The First European Nuclear Young Generation Forum
2005 launched in Zagreb
Zagreb, capital of small Central European and
Mediterranean country, has a privilege to host the first European
Nuclear Young Generation Forum 2005, shortly Forum, within 7-12
June 2005. The Forum was organised on the initiative of YGN of
the Croatian Nuclear Society as an event jointly co-organised
with the European Nuclear Society (ENS) and the International
Youth Nuclear Congress (IYNC). The idea to organise such an event
appeared during the ENS YGN Core Meeting in September 2004. Nevertheless,
a short period of preparations did not reflect to quality of the
Forum itself and variety of activities it consisted of.
A crew of around 80 young professionals, researchers
and postgraduate students, with background in nuclear science
/ engineering, from 19 countries (of which 18 are ENS member countries)
came to the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing (FER)
at the University of Zagreb to take part in this multi scope event.
The Forum started with a gala welcome buffet
and continued next morning with the opening plenary session. Representatives
from Croatian Nuclear Society, University of Zagreb, NPP Krško
and State Office for Nuclear Safety has welcomed all participants
to Zagreb. The ENS representative at Forum, Gaston Meskens, Chairman
of the ENS Program Committee & ENS Representative to the United
Nations FCCC and CSD, has given a strong support and encouraged
participants to contribute and benefit from this Forum.
Opening Plenary Session at the University of Zagreb
The organisers has put some initial standards
what Forum as YG event should include. First of all, the Forum
was a technical event since the whole first day was reserved for
the workshop on various concepts for radioactive waste management.
The invited speakers were well prepared and motivated young professional
coming from companies dealing with radioactive waste. The workshop
has covered topics such as Scandinavian, French, Belgian, Accelerator
Driven System (ADS) concepts for waste management and innovative
concepts in USA too. The workshops were really interactive between
presenters and the audience followed with comments and constructive
Waste Management Workshop organised by YGN
The second significant constituting components
were two guided technical tours. The first one led to the Westinghouse
type Nuclear power plant Krško in Slovenia. The participants
were welcomed by NPP’s Director of Production in the NPP’s
information centre in the city of Krško and had opportunity
to hear most important facts on operational and safety status
of NPP Krško. Later on the professionally guided visit in
NPP Krško was set to see turbine building and main control
room, cooling towers, essential service water system, dam and
intake part from river Sava.
Technical Tour in NPP Krsko
The second technical tour was hosted in the laboratory
for in-service inspection of the Institute for Nuclear Technology
– INETEC Ltd in Zagreb. The Institute’s personnel
presented their mainstream business which covers the in-service
inspection of the reactor pressure vessel and reactor pressure
vessel head, both for PWR and VVER reactors, and additionally
steam generator U-tubes inspection, plugging and unplugging process
for PWR and VVER reactors. The technical tours ended with barbecue
at a great Jarun like in Zagreb with a spirit of domestic live
One day was completely programmed to enforce
international networking among young nuclear professionals. The
whole Friday was dedicated to presentations from various ENS YGN
countries (and USA) on their members’ activities within
the last decade. Additionally to oral presentations there was
a poster session specially focused on the YGN activities.
International networking among young nuclear professionals
The acknowledgment goes to the IAEA representative,
Geetha Sadagopan, for presentation on Education and training in
radiation protection and waste safety. The ENS representative,
Gaston Meskens, continued with a lecture on Complex Problem Solving.
The representative of World Nuclear Association, Irina Borysova,
had a presentation entitled as “Nuclear Renaissance: A Global
Reality”. For the majority this was also an opportunity
to become acquainted with the operation of World Nuclear University,
and its first Summer Institute to be held in Idaho Falls this
year. Kim Dahlbacka, ENS YGN Chairperson, came with a presentation
of results of interesting survey he conducted in co-operation
with YGN colleagues in ENS member countries on the future of nuclear
energy foreseen by young generation.
In the UN’s World Year of Physics 2005
ENS YGN is celebrating 10th anniversary of its existence
and work. This was a great opportunity to celebrate this anniversary
in Croatia in presence of so many participants. The Forum culminated
in official celebration of 10th Anniversary of ENS
YGN in splendid evening and dinner at Croatian Journalists’
Society covered with a performance of live rock band.
Anniversary of ENS YGN at Croatian Journalists’ Society
The Forum was also a place for youngsters to
plan and organise some future events – International Youth
Nuclear Congress 2006 to be held in Sweden with a technical tour
in Finland. At the same time a regular ENS YGN Core Meeting with
Board elections took place at this Forum.
IYNC 2006 Executive Committee Meeting and ENS YGN
Core Meeting with new Co-Chairperson Igor Vukovic, outgoing Chairperson
Alexandre Tsibulya and new Chairperson Kim Dahlbacka.
The last day was prearranged for a visit to the
National park “Plitvice Lakes”, a part of UNESCO world
natural heritage. Events attended by young people are always followed
with a numerous social events. With so many present countries
and great contribution this was simply the best way to improve
networking and exchange experience on one place. Those with surplus
of energy and spare time joined to the six-day long Post-Forum
Sailing Tour at the Dalmatian coast and islands.
The Forum has finished with a trip to the National
park “Plitvice Lakes”
We are very happy about the fact that YG contributed
in starting of new ENS co-organised event and moreover that YG
within the Europe is becoming more successful and efficient with
concrete results on the benefit of the whole European nuclear
The organisers are thankful to the sponsors (ENS,
IYNC, Westinghouse Electric Sweden, NPP Krško, Croatian Electrical
Utility - HEP, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing
- FER, Ministry of Science, Education and Sports, Enconet International,
Enteko, National and Zagreb Tourist Board) who supported organisation
of the first Forum, without which support this event would not
be an event such it was.
At the very end the youngsters have spontaneously
agreed this experience was fruitful, educational and at last experience
far beyond the technical!
YGN will do an additional effort for the Forum
to become a traditional biannual event, in between IYNC and vice
versa. Next Forum is expected to be in June 2007. The YGN member
countries are encouraged to take into consideration their nomination
and give a proposal for hosting the next Forum.
Prepared by: Igor Vukovic, Croatia, ENS YGN Co-Chairperson