New Canadian IAEA Collaborating Centre launches with two-day virtual event

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Ontario Tech University, a UNENE network member, is the host site for the International Atomic Energy Agency’s first Canadian Collaborating Centre. The centre will support innovation in advanced nuclear technology and will help Canada respond to energy challenges nationally and internationally.

NOV. 12, 2021 – A two-day event with nuclear leaders, experts and researchers kicked off the launch of Canada’s first International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA) Collaborating Centre at Ontario Tech University, Nov. 2-3. The virtual event showcased the latest advancements in research, regulation and safety standards in advanced nuclear and related technologies.

Ontario Tech, in collaboration with other academic institutions, UNENE, and industry, will support the IAEA’s work on advanced nuclear technology. The Collaborating Centre will focus on integrated energy systems with advanced nuclear power reactors, including small modular reactors, and activities in non-electric applications of nuclear energy, enabling innovative research in clean energy.

Speakers included representatives from the IAEA’s headquarters in Vienna, and senior leaders from Canada’s nuclear industry, including UNENE President Jerry Hopwood. Leaders from Ontario Power Generation, Bruce Power, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, and others also joined to provide perspectives on nuclear’s role in the clean energy transition. Ontario Tech leaders shared reflections on the long-lasting collaboration and engagement between the different institutes and organizations. Day 2 was dedicated to experts from the IAEA and Ontario Tech who shared some of the most current issues and research.

Professors and researchers from Ontario Tech’s Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science and the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science will be essential contributors to the centre. The Collaborating Centre is part of Ontario Tech’s Brilliant Energy Institute.

Click here to read the full announcement from Ontario Tech University.