IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency

04/07/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 04/07/2020 04:50

Demonstrating Diversity: IAEA Supports Students, Young Professionals at the International Young Nuclear Conference 2020

Supporting Soon-to-Be Experts

The long-term sustainability of any endeavour in the nuclear field will rely on the availability of a cadre of well-trained, highly motivated young professionals. Sustained engagement with the youth is a core aspiration of the TC programme, and the organizing principle of IYNC. In keeping with this value, 12 students and young nuclear professionals-half male, half female-were identified, and their attendance, accommodation and travel to the Congress were sponsored through the TC programme.

This support was delivered through two ongoing TC projects-one implemented in Africa[1], and the other in the Asia and Pacific region[2] -and the aspiring nuclear professionals represented 10 countries: Bangladesh, Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya, Lesotho, Nigeria, Philippines, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe were identified and sponsored.

'We were able to meet with colleagues and peers during the conference through a very proactive and efficient method of networking,' said Llorina Ranada, a young professional working at the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI), whose attendance was sponsored through the TC programme With the benefit provided by technical tours of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) headquarters, hands-on workshops and networking events at IYNC, Ms Ranada and the other sponsored attendees will return to their respective home institutions with new best practices, new contacts and a new outlook on the global nuclear industry.

From the support extended to the annual Intercontinental Nuclear Institute and the International Youth Nuclear Congress to the development and dissemination of pedagogic tools for secondary school teachers in Latin America and in Asia and the Pacific, the IAEA's commitment to engaging young minds is visible across the Agency's portfolio of programmes and activities.

[1] RAF0058, 'Enhancing the Management and Ownership of the Programme (AFRA)'

[2] RAS0080, 'Promoting Self-Reliance and Sustainability of National Nuclear Institutions'