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Essay Competition for Young Professionals: Submit Winning Papers for IAEA International Conference on Nuclear Security


The very first IAEA essay competition is now open for students and early career professionals as part of the IAEA's International Conference on Nuclear Security: Commitments and Actions taking place from 5 to 9 December 2016 at IAEA headquarters in Vienna.

The essay submission deadline is Monday, 5 September 2016.

The IAEA encourages students and young professionals from developing countries, especially women, to submit original and innovative essays on the future of nuclear security. To inspire essay topics, applicants may choose to refer to the conference webpage for a list of high-level themes and planned technical session subjects.

The essays need to be less than 2,500 words and can be submitted in any of the official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish). Please refer to the Terms and Conditions for details.

The Award

On Friday 7 October the three selected winners will be annouced and they will receive a cash prize of €2 000 each and a certificate signed by IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano.

The winners' expenses to attend the conference and present their papers will be covered by the IAEA.

Winning essays will also be posted on the IAEA website.

The December conference will discuss the international community's experiences and achievements on strengthening nuclear security as well as identify future directions and priorities. Other topics on the agenda include: legislative and regulatory nuclear security framework; threat and risk assessment; physical protection of nuclear material and facilities; nuclear security culture; information and computer security; nuclear forensics and strengthening nuclear security networks; and exercises and responses.

Additional details about the essay competition can be found here and the flyer for the conference is available here.

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