Nuclear Olympiad


WNU Nuclear Olympiad 2015 -

Nuclear Techniques for Global Development


About the Olympiad


The Nuclear Olympiad is an international challenge for undergraduate and graduate students on the topic of Nuclear Techniques for Global Development. This is a unique opportunity for students to showcase originality, creativity, and knowledge on the topic of Nuclear Sciences and Applications and how it enhances quality of life globally.

The Nuclear Olympiad 2015 requires research into the Nuclear Applications and the positive impact it has on human lives. In the first stage of the competition, participants will create a video of up to sixty seconds on the topic of Nuclear Techniques for Global Development. Students are free to use their imagination on the video content and the specific focus. The videos will be evaluated by the Olympiad Jury regarding the relevance to the current global context, creativity and impact to the viewer. The shortlisted videos will then be put to public vote with most liked five making it to the final stage.  More information on the final round will be released later in the Olympiad; it will include a short essay.

The winner's video will be promoted internationally in relation to the WNU Radiation Technologies School to be held in 2016, with due credit to the author(s).

Please carefully read the Terms and Conditions before entering the competition. A PDF version is downloadable through the hyperlink.

The first international Nuclear Energy Olympiad was held in 2011 in Seoul, South Korea. It was a contest for university students around the world to research and develop a plan for effective communication about nuclear energy in their country. See PDF more information on the First International Nuclear Energy Olympiad.


Who can apply


1) The Olympiad is open for undergraduate and graduate students from any  University aged between 18 and 28;

2) The Olympiad is open to students from every country. All submissions, video and written essay, should be in English;

3) The Olympiad is open to individual and team submissions. Teams will need to nominate one team leader to represent the group in further stages;

4) The WNU Nuclear Olympiad 2015 is not open for WNU’s secretariat or for  IAEA staff members, or members of their family.

The Olympiad Challenge


First Stage:

To participate in the Olympiad challenge, participants will be asked to:

a. Create a short video, up to sixty seconds long, on the topic of “Nuclear Techniques  For Global Development”.

b. Upload the video to YouTube, and set it for public view.

c. Capture the message behind the video in the title on the YouTube, including the word  "nuclear". Do not include your name or country in the title.

d. Write a short description explaining the content of the video. It is mandatory to include the terms "nuclear science and applications", and "WNU 2015 Olympiad", in order to  be considered by the Jury.

e. Send the YouTube link to the WNU via e-mail to

E-mail Subject: Nuclear Olympiad video

Email content: The full URL for the YouTube video; title of project; name of team and members, or individual; if the video is being submitted by a team, please nominate team leader in the email.

Attachment: Scanned copy of the team leader’s university identity card with photo.

f. It is advisable that students request  a reference letter when they first enter the Olympiad, as this will be required to enter into the second stage.

Deadline: Friday 15 May 2015.


Evaluation of First stage:

a.  Ten videos will be shortlisted from these submissions by the WNU Nuclear Olympiad  Jury using the following criteria:

Adherence to the theme:  Content reflects the theme “Nuclear Techniques for Global Development”. Please see Scope at the bottom of the page for examples.

Impact: To have a powerful effect on the viewer.

Relevance: To be relevant to the current global situation and context.

Creativity: To be original and visually stimulating. 

b. The authors of the ten videos selected by the Jury by 30 May 2015 and will  be contacted by email. 

c. They will be asked to reply to this email by Thursday 4 June 2015,  confirming their willingness to participate, and attaching a reference  letter from a University professor. It is advisable that candidates request  their reference letter when they first enter the Olympiad, in order to have  it ready to send to the WNU by this date. For group submissions, only one reference letter is required including the name of the team leader and the name, position and contact details of the professor.

d.  If the participant is unable to be contacted or does not have a reference letter, another finalist will be selected. 
Deadline: Thursday 4 June 2015


Second Stage: 

Participants who make it to the second round will compete for most liked video:

a. The WNU will post finalist videos on the website on Friday 5th June 2015. 

b. No names or nationalities will be included in the post so as to offer equal opportunities to each candidate.

c. The videos will be promoted on the WNU Facebook page.

d. Participants are encouraged to promote their own videos.


Evaluation of second stage:

a. The Olympiad videos will be open for public evaluation on the WNU website, inviting  the public to like their preferred video on YouTube.

b. By 30 June 2015 17:00 UTC time, WNU will verify the number of likes each one of the  ten videos has received on YouTube. 

c. The number of likes will include all likes since the video was first posted by the author for the purpose of the Nuclear Olympiad.  Dislikes will not be taken into account.

d. The five most liked videos will qualify for the final stage of the WNU Nuclear  Olympiad.


Final Stage:

Information on the final stage of the Nuclear Olympiad and the Awards will be released after the first stages have been completed.

The winning team or individual will have their video promoted internationally in relation to the WNU Radiation Technologies School to be held in 2016, with due credit to the author(s).



The Scope: “Nuclear Techniques For Global Development”


As stated by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Nuclear Applications can secure a better future for all. The following examples illustrate just some of the ways that Nuclear Applications accomplishes this.

1. Conserving the Earth oceans

2. Alleviating the cancer epidemic, by diagnosis and treatment

3. Building better agriculture

4. Fostering human nutrition

5. Protecting marine life

6. Eradicating fruit flies to facilitate trade

7. Radiation processing technology for improved materials

8. Sterilization of medical equipment and materials

9. Tracers for industrial process management

10. Cultural heritage research


Nuclear Energy production and fuel cycle are not included in the scope

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Some Tips


3 tips to making a good video

•    It's a good idea to make your points early. A lot of people won't watch to the end.
•    Try to include an interesting hook at the start to set the scene and get the attention of the viewer
•    Don't forget to ask the viewer to like and share the video!

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