Rosatom launches students’ video competition, calls for entries


The Russian state-owned nuclear corporation, Rosatom has officially opened submissions for its fourth yearly students’ video competition, devoted to the potential of nuclear power to help bolster Africa’s economic and social development. Students and young professionals from all Sub-Saharan African are invited to participate. This year, the contest is supported by the African Young Generation in Nuclear (AYGN), South African Network for Education in Nuclear Science and Technology (SAN-NEST) and South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE).  

The competition is aimed at encouraging students do their own research into various nuclear applications and the benefits they might have for Africa. The contest will run till 25th August 2018, and young people between the ages of 18 to 30, alone or in a group of up to 3 people, are encouraged to film a 60 to 120 second video on their findings. 

The top ten videos will be shortlisted and posted on the company’s Facebook page, the creators of the three videos with the most likes will win an all-expenses paid trip to Russia on 6 – 12th October, 2018. In addition to the cultural tours of Moscow, the agenda includes a visit to one of Russia’s Nuclear Power Plants (NPP), and the first City of Science, Obninsk. The winners will have a chance to meet African students who are currently studying nuclear physics at MEPhI nuclear university. 

To help applicants increase their chances of winning, Rosatom together with Wits University will hold an online webinar “Atoms Empowering Africa” on Thursday at 9:00 am GMT, to introduce the potential of nuclear for Africa, showcase Rosatom’s latest activities on the continent and answer questions regarding the competition. 

For young people wishing to get a head start on a promising career in the nuclear field, Rosatom regularly holds physics competition for high school pupils and students of technical universities, where the winners get a chance to complete their education in Russia and join the nuclear elite when they come back home.

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