Over 20 representatives of enterprises and organizations of ROSATOM took part in the X International Youth Nuclear Congress IYNC-2018 and the XXVI annual symposium Women in Nuclear (WIN-2018). Both events were united and held in San Carlos de Bariloche (Argentina).
More than 400 young nuclear professionals from 40 countries shared their knowledge with leading experts, discussed issues of peaceful uses of nuclear technologies as well as professional development and communications. ROSATOM’s delegation included young specialists from a number of companies and organizations of ROSATOM such as A. A. Bochvar VNIINM, RI SPA LUCH, ATOMPROEKT, V. G. Khlopin Radium Institute, Kola and Leningrad NPPs, RFNC VNIIEF, ROSATOM’s Academy and other.
“ROSATOM pays great attention to the work with youth and supports their aspiration to get new knowledge. While implementing large-scale NPP construction projects across the world, we understand that highly skilled personnel are the most important part of the nuclear infrastructure, especially in newcomer countries. As part of the personnel training program, the company provides quotas to foreign students for getting free education in leading universities of Russia. We provide 50 quotas to the countries of Latin America in 2018. We are sure that the future of sustainable development is not possible without nuclear and future generations of nuclear professionals are to solve these ambitious tasks,” President of ROSATOM – Latin America Ivan Dybov noted at the plenary session devoted to new technologies and future of nuclear power.
In particular, Lidia Litvinenko, a Grade I Design Engineer from ATOMPROEKT, spoke at the congress about “Experimental studies and thermal hydraulics calculations of make-up deaerator and boron control made for Leningrad NPP”. Alexei Shchuklinov, a Grade II Design Engineer from the same institute, delivered his paper “Steam generator steam pressure control system with heat accumulators”. The group which included representatives of ROSATOM presented their justification of advanced structural material as fuel rod cladding for PWRs at the workshop “Lessons from Fukushima: how material selection can prevent future accidents”. “We have demonstrated all advantages of our material and answered questions of other participants on possible factors which may affect fuel rod operation,” Daniil Blokhin from VNIINM commented.
Ekaterina Solntseva, a representative of RI SPA LUCH, spoke about the ampule methodology for nuclear fuel testing at the session “Nuclear fuel research”. “It was useful for me to have a look at current research, share my experience and knowledge and establish useful ties (networking). This was useful for ROSATOM as well: it demonstrated a high level of R&D, fuel for promising (including fast neutron) reactors, we managed to show our capabilities, possibly, to potential clients,” she said.
Today, ROSATOM employs over 80,000 young specialists. The state-owned corporation implements youth support programs which are aimed at developing the successors pool and strengthening the international dialogue.
The X International Youth Nuclear Congress (IYNC-2018) and XXVI Women in Nuclear symposium were held in Latin America for the first time. The goal of the congress was to create global networks for exchange of opinions to advance peaceful uses of atomic energy. The event program included featured round-table sessions, plenary sessions on climate change, nuclear fuel cycle, NPP maintenance and control, environmental protection, radiological safety, nuclear medicine, and public communications in science and technology.