The World Nuclear Industry Today

Aims to enhance the knowledge of attendees about the status of nuclear energy in the world today and its likely development

This programme is aimed at:



The WNU short course is an opportunity for emerging and expanding nuclear nations to host in their own country a training programme delivered by the world’s foremost experts in a cost-effective way.

Since the first course in China in 2007, around fifty WNU short courses with about  7500 attendees have been held. These courses have been held in different places around the world. 

Leading world experts present overviews of a full range of nuclear-related topics. The curriculum is adapted to satisfy the needs of the particular country and audience but the intention is to leave attendees with a full appreciation of the key issues influencing the development of nuclear today. Lecturers are encouraged to summarise key points and draw out important issues for further discussion. These are then taken up at coffee breaks and lunches, where the teaching faculty and local experts are freely available to stimulate discussion and debate. 

The thematic programme below can be adapted to meet local needs, but the topics suggested should provide a good indication of the core elements of the course. 

Day 1
  • World Energy Supply and Demand 
  • Global Environmental Challenge and Nuclear Power 
  • Nuclear Fuel 
  • Nuclear Economics 
  • Project Structuring
Day 2

NPP Design Management NPP Project and Engineering Management NPP Operational Excellence and Safety Generation III and IV designs.

Day 3
  • Nuclear Law  Nuclear Safety, Security and Safeguards
  • Radiation Protection
  • Regulatory Aspects  
Day 4
  • Transport of Nuclear Materials Waste Management 
  • Decommissioning of Nuclear Facilities 
Day 5
  • Applications of Ionizing Radiation Public Communication
  • Knowledge Management
  • Future Nuclear Technology

The WNU Short Course offers lectures with opportunities for question and answer sessions, technical tours to local nuclear facilities, working group activities to discuss the key points from the lectures and networking activities.  

The course language is English.


The course encompasses a range of up-to-date topics with the aim of offering essential knowledge, a global perspective and an exciting vision of the future. The curriculum is agreed with the host organization and typically covers energy demand and supply, technology, safety, project management and effective communications over about 30 hours of intensive and dynamic activity.

Leading world experts will present overviews in an accessible way. Local experts present national capabilities in the nuclear area. Lecturers are encouraged to focus on key points and draw out relevant issues for further discussion.

Hosting a WNU Short Course

Locations are chosen where there is significant local interest in nuclear energy but a limited ability for several people to travel large distances for training. The courses are hosted by local academic, business or governmental institutions or professional associations. Attendees come mainly from the host country but invitations are sometimes extended to nearby countries with close academic, political or cultural ties. 

The short course can be shortened to an intensive three days plus a day technical visit to a nuclear installation.

Local nuclear energy associations, industry or governmental institutions host and promote the events. The local host institution is responsible for attracting the attendees and arranging their registration. Hosts also provide the lecture room, WI-FI,  internet and audio-visual requirements, as well as coffee-breaks. Ideally, some local lecturers should be available to supplement the faculties which present the course. WNU may assist in travel cost of the teaching faculty from abroad.

Those interested in having the course come to their country are invited to contact us on  


The WNU short course “The World Nuclear Industry Today” is designed to enhance the knowledge of attendees about the status of nuclear energy in the world today and its likely development. 

The course also aims to inspire attendees to further their career in this exciting and expanding field.

For the participants, the expected outcomes of the WNU short courses are:

  • Improved knowledge about nuclear energy in the world today;
  • Recognition of how local skills and experience fit into the global nuclear picture;
  • Inspiration to develop an expansive vision of where the industry can go in the future;
  • Networking with nuclear professionals in their countries and with international experts.


Target participants are professionals from national nuclear research centres, local nuclear industry and potential nuclear supply chain companies, regulators and representatives of governmental bodies concerned with nuclear, environmental and energy matters, university students and academia from science and engineering departments as well as legal, social and economic fields.

They will generally be people with some background knowledge of nuclear and maybe some specialist knowledge in one or more areas.

Depending on the host organization, invitations are extended to nearby countries.

Each course aims at attracting around 100 or more attendees, but this may vary by location. 


See previous venues

Past Venues







Previous World Nuclear Industry Today Courses: 


  • 19-23 March: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 
  • 2-6 July: Haiyan, China
  • 9-11 July: Daejeon, South Korea
  • 11-13 November: Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • 3-4 April: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 5-6 April: São Paulo, Brazil
  • 12-15 June: EXPO 2017, Astana, Kazakhstan
  • 2-6 July: Yantai, China
  • 5-7 July: Daejeon, South Korea
  • 9-12 October: Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • 30 October - 1 November: Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 30 May - 1 June: Penang, Malaysia 
  • 6-8 July: Seoul, South Korea
  • 12-15 July: Fuzhou, China
  • 14-17 November: Bucharest, Romania 
  • 2, 4, 6 March: Pretoria, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town, South Africa
  • 12-15 May: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 14-17 June: Amman,Jordan 
  • 8-10 July: Chengdu, China
  • 13-15 July: Seoul, South Korea