IAEA holds a session of IAEA-Russia School on Nuclear Knowledge Management


August 15-19, 2022 saw the session of the IAEA-Russia School on Nuclear Knowledge Management was held. The event, aimed at providing specialized education and vocational training in developing and implementing nuclear knowledge management programmes, served as a unique platform for sharing knowledge and experience in this area.

The agenda included raising the participants' awareness of knowledge as a key safety factor and economic asset in the nuclear industry, including the importance of implementing a comprehensive approach to nuclear knowledge management in the organizations involved. Participants also discussed various aspects of nuclear knowledge management as a key business management tool, including human resource management, talent management, and information management. The latter focused on important trends and the latest technologies in nuclear information management.

In addition, speakers described the basic principles of knowledge sharing and knowledge culture, the importance of motivation and communication, and introduced participants to nuclear knowledge management tools and techniques, risk assessment, and self-assessment aspects.

Separately, participants discussed best practices in nuclear knowledge management. The increased importance of using experience and lessons learned was highlighted, as well as the need to deepen cooperation and apply collective action on the part of stakeholders.

Julia Chernyakhovskaya, Deputy General Director for Nuclear Infrastructure of Rusatom Service JSC, spoke as an expert of the School on the topic: "Knowledge management system enhancement with inherent technology transfer in international NPP projects: vendor country's insights". The speaker spoke about the strategic choice of a national nuclear power programme: required resources for construction and operation of the first NPP, calculation of nuclear knowledge management efficiency; gave a historical overview of nuclear power development programmes based on localization and technology transfer in such countries as France, China, South Korea, Russia, and USA. Julia also spoke about the fundamental principles and tools of nuclear knowledge management, and noted that a comprehensive approach to training is an integral part of the nuclear knowledge management. Julia noted the following in her report.

All organizations involved in the nuclear power programme should have a comprehensive approach to categorization, spread and accumulation of knowledge, including through international cooperation.

In order to achieve the quantitative goals of increasing the proficiency of NI personnel for them to perform their respective functions, training and competence building should be organized based on an assessment of capabilities of the national education system, NI requirements, as well as the schedule of the NPP project implementation. Early planning will be the key to successful implementation of the project (train-the-trainers approach). In this regard, the mechanism of soft coordination with Rostechnadzor under the agreement with Rosatom State Corporation regarding the inter-agency project "Facilitating the Creation and Improvement of National Nuclear Power Infrastructure of Countries Building or Planning to Build Nuclear Power Facilities under Russian Designs" can be a crucial tool to support and develop a synchronized nuclear knowledge management.

The mechanism of soft coordination and cooperation of the regulators bring about the development of proficiency of the regulatory bodies staff, the exchange of experience and lessons learned, which will be integrated into the nuclear power development programme of each country from its very inception.


Rusatom Service JSC is a member of the Electric Power division of Rosatom State Corporation. The company provides foreign VVER NPP with a full range of services and supplies required for operation and repair and acts as integrator of activities related to training of all categories of employees, including operational and nuclear infrastructure personnel's training, construction of training centers and their equipping, simulators supply and psychophysiological examination laboratories’ export.

The company operates in almost every country with operating VVER NPPs outside Russia. On the markets of China, Bulgaria and Armenia, Rusatom Service is a leading general contractor for lifetime extension, implementation of scheduled maintenance and upgrade of equipment of VVER NPPs.

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