The workshops are key features which distinguish IYNC from other conferences. They are opportunities for you to learn new things in interactive informal settings, expand your network in game-based activities as well as gain different perspectives as you interact with different entities, countries and communities.

IYNC is proud to announce that the following workshops will be developed in Sydney for IYNC2020. Do not miss the opportunity to attend a special “Master Class”, where you can meet new people and develop your knowledge in a fun and interactive way.

Telling Your Nuclear Story

Managers: Sarah Spath (Mothers for Nuclear) and Lenka Kollar (NuScale)

Public acceptance of nuclear technology is based on trust through common values, not only on facts and figures. Common values are discovered and built on actual engagement with the public and dialogue through personal stories. In this workshop, you will learn the basics behind effective science communication, build an understanding of the concepts that influence others, and work on developing your own personal nuclear story with ways to use it to reach and connect with others in a more raw and transparent way.

Master Predictive Maintenance and Define its Strategy 

Managers: Jesus C. (ENSA)

Let’s work together and try to optimise a maintenance strategy! Participants of this workshop will get an opportunity to learn about predictive maintenance and how it can be implemented in the nuclear industry including for nuclear power plants, fuel cycle facilities, accelerator, nuclear medicine facilities and more. We will test various parameters of a model to determine the best maintenance strategy to adopt for an asset.

Speaker: James Hylko

Design your own Reactor

Managers: Matthias Vanderhaegen (Tractabel) and Sergey Malozemov (Rosatom)

This workshop will give you the opportunity to design a reactor, or work out a high-level reactor concept and present it to a jury. In the first round, you’ll have to defend your design to the Safety Authority and the Waste Authority, give your safety approach and explain how you would deal with waste. After receiving feedback from the Safety Authority, the revised concept is to be presented with a business case to possible Investors. Are you up for the challenge?

Fusion Era: Future or Failure?

Managers: Stefan Dos Santos (Kinectrics), Iuliia Ipatova (Bangor University) and Olga Talina (Rosatom)

For the first fun quiz round, participants will take a dip into the main challenges of fusion, looking for the right answers to this big fusion puzzle. In the form of a game, the fastest and smartest participants of round two will consolidate their knowledge and have an opportunity to present to the audience. Each participant will need to present during the workshop. Through all these processes, participants will learn more about fusion power and develop an interest to continue this outside of the conference.

Build a Smart Energy Mix: solving a business-case on finding best solutions for a country’s energy ecosystem

Managers: Elena Pashina (Rosatom) and Andrey Petryakov (Rosatom)

This workshop will give you a unique opportunity to play the roles of Vendors offering their energy solutions to a Country that is building its Smart Energy mix.You will solve a business-case for a model country, which wants to “upgrade” its Energy mix in a smart way and has announced a tender to find energy solutions for its energy system.You will have a chance to play the role of a group of Country’s Stakeholders or a group of Vendors from an energy-generating sector, i.e. nuclear, oil&gas, renewables, gas etc. The major challenge will be to understand the needs of the Country as well as the requirements of all stakeholders (financial institutions, local community, etc) based on given data to ensure that the energy solution that you offer will bring growth and development for the country.Country’s Stakeholders will have to perform work on thoughtful criteria elaboration to further assess the Vendors’ offers at the “Country’s Energy Forum” where Vendors will be presenting their offers!The results of the Vendor group discussions will be summarized in the Vendor groups presentations, results will be evaluated by Country’ Stakeholders, and after panel discussion best energy solution offers for the Energy mix will be chosen (with comments from the jury).The workshop will give you an opportunity to elaborate strategies, think out of the box as well as practice your presentation skills. The knowledge that you will gain form the role-play will be useful in your work as we all eventually are participants of the global energy setting.

