New senior appointment

Ms Tatiana IvanovaDr Tatiana Ivanova has been appointed NEA Head of the Division of Nuclear Science. She had been Acting Head of the NEA Division of Nuclear Science since September 2016 and worked with the NEA since November 2014 following her appointment as a nuclear scientist.

Dr Ivanova will lead the NEA activities associated with broad areas of nuclear science and technology, and international co‑operation. She will develop new approaches to enhanced horizontal co‑operation within the NEA and with external bodies in order to advance the scientific knowledge needed to enhance the performance and safety of current nuclear systems.

Dr Ivanova has 28 years of experience in both the developmental and safety assessment aspects of nuclear energy, including at the international level. Prior to joining the NEA, she enjoyed a nine‑year career with the French Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN), most recently as the Deputy Head of Reactor Physics Research and Safety Assessment Laboratory. Previously she also worked with the Institute of Nuclear Physics (IPN) of the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the Institute of Physics and Power Engineering (IPPE) in Obninsk, Russia. During her successive posts in research institutions in France and Russia, her extensive technical and managerial experience included work on fast reactor design; validation, verification and uncertainty quantification for nuclear reactors and fuel cycle applications; nuclear data processing and validation; design, evaluation, and analysis of integral experiments.

Throughout her entire career, Dr Ivanova has been at the forefront of international science projects. She has also been actively involved in the work of the NEA, most notably as the Chair of the NEA Working Party on Nuclear Criticality Safety (WPNCS) Expert Group on Uncertainty Analysis for Criticality Safety Assessment from 2007 to 2014.

Dr Ivanova, a dual French and Russian citizen, holds a Doctorate in Physics and Mathematics from the I.I. Leypunsky Institute of Physics and Power Engineering (IPPE), and a Master's degree in Nuclear Engineering from the Obninsk branch of the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute).

Last reviewed: 2 June 2017