William D. Magwood, IV: it was a great trip for me
AtomInfo.Ru, PUBLISHED 20.06.2018
X International Forum ATOMEXPO 2018 was held on May 14-16, 2018. The Director General of the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Mr William D. Magwood, IV, participated in the session.
One of the stops of Mr Magwood's visit to Russia was the Institute for Physics and Power Engineering (IPPE) in Obninsk, where he and his colleagues had conversations with Russian experts.
After this Mr William D. Magwood, IV, answered the questions of the Russian independent nuclear online newspaper AtomInfo.Ru.
Interviewer: What is your opinion on the ATOMEXPO forum in Sochi?
DG Magwood: It was a very impressive expo. We have had an opportunity to meet people from around the world and to have discussions on the future of nuclear technology.
It is very interesting to discuss with people asking the same questions and looking for the same answers.
It has been a great trip for me. I learned more about what the Russian organizations are doing. We saw some new opportunities for cooperation and also I heard about some activities I would like to learn more about.
For example, we learned about the Rosatom School, which shows that Russia puts great importance on teaching children about the significance of nuclear science and technology. We are very interested in it and there is an opportunity for a future cooperation.
Interviewer: Will you please say a few words with the fifth anniversary of Russia joining the NEA?
DG Magwood: The five years passed so quickly that we almost didn't note this anniversary. When Russia joined the NEA, I understand there was some uncertainty as to how to integrate Russian personnel to the NEA's staff body and Russian experts into the NEA's community and activities.
Now, five years later, the cooperation is very strong and the experts are excellent. We are very pleased that Mr. Kirienko who started the cooperation with the NEA is still interested in this relationship. Mr. Likhachev is also interested, and not in simply maintaining the cooperation, but also expanding it.
So, I think when we celebrate the tenth anniversary of Russia joining the NEA, we will have much more to talk about.
Interviewer: We would like to use this opportunity and to ask what is your impression about your visit to the IPPE, Obninsk?
DG Magwood: The institute is an excellent place to visit. It embodies a very interesting combination of an important history and important current activities.
In every conversation we found that there is a niche for cooperation. The key to nuclear research and development is specialized facilities. This institute has very important infrastructure, such as critical facilities, thermal-hydraulics stands, accelerators and also the people who know how to operate them and optimize their use. So we have had several interesting ideas during our discussions.
Interviewer: Thank you very much for your interview for AtomInfo.Ru.
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