Under the theme of ‘Nuclear Power, Choice for the Next Generation’, the Korea Atomic Power Annual Conference 2017 (KAP 2017) will be held for two days, April 5 ~6, 2017, at the Hwabaek International Convention Center in Gyeongju, Korea. Hosted by Korea Atomic Industrial Forum (KAIF), the KAP 2017 is expected to be attended by around 600 specialists, professors, industrial leaders and government officials in nuclear energy area from a dozen countries, including Czech, the United States, France, Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom, Russia and Korea, as well as international organizations such as OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Marking the date of launching commercial operation of the first reactor at Kori Nuclear Power Plant (April 29, 1978), KAIF has been hosting the KAP conference annually since 1986.
The Conference will be officially opened on April 5 with the opening address by Chairman Kwan-sup Lee of KAIF (concurrently president of Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co., Ltd.), and be consisted of 4 sessions, including the opening session, first, second and third session. In the opening session, leaders in nuclear energy and related industries will present keynote speeches.
Speakers include Jong-lok Yoon, President, National IT Industry Promotion Agency (NIPA), Korea; William D. Magwood, IV, Director-General, OECD Nuclear Energy Agency; Franticek Konicek, member of the Board, Czech Power Industry Alliance (CPIA); and Boris Arseev, Executive Vice President, ROSATOM Overseas.
In the first session, which will be chaired by Moon-sung Jae, professor, Department of Nuclear Engineering, Hanyang University, 5 speakers will present papers on the topic of ‘Seismic Risk Management in Nuclear Power Plants’. Speakers include Yong-gyu Ryoo, head of Earthquake and Volcano Monitoring Division, Korea Meteorological Administration;
Byoung-hoan Choi, engineer, Major Reactor Component Design and Analysis Group, Westinghouse Electric Co., the U.S.; Tsuyoshi Takeda, professor, Department of Architecture, Graduate School of Engineering, University of Tokyo, Japan; Nadim Moussallam, expert engineer, Structural Dynamics Analysis, AREVA NP, France; and Wen-how Tong, senior engineer, Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger, the U.S. Bum-jin Chung, professor, Department of Nuclear Engineering, Kyunghee University, Korea, will also attend the session as a panelist.
On the topic, ‘Public Acceptance for High-level Radioactive Waste Management’, 5 speakers will present papers with one panelist in the second session chaired by Chul-hyung Kang, policy adviser, Korea Institute of Nuclear Nonproliferation and Control. Speakers include Chul-koo Lee, Director, SNF Business Department, Korea Radioactive Waste Agency; Jurgen Skrzyppek, Divisional Director, Communication and Sales, GNS GmbH, Germany; Philippe Hatron, Senior Vice President, AREVA Asia, France; Yves Brachet, Senior Vice President, DDR & WM, Westinghouse Electric Co., the U.S.; and Kenichi Kaku, Manager, Public Relations, Nuclear Waste Management Organization of Japan. And Chang-lak Kim, professor, KEPCO International Nuclear Graduate School, will attend this session as a panelist.
Chaired by Man-sung Yim, professor, Department of Nuclear & Quantum Engineering, KAIST, 5 speakers will present papers in the third session on the topic, ‘Role of Nuclear Energy in New Climate Change Regime’. Speakers are Jae-kyu Lim, Vice President, Climate change Policy Research Group, Korea Energy Economics Institute; Gordon Mackerron, professor, Science Policy Research Unit, Sussex University, the U.K.; Tomoko Murakami, Manager, Nuclear Energy Group, Institute of Energy Economics Japan; Michael Shellenberger, founder of Environmental Progress, the U.S.; and an executive at ROSATOM, Russia (to be decided). A panelist in the session is Sang-doug Park, principal researcher, Nuclear Policy Center, Seoul National University, Korea.
Along with the Conference, four parallel events will also be held at the same venue. They include the 2017 Nuclear Industry Exhibition hosted by Korea Atomic Industrial Forum, the Conference on Nuclear Components Export co-hosted by Korea Nuclear Partners, Korea Atomic Industrial Forum and KNA, the Pacific Nuclear Council 2017 2nd Quarter Meeting hosted by Pacific Nuclear Council, and the UK Nuclear Decommissioning Opportunities co-hosted by Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Nuclear AMRC, and British Embassy in Korea.