IAEA Launches E-Learning Modules on Managing Radioactive Waste, Used Nuclear Fuel and Clean Up of Former Nuclear Facilities

What happens when radioactive and nuclear material is no longer useful? How is it handled and where does it go? Find answers to questions like these in the IAEA’s new set of e-learning modules now available online. This comprehensive package of online distance learning tools allows users to explore the responsibilities, approaches and technologies throughout the so-called ‘back end’ of the nuclear fuel cycle — the process for preparing radioactive and nuclear material for disposal.

With the help of a visual overview map, users can easily orient themselves in the modules to target topics of interest within four main subject areas: radioactive waste management, which includes predisposal of waste, disposal of waste and management of disused sealed radioactive sources; spent fuel management; decommissioning; and environmental remediation. There are also several modules on policies and strategies for spent fuel and radioactive waste management, as well as safety case development.

Each module consists of one to four lectures that take users through about 30 minutes (in some cases more) of animations, short video clips, narrative explanations, quizzes, and photos and illustrations. Throughout this dynamic and interactive environment, approachable language — supported by a glossary and list of helpful resources — makes these technical and scientific topics accessible and interesting for a variety of audiences, from students and the interested public to teachers and nuclear professionals. There are 68 lectures already available online and more are on the way, making it possible to mix and match topics to easily tailor the learning experience to fit the needs and knowledge level of users all around the world.

This new tool was developed by IAEA experts in nuclear energy, nuclear safety and security, and technical cooperation following requests from IAEA Member States for professional training on the back end of the nuclear fuel cycle. It was completed with co-financing from the European Commission, Japan and the United States.

Click here to access the modules. Registration is free, and users may come back any time to continue exploring.

For members of the CONNECT network, the modules can be accessed here

Last update: 10 March 2016