Education and Training in Nuclear Decommissioning Conference in Birmingham
Notes by William Gaskell, at University of Birmingham School of Physics and Astronomy, 16-17th April 2015
Identifying needs for E&T in Nuclear Decommissioning
Mrs Helena Harding – Radioactive Waste Management
· 555 jobs required over 140 years of the project’s life
· 50% would be “skilled” 25% “management and professional” class workers
· Need to commercialise safety cases so that people can understand them better
· Communicating effectively to broad range of people, from technical to non-English-speaking stakeholders
Mr Axel Backer – Energiewerke Nord EWN GmbH, Germany
Licencing procedures need to be utilised to allow work to progress as quickly as possible by creating synergies.
Dr Steven Judge – National Physical Laboratory, UK
SQEP – Suitably Qualified & Experienced Person
Training can be demonstrated [using quoted studies] to clearly improve accuracy and precision of work.
Mr Massimo Flore – EC-JRC-Patten, European HR Observatory in Nuclear, Netherlands
Need to plan ahead with training and education to have SQEBs in place when they would be needed in the future.
Mr Masamori Hirota – IAEA, Waste Technologies Section
Opportunities in IAEA:
· Junior Professional Officer
The governments involved would be responsible for inviting participants to the IAEA training course.
Career Development in Nuclear Decommissioning
Mr Paul Meneely – HR Director, Cavendish Nuclear, UK
You would have the following from a technical career in decommissioning:
· Be well-paid
· Intellectually stimulating work
Mr Richard Taylor – NNL, UK
1000 new people needed in next 5 years due to “churn” in addition to 200 extra staff needed for growth.
Motivation to get involved with NNL:
· Become a Technical Authority
o Develop cogency
o Be able to defend a theorem/their own work
· Huge variety of varied opportunities in decommissioning around the world [mindset]
Training opportunities in decommissioning
IAEA run several courses for E&T purposes and also there are over 200 publications available from them on best practice.
Mr Bent Pedersen – EC-JRC-Ispra, Italy
The Decommissioning Summer School at JRC-Ispra:
· 100 participants
· 5 + 3 days
· Including time spent at the Ispra decommissioning site
Dr Michele Coeck – SCK.CEN, Belgium
· SCK,CEN Academy offers guidance to young researchers for their PhD Thesis etc
· Other relevant courses
Gen2 Training UK
· Set up by 5 major nuclear engineering companies
· Purpose: For technical people in Cumbria to get work at Sellafield
Education & Research opportunities in Nuclear Decommissioning
Dr. Ir. Georges Van Goethem – EC-RTD
· Legislation is still a barrier to education, research and skills sharing
· Need to focus on encouraging free movement of specialists within Europe and Safety Culture
Dr. Alan Herbert – University of Birmingham
[He gave a very thought provoking Industrial Lecture to me as a student on PTNR 2012-2013 about geological disposal of nuclear waste.]
Thinking about Nuclear Image.
Prof. Vladimir Slugen – Slovak University of Technology, Slovakia
It is a fallacy to think it possible to convert old generation of nuclear experts to decommissioning work
· Need a new generation of experts
NPP A1 accident in Slovakia (it was a gas-cooled heavy water reactor)
Dr John Roberts – European Nuclear Education Network & University of Manchester, UK
· ENEN gives €1000 to 3 PhD students to attend a Nuclear Conference
Promotion of E&T in nuclear decommissioning
Mr. Bart Deconinck – Consultant, Belgium
When and how should we let children know about nuclear and decommissioning?
Mr. James Pearson – Radioactive Waste Management Consultant, AMEC Foster Wheeler
How well are young people being integrated into AMEC?
Mr Richard Adams – European Economic and Social Committee
We need to get nuclear/energy security issues talked about on social media, in primary schools, at the pub, at the rowing club in church etc.
Prof. John Perkins – CBE FREng, UK
There is a need for collaboration and standardisation of European Safety Culture
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