AREN-YG Round -table at Nuclear 2013 conference
From May 22 - 24, the Nuclear Research Institute in Pitesti organized the international conference – Nuclear 2013 – which has established itself as a regular fixture in the nuclear research and industry events calendar. During the conference the Young Generation Network of the Romanian Nuclear Energy Association (AREN) organized a round-table entitled: Nuclear projects under development – opportunities for young specialists. The aim of the event was to present ongoing projects in the field of nuclear research, physics, nuclear power plant construction and the possibilities for employment offered by these projects in the future.
It is a well-known fact that the nuclear industry at the global level is confronted with the problem of the ageing of related specialists and with a reduction in the number of graduates from the technical universities that could replace them. AREN-YG is committed to attracting young people to the nuclear field and considers that one of the most motivating facts behind considering a nuclear career is the opportunity for employment that the nuclear industry represents, especially given the current global economic crisis. The projects presented during the round table focused on real opportunities for young people and also gave the speakers a chance to emphasize the requirements that the young generation needs to fulfill in order to secure employment and also to describe the training programmes currently being offered by companies. The following projects were presented:
The ELI-NP laser project, which will be built by IFIN-HH at Magurele, in cooperation with research institutes from the Czech Republic and Hungary. The project was presented by Ioan Ursu, a Director at IFIN-HH
The detritiation station, which will be built at Cernavoda NPP by ICSI RM, in Valcea. The presentation was given by Liviu Stefan from ICSI
The Generation IV reactor ALFRED, which has been developed by SCN Pitesti, which was presented by Mr. Marian Constantin
A report on the adaptation of the educational programmes of the Politehnica University of Bucharest to the new requirements of the projects under development, given by Gabriel Pavel.
The round table was attended by students from the Politehnica University of Bucharest, the University of Pitesti and by other young nuclear professionals at the beginning of their careers.