Title: Networking for Safeguards Education
Other Contributors: JANSSENS WILLEM
Citation: Proceedings of the 29th ESARDA Annual Meeting p. 1-7
Publisher: OPOCE
Publication Year: 2007
JRC N°: JRC37688
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC37688
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: For nuclear technology, which involves many disciplines of science and engineering, knowledge is one of the most important resources and needs to be managed carefully. Knowledge management consists of generating, disseminating, preserving and applying expert information from different sources in an organised way. The International Nuclear Safety Advisory Group to the IAEA Director General emphasized in Note No.4 of 2001 the importance of maintaining capabilities for nuclear research and education [1]. In the European Union, nuclear engineering education at twenty-two European universities was reinforced in 2003 with the European Nuclear Education Network (ENEN) association. The academic curriculum for this Master in Nuclear Engineering does not typically include the safeguards and non-proliferation aspects of nuclear systems (fuel cycle and reactors). A newly trained nuclear engineer, although during the work possibly exposed to relevant international agreements and regulations in the area of nuclear safeguards and non-proliferation (incl. the import/export of nuclear material and/or dual use goods…) thus generally has very little knowledge of the relevant treaties, their implementation, and their control. Under the umbrella of ESARDA, a first training session on nuclear safeguards and non-proliferation was developed in 2004, which in the last 3 years has been further elaborated, resulting in a full week programme held in March 2007. The very valuable contribution and "ownership" of the various ESARDA working groups to the training course modules makes it a unique European initiative, led by the ESARDA Training and Knowledge Management Working Group. This course offers more than purely academic information, because it includes the various expertises of different actors in the nuclear field and is accompanied by exercises and laboratory visits. Not only the lecturers are representing the different European operators, inspectors, researchers, but also all ESARDA Working Groups are involved in the review of the lecture notes. The latter is used to establish a course syllabus as reference material for the full academic recognition of this course. To deal with international nuclear security concerns many relevant initiatives have been launched in recent years. Also in the US and Russia, specific training and education programmes in nuclear safeguards and non-proliferation are built up and/or running including elements of nuclear security. The referred ESARDA training course also covers the links to these initiatives, through collaboration with the International Atomic Energy Agency and US labs and will be extended further to include Russian contributions.
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