International Youth Nuclear Congress is a global non-profit organization connecting students and young professionals engaged in all areas of nuclear science and technology. IYNC was formally founded in 2000 during the first congress held in Bratislava, Slovakia; the main goals of IYNC are: promotion of peaceful uses of nuclear science and technology communicating the benefits of nuclear technology to general public preservation and transfer of the existing knowledge and expertise from the current to the next generation of nuclear scientists and engineersThe main activity of IYNC is organization of biennial conferences for students and young professionals from different countries. In addition, IYNC coordinates and promotes networking, exchange of opinions and expertise among young professionals, facilitates establishment and supports activities of regional young generation networks that are in-line with IYNC goals; the IYNC official mission statement adopted at the first congress reads as follows: We, as representatives of the new generation of professionals in the nuclear field agree to seize the opportunity of IYNC 2000 by creating an international network, the "International Youth Nuclear Congress", to Develop new approaches to communicate benefits of nuclear power, as part of a balanced energy mix.
Promote further peaceful uses of nuclear science and technology for the welfare of mankind. Transfer knowledge from the current generation of leading scientists to the next generation and across international boundaries. Provide a platform and create an enabling environment to facilitate the building of professional networks that will open up future opportunities. IYNC is a forum for presenting scientific, political and corporate opinions related to various aspects of nuclear technology for comprehensive discussion of the subject. IYNC promotes and encourages such broad and open discussion because this is the young generation of nuclear professionals who will put this technology to use and face its challenges in the future; the list of subjects covered and discussed at IYNC include: design, construction and safety of the existing and future nuclear energy systems, nuclear fuel cycle, nuclear chemistry and materials, thermal hydraulics, radiation science and medical applications, policy and human resources, nuclear fusion science and technology, as well as activities of young generation networks.
The IYNC slogan is: “Youth, Nuclear” In the mid-1990s, the popularity of nuclear science and technology had been on a twenty-year decline. This fall in popularity resulted in a similar fall in new specialists entering the nuclear field. In comparison, most predictions of future energy requirements in a carbon-constrained world pointed that all available options should be pursued including nuclear energy; this latter fact was recognized by a group of young nuclear professionals who initiated the idea of holding an International Youth Nuclear Congress in 1997. This idea was grounded in their belief that the efforts the young generation organizations were making in promoting the nuclear industry in individual countries would be more efficient and have more impact if integrated globally; such global integration required the gathering together of people interested in collaborating within the nuclear field. At the International Forum "Youth and the Plutonium Challenge" held in Obninsk, Russia in the summer of 1998, the participants confirmed once again their interest in holding the Congress and the first meeting to organize the event took place during the European Nuclear Congress in Nice, France in autumn of the same year.
It was at this meeting the youth from Russia, the United States and Slovakia prepared and stated the mission of the IYNC. The city of Bratislava, Slovakia was chosen as the location for the first congress; the Congress was supported by the representative organizations of the nuclear industry from around the world. This support gave the Congress the impetus to attract sponsorship from international organizations which in turn allowed it to bring together many international experts and young professionals from around the globe; the event required significant preparation and an executive committee was set up and held several preparatory meetings in Boston, USA. The Executive Committee included representatives from different countries and different organizations who worked intensively over a period of two years, they invited young nuclear professionals from throughout the world to provide their opinions on the future of the nuclear industry and their ideas to stimulate both its growth and awakening interest in it.
Many organizations responded and sent their young specialists to the Congress all of which enabled the committee to convert the dream of the congress into a reality. At the first congress in Bratislava, a tradition was established for selecting the next congress location at international IYNC board meeting held at the conclusion of the current congress based on the prepared bids and presented by the interested potential host countries. Since Bratislava, IYNC was held in the following locations: IYNC2002, South Korea, 230 participants from 40 countries IYNC2004, Canada, 290 participants, nearly 200 technical presentations IYNC2006, Stockholm and Olkiluoto, more than 450 participants IYNC2008, Switzerland, over 330 participants from 30 countries IYNC2010, Cape Town, South Africa IYNC2012, North Carolina, USA, over 600 participants from 32 countries IYNC2014, Spain, over 350 participants from 34 countries IYNC2016, China, 350 participants from 21 countriesAt IYNC 2004 in Toronto, formal steps were taken to create a legal framework for IYNC.
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