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WANO Nuclear Safety Scholarship winners​

WANO looks to future with long term plan, Nuclear Safety Scholarships

WANO looks ahead to the future

​• Post-Fukushima Commission projects closed, implementation underway
• New long-term plan ‘Compass’ launched to membership
• Boglárka Babscány, Liang Chen, Eric Heritage, Jing Hu awarded inaugural Nuclear Safety Scholarships


At its thirteenth Biennial General Meeting (BGM), held in Toronto, Canada, members of the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) came together under the theme of ‘Shaping the future of the nuclear industry’ to discuss the issues and challenges facing the industry in the years ahead, and to close off the Post-Fukushima actions set in motion at its 2011 meeting in Shenzhen, China.

An important component of the 2015 meeting was the formal report to WANO’s members on the closure and final implementation stages of the 12 projects founded after the 2011 Fukushima accident. Having given a positive report to the membership on the status of the projects, WANO CEO Ken Ellis and Chairman Jacques Régaldo introduced the organisation’s new long-term plan, Compass, and awarded four students (Boglárka Babscány, Liang Chen, Eric Heritage and Jing Hu) with inaugural WANO Nuclear Safety Scholarships. The Scholarships were launched in 2014 to mark WANO’s 25th anniversary.

WANO CEO, Ken Ellis, said:
“As always, the BGM is an opportunity for the WANO membership to gather and reaffirm its commitment to nuclear safety. At this meeting, we have committed to increasing transparency amongst our membership and had fruitful discussions on how we take WANO forward into the future, with an increased focus on new entrants, units facing life extensions or end of life and the challenge of knowledge transfer to the young generation. There is a lot of work to do but I am confident that the WANO of today is well-placed to meet the challenges of tomorrow.”

During the extraordinary general meeting (EGM) on Monday 5 October, the membership also voted in Mr Cho Seok, CEO of Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co. Ltd (KHNP) as incoming WANO President. Mr Cho addressed the delegates and formally invited them to the 2017 BGM, to be hosted in Gyeongju, South Korea.
At the close of the conference, the WANO Chairman, Jacques Régaldo, concluded:

"We can be proud of the tangible progress we have made over these last four years through more comprehensive and challenging programmes. But we must not be complacent; we still have to go the extra mile, striving for greater consistency and adapting our organisation to meet the future evolutions of the nuclear industry.'


1. WANO is a not for profit member association established in 1989 by the world's nuclear power operators to exchange safety knowledge and operating experience amongst organisations operating commercial nuclear power reactors. WANO members operate some 440 nuclear units in more than 30 countries and areas around the world.

WANO works with members in pursuit of its mission: to maximise the safety and reliability of nuclear power plants worldwide by working together to assess, benchmark and improve performance through mutual support, exchange of information and emulation of best practices.

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2. For more information about Compass and to download a copy of the document, please visit these pages.

3. The inaugural WANO Nuclear Safety Scholarship winners, their nationalities and fields of study are as follows:

• Boglárka Babcsány (Hungary), Nuclear Engineering and Reactor Physics, Budapest University of Technology and Economics
• Liang Chen (China), System Safety of Nuclear Reactors, The University of Tokyo
• Eric Heritage (Canada), Nuclear Engineering, University of Ontario Institute of Technology
• Jing Hu (China), High resolution characterisation of oxidation and hydrogen pickup on Zr nuclear cladding alloys, University of Oxford

4. A further press release will be sent out later today announcing the winners of this year’s Nuclear Excellence Awards. The Awards will be presented in a special ceremony held at the closure of the 13th BGM.

5. For any further enquiries, please contact Claire Newell, Communications Programme Director, at or on +44 (0)7826 539 559.