Useful Resources

Keeping our members informed

The Nuclear Institute as the professional membership body and learned society of the Nuclear Industry is committed to keeping its members informed about the nuclear industry. In this section you will find useful resources to help you navigate the industry. We hope you will find these useful. If you have any feedback, please get in touch at 

Glossary of Nuclear Terms

The nuclear industry uses a unique array of jargon, terminology and acronyms, which can be bewildering and confusing to newcomers. Lawfirm Burges Salmon have produced this Glossary of Nuclear Terms to assist those new to the UK civil nuclear industry by explaining and de-mystifying some of the terminology that will be encountered on a daily basis. Understanding the terminology will lead to a greater understanding of the sector, its components and how it works.

 Download the latest edition of the Nuclear Glossary.

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Links to International Nuclear Organisations

Here you will find a list of some international organisations connected to the nuclear industry; these range from regulators to young generation networks and include the thirty-nine signatories of the Nuclear for Climate Declaration.

The Nuclear for Climate Declaration

On Monday, May 4 2017, leaders from thirty-nine international nuclear societies, including the Nuclear Institute, gathered in Nice, France, to sign the Nuclear for Climate Declaration and pledge their commitment to continue the fight against climate change. 


Government Departments

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
The department brings together responsibilities for business, industrial strategy, science, innovation, energy, and climate change.

Nuclear Industry Council
The Nuclear Industry Council (NIC) was re-established in February 2017 following a review by Government and industry. The NIC is the primary forum for engagement between the nuclear industry and government and its primary role is to provide strategic leadership to the nuclear industry. Among its responsibilities is oversight of the development and delivery of a nuclear Sector Deal as part of the Government’s modern Industrial Strategy.

Office for Nuclear Development (OND)
The Office for Nuclear Development (OND) was created in September 2008. It focuses on removing potential barriers to investment. Lee McDonough is Director of the OND. The OND is made up of civil servants, and staff seconded from the private sector including lawyers and industry experts.

Non-departmental public bodies

Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA)
Responsible for the decommissioning of civil nuclear facilities.


Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR)
The Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) is responsible for regulating the nuclear industry and holding it to account on behalf of the public.

Civil Nuclear Security (ONR-CNS)
The Office of Nuclear Regulation’s Civil Nuclear Security Programme is the security regulator for the UK's civil nuclear industry.

Environment Agency (EA)
The Environment Agency is responsible for regulating the way nuclear sites manage and dispose of radioactive and other waste to protect people and the environment.

Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is Scotland’s environmental regulator. Its main role is to protect and improve the environment.

Nuclear Safety Advisory Committee (NuSAC)
Advises the Health and Safety Commission (HSC) on matters regarding nuclear safety policy, its implementation at nuclear installations and on the adequacy and balance of HSE's nuclear safety research programme.

Trade Associations

World Nuclear Association (WNA)
A global trade association representing people and organisations in the nuclear energy industry.

Nuclear Industry Association (NIA)
The trade association of Britain's civil nuclear industry. It represents over 60,000 UK nuclear workers across more than 260 member companies. For more on how nuclear energy works, read the NIA’s Nuclear Energy Facts.

International organisations

European Atomic Forum. Brussels-based trade association for the nuclear energy industry in Europe. Foratom acts as the voice of the industry in energy policy discussions involving the EU institutions and provide a bridge between the industry and the institutions (Members of the European Parliament and key policy-makers in the European Commission). See also Euratom Treaty

The World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO)
A non-profit making organisation that encourages the sharing of best practice in the nuclear industry.

International Atomic Energy Authority (IAEA)
An independent international organisation providing support to promote safe, secure practices in the nuclear Industry worldwide. The Agency works with its Member States and multiple partners worldwide to promote safe, secure and peaceful nuclear technologies.

IMEA E-Learning Modules
The IAEA has created an interactive e-learning series explaining the IAEA’s Milestones Approach to introducing a nuclear power programme. This approach is based on three phases and covers the 19 infrastructure issues that need to be addressed, and brings decades of expertise to life. Both newcomers and those expanding their nuclear power programmes may benefit from the e-learning series.

IEAE International Nuclear Information System (INIS) and Nuclear Knowledge Management Section
INIS processes most of the world's scientific and technical literature on a wide range of subjects from nuclear engineering, safeguards and non-proliferation to applications in agriculture and health.

European Safety Regulators Group (ENSREG)
ENSREG's role is to help to establish the conditions for continuous improvement and to reach a common understanding in the areas of nuclear safety and radioactive waste management. It is composed of senior officials from the national nuclear safety, radioactive waste safety or radiation protection regulatory authorities from all 27 Member States in the European Union and representatives of the European Commission.

OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA)
NEA is an agency within the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) responsible for maintaining and further developing, through international co-operation, the scientific, technological and legal bases required for the safe, environmentally friendly and economical use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. 

Western European Nuclear Regulators' Association (WENRA)
An association of agencies or regulatory agencies in the field of nuclear countries of Western Europe (including Switzerland).

International Nuclear Associations

American Nuclear Society:

Argentine Association of Nuclear Technology (AATN)

Atomic Energy Society of Japan (AESJ):

Australian Nuclear Association (ANA):

Austrian Nuclear Association (OKTG):

Belgian Nuclear Society (BNS):

Brazilian Nuclear Energy Society (ABEN):

Bulgarian Nuclear Society (BGNS):

Canadian Nuclear Society (CNS-SNC):

Chinese Nuclear Society (CNS):

Croatian Nuclear Society (HND):

Czech Nuclear Society (CNS):

European Nuclear Society (ENS):

Finnish Nuclear Society (ATS):


French Nuclear Energy Society (SFEN):

German Nuclear Society (Kerntechnische Gesellschaft e.V.):

Hungarian Nuclear Society (MNT):

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change:

International Atomic Energy Agency:

International Energy Agency:

International Nuclear Societies Council (INSC):

Italian Nuclear Association (AIN):

Korean Nuclear Society (KNS):

Latin American Section of the American Nuclear Society (LAS/ANS):

Malaysia Nuclear Society (PNM):

Mexican Nuclear Society (SNM):

Netherlands Nuclear Society (NNS):

North American Young Generation Network:

Nuclear Energy Agency of OECD:

Nuclear Engineers Society of Turkey (NMD):

Nuclear Industry Association South Africa (NIASA):

Nuclear Industry Association Turkey:

Nuclear Society of Kazakhstan (NSK):

Nuclear Society of Serbia (NSS):

Nuclear Society of Slovenia (DJS):

Nuclear Society of Thailand (NST):

Pew Center on Global Climate Change:

Romanian Nuclear Energy Association (AREN):

Slovak Nuclear Society (SNUS):

Spanish Nuclear Society (SNE):

Swedish Nuclear Society (SKS):

Swiss Nuclear Society (SGK):

US Nuclear Regulatory Commission:

United Nations Framework on Climate Change:

Women in Nuclear (WIN):

World Energy Council:

World Nuclear Association: