For more than 15 years, the European Nuclear Young Generation Forum (ENYGF) has been seen as the main opportunity for young people to be heard on a global stage. It provides an international platform for knowledge transfer, discussion, and sharing of best practices. The 2021 event was hosted by the Spanish Young Generation Network and took place in Tarragona, a Mediterranean city full of history. Eventually, more than 150 professionals attended the physical event, whereas another 100 followed the forum from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.
The motto of the Technical Program of ENYGF21 was “It is time to look ahead”, a claim of the vital role to play for the young generations in dealing with all the challenges that nuclear will face this decade. Indeed, the technical program was built on the basis of four “Hot Topics”, issues selected by senior experts of industry and academia that will shape the future of nuclear. However, a conference welcoming all the nuclear young generations could not be limited to four topics, and thus the technical program included five additional technical tracks. After a comprehensive reviewing process, 132 of the more than 200 submissions were accepted by the Technical Committee and presented at the conference.
The technical program was completed by two plenaries, more than ten workshops, a Mentoring Program, and the first edition of the contest Innovation for Nuclear—Europe. Last but not least, the softening of the pandemic’s restrictions some weeks before the forum allowed to complete the program of the conference with guided tours and informal social events, key events for the networking-friendly environment that characterises ENYGF.
A technical visit to the Ascó Control Room Simulator was offered on Monday and Tuesday with limited capacities, while ENRESA offered a talk on the dismantling process.
Here is a video summarizing the ENYGF 2021: