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WNU Summer Institute

WNU Summer Institute, June to July 2021, Japan

"In light of increasing travel restrictions and uncertainties stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, WNU has made the very difficult decision to postpone the 2020 Summer Institute until June and July 2021. This is the first year without a Summer Institute since its inception in 2005, and these are exceptional circumstances. The Summer Institute in 2021 will be held in Japan and will have the same format as planned for 2020. For more information regarding the Summer Institute 2021, please visit the WNU website.


    The WNU Summer Institute is an intensive five-week leadership development programme held annually in different locations. It offers dynamic lectures, invited leaders presentations, field trips to nuclear and industrial facilities, social events and team projects led by some of the world’s foremost authorities. These cover the global energy setting and sustainable development, technology innovations, international safety regime, economics and project structuring. The programme also includes cultural and social events.

    Each WNU Summer Institute involves some 70 participants, called Fellows, selected from promising nuclear professionals who have demonstrated strong leadership potential. WNU Fellows become part of an expanding global network of future leaders in the nuclear profession. Since the Summer Institute’s inception in 2005, a total of some 1032 fellows from 81 countries have successfully completed the WNU Summer Institute.

    The WNU Summer Institute curriculum provides cutting-edge presentations on the full range of topics relevant to the future of nuclear technology:

    • Global Setting, including energy supply and demand, global warming and climate change, nuclear technology in sustainable development, new build and key political issues and trends
    • International regimes, Nuclear Law and 3S, including the international legal framework, safety, security and safeguards implementation aspects and oversights
    • Nuclear Industry and applications, including the nuclear fuel cycle, production of nuclear energy, and a brief summary of the newest applications of ionizing radiation
    • Leadership, project management, knowledge management, and communications

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