Global Energy Calendar 2012: A Look Ahead

The nuclear energy industry has experienced real challenges since the accident at Fukushima Daiichi. Those challenges, though, have given the industry a great opportunity. 2012 is shaping up to be a very important year. 

The list below identifies notable global energy events in 2012. Going forward, Forum on Energy will add to this list and provide updates based on the outcomes of these critical gatherings.



EPRI Fukushima Radiological Assessment Tool Development Workshop
March 1 – 2, Research Triangle, North Carolina

Nuclear Energy in the 21st Century
March 12 – 13,London,England

NRC Regulatory Information Conference
March 13 – 15, Rockville, Maryland

MIT Energy Conference
March 16 – 17, Boston, Mass
Abstract:  Challenges of this Moment, perspectives of the MIT academic community

European Research Reactor Conference
March 18 – 22,Prague,Czech Republic

18th Pacific Basin Nuclear Conference (PBNC)
March 18-23, Busan, South Korea

IAEA International Experts’ Meeting on Reactor and Spent Fuel Safety in the Light of the Accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant
March 19 – 22, Vienna Austria

Conference – European Nuclear Forum
March 19 – 20, Brussels, Belgium

Progress on Nuclear Energy and Education 
March 20 – 22, London, England
Abstract:  “International conference for nuclear scientists to discuss the cutting edge science and engineering aspects of nuclear energy together with increasingly more important safety, policy, resource and educational requirements of the industry.”
Organized by: Elsevier in association with The Dalton Nuclear Institute.

Energy Summit 2012
March 22 – 23, London, England
Abstract:  “A high level platform to discuss issues of energy security, natural resource utilization, power generation and renewable energy.  Engagement between developed and developing countries.” Organized by the Commonwealth Business Council.

International Conference on Nuclear Energy Systems Engineering
March 28 – 29, Madrid,Spain
Abstract:  “The XXXII. International Conference on Nuclear Energy Systems Engineering aims to bring together academic scientists, leading engineers, industry researchers and scholar students to exchange and share their experiences and research results about all aspects of Nuclear Energy Systems Engineering, and discuss the practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted.”


Nuclear Industry China 2012 (NIC ’12)
April 3 –  6, Beijing,China
Hosted by the Chinese Nuclear Society (CNS), China Nuclear Energy Industry Corporation (CNEIC) andBeijing Municipal Commission of Commerce (BMCC)

International Congress on Energy Security
April 4 – 5, Geneva, Switzerland
Abstract: “Exchanges of view and discussions planned for this Congress, economists, researchers and other experts will address, analyze, theorize, explore issues around the selected theme with a focus on energy security in connection with the preservation of our planet’s resources. Organized by Greenorbis International.”

The American Nuclear Society 2012 Student Conference
April 12 – 15, Las Vegas, Nevada
Nuclear Science and Technology Past Present and Future

World Nuclear Fuel Cycle 2012
April 17 – 19, Helsinki, Finland
Organized by NEI and World Nuclear Association

45th Annual Japan Atomic Industrial Forum (JAIF) Conference
April 18 – 19, Tokyo, Japan

Platts 3rd Annual Small Modular Reactors Conference
April 21 – 22, Arlington, Virginia
Abstract: conference on small modular reactors
Organized by Platts

3rd Annual Nuclear Symposium
April 30-May 1, 2012 — Toronto, Canada
Abstract: Conference will cover new build opportunities and challenges in Canada

International Congress on Energy and Politics
April 22 – 26, Antalya, Turkey
Abstract: “A global forum for researchers to present and discuss their recent research findings and new techniques and to create an effective network of cooperation in Energy & Politics. Organized by Istanbul Kultur University.”

TopSafe 2012 Safety in Reactor Operations 
April 22 – 26,Helsinki,Finland
Abstract:  TopSafe 2012 provides a forum for addressing the current status and future perspectives with regards to safety at nuclear installations worldwide

Euro Arab Nuclear Forum
April 24 – 25, London, England
Abstract: “The only conference in Europe to assemble the heads of the nuclear bodies in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region together with experts from the European Development, Construction, Legal, Financial and Technical sectors. Organized by BME Events.”

