The Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) has 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 and to assist in examining long-term options to manage high-level radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel, as well as better ways to decommission old facilities. The goal of NEST is to energise advanced students to pursue careers in the nuclear field by proposing a multinational framework among interested countries to maintain and build skills capabilities; establishing international links between universities, academia, research institutes and industry; attracting technologists from other disciplines to examine nuclear technology issues and involving such actors in the resolution of real-world problems.
The heart of the NEST Framework will be multinational and multidisciplinary projects, the so-called NEST projects. Each NEST project will be facilitated by a Managing Research Institution which will work with NEST performing institutions in countries participating in the NEST project to carry out related research task. The managing research institutions will provide the professional research guidance for the project while the NEST performing institutions will conduct research tasks that will be carried out by the NEST Fellows. NEST projects may be developed to meet specific education and skills development needs. In order to meet real-world context and challenging problems of industry/regulatory bodies, and to benefit from experienced practitioners, a NEST project can be defined and implemented as a part of broader existing project that are able to meet agreed NEST criteria, such as national projects open to international co-operation, ongoing NEA joint projects, etc.
The NEST Framework is developed as an NEA joint undertaking gathering volunteering member countries.
For more detailed information, please contact:
Ms Antonella Di Trapani, Analyst, Multilateral and Multidisciplinary Projects Development