The 2018 KHNP-IAEA HRD Conference takes place for five days from May 28 at the Gyeongju Hwabaek International Convention Center, co-hosted by Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). More than 500 figures from over 60 countries attend the conference to discuss human resources development for the future of the global nuclear industry.
At the opening ceremony on May 28, six speakers delivered keynote speeches, including Kyung Hee University professor Chung Beom-jin, University of Tokyo Vice President Naoto Sekimura, and U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Regional Administrator David Lew. Expert presentations and panel discussions are scheduled to follow to cover various HRD-related themes such as training and qualification.
In the promotional exhibition, 13 organizations such as KHNP, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) of the United States, and Rosatom exhibited their nuclear power generation technology and HRD systems. At the opening ceremony for the exhibition, a miniature model of South Korea’s APR1400 reactor was donated to the IAEA. The miniature model will be displayed in the IAEA headquarters located in Vienna, Austria.
“A large number of figures from countries to additionally or newly run nuclear power plants, including the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Britain, the Czech Republic and Poland, will attend the conference and we will promote the excellence of South Korea’s nuclear power technology so that South Korea can help them build nuclear power plants in their territories,” KHNP explained.
KHNP relocated its main office to Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang Province in March 2016. The conference is the second large-scale international event it hosts since then. The first one was the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) General Meeting in 2017.