The competition aims to encourage them to explore the role of peaceful use of nuclear applications to serve the community. The high-school students are encouraged to submit a proposal covering one of the following categories that focus on the role on nuclear science and technology to: improve human health; protect the environment and water resources; and generate clean energy.
The three categories of the competition correspond with the UN Sustainable Development Goals which the UAE adopted in 2015. The categories touch upon:
UN Goal # 7 "Affordable and Clean Energy" that aims to ensure access to affordable, reliable sustainable and modern energy for all.
UN Goal # 3 "Good Health and Well-Being" to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
It also supports UN Goals # 6, 13, 14 and 15 to use nuclear applications to combat climate change, provide clean air, sanitation as well as protect the environment.
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More than 100 proposals had been submitted to the UAE Ministry of Education. The proposals were reviewed by a team of technical experts from the UAE and the IAEA. Nine teams were shortlisted, who showcased their projects at a special event hosted by Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi on 31 October 2018.
The winners were handpicked by a team of high-level jury comprising Ambassador Hamad Al Kaabi, Permanent Representative of the UAE to the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA; Christer Viktorsson, Director-General of the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation, FANR, as well as representatives of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation, ENEC, the Ministry of Education and the Vienna-based IAEA. Representatives from Dubai Health Authority, DHA, Environmental Agency Abu Dhabi, EAD, and Khalifa University were also on the jury panel.
Students should have a well-found interest in science and be willing to investigate high-level topics that interest them sufficiently to come up with a compelling research question/project.
If selected, students will travel to Vienna for the awards and for the conference. See details under 'Application Process'.
High-school students are encouraged to submit their proposals online by 30 September 2018.
Afterwards, nine semi-finalist teams will be selected for the second round of the competition to showcase their projects to a high-level Jury during a youth circle that will be held on 31 October 2018.
The semi-finalists will have the opportunity to visit the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant, and winners will travel to attend the International Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Science and Applications, which will be held at IAEA's headquarters in Vienna, Austria from 28 to 30 November 2018. They will have a number of field visits including to the IAEA laboratories in Seibersdorf; learn about nuclear science and applications in other countries, and listen to policy-makers as well as engaging with various youth from across the globe.