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What’s the Future of Nuclear Security? IAEA Launches Essay Competition for Students and Early Career Professionals


The International Conference on Nuclear Security: Sustaining and Strengthening Efforts is taking place at the Agency's headquarters in Vienna, Austria, from 10 to 14 February 2020.

Students and professionals below the age of 35 can now submit entries to the IAEA’s 2020 International Essay Competition on Nuclear Security for Students and Early Career Professionals in cooperation with the International Nuclear Security Education Network (INSEN). The contest is part of the IAEA's International Conference on Nuclear Security: Sustaining and Strengthening Efforts, taking place from 10 to 14 February, 2020 at IAEA headquarters in Vienna.

“Through this competition, the IAEA hopes to learn about innovative ideas and perspectives on the future of nuclear security,” said Senior Nuclear Security Officer Darren Chen, the scientific secretary for the 2020 conference. “The conference themes may serve as an inspiration for the essays, but we welcome entries related to any nuclear security topics. We in particular encourage qualified women and authors from developing countries to participate.”

The essays can be submitted in any of the official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish). Please refer to the Announcement for details.

The Award

Three finalists will be announced by 31 October 2019. They will each receive a cash prize of €2000 and a certificate signed by IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano.

The finalists will be invited to attend and present their essays at a side event of the Conference; the IAEA will cover all travel expenses. Winning essays will also be posted on the Conference website.

Through the Conference, the IAEA will raise awareness to maintain and further strengthen national nuclear security regimes, review the status of nuclear security efforts, promote IAEA nuclear security guidance and good practices and discuss further enhancements of IAEA nuclear security activities as well as the central role of the IAEA. Other topics on the agenda include: international legally and non-legally binding instruments, national nuclear security regimes, emerging technologies and the digital age, international cooperation and information exchange.

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