Participants in the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA’s) first major conference in this area, the International Conference on Human Resource Development for Introducing and Expanding Nuclear Power Programmes that was held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, from 14 to 18 March 2010, placed a high value on information exchange and recommended that similar conferences be organized every four to five years. Furthermore, participants also:
- Highlighted the need to broaden nuclear engineering and technology curricula to include ‘soft’ sciences, such as risk analysis, law, and social sciences;
- Recognized that successful nuclear power programmes can succeed only with strong governmental and societal support; and
- Requested more cooperation — locally, nationally and internationally — in building human resources for a nuclear power programme, overcoming isolationist trends.
Consequently, the IAEA is organizing the International Conference on Human Resource Development for Nuclear Power Programmes: Building and Sustaining Capacity (Strategies for Education and Training, Networking and Knowledge Management) in Vienna, Austria, from 12 to 16 May 2014.
Capacity building is a major first step in the process of ensuring a sustainable supply of suitably qualified human resources that are ready to assume their responsibility for safe, responsible and sustainable use of nuclear technologies. Capacity building in the IAEA is defined as consisting of four essential elements: human resource development (HRD); education and training; knowledge management; and knowledge networks at the national, regional and international level. The IAEA’s capacity building programmes cover all the nuclear safety areas — including safe operation, emergency preparedness and response, and regulatory effectiveness — and seek to build upon existing capacity building infrastructures. The importance of capacity building was underlined in the IAEA Action Plan on Nuclear Safety (2011), where one of the actions calls upon Member States with nuclear power programmes, as well as those planning to embark on such a programme, to strengthen, develop, maintain and implement their capacity building programmes. Also, the critical role of human resources and capacity building in developing and maintaining nuclear infrastructure was reiterated by subsequent international experts’ meetings related to this topic.
This conference will focus on the global challenges of capacity building, HRD, education and training, nuclear knowledge management and the establishment of knowledge networks, including the themes reflected in the IAEA Action Plan on Nuclear Safety.
The objectives of the conference are to:
- Review developments in the global status of HRD since the 2010 international conference;
- Emphasize the role of human resources and capacity building programmes at the national and organizational level for achieving safe, secure and sustainable nuclear power programmes;
- Discuss the importance of building competence in nuclear safety and security;
- Provide a forum for information exchange on national, as well as international, policies and practices;
- Share key elements and best practices related to the experience of Member States that are introducing, operating or expanding nuclear power programmes;
- Highlight the practices and issues regarding HRD at the organizational and national level;
- Highlight education and training programmes and practices;
- Emphasize the role of nuclear knowledge management for knowledge transfer and HRD; and
- Elaborate on the role and scope of various knowledge networks.
Opening Plenary Session
- A review and recap of the 2010 international conference, and in particular of its key outcomes; and
- An overview of the current capacity building goals and strategies, with an emphasis on the importance of human resources and education and training, and reference to various other IAEA activities in the same area, including meetings on human and organizational factors.
Human Resources and Capacity Building
- Global demand for and supply of human resources for the establishment and management of nuclear power programmes;
- Feedback from relevant surveys carried out by the IAEA and other organizations; and
- Initiatives to enhance knowledge and understanding of the relationship between nuclear safety and security.
Building and Sustaining Capacity through Education and Training
- Education and training for specific target groups or organizations;
- Education and training — national initiatives, programmes and challenges;
- Innovative tools and techniques for education and training;
- Approaches to the assessment of training needs: lessons learned; and
- Competency framework: application of a uniform model.
Preparing the Next Generation of Nuclear Professionals
- Outreach through education as a tool for HRD and enhancing public understanding of nuclear power;
- The role of women in the current and future generations of nuclear professionals;
- Attracting young talent into nuclear power programmes; and
- Convergence of education and training activities: using practitioners to educate and educators to train.
- Knowledge management across the life cycle (e.g. knowledge generation, capture, validation, transfer, and preservation);
- Knowledge management integration into day to day activities;
- Assessment of knowledge management maturity for Member States embarking on or expanding nuclear power programmes;
- Knowledge management implementation issues for different nuclear organizations; and
- Capturing and preserving knowledge, with an emphasis on the needs of newcomer countries.
- Comparative advantages of nuclear knowledge networks: a way forward;
- International initiatives, programmes and challenges in relation to knowledge networks;
- Experience related to global, regional and topical networks; and
- Methods and tools to build up sustainable knowledge networks.
Submission of abstracts
Anyone wishing to present a paper at the conference is requested to submit first an abstract of not more than 300 words. The abstract should give enough information on the contents of the proposed paper to enable the Programme Committee to evaluate it. Authors should state to which of the topics outlined above their contribution relates.
The abstracts should be submitted together with a completed Participation Form and Form for Submission of a Paper to the competent official authority for subsequent electronic transmission to the IAEA, to be received by the IAEA by 30 November 2013. In addition, the abstracts must be sent electronically to: HR-Conf-2014.Contact-Point@iaea.org.
The focus of this conference is on capacity building policies and strategies, as well as on their implementation by the diverse stakeholders associated with nuclear power programmes. Thus, potential attendees and relevant organizations would include:
- Line managers as well as human resource and training managers and specialists from organizations that operate, maintain, administer, manage, regulate or otherwise support nuclear power programmes;
- Government officials and staff involved in nuclear power programmes;
- Regulatory bodies and technical support organizations;
- Management, heads of department and teaching staff of universities, technical schools, educational institutions and national, regional and international training centres with nuclear power related programmes;
- Managers, human resource specialists and trainers from supplier and operator organizations working in the nuclear industry;
- Senior representatives of professional and trade organizations that support the nuclear industry;
- Leaders of national and international organizations that establish policies and programmes in areas related to HRD of importance to the nuclear industry, in particular nuclear power plant vendors;
- Managers and specialists from organizations that communicate with nuclear industry stakeholders, particularly potential future employees in the nuclear industry; and
- Representatives of the next generation of nuclear professionals.
All persons wishing to participate in the conference are requested to register online in advance through the conference web page. In addition, they are required to send a completed Participation Form and, if applicable, the Form for Submission of a Paper and the Grant Application Form to their competent national authority (e.g. Ministry of Foreign Affairs or National Atomic Energy Authority), or to one of the organizations invited to participate, for subsequent electronic transmission to the IAEA.
A participant will be accepted only if the Participation Form is transmitted through the competent national authority of a Member State of the IAEA or by an organization invited to participate.
Participants whose official designations have been received by the IAEA will receive from the IAEA further information approximately three months before the opening of the conference.
No registration fee is charged to participants.
The IAEA is generally not in a position to bear the travel and other costs of designated participants in the conference. The IAEA has, however, limited funds at its disposal to help cover the cost of attendance of selected participants. Such assistance may be offered upon specific request to normally one participant per country provided that, in the IAEA’s view, the participant on whose behalf assistance is requested will make an important contribution to the conference.
If governments wish to apply for a grant on behalf of one of their specialists, they should address specific requests to the IAEA to this effect. Governments should ensure that applications for grants are:
Applications that do not comply with the above conditions cannot be considered. Approved grants will be issued in the form of a lump sum payment that usually covers only part of the cost of attendance.