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UPDATE: Canada Wins at the 2011 International Nuclear Energy Olympiad

They won! Congratulations Alex and James!

The International Nuclear Olympiad, being was held for the first time in 2011 in South Korea, is a contest for university students around the world to research and develop a plan for gaining public acceptance of nuclear energy in their country.

We at TalkNUclear are very excited to have that Canada was represented by Team Steeltown – the member of which were are two of our former summer students, Alex Wolf and James Harrington. Alex and James submitted a paper outlining their research and plan which they will presented in Korea at the Olympiad.

Read the TalkNUclear post about Alex and James’ reaction to being selected

CNA Summer Students Alex Wolf and James Harrington – Representing Canada at the 2011 International Nuclear Energy Olympiad

The Olympiad will be  was held on 26-30 September 2011 in Seoul in South Korea and is was organized by the World Nuclear University and hosted by Korea Nuclear Energy Promotion Agency (KONEPA).

Among 70 applicants, 10 teams from 10 countries are were selected and the list is as below:

  • Canada (Team Steeltown)
  • India (Team Anushakti)
  • Japan (nuclear.jp)
  • Korea (Green Narae)
  • Malaysia (Serikandi)
  • Mongolia (Monnuc)
  • Romania (D2O)
  • Russia (MEPhI)
  • Turkey (NEAT)
  • USA (Lorentz Lions)

We’re looking forward to hearing from Alex and James about the experience when they return. What a fantastic opportunity to gain insights and learn about the experience of other counties — and share what potentially may become best practices for communicating the many benefits of nuclear energy.

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Canada Represented at the 2011 International Nuclear Energy Olympiad

Last month we told you about the 2011 International Nuclear Energy Olympiad, an international student competition seeking innovative ways to communicate nuclear technology for public buy-in.

A total of 35 teams from 22 countries around the world applied. According to the sponsoring body, the Korea Nuclear Energy Promotion Agency,

the overall quality of the submissions was exceptionally high making it extremely hard for the Committee to select only 10 teams.

We at TalkNuclear are very proud to announce that the team of CNA summer students, Alex Wolf and James Harrington, was one of those 10 teams selected to present their plan.

Of their plan, Alex and James say: Showing people all the great things about nuclear energy is a complex task. It would be simple to provide widespread education on radiation science and nuclear safety, however not everyone has the time to devote to learning these topics. Different stakeholders have different needs, and our plan will focus on identifying these groups, listening to their specific concerns, and sharing relevant information through direct and word-of-mouth strategies.

CNA summer students Alex Wolf and James Harrington - Representing Canada at the 2011 International Nuclear Energy Olympiad in South Korea

“We’re very happy to among the ten teams selected to present a plan for gaining public acceptance of nuclear in Canada,” said Alex. “We’re also looking forward to hearing what the other teams from other countries are proposing based on their perspective and experience with nuclear,” added James.

In making their selections, WNU (World Nuclear University) and KONEPA (Korea Nuclear Energy Promotion Agency) considered

  • the clarity and creativity of the plans for conducting research on the given topic
  • diversity, both in terms of nationality of the teams taking part in the event,
  • diversity of subjects read by the candidates.

Congratulations Alex and James! Your selection exemplifies the on-going success of the Canadian nuclear community’s commitment and focus on industry renewal and knowledge transfer. Best of luck at the Olympiad in South Korea in September!

The names of the selected teams have been posted on the Olympiad website.

Meet Alex and James:

Alex Wolf  has been close to all things radiation since 2003. He currently serves as a Project Analyst at the Canadian Nuclear Association, where his primary role is in developing and marketing CNA external events, including the annual CNA Conference and Tradeshow. Prior to this, Alex worked as a tour guide at the McMaster Nuclear Reactor while completing his M.Sc. in Radiation Biology. He also received his certification as a Registered Radiation Therapist after completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Medical Radiation Sciences in 2008. Alex has a strong interest in international energy and health policy, and is currently completing his MBA at the Schulich School of Business at York University.

James Harrington joined the CNA in May of 2011 after graduating from McMaster University in Hamilton with a B.Eng Society degree in Engineering Physics. His specializations include a broad range of engineering sciences ranging from energy systems, nuclear power and radiation and radioisotope methodology all the way to sustainable development. James’ work with the CNA is focused on the development of an education portal to increase awareness with regards to radiation and the associated health effects. The CNA recognizes McMaster University for their assistance in bringing James on board.

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2011 International Nuclear Energy Olympiad

 

26 – 30 September 2011
Seoul, Republic of Korea

A unique competition programme for students interested in nuclear power technology and policy
“A plan for gaining public acceptance of nuclear energy in my country”

How to get the public on board with nuclear technology for energy production. This is the task set forth to students from all around the globe. The 2011 International Nuclear Energy Olympiad (INEO) is a communications competition which will see ten teams of students, from ten countries, present a plan to improve public acceptance of nuclear energy in their country.

Team papers and presentations will be judged by an international jury who will rank teams for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes.

The 2011 INEO is organized by the World Nuclear University and hosted by Korea Nuclear Energy Promotion Agency (KONEPA).

The Olympiad will be held on 26-30 September 2011 in Seoul in South Korea, with the cost of participation, including travel expenses to and from Korea, food and lodging covered by KONEPA. Invitation letters for Korean visas will also be prepared.

Entry forms are available at the competition site and are due to the WNU Coordinating centre or KONEPA by 3 July 2011.

Get all the details you need here.