IAEA Competition Seeks Young People's Ideas on Nuclear and Radiological Emergency Communication


The International Atomic Energy Agency is seeking students and early career professionals’ ideas on how to communicate on nuclear and radiological emergencies. The competition to collect innovative ideas is open for submissions until 15 June.

How can communication support nuclear or radiological emergency response in a way that is innovative and efficient? How should communication be shaped to prevent panic, minimize rumours, and maintain public trust? These questions are at the core of this IAEA Young Innovative Communicators Competition.

Students and young professionals aged 18-25 in areas such as crisis communication, communication strategy development, emergency response, social media management, outreach, public and internal communication and more are welcome to submit innovative ideas that address challenges in nuclear and radiological emergency communication.

Each submission should include a description of the concept (maximum 1000 words) and information about the participant, provided as a PDF file. Official guidelines and submission forms are available here.

The competition finale will be held during the 1-5 October 2018 IAEA International Symposium on Communicating Nuclear and Radiological Emergencies to the Public (#CNREP2018). The symposium will bring together nuclear emergency communication experts, government public officials and media professionals for discussions on how to improve communication during a nuclear and radiological emergency. Competition finalists will present their ideas during a symposium session dedicated to youth, and a panel of experts will select a top winner.

The IAEA will cover travel to the symposium in Vienna, Austria, and provide daily subsistence allowance of the five finalists. Entries must be submitted by 11:59pm, Vienna Time on 15 June. For questions regarding the competition, please contact