Title: Nuclear Knowledge Preservation, Consolidation, Validation, Dissemination and Transfer Activities at the JRC
Other Contributors: VON ESTORFF ULRIK
Citation: Proceedings of the NEST et - Nuclear Engineering and Technology p. 288-293
Publisher: European Nuclear Society
Publication Year: 2008
JRC N°: JRC42024
URI: http://www.euronuclear.org/events/nestet/transactions.php
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Nuclear knowledge had been build up continuously since the beginning of the last century. After the Chernobyl accident in 1986 the acceptance of nuclear energy decreased in many Member States, leading to a gradual phasing out process. The interest of younger generations for nuclear studies dramatically decreased in the nineties, and nuclear education was abandoned by many engineering faculties. In the meantime the generation of senior nuclear experts is retiring. On the other hand, due to security of energy supply and climate change issues receiving more importance lately, a renaissance of nuclear power is ongoing. In order to avoid a possible loss of capability and knowledge in the EU action should be taken now preserving and disseminating it to the new generation. There is a huge amount of information and knowledge available, either published or easily available, but the steadily increasing amount of publications makes it difficult to gather a synthesis of the info available. Some publications are at risk of being dispersed or forgotten due to a series of factors, including: ¿ retirement of Senior Experts who were present at the time when most Nuclear Power Plants were designed and put into operation, ¿ generational gap (due to years of decline in new constructions, only a limited number of people started their career in that area) ¿ non-electronic publishing in the past ¿ limited dissemination possibilities ¿ language (many non-English publications from Eastern countries) Following the several political recommendations from the nuclear world the JRC has formulated 3 actions in its 2008 Work programme dealing with Nuclear Knowledge Preservation and Education, namely ¿Capture¿, ¿KTE¿ and ¿TENS¿. Each of them covers a different area of competence in the nuclear domain. ¿Capture¿ stands for ¿Consolidation and Preservation of Nuclear Technology Knowledge and Reference Data for Education and Training of Experts for Plant Life Management and Future Plant Designers¿. ¿KTE¿ covers the knowledge management, education and training field regarding the nuclear fuel cycle. ¿TENS¿ deals with training and education in the area of nuclear safeguards and security. The paper will describe the JRC activities foreseen for 2008 and present a preliminary strategy for its knowledge transfer activities for the years to come.
JRC Directorate:Energy, Transport and Climate

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