Nuclear Risk Communication Training Course - 2023 edition
About the course

Applications for the Nuclear Risk Communication Training Course (RCTC) are now closed.

Following the first edition of the Nuclear Risk Communication Training Course, the NEA will host the 2023 session in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. This training course will focus on communicating risk on a daily basis. Its aim is to improve the effectiveness of risk communication in order to enhance public understanding.

Over four days participants will interact with communication experts and technical professionals working in nuclear energy organisations to learn the fundamentals of risk communication.


E-learning (pre-work)

  • Risk communication vs. crisis communication
  • Introduction to nuclear and radiological risks

Session 1:  Why is risk communication important for nuclear organisations?

  • Overview of risk communication objectives and challenges, and definitions of its components
  • How audiences use information
  • How to assess risk perception
  • How to build trust
  • How to deal with uncertainty
  • Group discussion of Session 1

Session 2: The art of effective risk communication

  • Identifying your target audiences
  • Designing a risk communication strategy
  • The importance of plain language
  • Implementing a risk communication plan
  • Evaluating your strategy and plan
  • Risk perception and stakeholder engagement
  • Group discussion based on Fukushima case study

Session 3: The techniques, practical implementation and specific challenges

  • Techniques, tools and channels in nuclear and radiological risk communication
  • What journalists need
  • Countering rumours, conspiracy theories and fake news in the misinformation landscape
  • How to handle public meetings in an effective manner
  • Working together: Communicators working with technical staff, management and other staff members within their organisation
  • Group discussion on mutiple topics (other sectors, AI, etc.)
  • Preparation and presentation of the final project

Who should take this course?

Professionals working in nuclear regulatory organisations, technical scientific support organisations, agencies for radioactive waste management and other related governmental organisations responsible for communicating or engaging with the public and decision makers, about nuclear and radiological risks and associated topics.


Testimonials from course participants:

The programme was excellent content-wise.

Very nice and interesting to meet all leaders and participants at the course! Good to learn from each other!

The big win was to meet and speak with others, that was great.

All lecturers spent their free time with the participants, made an effort in remembering our names, organisations and countries.

Registration and admission process
  • Registration fee (payable on acceptance): EUR 500.
  • Registration deadline was 6 August 2023. Applicants will be notified of their status by e-mail by 15 September 2023.
  • The participant number is limited to 40-45, with selection based on a number of factors that aim to assemble a diverse representation of nationality, gender, professional background, motivation (among others).
  • Course venue: Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.