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Chair: Lena Andriolo (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)


The idea of the IYNC workshops is to be interactive with a small group of participants and learning by doing. The workshop participants will perform a task (e.g. : a game or brainstorming session) and present the output.

15 interactive workshops are being prepared:

WS1 – Nuclear in the energy mix, potential and challenges

Manager: Denis Janin, E-ON, Germany

The idea of this workshop is to gather interested people from all over the world to share their thoughts and experiences regarding energy problems, challenges, and solutions. Through this workshop, we are seeking to discuss the “Energy Mix” concept between people supporting the nuclear energy and those who are not. The discussion will be led by two experts; one from the nuclear industry and one from the renewable energy field. The final output from this workshop is to come up with an outline for an energy mix plan based on the discussions and conclusions of the two parties.

WS2 – A sustainable nuclear energy: caring about the next generation

Manager: Andrei Goicea, FORATOM, Belgium
Co-manager: Jeremiah Mbazor, KEPCO, South Korea

Participants to the workshop will have the chance to listen to the presentation(s) of experts on topic(s) dealing with the sustainability of nuclear sector, followed by a debate on the subject.
In the context of the ethical framework of sustainable development, main topics of discussion will be the availability of resources, global warming, environmental effects, nuclear wastes, energy security.

WS3 – Accident tolerant fuels and cladding for NPP

Manager: Valentina Angelici Avincola, KIT, Germany
Co-manager: Allen Brand, SCANA, USA

This workshop gives an overview of one of the challenging topics raised after the Fukushima accident, which consists in how to improve the performance of the fuel cladding in case of an accident. Three solutions are envisaged to address this topic: improved zirconium claddings, non-zirconium claddings and alternative fuel cladding forms. An overview of the possible fuel-cladding systems will be also given, with a focus on silicon carbide and on zirconium alloys coatings. Overall, a general overview of the ATF nowadays under investigation will be provided. The exercise will give hands-on experience in actual problems, giving insights with respect to the choice of developing one solution rather than another one.

WS4 – (Nuclear) Crime Scene Investigation

Manager: Kathleen Schoofs, IAEA, Austria
Co-manager: Joaquina Zappey, ITU-JRC, European Commission, Germany

You arrive at the crime scene, the harbour of Anroha, after your team received a tip from border control that they suspect that illicit nuclear material is being trafficked. They believe the material will be used for a dirty bomb. You have an hour to find and secure the material.
In this interactive workshop game, participants will follow a nuclear forensic investigation where, in the end, they will have to prevent the illicit material to leave the harbour and prevent great damage.
This workshop is aimed at teaching participants what steps they have to follow in an investigation and how nuclear forensics supports an investigation of a nuclear security incident.

WS5 – Fusion

Manager: Iulia Ipatova, University of Manchester, UK

The main idea of the current fusion workshop is first of all to get participants familiar about fusion energy, to let them understand differences between fusion and fission, and the issues scientists and engineers face. Secondly, a brainstorming session will take place to let people think about current problems of this field, making their own brief and well-directed searches followed by group presentations. During the work on presentations participants should search the key information according to the received topic, analyze and present it pointing the core details to others.

WS6 – Severe accident management – An integrated approach

Manager: Dalin Zhang, Xi´an Jiaotong University, China
Co-manager: Courtney Tampas, SCANA, USA

This workshop is intended to increase knowledge and improve understanding of severe accident management in the nuclear industry. Participants will hear from experts in the severe accident management field and will actively participate in an activity related to a variety of severe accident management topics.

WS7 – Safety culture

Manager: Riccardo Chiarelli, WANO

Can safety culture be similar irrespective of the national culture of the organization?
Does one safety culture model fit all organizations? The workshop looks at the influence of differences in national cultures on safety culture and strives to identify national cultural differences in implementation of safety culture. The workshop also discusses
the role of young professionals in increasingly global nuclear community; does it increase viability of the “one size fits all” model and does it pose some risks as well.

WS8 – How to finance a new nuclear project

Manager: Anciaux Nicolas, Westinghouse, China
Co-manager: Salah Ud Din khan, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia

Nuclear power projects are difficult to finance given their large upfront capital requirements and the strict regulatory environment in which these projects operate. This workshop aims at providing an introduction on the financing of nuclear project to young professionals and students.

WS9 – Mentoring programme

Manager: Nicholle Turnipseed, SCANA, USA

The workshop will be focused on best practice and successful stories of how to train and develop young professions in the dynamic environment. Audience will understand the importance of mentoring scheme that will accelerate young profession’s experiences and careers.

WS10 – The locks of nuclear industry

Manager: Martin Boissavit, EDF, France
Co-manager: Cedric Santino, AREVA, France

The nuclear industry faces huge challenges due to political, economic and technological reasons. Nuclear needs to be more affordable, more adaptable and more understandable for the population. This workshop will deal with the key issues and give the directions for innovation and research to make nuclear energy more attractive.

WS11 – World Wide business

Manager: Cristina Rodriguez, Spanish national research council (CSIC), Spain
Co-manager: Samuel Moore, AREVA, USA

This workshop proposes a worldwide seamless framework to learn about different business cultures. Qualified professional from America, Asia and Europe will present key notions of their own culture and share their personal international experiences. Participants will be able to discuss the key points to fruitful international collaborations and share their ideas of improvements.

WS12 – Application of Nuclear Techniques in cultural heritage characterization. Fake or original?

Manager: Dinara Abbasova, Institute of Radiation Problems of AZNAS, Aizerbaijan

The workshop is dedicated to the use of nuclear technology for cultural heritage. Using the successful experience of colleagues and the knowledge obtained in the framework of the IAEA Regional projects, young people will be informed about the possibility of conservation, investigation and characteristics of artifacts of cultural heritage by application of a powerful nuclear technology. This multidisciplinary approach, where nuclear science borders on the history and art will open you possibilities of boundless science!

WS13 – Communication in case of crisis

Manager: Raphael Chesori, Institute of Nuclear Science & Technology, University of Nairobi, Kenya

Participants of this workshop will delve into realities in crises and get acquainted with the fundamentals, concerns and benefits, and present status of research and utilization of communication strategies in crisis management. Participants will also get opportunity to work and discuss with Nuclear Organizations’ experts charged with communication in cases of crises.

WS14 – Communication: where do we fail?

Manager: Myra Liyana Razali, Malaysia Nuclear Power Corporation, Malaysia
Co-manager: Pelin Cakir, ITU-JRC, European Commission, Germany

This workshop aims to explore where do we, as nuclear communicators, fail and subsequently, address this shortcoming by providing practical guidance and creative ways to communicate nuclear – taking into account good practices and lessons learned from the world over – through presentations from key expert and group discussions among participants and a game session on nuclear communication.

WS15 – Fuel cycle

Manager: Noletu Moti, National Nuclear Regulator, South Africa
Co-manager: Gelani Dladla, National Nuclear Regulator, South Africa

This workshop will focus on the unique advantages and challenges of different stages of the nuclear fuel cycle game. Further, it will provide information on how far the industry is and opportunities to explore. Finally, participants will evaluate opportunities and interact with industry experts on the future.

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