First International Conference on Radiation and Dosimetry in Various Fields of Research
April 25 – 27, Nis,Serbia
Abstract:  “The Conference is to provide the forum for researchers and professionals involved with radiation and radiation dosimetry to exchange and discuss their findings and experiences.”


NRC meeting to discuss lessons learned from Fukushima and long-term recommendations (Link to PDF file)
May 3, 2012 — Rockville, Maryland

11th Annual Ontario Power Summit
May 8-9, 2012

NEI Used Fuel Management Conference
May 8 – 10, St. Petersburg, FL

World Congress on Climate, Energy and Water
May 13 – 18, Dublin, Ireland
Abstract: Discussion on how climate change is forcing a reassessment on how energy use impacts the water cycle. Organized by IWA

30th International Congress of the International Radiation Protection
May 13 -18, Glasgow, Scotland 
Abstract:  “Experiences of both radiation protection professionals and the wider stakeholders such as decision-makers, communities, the media and NGOs, who all have a role to play in making the protection system robust and effective.”

IAEA Third Annual Conference on Nuclear Power Plant Life Management
May 14 – 18,Salt Lake City, Utah
Abstract:  “Provide a forum for information exchange on national and international policies, regulatory practices and safety culture and to demonstrate strategies, including application in an ageing management and plant life management program; and provide key elements and good practices related to the safety aspects of ageing, ageing management and long-term operation.”

U.S. NRC, U.S. DOE, and IAEA Conference on Nuclear Plant Life Management for Long-Term Operations
May 14 –18, 2012 Salt Lake City, Utah 

NRC meeting to discuss lessons learned from Fukushima and long-term recommendations (Link to PDF file)
May 14, 2012 — Rockville, Maryland

8th China Nuclear Energy Congress
May 17 – 18, Beijing, China

International Conference on Nuclear and Renewable Energy Resources
May 20 – 23, Istanbul, Turkey
Abstract: “Discussion by scientists, experts and renewable energy companies for the cutting-edge researches and technological improvements on the renewable and nuclear energy issues. Organized by Gazi University; Atilim University; and TUBAV.”

Platts 3rd Annual Small Modular Reactors
May 21-22, 2012 — Arlington, Virginia

NEI Annual Nuclear Industry Conference and Nuclear Supplier Expo. 
May 21-23, Charlotte, NC

IHS Nuclear Conference: The Role of Nuclear in Global Energy Markets
May 22-24, 2012, Istanbul, Turkey 


IAEA Nuclear Management School

39th Annual Meeting and International Conference on Nuclear Fuel  
June 3 – 5, Banff, Canada                         

NEI Emergency Preparedness Training Course and Forum
June 3 – 5, Seattle, Washington

9th International Conference on Nuclear Option in Countries with Small and Medium Electricity Grids
June 3-6, 2012 — Zadar, Croatia 

AtomExpo 2012                                                                                                         
June 4 – 6, Moscow, Russia  

NEI National Nuclear Security Conference
June 11 – 14, Orlando Florida

NRC Fuel Cycle Information Exchange
June 12-13, 2012
Abstract: “NRC Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards hosts this meeting to provide a forum for NRC staff, industry and interested stakeholders to discuss regulatory issues of interest.”

Power-Gen Europe and Nuclear Power Europe                                                        
June 12 – 14, Cologne, Germany          

Nuclear Industry Forum
June 19-20, 2012 — London, United Kingdom

U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council: “Special Summit on New Nuclear Energy, Outlook and Opportunities”
June 19, 2012 –Washington DC
Abstract:  Speakers include Dan Poneman (U.S. DOE), Commissioner William Ostendorff (U.S. NRC), Jessica Farmer (Ex-Im Bank), Vicky Bailey (former FERC and BRC Commissioner)

U.S. NRC Meeting on Post Fukushima Regulatory Framework
June 20 — Rockville, Maryland
Abstract:  NRC Staff with have an open meeting to discuss “possible alternatives on how to revise the NRC’s approach to regulating U.S. nuclear power plants.”  Members of the public will be able to ask questions.

