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Our Future: The Next Generation

WANO CEO, Ken Ellis, looks at the young generation in nuclear and WANO’s plans to engage them in the importance of safety
Ken Ellis, Chief Executive Officer, WANO

WANO Nuclear Safety ScholarshipsWANO Nuclear Safety Scholarships

On 15 May of this year, just one day after we celebrated 25 years of the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO), a new initiative for the young generation in the nuclear industry was announced; WANO nuclear safety scholarships.

With the celebration of 25 years of WANO, 2014 has so far been a year of reflection as well as an opportunity to look into what the next 25 years might bring. With the future of the industry in mind, WANO turned its attention to the next generation of nuclear professionals – those future leaders of the nuclear industry and its safety – and established £2,500 scholarships for four students aged 25 years and under, who are pursuing post-secondary degrees in nuclear power generation.

As of this month, interested students will be asked to submit their biography along with a 250-word statement on the importance of making safety their top priority while pursuing a career in nuclear energy. The submissions will be judged by members of the WANO Executive Leadership Team and the four winners will then be invited, as WANO’s special guests, to attend next year’s Biennial General Meeting (BGM). This will be held in October 2015 in Toronto, Canada, and is where the world's top nuclear executives gather to reaffirm their commitment to WANO and its mission.

We are extremely excited about this new initiative which is a great way to engage the next nuclear generation and ensure that they are the champions of safety within our industry, going forward.

WANO Moscow Centre’s Young Generation Movement

The WANO Moscow Centre (MC) has been very much engaged with the young nuclear generation of its members, and I was delighted to attend a meeting held in Obninsk, Russia, on 26 June to discuss the WANO MC young generation movement project. This meeting was held as part of an event from 24 until 26 June, Ken Ellis speaks at the 2014 World Nuclear University Summer Institutecelebrating not only 25 years of WANO but also 25 years of the Nuclear Society of Russia and 60 years of nuclear power in Russia. You can read more about the event in this issue's Feature article, WANO: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow.

World Nuclear University Summer Institute

WANO is a founding member of the World Nuclear University (WNU) and it was a privilege to be invited to speak at their Summer Institute on leadership. The WNU Summer Institute is a six-week intensive programme for nuclear professionals who have demonstrated strong leadership potential.

These individuals have the passion, the motivation and the drive to take them far and it was an honour to have the chance to glimpse the future of our industry which is looking to be bright and, most importantly, safe.