7–10 December 2021 | Virtual Event
While Nuclear energy has been one of the major sources of electricity with its role in achieving sustainable development and mitigating climate change, public acceptance and national policy uncertainties still constitute hurdles to the once envisaged nuclear renaissance.
Public attitudes and the policies of nations and institutions toward nuclear energy have changed over time. Many researchers have explored the determinants of public acceptance of nuclear power and the impact on national policies. These researchers identified various factors such as benefits, risks, upfront costs, knowledge, and trust as base characteristics to understand the issue of public acceptance. Researchers have also identified driving forces related to these factors which depend on experience in operating nuclear power plants and the geographical, environmental, political, economic, and cultural conditions of a country.
Among many benefits, energy security has been considered a major contributor to the public support and government policy for nuclear energy development. Recently, the positive impact of nuclear energy on climate change created a penetration of acceptance of this technology into the ranks of environmentalists.
On the other hand, risks of nuclear power such as safety, security, proliferation, and environmental impacts are exceptionally high among the public in comparison with other types of technologies. In addition, numerous studies have shown that the nuclear accidents at Three Mile Island (1979), Chernobyl (1986), or Fukushima (2011) have significantly eroded public acceptance of nuclear power.
For a significant improvement of public acceptance of nuclear energy, both technological and institutional innovations to maximize the benefits and minimize the risks and the up-front costs of nuclear energy are essential.
The objectives of the 19th INPRO Dialogue Forum are to:
- Provide a platform for Member States to discuss various aspects of multilateral or bilateral partnerships and strategic alliances.
Recognize the importance of public acceptance and robust government policy needed for a sustainable nuclear power programme.
Identify different institutional and technological factors that affect public acceptance of nuclear energy.
- Explore the role of institutional and technological innovations for enhancing public acceptance and government backing.
- Explore the roles that various institutions can play to enhance public acceptance of nuclear energy, with a focus on educational institutions.
- Share best practices and lessons learned from cases of success or failure in different organizations and countries.
- Share new ideas and suggestions for innovations that will bring significant improvement of public acceptance.
Mr Mikhail CHUDAKOV, Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Nuclear Energy, IAEA
20 Years of INPRO
Mr Brian BOYER, INPRO Section Head, IAEA
Session I: The Importance of Public Acceptance
Public Acceptance of Nuclear Energy: International Comparative Perspective
Mr Wonjoon KIM, KAIST Graduate School of Innovation and Technology Management, Korea
Public Understanding of Nuclear Energy: it’s not (just) about the science
Mr Malcolm GRIMSTON, Imperial College, UK
Stakeholder Engagement in Nuclear Programmes: IAEA Assistance
Ms Irena CHATZIS, IAEA
The Importance of public acceptance – the start-up perspective
Mr Federico PUENTE-ESPEL, Denmark
The IFNEC Contribution to Innovative Institutional Initiatives Related to the Back-End of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle
Mr Tomaz ZAGAR, International Framework for Nuclear Energy Cooperation (IFNEC)
Communication Plan to Enhance Public Acceptance of the Algerian Nuclear Power Program
Mr Tahar ZIDI, Commission of Atomic Energy, Algeria
Gaining Community Trust in Nuclear Projects
Mr Jerry HOPWOOD, University Network of Excellence in Nuclear Engineering (UNENE)
Nuclear Energy Narratives and Realities
Mr Robert HAYES, North Carolina State University, USA
Session II: The Role of Innovations
The Role of Innovations
Mr Hussam KHARTABIL, IAEA
Cage or Catapult: The Importance of Institutional Factors in Shaping Public Perceptions
Mr John LINDBERG, World Nuclear Association (WNA)
Nuclear safety as a Cornerstone for Public Acceptance
Mr Alex POLYAKOV, World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO)
Multinational Design Evaluation Programme (MDEP)
Ms Marina DEMESHKO, Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA)
Exploring Drivers and Concepts for International Research Collaboration Towards a More Sustainable Nuclear Energy Future
Mr John de GROSBOIS, Canada
Experience on Sodium Technology Training Course and STELLA Facility
Mr Jewhan LEE, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI), Korea
Evaluation of Potential Nuclear Safety Research Reinforcing Public Acceptance in Thailand
Mr Wasin VECHGAMA, Thailand Institute of Nuclear Technology (TINT), Thailand
Semantic digital media as perspective knowledge management and public communication instrument
Mr Pavel YAKOVLEV, Russia
International Communications and Education based on the concept of the "Proryv" project
Ms Daria MATVEEVA, Russia