The AtomExpo Conference is the largest annual nuclear conference in Russia. This year it was held from June 4 to 6 in Moscow, Russia at the Gostiny Dvor, a 5 minute walk from the Red Square and Kremlin. The annual conference is organized by Rosatom and features many international companies, organizations, universities, and government representatives, ranging from France with Areva and EDF, to the South African Nuclear Industry Association, Canada, Italy, Britain with Rolls Royce, representatives from the Fukushima plant in Japan, Turkey, Spain, and the World Nuclear Association.
A delegation of eight NSE students (Elliott Fray, Sara Ferry, Justin Ball, Leslie Dewan, Mark Massie, Sarah Don, Cameron McCord, and Ekaterina Paramonova) and two members of the NSE faculty (Professor Ronald Ballinger and Dr Alan Hanson) represented MIT and the US at AtomExpo. The Russian fuel company, TVEL, sponsored the MIT participants' registration fees and the NSE department and the MIT-SkTech Initiative graciously funded the trip costs.
Ekaterina Ryabikovskaya from the Moscow Engineering and Physics Institute (MEPhI) and Ekaterina Paramonova from MIT co-organized the "Youth Initiatives in Nuclear Science" Student Session for the afternoon on June 6 at AtomExpo. The Student Session featured a panel of two students from MIT and two young professionals from Russia, moderated my Ekaterina Paramonova and Andrei Aleev. The panel addressed topics which included the age gap in nuclear science and engineering, employment opportunities for graduating students, and differences in laboratory conditions across countries.