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ANNETTE: Advanced Networking for Nuclear Education, Training and Transfer of Expertise

The aim of the ANNETTE project is to consolidate existing achievements and to tackle the challenges in ensuring a qualified nuclear workforce is available to support future nuclear energy, decommissioning and waste management requirements.

Overview

Project Dates: 1/1/2016 – 31/12/2019

Project Status: Ongoing

Project Website: www.enen.eu/en/projects/annette.html

The present situation of nuclear energy in Europe requires a continuing effort in the field of Education and Training (E&T) to ensure a qualified workforce is available in the next decades.

ANNETTE aims to enhance Europe-wide efforts initiated in the past decades by different organisations belonging to academia, research centres and industry to maintain and develop education and training in the different nuclear areas.  The main aim of this project is to consolidate and better exploit the achievements already reached in the past and to tackle the present challenges in preparing the European workforce in the different nuclear areas, with special attention to continuous professional development, life-long learning and cross-border mobility.

Links with the SNE-TP, IGD-TP and MELODI platforms, with EHRO-N, NUGENIA and other bodies interested in maintaining or developing the nuclear (fission / fusion) workforce throughout Europe (ENSREG, HERCA, WENRA, ENEF, FORATOM, EuroFusion, FIIF 1 etc.) are foreseen.

ANNETTE is a four-year project funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

Objective

The main objectives of ANNETTE are:

  • Survey and co-ordination of networking in E&T and VET in the nuclear areas;
  • Design and implementation of co-ordinated E&T and VET efforts (Master and Summer Courses for continuous professional development);
  • Generational transfer of expertise (sustainable production of educational material);
  • Cross border transfer of expertise (implementation of ECVET based exchanges among industrial bodies);
  • Reinforcing ETI actions for sharing and enhancing nuclear safety culture competence; and
  • Facilitation of the nuclear transition in fusion (co-ordinating E&T actions).

The European Nuclear Education Network (ENEN), as co-ordinator of the project, together with the other participants, is committed to perform co-ordination and support actions coherent with the SET Plan Roadmap for Education and Training for the nuclear sector, tightening the links between the areas of nuclear safety/engineering, radiation protection, waste management and geological disposal at the same time, by better coordinating their contributions in the E&T fields.  The transition from science to technology occurring in the fusion research environment justifies an additional effort to tighten the links with FuseNet, thus integrating the E&T effort on the fission side with common actions related to fusion.