Generation IV – an Opportunity for Nuclear Energy

Managers: Sara Mastromarino (Tu Delft) 

Generation IV reactors will be a paramount step for the development of nuclear energy over the coming years. They are intended to be safer, cheaper, more versatile and more sustainable than ever. However, this new technology still requires a lot of research in several fields. In this workshop, we will explore the Generation IV forecasts, using the Molten Salt Reactor as an example of current research. This Generation IV candidate uses a liquid, thorium-based fuel, that serves both as nuclear fuel and heat transfer medium. We will identify together major points that will assure the safety assessment of these reactors. Divided in groups, participants will analyse issues and solutions for these reactor’s progress.

Shedding light on Validation and Uncertainty Measurements arising from Data in Nuclear Sciences and Technologies

Managers: Ugi Otgonbaatar (EXELON) and Jeremiah Chinoso (UNIST)

Statistical Tools and Analyses are slowly becoming a cornerstone of all Nuclear Sciences. The number of different methods, concepts and uses available makes this discipline of utmost importance and despite highly important, the statistical evaluation of data is sometimes not currently performed in laboratories as it should be. In this workshop we will dig into those researches, using Radiochemistry as an example.  Therefore, this workshop intends to shed light on the importance and needs of this approach. With this in mind, the expected output is to make the participants explore more about the statistical evaluation of data in their work.

Incorporation of Digital Technologies in the Nuclear Industry

Managers: Maria Roskoshnaya (Rosatom)

The workshop will focus on the successful application of digital technologies in the nuclear industry, from design through to project execution. A hands-on experience with industry leaders to understand what a digital twin truly is as well as VR and AR real-life applications. An interactive opportunity to learn how these technologies are being used and what the future holds

Inspiring public into nuclear science and STEM: communication and perception of nuclear

Managers: Osama Baig (Framatome) and  Pablo García (ARN)

The era of information, rapid communication and social media presents both positive and negative sides, posting new challenges when it comes to communicating with the public. Are we effectively influencing people in encouraging ways on the issues of nuclear science and technology, innovation, clean energy, STEM careers and work gender balance? The goal of this workshop is to discuss and develop innovative, sustainable, and low cost ways to consistently communicate with kids and adults to stimulate them to explore a field we know is vital for the future of our planet.

Challenges on NPP Construction as Emerging Nuclear Countries

Managers: Malinda Ranaweera (SLAEB) 

A new nuclear program should be an outcome of a process which ensures broad support from all stakeholders involved, including ministries, politicians, public, media, industries, scientific communities, NGO and, civil and environmental groups. The workshop will engage the audience in a scenario practice for the development of national policy, simulating engagement of relevant stakeholders, development of long-term energy plan, and a pre-feasibility study.

The Decommissioning Price Tag

Manager: Laura Mcmanniman (IAEA)

This workshop aims to explore the cost of nuclear decommissioning against similar activities in other industries. The workshop introduces the common decommissioning issues the nuclear industry faces, including indicative costs of previous solutions. In groups, attendees will be given scenarios of a decommissioning activities. A variety of methods and solutions will be provided to the groups and they will be asked to design and cost a method to tackle their decommissioning activity. The takeaway is to challenge “this is the way it’s always been done” mentality and to consider the pros, cons, safety and cost implications of techniques in nuclear decommissioning activities.

Developing a Severe Accident progression tree

Managers: Rosario Delgado-Tardáguila (ENUSA)

Severe accidents include all those that result in fuel melting and can cause the release of radioactivity into the environment. Events like Chernobyl and Fukushima are classified as severe accidents. Research on severe accidents aims to model and prevent them by a mix of multi physics models and safety analysis. The first part of the workshop will provide an overview on severe accidents and their multi physics models. The second part of the workshop will explain how the multiphysics modeling is used in safety analysis. The participants will learn about severe accidents and the difficulties in developing effective models. They will also learn how to use information of multi-physics models to develop accident progression trees that are used in probabilistic safety analysis.

If you have any questions, comments or you want to further discuss IYNC2020 workshops, please contact the IYNC2020 Workshop Chair Valentina Avincola or Co-chair Mattias Vanderhaegen