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Nuclear knowledge management and human resources development present both challenges and opportunities for the nuclear industry due to its unique nature and evolving global landscape. Opportunities arise in addressing these challenges and enhancing the effectiveness and sustainability of the nuclear operations.

An appropriate knowledgeable and experienced multigenerational workforce, with strong safety and security culture, is required by the long lifecycle of a nuclear facility. One of the major challenges is, therefore, the preservation and transfer of knowledge from experienced professionals to the subsequent generations. When a significant portion of the nuclear workforce approaches retirement, there is a risk of losing critical expertise and institutional memory. The capture, documentation, and transfer of this knowledge is needed to ensure continuity and prevent knowledge gaps.

Another challenge is keeping pace with technological innovations. The nuclear industry is continually evolving, with advancements in reactor designs, instrumentation and control systems, digitalization and other new technologies. Human resources development programmes are required to adapt to provide professionals with necessary skills and competencies to navigate and utilize these technologies effectively. 

Additionally, changing demographics and increase workforce mobility pose challenges in recruitment and retention. Attracting and retaining a diverse talent pool with the required technical knowledge and scientific background is essential for the long-term success of the industry. Organizations need to develop strategies that promote diversity, inclusivity and equal opportunities, ensuring a sustainable pipeline of skilled professionals. 

Furthermore, maintaining a strong safety culture and regulatory compliance is a critical challenge. Human resources development programmes must emphasize safety training, risk awareness and a strong commitment to safety values and practices. Continuous training and development are necessary to meet regulatory requirements and ensure a culture of safety throughout the workforce.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) plays a crucial role in addressing these challenges and enhancing the nuclear industry operational efficiency, safety performance and sustainability.

The IAEA as a global hub for the exchange, dissemination and preservation of nuclear knowledge and information, has previously organized six International Conferences on Nuclear Knowledge Management and Human Resources Development, including education and training and capacity building.


Scientific Secretaries of the Conference:
Mr Pedro Dieguez Porras

Division of Nuclear Power/

Division of Planning, Information and Knowledge Management

Department of Nuclear Energy



Ms Alesia Iunikova

Division of Planning, Information and Knowledge Management

Department of Nuclear Energy



Administration and Organization:

Mr Tom Danaher

Conference Services Section

Division of Conference and Document Services

Department of Management

IAEA-CN-324; EVT23000041



General Postal Address and Contact Details of the IAEA:

International Atomic Energy Agency

Vienna International Centre

PO Box 100


Tel: +43 1 2600

Fax: +43 1 2600 2007



Subsequent correspondence on scientific matters should be sent to the Scientific Secretaries and correspondence on administrative matters to the IAEA’s Conference Services Section.