Panel Sessions

Panel sessions are intended to create round tables, where high level speakers from all over the world with different backgrounds sit together to discuss, between themselves and the audience, the current nuclear-related topics.

Panel sessions are approximately two hours long and feature 3 to 4 experts on a specific topic, or, depending on the format proposed, on multidisciplinary subjects.

IYNC is proud to announce that the following Panel Sessions will run at IYNC2020, to be held in Sydney, March 2020. Panel Sessions will create an active environment for debate, discussion and development of ideas, with a wide range of experts in the field. Do not miss this opportunity to participate!

Challenging the Status Quo
Managers: Jessica Bufford (Nuclear Threat Initiative) and Celine Li (Kinectrics)

Although diversity is growing in our workforce, practices haven’t necessarily changed to be inclusive of different demographics. Most workplaces in the nuclear industry continues to be dominated by males and specific races and as such the practices developed in the workplace have been tailored to this group of people. This can result in certain groups of people feeling discriminated or ignored. In this panel, we will discuss the challenges we experienced in promoting diversity, and the changes that need to take place for everyone to feel included and accepted in our workplaces. Through this discussion, we can share our experiences and the steps we can take to foster diversity in our workforce.

Regional and International Repositories for Radioactive Waste: Cooperation and Feasibility
Managers: Shiman Wu (Kinectrics) and Kota Kawai (MRI) 

The final disposal of radioactive wastes is a big concern for long term nuclear radioactive waste management. In May 2016, the South Australian Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission considered the potential establishment of a disposal facility for spent fuel and intermediate-level waste. Although this did not progress, this panel will consider feasibility in terms of national view, international law, safeguards, public concern etc. This panel session would open a door to think about international cooperation in the field of waste management and also the clarification of the pros and cons of regional and international repositories.

Sustainable and Ethical Uranium Mining
Managers: Lenka Kollar (NuScale) and Tim Duff (NERA)

During this panel, discussion will take place regarding the different best practices in sustainable and ethical uranium mining, along with where more improvements need to be made. The experts will discuss along with and environmental organizations to shape the idea of sustainable uranium mining and how can the industry benefit from that.  

Nuclear Health and other applications of Nuclear Technology
Managers: Ragu Sivakumaran (Kinectrics) and Devanshu Jha (MVJ)

Nuclear technologies can play a crucial role and have a great industrial impact when applied to public health. Production of radioisotopes, contributing to the sterilization process as well as the development of high performance medical diagnostics have become strategic and important industrial fields, where specific expertise is required. This panel will provide to the audience an idea of the potential and the future challenges of nuclear medicine and its applications.

Young Professionals Changing the Face of the Nuclear Industry
Manager: Kristine Madden (IAEA)

Following graduation, young professionals are hired to fill roles disciplines commensurate with the needs of their employer. As they progress in their careers, they may find ourselves transitioning from technical disciplines to leading a project or serving as a department manager. However, unless a company has a specific managerial succession or leadership development program, management/leadership styles are learned and utilized from “on the job” experiences or mirroring former teachers, coaches, mentors, and supervisors. Professional success as a department manager is generally quantified by achieving scheduling and budgeting milestones, but can managerial/leadership success among your employees be quantified by using the same milestones? Conversely, is the source of managerial/leadership success found in qualitative attributes, such as natural talent, charisma, style, or a combination of these factors? Join us for this three part panel where young leaders and senior executives share lessons learned, opportunities and challenges in developing and shaping the future of the nuclear industry across a broad array of sectors.

Emerging Threats to Nuclear Security
Manager: Alexander Vipond (ANSTO)

The purpose of this panel is to identify and discuss the most pressing emerging threats to nuclear security. The panel will explore the current international threat picture and what’s driving new threats. It will then proceed to examine possible solutions at the state and international level and the challenges of implementing them. The panel will do this through situating the discussion in the context of a possible global expansion of nuclear energy to combat climate change and innovation in the nuclear industry during a period of geopolitical competition and uncertainty.

If you have any questions, comments or you want to further discuss IYNC2020 panel sessions, please contact the IYNC2020 Panel Session Managers Alice Cunha da Silva or Andrea Quaini.