International Youth Nuclear Congress 2006
18-23 June 2006 Stockholm – Olkiluoto
Photographer: Peter Larsson
Picture: International Youth Nuclear Congress 2006, Technical
The International Youth Nuclear Congress
(IYNC) met in Stockholm, Sweden, from 18 to 23 June 2006
for the IYNC2006, the forth biannual youth congress. Over 414
participants from 52 countries attended the congress. The IYNC
2006 sets a new standard in terms of number of participants. The
first IYNC in Bratislava, Slovakia, attracted 290 participants
from 29 countries followed by 248 participants from 37 countries
in Daejong, South Korea in 2002 and 263 participants from 35 countries
in Toronto, Canada in 2004.
On Sunday 18 June, a welcome reception at Stockholm
City Hall (better known as the location where the Nobel Prize
ceremony takes place) kicked-off the conference. The following
day, the opening session was hosted at Stockholm Opera House.
The opening session was launched with a keynote presentation by
Mr. Luis E. Echávarri, Director General (NEA/OECD), followed
by a series of presentations by invited speakers including: Mr.
Robert Workman (IAEA), Mr. John Polcyn (Bechtel Power Corporation)
and Mr. Per Jander (WNA). Young Members of the European Parliament
and professionals then gave their vision of nuclear’s future
in a panel session moderated by Mr. John Shepherd from NucNet.
The opening session ended with a press conference where a declaration
from the youth in the nuclear industry entitled IYNC Nuclear Science
& Technology was presented to the media. The Declaration urged
world leaders to: acknowledge the contribution that nuclear energy
makes – as part of an overall energy mix that includes renewables
- to combating climate change, to recognise how nuclear science
and technology can help meet the social, economic and environmental
objectives that underpins global sustainable development and to
embrace a nuclear tomorrow.
Two and a half days were then devoted to a very high-level
technical programme, which was divided into four parts:
nuclear science and technology, nuclear waste and decommissioning,
non-power applications of nuclear and nuclear politics and
economics. Each track featured keynote speakers, including
the ENS President, Dr. Franck Deconinck; industry leaders
such as Bertrand Barré, AREVA, Dr. Lars Hallstadius,
Westinghouse, university professors (Dr. George Bereznai,
Toronto, Dr. Risto Tarjanne, Lappeenranta University
of technology), and Dr. Peter J. Gowin from the IAEA. During the
various track sessions, young nuclear professionals presented
their papers. Meanwhile, workshops on different subjects (Chernobyl,
knowledge management, professional technical organisations, waste
management: the Nordic approach, and the politics of sustainable
development) were organized in parallel, as well as a poster exhibition.
On 22 June, a technical tour was organised to
the Olkiluoto nuclear site in Finland. The visit consisted of
a one-hour sightseeing tour on a bus, during which participants
had the opportunity to have a glance at the two existing units,
the waste repository and the third unit (EPR) under construction.
Representatives from TVO and Posiva presented their company’s
involvement in the nuclear site. The impressive and interactive
visitor centre was also one of the highlights of the day, since
it enabled young nuclear professionals to discover more in depth
the technology used at Olkiluoto.
Meanwhile, the IYNC Board decided that the next
IYNC in 2008 will be held in Interlaken, Switzerland, in September
2008. Make sure you don’t miss it! In addition, a new IYNC
Network President was chosen, Ms. Lisa Stiles-Shell from the US.
For further information, please contact Martin
Luthander, IYNC General Co-Chair, email@example.com
or go to the IYNC website at: www.iync.org.