Kenya Hosting First African Youth Nuclear Summit in March 2017

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Kenyan Young Generation in Nuclear (KYGN) will be hosting the first African Youth Nuclear Summit (AYNS2017) in Nairobi, Kenya, from 27th to 30th March, 2017. The summit will bring together young and senior nuclear professionals from academia, research and development, radiation services providers, healthcare, nuclear operators, nuclear regulators among others to share, exchange ideas and network on issues related to nuclear science and technology.

Nuclear Science and Technology has continued to play a pivotal role in acceleration the socioeconomic development in Africa. For instance, nuclear medicine and radiation is being used widely to diagnose and treat cancer; nuclear techniques are being used to improve human nutrition and food safety; radioisotopes are being used to manage natural resources. In South Africa, its nuclear reactors provide approximately 5% of electricity. Algeria, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Libya, Morocco, Namibia, Sudan, Nigeria and Tunisia have plans underway to include nuclear energy in its energy mix. Namibia and Libya are two of the major countries mining uranium.

Africa is the second largest and most populous after Asia with over 60% of its population below the age of 35 years. Consequently, youth are among the key stakeholders in issues related to nuclear science and technology especially nuclear energy and there is need to continuously train and involve them.

During this summit the African Young Generation in Nuclear which brings together all young generation nuclear networks in Africa will be launched. Over three hundred delegates from across the globe are expected to attend. A further two hundred students from local elementary schools to universities will be invited to attend selected discussions on importance of nuclear for a sustainable future.

For more information about the conference and registration, see the website: http://conference.kygn-network.org/

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