2020 Year-in-Review

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Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic 2020 was a very active and impactful year at the NEA. The Agency quickly adjusted to the situation, switched to virtual methods of interaction, and continued to serve its member countries. The NEA community has stayed in contact via online meetings, virtual diplomatic missions, webchats and web-based expert roundtables.

Over the course of this year the NEA released flagship reports on deep geological repositories, reducing the construction costs of nuclear, nuclear data and electricity generating costs. It also issued policy briefs on the role of nuclear energy during COVID‑19 and beyond. It organised conferences and workshops corresponding to the needs of member countries in the application and exploration of nuclear science and technology, including the NEA Workshop on Optimisation: Rethinking the Art of Reasonable and a special workshop on the human aspects of nuclear safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Agency also continued supporting nuclear capacity building efforts with events such as the WebChat on Gender Balance, a Global Nuclear Science and Engineering Commencement and the 7th International Mentoring Workshop in Science and Engineering, in which distinguished women scientists and engineers engaged with female high school students from Fukushima, Japan.

Watch our year‑in‑review video here to see the highlights and key moments of 2020.



NEA Workshop on Optimisation: Rethinking the Art of Reasonable

Second exploratory meeting for collaboration with universities across the globe

Resumption of NEA Data Bank Services to non-NEA/OECD Countries



The second Roundtable on Final Disposal of High‑level Radioactive Waste and Spent Fuel

NEA high-level visit to Romania

Workshop on Preparedness for Post‑Accident Recovery Process: Lessons from Experience

Workshop on the Multifactor Optimisation of Predisposal Management of Radioactive Waste

The European Nuclear Energy Tribunal holds inaugural session for its 10th mandate

Global interest in the NEA International Nuclear Law Essentials course



Special workshop on the human aspects of nuclear safety: Challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic



NEA WebChat with Dr Rita Baranwal

NEA WebChat on Gender Balance



NEA WebChat with H.E. Michał Kurtyka, Poland's Minister of Climate

New policy briefs on the role of nuclear energy during COVID‑19 and beyond

A new NEA publication on the Management and Disposal of High‑Level Radioactive Waste: Global Progress and Solutions

NEA Director-General's virtual mission to Japan

Workshop on mitigating psychological impacts of crisis response



A new NEA publication on reducing the costs of nuclear power on the path towards a clean energy future

The Generalised Nuclear Database Structure: Establishing an International Nuclear Data Standard

Workshop on community engagement and resilience



A global nuclear science and engineering commencement

NEA conducts virtual missions to Canada, Japan, the Russian Federation and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in August 2020



New NICE Future Initiative report on the role of flexible nuclear energy systems in a low-carbon energy future

NEA WebChat with H.E. Mohamed Al Hammadi

Virtual mission to France

COG and NEA sign MOU to advance global PHWR safety research

Virtual Stakeholder Confidence Workshop on the Decommissioning of Nuclear Facilities in the United Kingdom

Nuclear energy at the G20

Workshop on the Adequacy of Funding Arrangements for Decommissioning and Radioactive Waste Management



International School of Nuclear Law: Hot topics, expert views

NEA WebChat with IAEA Director-General Rafael Mariano Grossi

Joint Learning Forum on safety culture

A new NEA publication: Chemical Thermodynamics Volume 14 – 2nd Update on the Chemical Thermodynamics of U, Np, Pu, Am and Tc

NEA Steering Committee for Nuclear Energy meeting

Current Implementation Status of Measures to Manage Open Phase Conditions in Electrical Power Systems of Nuclear Power Plants



Changes to the NEA Data Bank licensing framework for codes distribution

Expert Roundtable: Progress in HLW management and the sustainability of nuclear energy

NEA WebChat with Shawn Tupper

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) for Nuclear Reactor Safety Applications (CFD4NRS-8) workshop



Projected Costs of Generating Electricity – 2020 edition

Training courses on state-of-the-art computer codes

Specialist Workshop on Advanced Measurement Method and Instrumentation for Enhancing Severe Accident Management in a Nuclear Power Plant

Workshop series on benchmarking, single and multi-physics modelling and simulation tools for nuclear reactor analysis

Multi-sector workshop on innovative regulation: Challenges and benefits of harmonising the licensing process for emerging technologies

7th NEA International Mentoring Workshop in Science and Engineering

New publication: Uranium 2020

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