The NEA launched the Nuclear Education, Skills and Technology (NEST) Framework in partnership with its member countries to help address important gaps in nuclear skills capacity building, knowledge transfer and technical innovation in an international context. The NEST Framework is developed as an NEA joint undertaking gathering private and public organisations from interested countries (not necessarily NEA member countries).
It entered into force on 15 February 2019. The goal of NEST is to:
The main added-values and benefits of NEST are:
Each NEST project will be facilitated by a lead organisation which will work with participating organisations in countries taking part in the NEST project to carry out related research tasks. The lead organisation provides professional research guidance for the project while the participating organisations will conduct the research tasks that will be carried out by the NEST Fellows.
The Global Forum on Nuclear Education, Science, Technology and Policy acts as an inclusive network of experts in the nuclear energy sector, primarily from academia, focused on enabling the generation and flow of ideas. With creative problem-solving measures, the Global Forum aims to help confront some of the most significant challenges the nuclear energy sector faces today.