Technical Working Group on Nuclear Knowledge Management (TWG-NKM)
The Technical Working Group on Nuclear Knowledge Management (TWG-NKM) is a group of experienced and senior nuclear energy sector managers who provide strategic and practical advice and assistance to the IAEA for programme development and implementation, reflecting global, regional and national issues and priorities of concern in the area of nuclear knowledge management.
The scope of the TWG-NKM is to provide periodic input and guidance on nuclear knowledge management issues or priorities in Member States and to identify new or changing topics or focus areas of interest from the perspective of various nuclear organizations and stakeholders and over the whole nuclear technology life cycle, including for example:
- Regulatory concerns and perspectives
- Nuclear facility operation and maintenance perspectives
- Design organization challenges, responsibilities and perspectives
- Technical support organization perspectives
- Research and Development (R&D) and innovation perspectives
- Nuclear Engineering
- Nuclear Management
- Outreach by the academia
The functions of the TWG-NKM are:
a) To provide advice and guidance, and to marshal support in their countries for implementation of the IAEA’s programmatic activities in the area of nuclear knowledge management (NKM);
b) To provide a forum for information and knowledge sharing on national and international programme development in the NKM area;
c) To act as a link between the IAEA’s activities in this area and national nuclear scientific and technical development communities, delivering information from and to these communities;
d) To provide advice on preparatory actions in Member States and on the IAEA’s activities in planning and implementing coordinated research projects, collaborative assessments and other activities, as well as the review of the issues within the scope of the TWG-NKM;
e) To develop and/or review selected documents produced by the Nuclear Knowledge Management section in the Department of Nuclear Energy, assess existing gaps, and advise on preparation of new ones, in the scope of the TWG-NKM;
f) To identify important topics for discussion at the Standing Advisory Group on Nuclear Energy (SAGNE) and contribute to status reports, technical meetings and topical conferences in the field of nuclear knowledge management;
g) To encourage participation of all professionals, as appropriate, in IAEA activities in this area.
h) To provide advice and support for established educational networks, such as the Asian Network for Education in Nuclear Technology (ANENT), the Latin-American Network for Education in Nuclear Technology (LANENT) and the AFRA-Network for Education in Nuclear Science and Technology (AFRA-NEST), as appropriate within the scope of the TWG-NKM.
i) To promote and build stakeholder and sponsorship support for the NKM Section’s collaboration initiatives with universities in nuclear education curricula and programme criteria development and virtual university master programme networks.
For budget reasons, the IAEA must limit the TWG membership to about 20 members at any one time. Members are appointed for a 3-year term by the IAEA. The IAEA proposes selected specific candidates to Member States and the Member States confirm the nomination. In all cases, the IAEA tries to ensure experienced candidates who can meaningfully contribute are selected and that there is a balanced representation. Consideration is also given to factors like a Member State’s participation and support for the IAEA’s NKM initiatives and to regional representation.