An immersion into the NEST Framework Program
Managers: Antonella di Trapani (NEA), Kathryn Obisesan (NEA)
The NEST framework is a multilateral NEA initiative launched on 15 February 2019 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 through hands-on training activities in challenging projects. Each project is facilitated by a lead organisation which works with participating organisations in countries taking part in the NEST project to carry out the training activities related to a specific research topic. The lead organisation sets up the challenges to be addressed by each Project and provides guidance on the hands-on training activities which will be carried out by the Fellows under the Mentors supervision whereas the participating organisations implement the exploratory research tasks that are to be carried out by the NEST Fellows following the return to the home organisation
At the moment, six NEST project are on-going: Hydrogen containment experiments for reactor safety (HYMERES), Small modular reactors (SMRs), Advanced remote technology and robotics for decommissioning (ARTED), Radioactive waste management of i graphite, Medical applications, nuclear technologies, radioprotection and safety (MANTRAS), and Building competence, Expert knowledge, Applied techniques, Safe decommissioning, Train fellows (BEAST).
During the IYNC 2022, the NEA will be hosting a NEST workshop as a side-event, to offer students and young professionals in nuclear science and engineering a chance to learn more about this initiative. During the session, the participants will have the opportunity to have small group discussions with NEST Fellows using a Speed Dating format, before taking part into a group challenge to create their own NEST project and present it in a 3-minute pitch. A jury will award the group with the best NEST project ideas.