4th International Conference on Nuclear Knowledge Management and Human Resources Development: Challenges and opportunities

13-16 June 2022

The nuclear field faces human resources challenges across the board, including in Member States operating nuclear power plants and countries in phases 2 and 3 of the Milestones approach, as well as at other nuclear facilities, including research reactors, and radioactive waste management and fuel cycle facilities, subject to long term operation or decommissioning. Many of the opportunities for improving human resource development capabilities and ensuring the movement of knowledge and skills throughout the nuclear lifecycles are similar for all these facilities.

The programmatic activities of the IAEA encompass a dedicated subprogramme on nuclear knowledge management which focuses on:

  • Developing methodologies and guidance documents for planning, designing and implementing nuclear knowledge management programmes;
  • Facilitating nuclear education, networking and experience exchange;
    assisting Member States by providing products and services for maintaining and preserving nuclear knowledge; and
  • Promoting the use of state-of-the-art knowledge management technologies and supporting interested Member States in their use.

The first international conference on nuclear knowledge management (NKM) was held in 2004 in Saclay, France; the second and third such conferences were held in Vienna in 2007 and 2016. This conference was originally scheduled to be held in Moscow in June 2020 but was postponed due to the Covid-19 Pandemic issues.

NKM-related topics, including capacity building, human resource development (HRD), education and training, and knowledge management were also addressed at a number of other conferences, including the first international conference on HRD held in Abu Dhabi in 2010, and the second and third such conferences held in Vienna in 2014 and in Gyeongju, Republic of Korea, in 2018.

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