Workshop Title

" Journey to Excellence in a Changing Environment "

Themes: Management. Safety. Culture. Leadership. Change. Requirements. Integration. Performance. Quality. Experience. Improvement. Organization. Communication. Commitment. Knowledge. Networks. Learning. Standards. Innovation. Resilience, Preparedness.


Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 20, 21, 22 November 2013


Vienna International Centre, IAEA Headquarters, Vienna, Austria

Workshop Host

International Atomic Energy Agency

Workshop Objective

Promoting a sustainable management system, as developed through the IAEA safety standards (GS-R-3, GS-G-3.1 and GS-G-3.5) and to provide for an international forum for the exchange of experiences, practical examples and case studies.


This is the twelfth in a series of Workshops that the IAEA and FORATOM have organized jointly to raise awareness, increase understanding and promote the application of the IAEA Safety Standards on management systems.

Workshop Approach

Each day will focus on a specific topic, relevant to the sustainability of an effective management system:

Day One: Practical Solutions for the Integration of Elements in the Management System and Evaluation of its Performance
Day Two: How to Evolve your MS in a Changing Environment
Day Three: Lessons learned from an emergency situation

In the plenary morning sessions the subjects will be introduced by keynote speakers and during the afternoon sessions on all three days there will be parallel interactive working groups on topics linked to the subjects discussed in the morning. Participants are expected to actively contribute to these sessions and are advised to prepare the contributions based on their experiences. At the end of each afternoon the results of the break-out sessions will be presented in a plenary session.

The Workshop will focus on a number of key aspects of a sustainable management system such as:

  • Impact on the Management System based on the revision of GS-R-3
  • Integration of knowledge management in a management system
  • Security aspects and the management system
  • Regulatory Oversight on GS-R-3 Requirements

The focus of the Workshop will be on the exchange of practical ideas and strategies, not on theoretical or abstract concepts, or on restating the content of IAEA safety standards. The sessions will also focus on the identification of common difficulties, possible solutions and good practices with regard to establishing, implementing, assessing and continually improving management systems.

Who Should Participate?

The participants should be senior managers and professionals with responsibility for establishing or implementing, assessing, and continually improving management systems. The Workshop will be of particular interest to those involved in any projects defining and implementing integrated management systems. The participants should come from nuclear power plants, nuclear power companies, regulatory bodies, research institutes, research reactor operating organizations, radioactive waste management companies, fuel cycle facilities, and from other organizations dealing with radioactive sources. Participation of supplier organizations (manufacturers, designers, engineering companies, etc) is also desirable. The participants should have experience in the establishment and continuous improvement and innovation of Management Systems and Organizational/Safety Culture.

Working Language

The working language of the Workshop is English.

Workshop Materials

During the workshop presentations and afternoon interactive working group materials will be made available by download from the internet using the IAEA Management System Network of Excellence (MSN) accessible here:

Please note that CONNECT is only available to registered users of the IAEA NUCLEUS site (and who have been granted access to CONNECT). To register for NUCLEUS, simply go to and follow the instructions for registration. Registration is simple and takes only a few minutes. No approval is required and access is immediate. After registration to Nucleus access to CONNECT can be requested. Requests are then reviewed before access is granted to CONNECT. If you wish to use these services, please register to NUCLEUS and CONNECT at least two weeks before the meeting.

Important: Please note that unlike NUCLEUS,  CONNECT is not available to the general public. It is a special collaboration platform for current participants and partners in the IAEA Networks. If you are a current participant or would like to be considered for membership, please visit the CONNECT website, or visit one of the network websites shown in the left-side navigation from this page.

Only those registered on the NUCLEUS/CONNECT platforms will be able to access the daily materials via the IAEA. Shortly after the workshop, FORATOM will make available via the workshop website all presentations and other material to registered participants.