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Nuclear Governance: Choices and Non‐Choices

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by Marc Le Menestrel (13/07/2011)


The International A. Sakharov Environmental University (Minsk, Belarus), the Central European University (Budapest, Hungary) and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (The Netherlands), in cooperation with the European Commission Tempus project “Environmental Governance for Environmental Curricula” and the OSI ReSET project “Governance of Global Environmental Change” announce an Autumn School, a Conference Panel and a Workshop on issues of nuclear energy in society.

The central theme of the three-part event is nuclear choices and non-choices. It will constitute a unique opportunity to explore the fundamental choices of nuclear energy governance at the scientific, political, economic, social and personal levels.

The event will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, and allow a joint reflection on the Chernobyl and Fukushima accidents. It will amongst other explore the differences and similarities in information and communication flows and in crisis management in nuclear accidents in such distinctively different societies as the USSR of the 1980’s and nowadays Japan. On this basis, a reflection will be jointly developed on risks and
options for the future governance of nuclear energy and of its legacy.
Two key purposes of the three‐part event are to create a discussion space and to provide a quality research training taking a governance perspective on nuclear issues, i.e. to discuss the actors and networks involved in the issue, their interactions, their rationalities and their stakes. The discussion topics will include but will not be limited to: communication, ethics,
economics, politics of the nuclear energy sector, as well as essential technological aspects.

Another objective is to offer participants a hands‐on experience of constructing and participating in a policy/stakeholder discussion. The event also aims to contribute to the ongoing discussion about constructing the first nuclear power plant in Belarus.

Read the desciption document to learn more about this workshop.

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