In March 2018 CRA consultant Lavinia Raganelli attended the IYNCWiN18 conference in Bariloche, Argentina. International Youth Nuclear Congress (IYNC) conferences are entirely organised by young international volunteers in collaboration with the local young generation group. For the first time in its history, IYNC was delivered in partnership with WiN Global.
More than 300 professionals and students from over 50 countries attended the conference in Bariloche. There were numerous plenary sessions with senior speakersfrom the nuclear industry and senior policymakers. The conference programme included in excess of 15 interactive workshops to encourage learning by doing and multiple panel sessions to discuss the main issues and the future of the nuclear industry.
Additionally at IYNCWiN18, mentoring sessions were introduced for the first time.
Lavinia has collaborated with IYNC since 2015. For IYNCWiN18 she managed the thermal hydraulics scientific track and she ran an interactive workshop “Developing a Severe Accident progression tree” in collaboration with Mr Jacob Home from Horizon Nuclear Power and Dr Rosario Talgado-Tardaguila from ENUSA. During the workshop the participants were first given an overview of Severe Accident models and how these models inform level 2 Probabilistic Safety Analysis (PSA). The participants were then challenged to identify the right sequence of function events for a Severe Accident Containment Event Tree.
Lavinia also presented a paper called: “An algorithm for the inclusion of uncertainty in seismic risk quantification” written in collaboration with Mr Ovidiu Coman of External Event Safety at IAEA. The paper outlines the issues in uncertainty evaluation for seismic risk and it illustrates the structure of a simple algorithm for uncertainty inclusion for a single component system.
Lavinia also attended mentoring sessions, climate change panel discussions and a cyber security workshop.
At the end of the conference the winners of Innovation for Nuclear (I4N), an IYNC sponsored innovation contest, were announced. The French Innovatome team won the contest. Also at the closing ceremony Sydney, Australia, was announced as the chosen location for IYNC2020.
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