Nuclear Industry Development Conferences attended by over 300 African applicants from South Africa

A series of lectures opened by eminent scientists from Rosatom’s partner universities ( was organized on March 31 for school children and students in South Africa. The objective of the event was to show students and future candidates the relevance of the challenges facing the nuclear industry, as well as the professional and career potential of young talents from Africa in the field of nuclear energy. . The lectures were organized by the University of Johannesburg, University of Cape Town, Johannesburg Forest Town School, Roosevelt High School in collaboration with Peoples Friendship University of Russia (PFUR), Polytechnic University of Tomsk (TPU), the MEPhI, the MISIS with the help of the State Company Rosatom.

Leading nuclear experts – Dr. Vera Verkhoturova from Tomsk Polytechnic University, Prof. Vasily Kornoukhov from MEPhI and Prof. Andrey Polisan from MISIS participated in the online conference. The schoolchildren attended a general lecture on the potential of nuclear energy and the jobs of the future.

As for lectures for students, experts based on scientific research and practical experience shared their knowledge and opinions on the most important and urgent issues – nuclear industry development prospects , use of nuclear technologies in medicine, industry and agriculture, impact of the nuclear industry on the environment and methods to reduce the negative impact on the environment in the world.

Professor Vasiliy Kornoukhov from MEPhI noted that the sustainable development of the modern economy requires technological advancements in various fields of human activity. Besides electricity generation, nuclear technologies are widely used in agriculture, medicine, ecology, etc. A detailed analysis of how nuclear energy can be implemented in these spheres of our life and used for research was offered to students. Speakers noted that to appreciate the science and technology behind modern nuclear technologies and the prospects for their use in the future, it is important that specialists have certain skills, and these must be developed by young scientists during their student years.

Over 300 people from South Africa attended the conferences. The students noted the relevance of the subjects and the quality of the content of the educational program, which allowed them to have a complete vision of the various non-energy uses of the peaceful atom.

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