ELSE Project

European Leadership for Safety Education

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The ELSE Project is funded by the European Union

ELSE Project Presentation

The ELSE project aims to develop a new research-based approach for education in the domain of safety leadership.

Major accidents in the last few decades have questioned the reliability and performance of industrial safety and evidenced the foremost role played by human and organizational issues.

In this context, the concept of “safety leadership” has emerged. It relates to how, through the interactions with their socio-technical environment, leaders influence the way both individuals and groups understand and adhere to organizational safety goals and to the means to achieve them.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and its member states have recognized the importance of safety leadership and included it in their fundamental safety principles. In 2016, the IAEA General Conference adopted a resolution calling for the development of specific training on safety leadership. The European Union is involved in this call, especially through its Instrument for Nuclear Safety Cooperation (INSC). The ELSE project was initiated in this context.



The ELSE project has 3 OBJECTIVES:

  1. To develop a certified university diploma in the field of safety leadership based on up-to-date scientific knowledge and best practices.
  2. To experiment the training curriculum of this diploma with two successive groups of young professionals from both INSC and European countries.
  3. To establish the basis for the sustainable development of “leadership for safety” education:
    – by making the “leadership for safety” education module available to the students through a network of universities, as part of a Master’s degree;
    – by designing a MOOC for a worldwide reach;
    – by creating an international and multidisciplinary network of academics and experts in the domain of leadership for safety.

Visit the project website: European Leadership for Safety Education

The first milestone involved the organization of an international scientific workshop. The report can be downloaded HERE

NEWS Release: HERE

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Partners Websites :

Contact : natalia.krasnopevtseva@univ-cotedazur.fr

Project Partners Institutions

Participant organization name Short name Country
1 Université Côte d’Azur UCA France
2 European Nuclear Safety Training & Tutoring Institute 

(until Dec 2020)

3 JR Conseil   France
4 European Nuclear Education Network

(starting from Jan 2021)

ENEN Belgium

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