Knowledge Management Assist Visit (KMAV)

An IAEA KMAV may be requested by a Member State for one of its nuclear organizations. It is an IAEA facilitated expert mission with the following objectives:

  • Provide assistance, education and consultancy to counterparts who want to benefit from the application of good practice KM strategies and techniques.
  • Recognize good practice areas where KM is already providing benefits.
  • Make recommendations on how KM shortcomings identified in the visit could be rectified or further activities implemented that would derive real business value for the counterpart.

A KM Assist Visit will therefore consider existing good practices and will recommend possible improvement options based on the collective experiences of the KMAV team members. KMAVs are designed to assist the counterpart in establishing or improving its KM programme. They are not intended to evaluate performance where deficiencies are identified and held open for corrective action. All information received and retained by team members will be subject to strict control by the IAEA and will not be released to others without the written consent of the counterpart.


In 2005, the IAEA introduced the concept of Assist Visits on Knowledge Management for Nuclear Industry Operating Organizations. A KMAV considers existing good practices and recommends possible improvement options based on the collective experiences of the mission team members. KMAVs have been carried out in numerous nuclear operating facilities, R&D, nuclear education organizations and regulatory bodies around the world, including Krsko NPP - Slovenia; Kozloduy NPP - Bulgaria; Paks NPP - Hungary; Ignalina NPP - Lithuania; Darlington & Bruce NPP - Canada; Zaporozhye NPP - South Ukrainian NPP & National Nuclear Energy Generating Company Energoatom - Ukraine; Kazakhstan (Regulatory Body, R&D organizations, National NKM programme); Slovak Electric Utility - Slovakia; AECL - Canada; Malaysia; Russia & Montenegro.

Planning and Execution of Knowledge Management Assist Missions for Nuclear Organizations

How to request a KMAV

The Counterpart (National Liaison Officer, or the Nuclear Organization itself) initiate the contact with the IAEA to arrange the KMAV. Informal preliminary discussions should be held with representatives within the NKM Section describing current issues and problems. The request for a formal visit must be made through the IAEA DDG, Head of Department of Nuclear Energy . After approval the NKM Section contacts the counterpart and works together to arrange the KMAV. Please pay attention that min. 6-8 months areneeded for the preparation of the mission.

For more information please contact the Scientific Secretary V. Kolomiiets at: NKM-Contact