IAEA invites students and young adults to bring their ideas on the future of nuclear in clean energy systems

IAEA Net Zero Challenge
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JULY 6, 2021 – The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is calling on students and young professionals to have their voices heard in two essay contests on nuclear policy that offer the winners a chance to be right in the action at the IAEA and at the COP26 in Glasgow.

Both papers address questions essential to the future of nuclear: the technology’s place in clean energy systems to meet a net zero target and on nuclear safety as innovation in technologies are occurring.

The IAEA’s Net Zero Challenge asks youth for policy recommendations on how nuclear energy, alongside other low-carbon sources, can help their region achieve net zero targets. Five finalists will have the opportunity to present their papers at the IAEA, and one winner will be invited to attend a side event at COP26 in the fall. The deadline for submissions is August 16. Read more here.

Students and young professionals with an interest in nuclear safety are also invited to submit papers about nuclear safety and the future of nuclear. Winners will have the opportunity to participate as youth panelists at the International Conference on a Decade of Progress after Fukushima-Daiichi at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna in November. The winning submission will receive an all expense trip to Vienna. The deadline for submissions is July 31. Read more here.