First NESTet conference focuses on educating and training tomorrow’s
by: Madaras Attila, Bogdán
Yamaji, Botond Beliczai, Péter Tóth and Péter
The first NESTet (Nuclear
Engineering, Science and Technology – Education
and Training) conference was held in Hungary, from 4-8 May. The
first three days of the conference took place at the Novotel
Budapest Centrum Hotel. Day four was set aside for technical
After opening speeches from David Bonser, President
of ENS, and Tamás Pázmándi, Chairman of
the Hungarian Nuclear Society, the conference kicked off with
the a presentation ceremony for the awarding of European Master
of Science in Nuclear Engineering (EMSNE) diplomas for 2007.
11 students from 5 countries received their EMSNE 2007 diplomas.
the programme was divided into two sections - an industry oriented
section and an education and training oriented one. The event
also featured poster displays that took place on the Monday and
on Tuesday, after the lunch break.
The Conference Dinner took place on the evening
of the second day at the Baroque Hall of Budapest Historical
Museum, which is situated in the Royal Palace of the Castle of
One of the main topics discussed during the conference was
the problem of supplying new professionals for the nuclear
in the future. While arguments persist about the role of nuclear
energy in the context of future sustainability, a new generation
of scientists, engineers and technicians will, whatever happens,
always be needed to maintain the operation of existing nuclear
facilities. The problem is that in the current uncertain situation
it is hard to predict the future needs of the industry when
it comes to recruiting new professionals. It is also hard to
a career in the nuclear field appear attractive for youngsters.
For example, in Lithuania more than 80% of total electricity
generation is provided by the two units at Ignalina NPP, but
now they are to be closed. This means that after their total
shutdown in 2009 a majority of the employees will be made redundant.
Plans to build new units are currently under discussion, so
the knowledge of those professionals who will lose their jobs
be required. But it will prove a problem to retain these people
in the nuclear industry until that time. On the other hand,
to provide the required amount of professionals universities
have to train a new generation of workers for the nuclear industry.
So, they have to explore what skills and knowledge will be
essential for professionals over the coming years. But even
if they produce
a detailed education and training programme the uncertain future
of the nuclear industry at the moment make it hard to persuade
youngsters to sign up to a nuclear career.
four-day conference finished with a choice of technical tour
- either to the Budapest Research Reactor at the Central Research
Institute of Physics (KFKI) or to the Paks NPP. The visit to
the research reactor and the KFKI consisted of three parts. First,
the leader of the Reactor Department, Sándor Tozsér,
outlined the history of the reactor and showed us the control
room. Secondly, short presentations about the utilisation possibilities
(László Rosta) and research activities (Rózsa
Baranyai) were given. The reactor hall was then visited. Next
the visitors reviewed the instrumentation and were shown the
main parts of the reactor, (it was not in operation at the time
because of maintenance works). Finally, the last part of the
visit was to the guide hall. Here cold and thermal neutron measurements
are carried out with help the neutron guides.
next stop on the technical tour was the training reactor at the
Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME). We visited
the facility during "full operation" with several groups
of students given laboratory exercises to carry out such as activation
analysis. Our guides, Szabolcs Czifrus and András Csige,
started with a short introduction about the history and the objectives
of the training reactor. We then had the opportunity to visit
the control room and the reactor podium, and to look inside the
pool type reactor.
The other group spent the day at the Paks NPP.
This tour started at the Simulator Center department, where István
Frányó informed them about the training and testing
of the main control room staff. He also explained the structure
of the main control room simulator. Group Leader Csaba Dohóczki
guided the visitors through the turbine hall and to the “visitors’ corridor” of
the reactor halls of Units 1 and 2. In the afternoon Péter
Lukács took the group round the Maintenance and Training
Center, where it received valuable information about the training
of primary circuit staff at Paks NPP. Finally, visitors were
familiarized with current educational and training practices
at the Paks.
The photos were taken by: Péter Tóth, Attila Madaras,