Nuclear Power Uprate Conference
June 20 – 21, Charolette, NC                              
Abstract:  “NRC Updates on the current status regarding Post-Fukushima impact on Uprates, Fuel Performance, Containment Accident Pressure; Market Overview, Economics & Analysis on the future of power uprates; Utility and EPC Case Studies; and Contracting.” 

International Congress on Advances in Nuclear Power Plants (ICAPP)
June 24 – 28, Chicago, IL                                                             
Hosted by: American Nuclear Society, French Nuclear Energy Society, Korean Nuclear Society and Atomic Energy Society of Japan                                                                                                                                                                               
NEI Radioactive Effluents Technical Specifications (RETS) and Radiological Environmental Monitoring Programs (REMP) workshop.
June 25 – 27, Orlando, Florida
Workshop is in conjunction with EPRI/NEI Groundwater Protection Workshop

American Nuclear Society Annual Meeting                                                                  
June 24 – 28, Chicago, Illinois                             

53rd Annual Meeting of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management
July 15 – 19

American Nuclear Society (ANS) 8th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Plant Instrumentation, Control and Human Machine Interface Technologies (NPIC&HMIT 2012) “Enabling the Future of Nuclear Energy”
July 22 – 26, San Diego, California 

20th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering
July 30 – August 3, Anaheim,California
Abstract: “The premier global conference for addressing the needs of the nuclear industry. The focus of ICONE is on the technical state-of-the-art and the current status of nuclear power around the world.  It has been jointly sponsored by the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers and ASME since 1991–and co-sponsored with the Chinese Nuclear Society since 2005.”

NEI Fuel Supply Forum
July 31, Washington DC


Radiation Protection Forum
August 5 – 8
Seattle, Washington

Nuclear Structure Conference
August 12 – 17, Argonne National Laboratory,University of Chicago, Illinois
Abstract: “Discussions on the latest research and development in experimental and theoretical Nuclear Structure Physics, with emphasis on the properties of nuclei at the extremes of isospin, mass, angular momentum, and excitation energy.”

Nuclear Power Plant Performance and Regulation
August 13 – 14, Atlanta, Georgia

Nuclear Design Basis
August 13 – 14, Atlanta, Georgia

Nuclear Safety Culture
August 14 – 15, Atlanta, Georgia

Nuclear PRA
August 14 – 15, Atlanta, Georgia

Nuclear Radiation: Management, Environment and Health
August 16 – 17, Atlanta, Georgia

Nuclear Reactor Engineering
August 16 – 17, Atlanta, Georgia

Meeting to Obtain Stakeholder Feedback on Enhancements to the Licensing and Inspection Programs for Spent Fuel Storage and Transportation
August 16 – 17, Rockville, Maryland

Radiological Emergency Planning:  Terrorism, Security and Planning
August 20 – 24, Boston, Massachusetts

Radiological Emergency Planning; Terrorism, Security, and Communication
August 20 – 24, 2012, Boston, Massachusetts,USA
Organized by Harvard University School of Public Health Center for Continuing Professional Education

ANS 20th Topical Meeting on the Technology of Fusion Energy
August 27 – 31, Nashville, TN

2012 Western Energy Policy Research Conference
August 30 – 31, 2012, Boise, Idaho
Keynote speaker by Daniel M. Kammen, Nobel Prize Winner
Organized by Center for Advanced Energy Studies’ Energy Policy Institute


OECD/NEA 11th International Conference on Radiation Shielding (ICRS12) and the 17th Radiation Protection and Shielding Topical (RPSD2012)
September 2 – 7, Nara, Japan

American Nuclear Society 12th International Conference on Radiation Shielding and the 17th Topical Meeting of the Radiation Protection Shielding Division
September 2 – 7, Nara, Japan                     
Abstract: “This conference will explore the scientific, technological and engineering issues associated with particle and ionising radiation shielding in its broadest context, including nuclear energy systems, accelerator facilities, space and other radiation environments. It will be one of the international radiation shielding events, regularly drawing hundreds of the world’s top scientists and engineers.” 

