On June 1, 2016, within the framework of the VIII International Forum ATOMEXPO, the HR Department of ROSATOM organized the Youth Day in cooperation with the Rosatom Academy. Students of the leading Russian universities and schools had the opportunity to get to know the key activities, the leading companies and the major experts of the nuclear industry. Particular attention was paid to the possibility of direct communication between students and their potential employers representing ROSATOM divisions and companies in order to clarify career opportunities and to get information on available job offers and youth programmes.
The student community activists was able to present their research results and to demonstrate their public presentation skills during the presentations contest titled “Nuclear Energy as a Basis for Zero Carbon Energy Balance” and held in PechaKucha format (brief time-limited reports). Therefore, the contestants had only 2 minutes to show 6 automatically switching slides to win the esteemed jury and all the exhibition visitors. The best performer received IPhone 6+.
The participants of a nuclear industry travel quest prepared by the nuclear industry information centre (NIIC) passed their time searching for the answers to tricky questions from different science branches. The game was meant for students of technical universities, who were familiar to the issues of nuclear physics, nuclear energy and nuclear technology not as amateurs, but as future professionals. The game quests did not test knowledge, but taught to use them; each step required skills, logic and creative approach. The game was aimed not only at introducing the future specialists to their potential employers and emphasizing the specific nature of their activities, but also at stimulating to solve nonconventional issues, where it was important to use all the knowledge gained over the years of study.
The Forum visitors were granted the opportunity to become true whistleblowers of the nuclear industry during the talk show “100 Questions about the Nuclear Industry Safety”. Bruno Comby (France), an independent scholar and founder of the Environmentalists for Nuclear Energy International Association, and A.K. Nikitin, the Russian environmentalist, 1st rank Captain in retirement, Chairman of the Bellona Environmental Rights Centre answered any questions, even the trickiest ones.
The Rosatom Academy and the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI organised a joint event called ROSATOM Factory of Processes to demonstrate the possibilities of using interactive teaching in educational programmes of universities.
The Youth Day programme also featured a Working Group Meeting of the International Forum of Young Power Engineers and Industrialists “Forsage – 2016”. All those interested were given an opportunity to ask the Heads of the Forum programmes on the course of study content and the criteria for selecting participants in the programmes in 2016.
A round table for sustainable development within the framework of the SCO and the BRICS was dedicated to the issues of country development, as well as to the role of nuclear energy in the world’s sustainable development. The first meeting of the Industry Coordination Council in support of youth initiatives was also held as a part of the Youth Day, during which the main goals, tasks and work formats, as well as the next activities, were discussed.