Nuclear science and technology is applied in many different sectors in Latin America and the Caribbean, including public health, manufacturing, food production, environmental control, scientific research and many other essential economic sectors. . National Nuclear Institutions (NNIs) in each country bring stakeholders together, ensuring that existing nuclear services meet market needs and that each economic sector is aware of how scientific advances and innovations in nuclear science and technology can support them in the future.
A new IAEA e-learning course, developed in cooperation with Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), has been launched to equip young nuclear professionals in the region with the skills to strategically manage nuclear development , the operation and financing of nuclear technology services, ranging from the production of radioisotopes to instrument calibration services, or from the irradiation of food to the multi-element analysis of various samples and objects, among others. The objective is to ensure the capacity to meet the national needs of today and tomorrow. The e-learning course is free and open to anyone interested in the subject of nuclear strategic and business planning.
Virtual training for young professionals
Launched in December 2021, the new e-learning course presents 23 lectures in 10 modules. These modules begin by introducing online students to the fundamentals of strategic planning, explore stakeholder management, and end with lessons on finance, outreach, and change management.
Strategic planning is essential for national nuclear institutions that aim to meet the needs of stakeholders, explained Danas Ridikas, head of the physics section of the IAEA’s Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications. “It is a process used by organizations to identify their goals, the strategies needed to achieve them, and the internal management systems used to track and evaluate progress.”