Conference, Education and training

A global nuclear science and engineering commencement ** OECD-NEA **

NEA is organising this online event to celebrate and recognise the accomplishments of the graduating class of 2021 within the nuclear science and technology fields.

The 2nd Global Nuclear Science and Engineering Commencement will take place on the 4th June 2021, under the auspices of the Global Forum on nuclear education, science, technology and policy.

Theme: The important role of early-career nuclear graduates in fighting climate change

The event is free and open to the public and will feature a session to answer questions submitted ahead of time. Please note that the number of participants is limited and registrations are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Commencement schedule

9:00-9:30 CEST and 16:30-17:00 CEST

  • Welcoming remarks: William D. Magwood, IV, NEA Director-General
  • Keynote: Richard K. Lester, Japan Steel Industry Professor and Associate Provost at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Charge to the graduates: Karen Astrid Hallberg, Professor of Physics at the Balseiro Institute and Research Director at the Bariloche Atomic Centre in Argentina
  • Salute from the nuclear industry: John L. Hopkins, Chairman and CEO of NuScale Power

Session 1: 9:30-10:30 CEST

  • Ryugo Hayano, Professor Emeritus of the University of Tokyo
  • Sylvie Retailleau, President of the Paris-Saclay University
  • Arun Khuttan, End States Engineer at Magnox Ltd and COP26 Lead for Youth in Nuclear
  • Ekaterina Bogdanova, Research and Development Engineer at the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute)

Session 2: 17:00-18:00 CEST

  • Louis Martin-Vega, Dean of Engineering at North Carolina State University
  • Pushker A. Kharecha, Deputy Director of the Climate Science, Awareness, and Solutions Program at Columbia University Earth Institute
  • Jessica Lovering, Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director at the Good Energy Collective
  • Larissa Shasko, Climate Change Energy Policy Researcher and PhD student at Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan