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Summer Institute

An immersive, five-week nuclear leadership and professional development programme for future leaders in the nuclear industry

Osaka, Japan | 25 June - 28 July 2023

Applications closed.

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25 June

Start Date

5 weeks





World Nuclear Association Members        ---------   £16,000  

Non-World Nuclear Association Members ---------   £17,000  

IAEA Technical Cooperation Funding        ---------   learn more

*Includes food and accommodation costs


IAEA-Funded Applications  ---------   31 January 2023   

Company-Funded Applications  ---------       14 March 2023   

*Application deadlines subject to change

About the Programme

What does effective nuclear leadership look like and how can you prepare to lead your nuclear organization into the future. 

Built on a foundation of instruction from the world’s leading nuclear experts, World Nuclear University’s annual immersive, five-week leadership development programme brings together nuclear professionals from around the world to share knowledge and broaden horizons. Through a mix of taught lectures, mentored group work, industry-focused projects, and technical site visits, Summer Institute Fellows will improve their leadership capabilities and team effectiveness. 

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What our alumni say

"It is an experience of a lifetime. The opportunity to learn and meet giants in the industry is amazing. I cemented friendships with people from all of the globe. It is a special experience that I would recommend to anyone in the industry." 

SI Fellow | 2016


Summer Institute Fellows will:

1. Gain a deeper awareness of personal leadership style

2. Learn how to leverage leadership to exceed organizational goals and objectives

3. Discover frameworks for building resilience into organizational culture and drive workplace innovation

4. Develop a holistic perspective of the nuclear industry

5. Build meaningful, lasting relationships

6. Access a global network of Summer Institute Alumni

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2022 Programme topics

The Summer Institute programme covers a wide range of nuclear industry topics*

Setting the scene: Fundamentals and Leadership

Week One:    

  • Leadership fundamentals 

  • Nuclear, climate change mitigation and net zero

  • Energy markets and integrated energy systems

  • Technical fundamentals, gen IV and SMRs

  • Ethical aspects of (nuclear) energy governance

  • The importance of radiation protection

  • Radiation protection in practice

  • Other applications for nuclear

  • Leading change: self, team, organization

Week Two:

The international context, global regimes and sharing good practice

  • Technical fundamentals continued

  • International legal and regs regime

  • CORDEL facilitated plenary

  • Safety culture and the role of leadership in creating a robust safety culture

  • Security, safeguards and non-proliferation

  • Economics and financing for nuclear power

  • New nuclear power plants

Technical tours

Week Three:

  • Vandellos I - NPP

  • Equipos Nucleares - Heavy Component Manufacturing

  • Juzbado (Saelices) Mine

  • Juzbado Fuel Fabrication Facility

  • Jose Cabrera - Decommissioned NPP

  • El Cabril - Waste Disposal Facility 

Week Four: 

Operating your nuclear power plant 

  • The front end of the nuclear fuel cycle

  • Supply chain for existing fleet, new build and innovative developments

  • Optimizing Plant performance: Asset management and capacity optimization

  • Long term operations 

  • Transport

  • Communications and advocacy 

Week Five:

Decommissioning, Used Fuel and Waste Management

  • Decommissioning 

  • Inclusive leadership and benefit of diversity

  • Used nuclear fuel

  • waste management

  • Radioactive waste by-product categorisation

  • Workforce challenges and solutions 

  • Localisation and Indigenous capacity building 

  • Innovative Leadership Project

*Programme topics subject to change

Previous SI experts and faculty 

Over the years, numerous prominent nuclear industry thought-leaders have attended the Summer Institute as mentors, speakers, and invited leaders, to share their in-depth leadership experiences with Fellows. Below are a few of the many industry experts who have joined WNU's Summer Institute:

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Sama Bilbao y León

President, World Nuclear University

Amir Shahkarami

CEO, Exelon

William Magwood

Helmut Engelbrecht

Director General, OECD/NEA

Former CEO, Urenco Ltd

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Ingemar Engkvist

Rafael Mariano Grossi


Director General, IAEA

Lisa Thiele

Rumina Velshi

Vice President, CNSC

President and CEO, CNSC

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Margeret Doane

Deputy Director General, IAEA

Naohiro Masuda

Chief Decommissioning Officer, Fukushima Daiichi, TEPCO

Tim Gitzel

Shaun Jenkinson

CEO, Cameco Corp.


Thinking behind the programme

As the nuclear industry grows and evolves, so do the challenges of demonstrating good leadership in a constantly changing industry. 

WNU introduced the Summer Institute in 2005 to provide future leaders with a solid foundation of core nuclear principles alongside a broad curriculum of leadership, communications, and organizational development skills. 

Group work and mentoring

Throughout the course, fellows are presented with real-life scenarios and tasked with working in small groups to solve some of the most critical issues facing the nuclear industry. Groups are curated to be culturally and professionally diverse and comprised of fellows from different backgrounds, genders, and nationalities. Each small working group is facilitated by a mentor, who provides guidance and personal coaching to help fellows further their leadership skills and improve their organizational flexibility and resilience capabilities. 

Unique locations and technical tours

Each year, the Summer Institute is hosted by a different nation from a unique region. In addition to a rigorous academic curriculum, fellows are immersed into the local culture through excursions, sightseeing, and social and cultural gatherings. The goal of these experiences is to create a strong bond between participants, while highlighting the unique offerings of the host nation. 


Facilitated and independent social events allow participants to develop networking skills and cultural sensitivities that will help them lead the industry into the future. WNU programmes also offer a rare opportunity to tour the host country's nuclear facilities, allowing fellows to visit exclusive sites and interact with those who work in these facilities. 

See previous SI locations

Curated curriculum 

The Summer Institute's unique curriculum is curated in collaboration with international organizations, including WNU's founding supporters, WNA, IAEA, WANO, and the OECD/NEA, and a global network of nuclear industry partners. Through these partnerships, WNU has access to a wide range of experts from nuclear nations to provide unique and balanced perspectives with the participants. 


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