges of the human resources lifecycle in the nuclear field is attracting and recruiting talented individuals.  To foster the younger generation’s interest in nuclear science and technology, the IAEA is holding an international student competition held in conjunction with the Third International Conference on Human Resource Development for Nuclear Power Programmes.

Students (aged 14-18 and currently enrolled in secondary schools) are invited to promote discussion and raise awareness on the current or future impacts and applications of nuclear science and technology in our lives. Students who design and implement the most innovative projects will be eligible for a trip to the Republic of Korea, to present at the conference, visit local schools and institutions, and attend cultural events.

You will find the Competition Guidelines and Submission form here.

Key Dates

  • 1 December 2017: Participants submit abstracts
  • 20 December 2017: The IAEA notifies shortlisted participants
  • 2 March 2018: Shortlisted participants submit videos (or digital media presentations) of the project implementation
  • 26 March 2018: The IAEA notifies finalists
  • 29/30 May 2018: Finalist projects are presented at the conference and the winning team is announced
  • 1 June 2018: Finalist projects are available on IAEA social media