The WNU Summer Institute is an intensive six-week programme for future nuclear leaders held annually at Christ Church, a leading college of Oxford University.

The Summer Institute offers a comprehensive programme of lectures, tutorials, field trips to nuclear and industrial facilities, and team projects led by some of the world’s foremost authorities.  These cover the global environment and sustainable development, nuclear-related technology innovation, nuclear diplomacy, and nuclear operations.  The programme also includes cultural and social events.

Each WNU Summer Institute involves some 100 WNU Fellows, selected from promising nuclear professionals who have demonstrated strong leadership potential. WNU Fellows become part of an expanding global  network of future leaders in the nuclear profession.

The WNU SI programme is aimed at nuclear professionals between 27 and 37 years of age.

Since the Summer Institute’s inception in 2005, a total of some 800 Fellows from more than 70 countries have completed the WNU SI programme.

The WNU Summer Institute is organized by the WNU Coordinating Centre in London, in cooperation with the Founding Supporters (IAEA, OECD/NEA, WANO, WNA).


Some former participants have said:

Article by a 2013 Alumnus (French version), Melissa Fabian

Article from a 2011 Alumnus, Jay Disser. Also published on the INMM website (Institute of Nuclear Materials Management).

'The SI is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build an international peer network of nuclear professionals from all over the world and from all areas of the nuclear industry' 2011 Fellow

'If you have the opportunity to attend, grab it with both hands', 2009 Fellow

'It is the most positive, dynamic, learning experience that you will experience in your life', 2010 Fellow

'The opportunity to learn from and with such a diverse, intelligent and engaging group of Fellows, Mentors, Faculty and Industry Leaders in historic Christ Church College was truly an incredible experience and a highlight of my career so far', 2009 Fellow

'The WNU Summer Institute has changed my outlook for the future, both for my career and personally. Meeting such a diverse mix of people with different academic, professional and cultural backgrounds has taught me a great deal, as well as opening up a world-wide network to support me in my future career', 2010 Fellow 

'The variety of Fellows backgrounds, both nationally and professionally, is the strength that sets the WNU Summer Institute apart from other nuclear programmes', 2010 Fellow


 2012 group pic