Technical Meeting on Educational Networks

1 – 5 Jul 2019
Vienna, Austria
Event code: EVT1805545

Through IAEA General Conferences resolutions, the Secretariat was required to assist Member States, at their request, in their efforts to ensure the sustainability of nuclear education and training in all areas of the peaceful use of nuclear energy, by taking advantage of the activities of the regional education networks.

Networking education through regional and interregional cooperation affords for a more effective use of educational resources. Good practices, experiences and lessons learned can be shared through meaningful regional and interregional cooperation. The IAEA promotes partnerships among nuclear education and training institutions across the globe.

The Organization has directly fostered regional educational networks in Asia, Africa, the Latin-American and Caribbean Region, and in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. To further support exchange and discussion among educational networks, the IAEA has also established dedicated forums.

The collaboration within and among educational networks contributes to the promotion, management and preservation of nuclear knowledge, and helps to ensure that talented and qualified human resources are available for the safe and sustainable use of nuclear technology.

The networks also promote cooperation between academia, government and industry, and foster quality assurance, benchmarking and accreditation, as well as resource sustainability.

The IAEA has offered support to educational networks through technical cooperation projects and periodical meetings. Over the past years educational networks have been meeting yearly to exchange information and experiences and implement actions to address common issues in the area of nuclear education.

The last “Networking Networks” Meeting among networks fostered by the IAEA, and other national and regional networks that have strong established cooperation ties, was held in Vienna in November 2018.

This year the meeting will be extended for broader participation to E&T institutions engaged in nuclear education across the globe. This will allow exploring establishing new links and leads for collaboration, including on novel issues of common interest in the area of nuclear education, while promoting existing networks and expanding their constituency.

During the meeting activities undertaken and results achieved by regional and national educational networks were reviewed, and opportunities for enhancing collaboration discussed.


The objectives of the meeting are:

  • To share and build on international experience with networking nuclear education:
    • to present activities undertaken by the regional and national nuclear education networks and participating institutions on matters of common interest and related best practices.
  • To discuss common challenges faced by the educational networks and institutions for nuclear education, and identify potential synergetic solutions;
  • To discuss opportunities for new mechanisms, pilot activities and platforms of common use that can facilitate further collaboration, communication and sharing among educational networks and institutions.
  • To gather information and models and discuss best practice on educational outreach programmes and practices, including the NKM Digital Hub developments and specific activities on the younger generations at primary and secondary level schools
  • To follow up on the IAEA-fostered networks on the implementation of the common Action Plan for the biennium 2019 – 2020.

Expected Outputs

The expected outputs of the Meeting are:

  1. Recommendations for the development of new mechanisms, pilot activities and platforms of common use that can facilitate further collaboration, communication and sharing among educational networks and institutions
  2. Extended catalogue on outreach practices, including case studies
  3. Updated / revised common Action Plan for the IAEA-fostered networks, as required
  4. Meeting summary report


The meeting will be held from 1 to 5 July 2019 at IAEA in Vienna, Austria at the IAEA headquarters.