International Symposium on CNREP Youth Innovative Communicators Competition of Emergencies

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International Symposium on CNREP Youth Innovative Communicators Competition of Emergencies

International Atomic Energy Agency invites applications for the International Symposium on Communicating Nuclear and Radiological Emergencies to the Public (CNREP) Youth Competition. The competition is open to students and early career professionals from the IAEA Member States between the ages of 18 and 25 years.

The applicants are invited to submit an innovative concept for a ‘communicator’s competition’ on how to communicate nuclear or radiological emergencies to the public.

Who May Eligible:

To eligible, the candidates must be following all the eligibility criteria:

  • The competition is open to nationals of IAEA Member States.
  • Students and early career professionals between the ages of 18 and 25 are invited to apply.
  • Those who are chosen as finalists will be requested to send their identification documents (e.g. copy of passport) to prove eligibility.
  • The IAEA encourages women and nationals from developing countries to participate in the competition.
  • They welcome students enrolled in Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Ph.D. Degrees, and early career professionals in the government and non-government sectors engaged in crisis communication, strategy, emergency response, social media management, outreach, public and internal communication, first aid organizations, etc.

How to Apply:

To apply, the applicants must download the application form (with supporting visual materials not more than 10MB) and send to CNREP.


  • Entries must be in English. However, English proficiency is not the main criteria for winning.
  • Only one submission per individual is allowed. Any revision will not be possible after the concept is officially submitted.
  • Each submission should be free of images, graphics, and tables that may violate or infringe upon the copyright of any other person or organization. It is the responsibility of the participants and not of the IAEA to ensure that all contents used in the concept are free from copyright.
  • All content must be provided by the applicants themselves, except for quotations from published and unpublished sources which are clearly indicated and acknowledged as such.
  • By submitting the concept summary, participants agree to assign to the IAEA the copyright to publish the presentation on the IAEA website, social media, and other platforms and certify that no other rights have been granted which could conflict with the right hereby given to the IAEA.
  • A panel of international experts will choose five winning entries to be flown to Vienna, Austria, to present their concepts during a special youth session of the CNREP.
  • Each person will have five minutes to present their idea and a further five minutes to answer audience questions. The use of inventive and engaging presentation tools is encouraged.
  • The overall themes that are expected to be discussed at the international symposium are as follows:
    • Emergency Preparedness and Response
    • Stakeholder Engagement
    • Public Communication Channels and Tools in Emergencies
    • Social Media
    • Effective Communication
    • Psychology of Communication
    • Coordination of Information
    • Communicating in Different Types #CNREP2018 Young Innovative Communicators Competition of Emergencies, “Am I safe?” and Lessons Learned from Past Emergencies.

Submission Requirements:

Each submission should include the following:

  • A description of the concept (maximum 1000 words), provided as a PDF file (official submission form available on the symposium webpage at communicating-nuclear-and-radiological-emergencies-symposium-2018), including:
    • Summary – A summary of no more than 100 words of the concept, including the main problem being addressed.
    • Explanation – An explanation to detail the concept, for example, the background, what tools will be used, and why it is relevant for communicating in nuclear or radiological emergencies.
    • Implementation – How would the concept work in practice? Who would be required to support it? What is the target market?
  • A profile – Information about the participant, full name, nationality, date of birth, affiliation (educational institution or company/organization)


  • Five finalists will be invited to Vienna, Austria to present their innovative concepts at the International Symposium from 1 to 5 October 2018.
  • The IAEA will cover travel and daily subsistence allowance.
  • The five finalists will also make an exclusive visit to the IAEA Incident and Emergency Centre and the IAEA Press Office and meet with experts on nuclear emergency communication.

Application Deadline:

The deadline for submission is 15 June 2018, at 11:59 PM (CET).

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