An immersive, five-week nuclear leadership and professional development programme for future leaders in the nuclear industry
Applications for the 2023 Summer Institute are open!
Osaka, Japan | 25 June - 28 July 2023
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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.
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
2022 Programme topics
The Summer Institute programme covers a wide range of nuclear industry topics*
Setting the scene: Fundamentals and Leadership
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
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
Vandellos I - NPP
Equipos Nucleares - Heavy Component Manufacturing
Juzbado (Saelices) Mine
Juzbado Fuel Fabrication Facility
Jose Cabrera - Decommissioned NPP
El Cabril - Waste Disposal Facility
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
Communications and advocacy
Decommissioning, Used Fuel and Waste Management
Inclusive leadership and benefit of diversity
Used nuclear fuel
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:
Sama Bilbao y León
President, World Nuclear University
Director General, OECD/NEA
Former CEO, Urenco Ltd
Rafael Mariano Grossi
Director General, IAEA
Vice President, CNSC
President and CEO, CNSC
Deputy Director General, IAEA
Chief Decommissioning Officer, Fukushima Daiichi, TEPCO
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
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.
For a more information about the Summer Institute, visit: www.world-nuclear-university.org/programmes/summer-institute
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