12th IAEE European Energy Conference:  Energy Challenge and Environmental Sustainability
September 9 – 12, 2012,Venice,Italy
Organized by the Italian Association for Energy Economics

Hostile Action Based Drill Workshop
September 11 – 12, Annapolis, Maryland

World Nuclear Association Annual Symposium
September 12 – 14, Westminster, London

Reconstruction Symposium: Business Leaders for Reconstruction In Eastern Japan
September 19, New Orleans, Louisiana

Nuclear Construction Conference, MENA
September 25 – 26, Dubai, UAE
Abstract: “Nuclear Energy Insider’s 3rd Annual MENA Nuclear Construction Conference (25-26 September, Dubai) is bringing together over 300 senior decision makers from leading energy stakeholders including KA CARE, KEPCO, Jordan Atomic Energy Commission, Egyptian Ministry of Electricity and Energy, Rosatom, EDF, Eskom, Masdar and many more to build their supply chain and mitigate construction risk at the 300+ attendee conference.”

OECD/NEA Wonder 2012: 3rd International Workshop on Nuclear Data Evaluation for Reactor Applications
September 25 – 28, Aix-en-Provence, France

OECD-NE Third Workshop on Nuclear Data Evaluations for Reactor Applications (WONDER)   
September 25 – 28, Aix-en-Provence, France
Abstract: “The workshop will review the current modeling and evaluation methods of nuclear data for reactor applications and discuss possible areas of improvements.  The following topics will be covered: microscopic and integral nuclear data measurements; evaluation of nuclear data (theories, models, codes); uncertainties and covariance matrices, neutron/gamma spectra and multiplicities; processing and benchmarking fission modeling.”

2nd Annual LNG Technology GlobalSummit
September 25 – 26, 2012,Doha,Qatar
Organized by Fleming Gulf Conferences                                                                                               

3rd Annual Nuclear Construction Conference, MENA
September 25 – 26, Dubai, UAE


IAEA 24th Fusion Energy Conference
October 8 – 13, San Diego,California
Abstract: “The 24th Fusion Energy Conference aims to provide a forum for the discussion of key physics and technology issues as well as innovative concepts of direct relevance to fusion as a source of nuclear energy.”

International Uranium Fuel Seminar
October 14 – 17, Destin, Florida

World Energy Forum 2012
October 22- 24, 2012, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Organized by World Energy Forum

4th Annual Nuclear Construction Summit
Oct 23 – Oct 24,
Charlotte, NC, USA

US Plant Safety Enhancements Conference
Oct 25 – Oct 26,
Charlotte, NC, USA


2nd Annual Nuclear D&D Supply Chain Conference
Nov 1 – Nov 2,
Charlotte, NC, USA

ANS Winter Meeting and Nuclear Technology Expo
November 11 – 15, San Diego, California


ASME: Forging a New Nuclear Safety Construct Workshop
December 4 – 5, Washington, DC

“The participants will discuss the report, seek consensus on the need for a new nuclear safety construct based on existing and emerging safety constructs, and obtain agreement on future actions that are needed to advance its essential elements.”

IAEA and the Government of Japan, Fukushima Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety
Abstract: “The conference will provide an opportunity for the international community further knowledge and lessons learned from the accident at TEPCO’s Fukushima Nuclear Power Stations, to further enhance transparency, and to discuss the progress of the international efforts in strengthening nuclear safety, including through the implementation of the IAEA Action Plan on Nuclear Safety.”



U.S. Nuclear Exports Foreign Policy Initiative Panel Discussion
February 25, 2013, Washington, DC

Abstract:Foreign Policy Initiative and the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center will hold a discussion titled “After North Korea and Iran: How Much More Say Should Congress Have on U.S. Nuclear Exports?”

Energy Innovation Summit
February 25 – 27, 2013, National Harbor, MD


The Ninth Annual WNU Summer Institute
June 29 – August 11, 2013, Oxford University, UK

Abstract: “The WNU Summer Institute (WNU SI) is a six-week nuclear leadership development programme held annually at Christ Church, a leading college of Oxford University. Participants in the Summer Institute are known as WNU Fellows. The WNU SI programme is designed to expand their horizons across the full spectrum of issues surrounding nuclear energy. Built on a foundation of instruction from some of the world’s foremost leaders in science, engineering and the global environment, the programme is augmented by team-building exercises and a week-long technical tour of nuclear and related facilities.”