Over the years, the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) has worked to increase direct engagement with academic institutions that are responsible for developing the next generation of nuclear science and technology experts. In 2021, the NEA established the Global Forum on Nuclear Education, Science, Technology and Policy in partnership with academia to provide a platform for sustained co-operation amongst academic institutions, policy makers and key stakeholders in the nuclear energy sector and civil society.
As part of the NEA Global Forum, the Rising Stars Programme puts the weight of the Agency and the Global Forum’s academic institutions behind efforts to build new pipelines that improve gender balance in the nuclear field. It does this by connecting participants with resources, people, and support that helps to welcome and integrate them into the global nuclear community.
The Global Forum Rising Stars Programme’s mission is to reach within the nuclear field, adjacent disciplines, and beyond to welcome female rising stars in science, technology, education and policy into the global nuclear community. The programme achieves these goals through an annual workshop and additional activities to:
The programme is organised as an annual event, the NEA Global Forum Rising Stars Workshop in Nuclear Education, Science, Technology and Policy. This is a multi-day workshop with a series of activities, including panel talks by experts and networking opportunities for the participants.
The annual workshop features:
All attendees will receive a certificate of participation.
The inaugural ‘Rising Stars’ workshop will be hosted by the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on 20-21 September 2023. It will be held in person in Cambridge, Massachusetts (United States).
Each department head or academic programme head may nominate one female ‘Rising Star’ from their department or programme for the workshop. Universities need not be Global Forum members or be located in the United States to nominate a candidate. Nominees may be undergraduate students, graduate students, or early career postdoctoral scholars.
The nomination package consists of four elements:
The nomination package should be sent as a single pdf to the e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of the file as: “nominee’s_family_name_Rising_Stars_2023.pdf”
The nomination deadline is 1 June 2023.
Travel funds for all selected participants, including those outside the United States, will be provided by the Rising Stars Programme for the 2023 workshop (self-funding is not required).
The Global Forum on Nuclear Education, Science, Technology and Policy acts as an inclusive network of experts in the nuclear energy sector, primarily from academia, focused on enabling the generation and flow of ideas. With creative problem-solving measures, the Global Forum aims to help confront some of the most significant challenges the nuclear energy sector faces today.