A series of open lectures by eminent scientists from Rosatom Supporting Universities (www.Rosatom.com) was organized on March 31 for school children and students in South Africa. The objective of the event was to show students and potential candidates the relevance of the challenges facing the nuclear industry, as well as the career and professional potential of young African talents in the field of nuclear energy. The lectures were organized by University of Johannesburg, University of Cape Town, Johannesburg Forest City School, Roosevelt High School in collaboration with Peoples Friendship University of Russia (PFUR), Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) , MEPhI, MISIS with the help of the Rosatom State Corporation.
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.
Regarding the lectures for students, the experts, based on scientific research and practical experience, shared their knowledge and opinions on the most important and urgent issues: prospects for the development of the nuclear industry , use of nuclear technologies in medicine, industry and agriculture. , the impact of the nuclear industry on the environment and methods to reduce the negative impact on the environment worldwide.
Professor Vasiliy Kornoukhov from MEPhI pointed out that the sustainable development of the modern economy requires technological progress in various fields of human activity. In addition to electricity generation, nuclear technologies are widely used in agriculture, medicine, ecology, etc. The students saw in detail how nuclear energy can be implemented in these spheres of our life and used for research. Speakers noted that to appreciate the science and technology behind modern nuclear technologies and the prospects for their future use, it is important that specialists have certain skills, and these should be developed by young scientists during their years of study. .
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.