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School on Radiation Technologies

A 2-week intensive leadership and communication development programme for professionals in the radiation technologies field, including radioisotope production.

Pretoria, South Africa | 16 - 27 October 2023


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16 October 

Start Date

2 weeks



South Africa



World Nuclear Association Members        ---------   £5,500 

Non-World Nuclear Association Members ---------  £6,500

IAEA Technical Cooperation Funding        ---------   learn more

*Includes food and accommodation costs


IAEA-Funded Applications  ---------   31 May 2023   

Company-Funded Applications  ---------  28 June 2023   

*Application deadlines subject to change

About the Programme

What does effective nuclear leadership look like and how can you prepare to lead your nuclear organization into the future. 

The WNU School on Radiation Technologies (RT School) is a two-week intensive leadership and communication development programme aimed at future leaders in the radiation and radioisotope field. The programme will emphasize breadth of understanding to ensure that future leaders are able to eliminate siloed thinking, and explore how the many and varied elements of the industry will impact on our future. It is open to companies, governments, research institutions and regulatory authorities expected to play key roles in the field. 

The 2023 School on Radiation Technologies will be held in-person, in Pretoria, South Africa, taking full advantage of the inclusive, global nature of in-person programmes.

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What our alumni say

"It is an experience of a lifetime. The opportunity to learn and meet giants from all areas of nuclear science is amazing. I cemented friendships with people from all of the globe. It is a special experience that I would recommend to anyone in the industry." 

RT School Fellow | 2016


RT School Fellows will:

1. Develop a holistic perspective of applications of radiation technologies

2. Work on immersive activities to develop your communication skills

3. Learn how to leverage leadership to exceed organisational goals

4. Experience international teamwork and networking 

5. Build meaningful, long-lasting relationships with peers, mentors and industry leaders

6. Visit technical facilities relevant to the course content 

Programme topics

The School on Radiation Technologies programme covers a wide range of topics surrounding nuclear science. Our programmes change every year to stay abreast of current affairs within the industry. See below for some examples of topics covered: 

Setting the scene: Fundamentals and Leadership

Week One:    

  • Emerging trends, challenges and prospects

  • Production of isotopes

  • Nuclear Sciences and Applications

  • Radiation Sources

  • Industrial uses for radiation technologies

  • Medical applications

  • Ionizing Technology Applications in Food and Agriculture

  • Nuclear, climate change mitigation and net zero

  • Leading change: self, team, organization

  • Role of leadership and management in Nuclear Performance

Week Two:

The international context, global regimes and sharing good practice

  • Safety and Security

  • Energy markets and integrated energy systems

  • The importance of radiation protection

  • Radiation protection in practice

  • Radioactive waste management 

  • Packaging and transportation of radioactive materials

  • Economics

  • Socioeconomics

  • Laws and regulations

  • Innovative Leadership Projects

*Programme topics subject to change

Thinking behind the programme

As the nuclear industry grows and evolves, so do the challenges of demonstrating good leadership in a constantly changing industry. 

WNU introduced the School on Radiation Technologies to provide future leaders in the radiation and radioisotope field with a solid foundation of core nuclear principles alongside a broad curriculum of leadership, communications, and organizational development skills. 

Group work and mentoring

Throughout the course, fellows are presented with real-life scenarios and tasked with working in small groups to solve some of the most critical issues facing the nuclear science industry. Groups are curated to be culturally and professionally diverse and comprised of fellows from different backgrounds, genders, and nationalities. Each small working group is facilitated by a mentor, who provides guidance and personal coaching to help fellows further their leadership skills and improve their organizational flexibility and resilience capabilities. 

Unique locations and technical tours

The RT School is hosted by a different nation from a unique region biennially. In addition to a rigorous academic curriculum, fellows are immersed into the local culture through excursions, sightseeing, and social and cultural gatherings. The goal of these experiences is to create a strong bond between participants, while highlighting the unique offerings of the host nation. 


Facilitated and independent social events allow participants to develop networking skills and cultural sensitivities that will help them lead the industry into the future. WNU programmes also offer a rare opportunity to tour the host country's nuclear facilities, allowing fellows to visit relevant and exclusive sites and interact with those who work in these facilities. 

See previous RT School locations

Previous locations

2010          Korea

2012          Korea

2014          Qatar

2016          Russia

2017          Brazil

2019          Russia

2021          Virtual


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