Title: EHRO-N - a Tool Complementing Instruments and Initiatives for Improved Management of Nuclear Human Resources in the European Union
Authors: VON ESTORFF Ulrik
Citation: International Conference - Nuclear Energy for New Europe 2010 - Proceedings p. 1-7
Publisher: Nuclear Society of Slovenia
Publication Year: 2010
JRC N°: JRC58131
URI: http://www.djs.si/proc/port2010/pdf/1208.pdf
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Advances in science and technology require higher quantity and better quality of human resources than are available today in the European Union (EU) in all three spheres covered by the knowledge triangle: education, innovation, and Research and Development. The situation concerning nuclear human resources has deteriorated even further in the EU in the past decades and there is a risk of the loss of important nuclear knowledge if no actions are taken. This prompted the Council of the EU to conclude in December 1st, 2008, that it is "essential to maintain in the European Union a high level of training in the nuclear field" and, at the same time, preserve the skills in the nuclear field that we already have. The latter is especially true if we are to guarantee the highest level of nuclear safety (subject of the Council Nuclear Safety Directive adopted in June 25th 2009). The nuclear knowledge management landscape in the EU includes numerous instruments and initiatives tackling the nuclear human resources challenge. The European Commission (EC), more precisely the Directorate-General (DG) for Research with its initiatives Sustainable Nuclear Energy Technology Platform (SNE-TP) and the European Nuclear Education Network (ENEN) and DG Energy with its initiative the European Nuclear Energy Forum (ENEF) are at the forefront of these efforts. In ENEF was born the idea of European Human Resources Observatory for the Nuclear Energy Sector (EHRO-N). By creating a database of nuclear skills needed in the short-, medium-, and long-term perspective and by identifying gaps and deficiencies in the educational and training infrastructure in the EU, EHRO-N should link supply and demand for nuclear human resources in the EU. In cooperation with EC, ENEN, ENEF, SNE-TP, EHRO-N will work in favour of the development of a European scheme of nuclear qualifications and mutual recognition. Cooperation and coordination with international actors such as IAEA is envisaged since the situation regarding nuclear human resources is similar throughout the world.
JRC Directorate:Energy, Transport and Climate

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