Chair: Kaatrin ABBOTT (DOE, USA)

High level speakers with various backgrounds from all over the world come together to discuss key topics in the nuclear field. 

IYNC2022 Panel Sessions will specifically cover the following topics:

  • Attracting New Personnel to the Nuclear Industry 
  • Solutions for Long-Term Nuclear Waste Storage
  • Advanced Reactor Designs
  • New Additions to the Nuclear Power Generating Industry
  • Applications of SMR and Microreactors 
  • Economic and Safety Advancements in the Construction and Operation of Nuclear Power Plants

Please find below a short description of each of panel session to be held in IYNC2022:

PS1: “Making Nuclear Attractive and Relevant to the Young Generation” – HYBRID
: Pavel Yakovlev (Science portal “Nuclear 2.0”, Russia)

This panel session is devoted to addressing perhaps the most difficult problem facing the nuclear industry in the 21st century – motivating and attracting up-and-coming young generations to pursue long-term scientific, technological, and managerial careers in the nuclear field. This problem is complicated by the quickly emerging global digital culture and steep competition for brain power within other attractive job sectors. The main open question of our panel session will be “How to make nuclear unequivocally the most attractive and relevant area of work for ambitious and value-driven youth around the world?”

  • Lena Andriolo (IYNC President)
  • Callum Thomas (Thomas Thor Associates)

PS2: “Small Modular Reactors and Microreactors: the Dawn of a New Era in Nuclear Technology” – HYBRID
Managers: Okan Yildiz (Akkuyu Nuclear JSC, Turkey) & Fumiya Sato (MRI, Japan)

With their uniquely robust designs and safety systems, Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) can provide higher efficiency in heat and electricity generation in both cities and rural areas. Microreactors, capable of generating up to 20 megawatts thermal energy, can be used to generate heat and electricity to power a number of industrial applications. Both of these applications offer solutions to the problem of small-scale, remote power generation, and significant research and development has been undertaken into both. This panel session will explore the main features of SMRs and microreactors, as well as look at different designs for both, and the implications of their deployment.


  • Tadakatsu Yodo (Mitsubishi Heavy Industry)
  • Laura McManniman (IAEA)
  • Hossam Gaber (Ontario Tech)

PS3: “Challenges and Perspectives of Newcomer Deep Geologic Repository Programs” – HYBRID
Managers: Vsevolod Igin &  Maria Andreevskaia (FSUE National Operator for Radioactive Waste Management, Russia)

The problem of long-term, safe storage of high-level nuclear waste and spent fuel is one that impacts many countries. One potential solution to this problem is in Deep Geologic Repositories (DGRs). Some countries’ DGR programs have decades of scientific research, engineering, safety design, and regulatory approval, however, many other countries have been limited by the steep cost of DGR programs. This panel session will look at the potential solution of DGRs from a variety of perspectives, including technical, safety, regulatory, and international cooperation.


  • Sylvia Saltzstein (SNL)
  • Elsa Lemaître-Xavier (ANDRA)
  • Vladimir Lebedev (OECD-NEA)
  • Elena Saveleva-Trofimova (Nuclear Safety Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences)
  • Eiji Sassao (JAEA)

PS4: “Emerging Countries in Nuclear Energy: Successes and Challenges” – HYBRID
Manager: Abubakar Sadiq Aliyu (Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria) & Miguel Sousa (CRA Risk & Safety Consultancy, United Kingdom)

Many countries are on the verge of establishing their nuclear power programs which require careful planning, preparation, and investment. This panel session brings together leaders and experts of countries at varying stages of implementing a nuclear power program, from planning to active operation, to give an overview of the major undertakings needed to launch a nuclear power program and the experiences that went along with it. Speakers will address the challenges that may be faced and the lessons learned that come with adding nuclear energy to a power generation industry.


  • Raquel Heredia Silva (World Nuclear University)
  • Muna Al Sawaidi (Nawah Energy Company)

PS5: “Generation IV Reactors: Development and Deployment Strategies” – HYBRID
: Florencia de los Ángeles Rentería del Toro (Harbin Engineering University, China)

Current scenarios predict a global demand for primary energy 1.5-3 times higher in 2050 as compared to today; a 200% relative increase in the demand for electricity. Nuclear power, as the highest energy density technology outside of fossil fuels, will play an important role in meeting that demand. The Generation IV International Forum (GIF) has put forth 6 reactor designs that could help meet this need and address a number of the challenges associated with nuclear power, including safety and waste management. In this panel session, experts will discuss the current Generation IV reactors deployment efforts going on around the world, including technical elements, challenges expected in their development, current progress, and the various economics of the design and their implementation. 


  • Eric Abonneau (CEA)
  • Aline des Cloizeaux (IAEA)

PS6: “Passive Safety Systems: Towards Inherent Reactor Safety” – HYBRID
Managers: Franchine Ni & Nicolas Sobecki (EDF)

Since the Fukushima Daiichi incident, interest in passive safety systems in the nuclear community has significantly increased. Indeed, in their purest form, passive safety systems can ensure the safe shutdown of residual nuclear power without any human action or power source, making them extremely resilient to Fukushima-type scenarios involving multiple equipment failures. However, these systems raise new scientific and regulatory challenges that need to be addressed. This panel session will explore the technical elements of passive safety systems, look at lessons from the Fukushima incident, discuss challenges associated with modeling thermal-hydraulics for passive safety systems, and address regulatory questions on their implementation. 


  • Cesar Queral (Polytechnic University of Madrid, UPM)
  • Ronan Tanguy (WNA)
  • Koji Okamoto (University of Tokyo, Texas A&M)