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Vladimir Kriventsev: FR21 provides excellent opportunities

AtomInfo.Ru, PUBLISHED 07.09.2020

Vladimir Kriventsev, Team Leader for Fast Reactor Technology Development, International Atomic Energy Agency. answers questions from correspondents for the electronic publication AtomInfo.Ru.


Mr Vladimir Kriventsev, the Scientific Secretary of the FR21,
meets Mr Xiaong Xue, the President of China Institute of Atomic Energy
in November 2019.
The CIAE will host the 2021 conference in Beijing.
Photo: CIAE.

Where and when is the FR21 conference planned? Who will organize it?

The International Atomic Energy Agency brings together the fast reactor and related fuel cycle community and countries and the wider public interested in these technologies by organising the International Conference on Fast Reactors and Related Fuel Cycles: Sustainable Clean Energy for the Future or FR21.

The People's Republic of China will host the conference via the China Institute for Atomic Energy, and it will take place from 10 to 13 May 2021.

The IAEA invited experts from countries with fast reactor programs and relevant international organisations to join the FR21 International Advisory Committee or IAC.

The IAC developed recommendations to the IAEA on conference topics and the central theme. It first met in June this year.

The IAC also proposed candidates for the International Scientific Programme Committee or ISPC. The ISPC will review and select abstracts and papers and shape the programme of the conference.

What is the importance of FR conferences for the global nuclear power industry?

FR21 is a follow-up of the previous successful similar IAEA conferences in Kyoto in 2009, in Paris in 2013 and Yekaterinburg in 2017.

In 2017 almost 600 participants from 27 countries with expertise in fast reactors or related fuel cycle technologies and six international organisations delivered 240 oral and 200 poster presentations.

These conferences provide excellent opportunities for researchers, reactor designers, and other professionals to present new developments, share ideas, discuss technical and economic issues, highlight challenges and propose solutions related to the development of fast reactors.

At FR21 a special event will engage the young generation in innovative fast neutron systems development. It will offer a unique opportunity for emerging academicians and professionals to participate and present their thoughts and to have a forum of discussion for potential collaborations.

The IAEA welcomes and encourages the participation of women, early career professionals and individuals from developing countries.

What topics and directions do you expect will be discussed at the FR21 conference?

The conference program will cover all aspects of fast reactors, including development and design, material sciences, fuel cycle management, safety, non-proliferation, environmental questions, human resources, and others.

It provides a forum to exchange information on national and international programmes, and more generally new developments and experience.

The program will include plenary and parallel sessions, poster sessions, panel discussions and a Young Generation Event.

For more information and a full list of the conference topics, please visit

The IAEA invites everyone interested in participating to submit their abstracts electronically on The deadline is 10 September.

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