First Online Conference

Virtual Science Challenge for Youth

Online Conference

US and Russian high school students enjoy the first interactive online conference investigating solutions for nuclear spent fuel.

High school students, teachers, and nuclear scientists participating in the US-Russia Virtual Science Challenge for Youth enjoyed its first interactive online conference on November 1, 2012. Participants from more than ten different time zones, representing both the United States and Russia, participated.

The objective of the online conference was to stimulate students’ interest in studying science and nuclear nonproliferation, and to enhance cross-cultural understanding between students from Russia and the United States as well as to provide students with an opportunity to interact with leading experts in this field.

*****Dear Students, 

after watching the video lectures, please remember to 

take a quiz on Risks & Responsibilities of

Nuclear Power***** 

Download LECTURE 1:

Your Energy Future: A Nuclear Role? (pdf)

Dr. Richard Wolfson, Benjamin F. Wissler Professor of Physics at Middlebury College

Dr. Wolfson discussed the current state of energy use and what role nuclear energy could play in the future of energy consumption.


Download LECTURE 2:

Nuclear Safety: What are the Risks? (pdf)

Dr. Ferenc Dalnoki-Veress, Scientist-In-Residence, CNS

Dr. Dalnoki-Veress’s lecture started with the basics of nuclear energy, a nuclear power reactor, and discussed several variables of nuclear accidents and how to prevent them from happening.


Download LECTURE 3:

Preventing Nuclear & Radiological Terrorism (pdf)

Miles Pomper, Senior Research Associate, Co-Chairman of the Fissile Material Working Group

Mr. Pomper’s lecture, which aimed to raise students’ awareness of the real danger of nuclear and radiological terrorism, covered three types of nuclear and radiological terrorism: nuclear explosives, nuclear sabotage, and the “dirty bomb” and how to prevent them from happening. He emphasized the importance of more robust international conventions to prevent nuclear terrorism.