UAE launches student competition on nuclear development

The competition aims to encourage them to explore the role of peaceful use of nuclear applications to serve the community


The Permanent Mission of the UAE to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna has launched the first National Nuclear Science for Development Student Competition in cooperation with the UAE Ministry of Education, the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) and Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec).

Targeting high-school students from the age of 14 to 18 years old, the competition aims to encourage them to explore the role of peaceful use of nuclear applications to serve the community.

The high-school students are encouraged to submit a proposal covering one of the following categories that focuses on the role on nuclear science and technology to: improve human health; protect the environment and water resources; and generate clean energy.

The three categories of the competition correspond with the UN Sustainable Development Goals which the UAE adopted in 2015. The categories touch upon: UN Goal # 7 “Affordable and Clean Energy” that aims to ensure access to affordable, reliable sustainable and modern energy for all.

It also covers UN Goal # 3 “Good Health and Well-Being” to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. It also supports UN Goals # 6, 13, 14 and 15 to use nuclear applications to combat climate change, provide clean air, sanitation as well as protect the environment.

“The UAE government places top priority on empowering our young people and build their capability to lead the future. Today, we can see many young Emiratis are playing an indispensable role in realising the vision of our country by holding top positions in the UAE and internationally,” said Ambassador Hamad Al Kaabi, UAE Permanent Representative at the IAEA. “The competition objective is to promote nuclear science and to strengthen the sense of responsibility among the youth,” added Al Kaabi.

High-school students are encouraged to submit their proposals by September 30, 2018 via the following link (

Afterwards, nine semi-finalist teams will be selected for the second round of the competition to showcase their projects to a high-level jury during a youth circle that will be held on October 31, 2018.

The semi-finalists will have the opportunity to visit the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant, and winners will travel to attend the International Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Science and Applications, which will be held at IAEA’s headquarters in Vienna, Austria from November 28 to 30, 2018. They will have a number of field visits including to the IAEA laboratories in Seibersdorf; learn about nuclear science and applications in other countries, and listen to policy-makers as well as engaging with various youth from across the globe.


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