Title: Towards a new governance for Euratom research and training progammes in nuclear fission and radiation protection
Citation: NESTet 2013 - Transactions p. 24-36
Publisher: European Nuclear Society (ENS)
Publication Year: 2013
JRC N°: JRC81450
ISBN: 978-92-95064-19-5
URI: http://www.euronuclear.org/events/nestet/nestet2013/transactions.htm
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: In a rapidly changing world, research and training (R&T) in nuclear fission and radiation protection is faced with a number of scientific-technological and socio-economic challenges that require a new type of governance. In the EU, those challenges are, for example, technological developments aimed at optimising the role of nuclear fission in the energy mix and the related competence building process. Faced with a number of common issues regarding Euratom R&T, the main stakeholders are discussing needs, vision and implementation instruments. Focussing on education and training (E&T), which is also the focus of this paper, the commonly accepted approach can be summarized as: 1 – Analysis of needs of society and industry: e.g. what kind of knowledge, skills and competences should be taught to meet the end-users’ demand in the nuclear sector? 2 – Convergence towards a common vision: e.g. towards a new governance for Euratom R&T, aiming at a better scientific support for nuclear decision making in the EU 3 – Development of common instruments: e.g. synergy of national and Euratom E&T schemes aimed at academic recognition and lifelong learning and cross-border mobility. The above approach is aligned with the “Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth”. As a result, a new way of “making / teaching science” is proposed, closer to the end-users, aiming at the construction of robust, equitable and socially acceptable systems. A new type of "European governance" for R&T is thus under development, based on improved participation, openness, accountability, effectiveness and coherence.
JRC Directorate:Energy, Transport and Climate

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