The OECD Nuclear Energy Agency supports the maintenance and development of essential skills through education and training in various fields related to nuclear energy. The Agency offers online and in-person courses and initiatives for professionals, researchers and university and high school students.
International School of Nuclear Law (ISNL) - Established in 2001 by the NEA in co-operation with the University of Montpellier, the course has been designed to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of the various interrelated legal issues pertinent to the safe, efficient and secure use of nuclear energy. The course is designed for both professionals and graduate students with a university degree in a relevant discipline.
International Nuclear Law Essentials (INLE) - This five-day course addresses the needs and interests of lawyers working in the public or the private sector but will also be of interest to scientists, engineers, policymakers, managers and other professionals working in the nuclear field.
Fundamentals of International Nuclear Law (FINL) – The course has been designed by the NEA to provide a high-level, introductory review of the central aspects of international nuclear law in a condensed online programme of three-hours per day. The course is designed for both professionals and graduate students.
International Radiological Protection School (IRPS) - The IRPS programme, organised in co-operation with Stockholm University, addresses developments in radiological protection recommendations, standards and related implementation and practices. It includes presentations and illustrative case study discussions to explore the practical aspects of the implementation of radiological protection.
Nuclear Risk Communication Training Course (RCTC) - This course focuses on communicating risk on a daily basis. It aims to improve the effectiveness of risk communication in order to enhance public understanding. Over four days, participants interact with communication experts and technical professionals working in nuclear energy organisations to learn the fundamentals of risk communication.
International School on Simulation of Nuclear Reactor Systems (SINUS) – Each edition provides training in multiphysics modelling and simulation and associated validation, verification and uncertainty qualification methodologies. The course leverages the comprehensive expertise of the NEA Working Party on Scientific Issues and Uncertainty Analysis of Reactor Systems and the software distribution capabilities of the NEA Data Bank. Participants meet online and in person to learn in a dynamic, hands-on environment through self-paced project assignments that introduce them to cutting-edge, single- and multiphysics software packages.
The NEA Data Bank Computer Program Service (CPS) has been conducting training activities for more than 30 years. These courses provide a unique opportunity to bring together code users from around the world, facilitating exchanges on the use of computer programs among users and with the code developers. Online and in-person courses on the most widely used computer programs are organised all year round.
International mentoring workshops - The NEA works continuously with its member countries towards encouraging more women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, highlighting the prospects for women at each stage of their education and career. To help address the gender gap and ensure a robust and diverse pipeline of talent for the nuclear sector, the NEA co-organises international mentoring workshops with member countries and partners that seek to create motivating connections between female students and senior female representatives in the field.
Nuclear Education, Skills and Technology (NEST) Framework - This multinational initiative maintains and builds both technical and non-technical skills and knowledge through research and training projects for promising students and young professionals. NEST projects target specific areas of the nuclear sector where skills need to be developed. They are multi-disciplinary and bring together a variety of organisations, from universities to industries, that wish to co-operate to develop the skills of their workforce.
NEA Global Forum on Nuclear Education, Science, Technology and Policy – This inclusive network of experts in the nuclear energy sector, primarily from academia, focuses on enabling the generation and flow of ideas to confront some of the sector’s most significant challenges. It provides a platform for academic institutions, policymakers and key stakeholders in the nuclear energy sector and civil society to identify good practices, facilitate shared activities and conduct studies, among other things.
The NEA Global Forum Rising Stars Programme - As part of the NEA Global Forum, the Rising Stars Programme puts the weight of the Agency and the Global Forum’s academic institutions behind efforts to improve gender balance in the nuclear field. It welcomes female rising stars in science, technology, education and policy by connecting participants with resources, people and support. The programme is organised as an annual event featuring a series of activities, including panel talks by experts and networking opportunities for the participants.
The CRPPH has long served as a forum for exchange and co-operation, to establish best practices, contribute to the development of the key recommendations of the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) and issue innumerable technical and policy documents that capture the state of the art of radiological protection (RP) thinking at specific points in time. The NEA decided to develop a learning programme in order to pass on a deep understanding of the spirit of the RP system, along with how it is intended to be applied in diverse and newly emerging circumstances, and how it is evolving on the basis of lessons from experiences. The International Radiological Protection School (IRPS) has been implemented since 2018 through a co-operation between the NEA, the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (SSM) and the Centre for Radiation Protection Research (CRPR) of Stockholm University.
The International School of Nuclear Law (ISNL) is a two-week programme run annually by the NEA and the University of Montpellier and supported by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Covering essential aspects of international nuclear law, it is designed for students and professionals.
The International School on Simulation of Nuclear Reactor Systems (SINUS) provides hybrid, hands-on-training encompassing multiphysics modelling and simulation (M&S) and associated validation, verification and uncertainty qualification (VV&UQ) methodologies.
The NEA Data Bank Computer Program Service (CPS) has been conducting training activities for more than 30 years. These courses provide a unique opportunity to bring together code users from around the world, facilitating exchanges on the use of nuclear computer programs among users and with the code developers.
The Global Forum on Nuclear Education, Science, Technology and Policy acts as an inclusive network of experts in the nuclear energy sector, primarily from academia, focused on enabling the generation and flow of ideas. With creative problem-solving measures, the Global Forum aims to help confront some of the most significant challenges the nuclear energy sector faces today.
The NEA launched the Nuclear Education, Skills and Technology (NEST) Framework in partnership with its member countries to help address important gaps in nuclear skills capacity building, knowledge transfer and technical innovation in an international context.