NPI and the IAEA
NPI is an officially-recognized Non-Governmental Organization of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and, in 2011, NPI was granted Observer Status by the IAEA’s Board of Governors, enabling the Institute to participate in the General Conferences, other IAEA meetings, and a wide range of IAEA technical cooperation activities. In 2010, NPI signed a “Practical Arrangement” with the IAEA’s Department of Nuclear Energy, which facilitated NPI’s contribution to Agency activities in the area of nuclear power, including: the promotion of nuclear knowledge management; the development of nuclear education materials; and training in capacity building for “newcomer countries.” An additional Practical Arrangement signed in 2014 supports joint outreach activities to encourage women to pursue education in nuclear science, engineering, and technology.
Under these agreements, NPI has participated in nuclear education program benchmarking, the promotion of stakeholder involvement in nuclear programs, nuclear energy management schools, human resources development, and outreach with emphasis on nuclear power. NPI also hosts technical meetings for the IAEA and has provided experts and consultants for the evaluation of nuclear energy programs in Agency Member States.
In collaboration with the Agency’s Department of Technical Cooperation and Assistance, the Nuclear Power Institute organizes and implements training programs for newcomer countries and participates in technical assistance missions to Member States. More recently, NPI has interacted with the IAEA’s Department of Nuclear Safety and Nuclear Security to organize a practical training program on emergency preparedness and response in the case of nuclear accidents, which offered participants the opportunity to observe drills and exercises in conjunction with a nuclear power plant in Texas.