Nuclear Olympiad 2016

The Nuclear Olympiad is an international challenge for undergraduate and graduate students on nuclear techniques for global development. This is a unique opportunity for students to showcase originality, creativity, and knowledge on nuclear sciences and applications and how these enhance the quality of life. By participating in Nuclear Olympiad, students have the opportunity to connect with nuclear organizations and find out more about a career in nuclear science and technology.
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First stage - Create a Nuclear Olympiad Video

Create a video up to sixty seconds long on technical, economic or social aspects on the topic “Production of Radionuclides for Global Development”. 

First Stage - Likes on Facebook

The following videos were open to public vote by ‘likes’ on the World Nuclear University website and on YouTube.

These videos showcase the enthusiasm for nuclear, the knowledge, but also the creativity of the students participating in this challenge.  At 17:00 UTC on Thursday 19 May 2016, the WNU verified the number of ‘likes’ each video has received on YouTube since the video was first posted by the author for the purpose of the Nuclear Olympiad. ‘Dislikes’ were not taken into account.The WNU is not responsible for the content of Nuclear Olympiad video submissions. All videos under the responsibility of their respective authors.


  • Andre Soares
  • Bharat Singh Rawat
  • Camille Francesca Simon
  • Dhruv Dharamshi
  • Diksha Sharma
  • Gamze Bozkurt
  • Nurul Asmi Amalia
  • Sachin Singh
  • Usama Shahid

Second stage - Interview 

Finalists were interviewed individually by the WNU on the topic of their presentation. 

The interview included:

  1. Knowledge - If candidate demonstrates knowledge on the topic of the video.
  2. Communication skills - If candidate expresses thoughts clearly; is able to reply to the questions in a logical way; projects enthusiasm; and is able to respond convincingly.
  3. Motivation - If candidate demonstrates an interest in further studies and working in the nuclear area; and shows a strong determination to proceed to the next stage of the Nuclear Olympiad.

The evaluator is able to deduct points if the candidate fails in any topic of the interview.

Final stage - Nuclear communication message 

The ten finalists have elaborated 3 effective messages to communicate to decision makers the need to expand nuclear capacity in order to hold global warming below 2°C. Deadline 15 July 2016.

The messages should be simple, concise and easily understood by non-technical people. The messages will have to be supported by evidence that they are effective (reference data provided, message test with sample population, etc.).

Evaluation of the final stage will be made by a jury, based on the following criteria:

  • Clarity of the text
  • Logical organization
  • Well-developed points that are supported with specific evidence
  • Creativity
  • Innovative approach

The WNU Nuclear Olympiad 2016 winner is Team Amity

Team members: 

  • Dhruv Dharamshi (Team Leader)
  • Mayank
  • Sonakshi Singh Pundir
  • Jagriti Dhingra
  • Jeet Sah
  • Valeria Fran├ža 

Dhruv Dharamshi is a final year Master’s student at Amity Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology, Amity University. He is from India and has participated in several workshops, conferences and internship programmes.  He is also the winner of the Nuclear Security Multimedia Competition 2015 hosted by PNS and CRDF Global. 

Having been a part of the WNU Nuclear Olympiad in the previous year, he appreciates first-hand how crucial participation in the event can be. During the competition, Dhruv stated that nuclear energy is clean, reliable and indispensable upon supporting an idea of employing nuclear energy in the fight against climate change and to face demographic increase. The judges indicated: “Strong message well supported. The text is well organized also visually. His ideas were clear, and directing." 

During stage one of the competition, Team Amity's video reached 5000 likes. The video can be found here

Team Amity received a recommendation letter for entering in the WNU Nuclear Olympiad from Professor Amar Math Garg. Prof. A. N. Garg completed his Ph. D. at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in 1970 and did postdoctoral research as NASA Co-Investigator at the University of Kentucky, Lexington (USA). At present, he is working as Professor emeritus at the Amity Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology of the Amity University, Noida. He was honoured with the Dr. M V. Ramaniah Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award by the Indian Association of Nuclear Chemists and Allied Scientists (IANCAS), Mumbai in 2011. In his academic lifetime, he has guided 17 students for Ph. D degree and a large number of students for their Master's dissertation work. Also, he worked as visiting scientist at the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN), Tokyo, where he earned a patent on the preparation of multi-tracers. He participated in two IAEA co-ordinated research projects and published more than 175 papers in peer reviewed journals, including two monographs.  

The Team Leader Dhruv Dhramshi and Prof. Garg visited London, in order to participate in the most important event of the nuclear industry, the World Nuclear Association Symposium and Exhibition, London, UK, where the Award Ceremonytook place on Thursday, 15 September 2016.

Read here the three messages from Dhruv Dhramshi.

Radioisotopes and Nuclear Technology for Global Development

Nuclear Technology empowers global development

Preeminent nuclear techniques for the modern age

Food Irradiation: A plan to end world hunger

International Development Through Nuclear Energy

Nuclear Improves Quality of Our Lives

Nuclear techniques for global development

The Need for Nuclear Innovation in Australia

Radionuclides and Nuclear Medicine for Global Development

Nuclear Applications in Global Development

Nuclear technology in our lives

Better market for radioisotopes in Nuclear Medicine

Radionuclides For Peaceful Nuclear Applications