Knowledge Management in the Areas of Nuclear Safety, Security, Safeguards and Engineering


  • Dr. Franck Wastin, EC-JRC Petten, The Netherlands
  • Dr. Bojan Petrović, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Dr. Nikola Čavlina, FER University of Zagreb, Croatia


The Round Table will address the essentials of knowledge management, inviting the panelists to comment on Challenges and Opportunities in Nuclear Safety, Security, Safeguards and Engineering and listening to the audience interrogations and statements.

There are several definitions for Knowledge management, but its final goal whether for public or private organisations, commercial or research, is essentially about getting the right knowledge to the right person at the right time. Although it might appear obvious, it is often a complex process at a level of an organisation. Moreover that today society, and therefore all organisations, is facing with a problem it had never had before: a super-abundance of data, information and knowledge (not all of it well-structured and of high quality) and their multi-disciplinary needs in a more global knowledge environment.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) stresses how much “Building, collecting, transferring, sharing, maintaining, preserving and utilizing knowledge is essential to developing and keeping the necessary technical expertise and competences required for nuclear power programmes and other nuclear technology”. In nuclear the right knowledge to the right person at the right time might be, even more than in any other business, a safety and security issue.