ELSE Diploma Training

ELSE Diploma Training

Following a scientific workshop organised in Nice in January 2020, a pedagogical team composed of top international researchers and nuclear industry experts developed the curriculum for the ELSE training programme. The assessment of the curriculum by the Board of the Université Côte d'Azur led to the accreditation of the ELSE training programme as University Diploma. Please find here the detailed: ELSE Training Syllabus

We would like to inform you that the application period for the upcoming ELSE training session has now concluded. We extend our gratitude to all candidates who have submitted their applications requests.


Participants will strengthen their understanding of leadership for safety problematics and develop the ability to critically and knowledgeably practice their leadership skills in  nuclear and radiological working environments.

Based on a multidisciplinary approach drawing on most recent academic research results, and including the development   of a personal project supervised  by a senior expert, this course is designed to complement the existing training curricula currently provided by the nuclear sector organizations, including IAEA.


The ELSE course is intended for professionals from the nuclear sector (regulatory bodies, industry or service providers), with junior and mid-career managerial profile.


Lectures by senior academic & nuclear safety experts, case studies, discussions and hands-on sessions will compose the main part of the course. A small sized class will encourage discussions and participation. Mentor-led, discussion sessions with participants will focus on the practical application of classroom work and allow for candid information and experience sharing.

Trainees will also develop, on a part- time basis, and in the context of their current professional role, a personal project on the topic of leadership for safety, with the support from a referent expert provided by UCA


The training is focused on leadership development. Participants will:

  • Acquire an in-depth comprehension of the direct or indirect implications of behaviours, organisational dynamics and underlying beliefs & values on nuclear safety performance;
  •  Understand and reflect on the historical perspective, underlying mechanisms and ethics of leadership for safety;
  •  Learn how to effectively exercise leadership for safety in inherently complex and highly regulated nuclear and radiological environments, in both routine and emergency situations;

 Develop a multidisciplinary, as well as international, outlook on this topic, through interactions with senior experts from different countries, by understanding the logic and principles behind regulatory requirements set by the IAEA in particular, and through lasting peer networking opportunities.


This "iceberg" representation illustrates the complementarity of the three ELSE learning modes (MOOC, face-to-face training, and personal project) and the progression of the learning process.

ELSE program structure
ELSE program structure


1. MODULE 1: Safety management in high-risk environments

  1.1 Managing Safety: current approach
Key concepts
    1.1.1 Safety Management: an evolving problematic (MOOC & face to face)
    1.1.2 Risk and Safety: a technical approach (MOOC)
    1.1.3 Safety culture and safety climate (MOOC & face to face)

    1.1.4 International safety standards in the nuclear industry: historical perspective and evolution (MOOC)

  1.2 Dealing with uncertainty
Key challenges
    1.2.1 Building high reliability organizations (MOOC & face to face)
    1.2.2 Dealing with uncertainty in a collective manner: mindfulness, flexible rules, autonomy (MOOC & face to face)
    1.2.3 Individual factors of dealing with uncertainty (MOOC & face to face)
      A. Understanding Individual responses to uncertainty: a psychology outlook
      B. Developing individual mindfulness

2. MODULE 2: Organizational dynamics and Leadership

  2.1 Understanding organizational dynamics
                           Key concepts
    2.1.1 Organizational structure & design (MOOC & face to face)
    2.1.2 Fostering Learning in organization (MOOC & face to face)

                           Key challenges
    2.1.3 Paradoxes and tensions (MOOC & face to face)
    2.1.4 Uncertainty, complexity, and organizational limits: implications for safety (MOOC & face to face)

  2.2 Leadership as a process of influence
                           Key concepts
    2.2.1 Leadership: definition and historical evolution of key concepts for safety (MOOC & face to face)
    2.2.2 Mechanisms and practices of leadership as process (MOOC & face to face)

                          Key challenges   
    2.2.3 Developing leadership for safety (MOOC & face to face)
Mechanisms and practices of leadership for safety
Leadership for safety in the nuclear sector context
    2.2.4 Global approach to risk management (MOOC & face to face)

3. MODULE 3: Developing effective leadership practices for improving safety in the nuclear sector

  3.1 Personal project
3.1.1. Application of knowledge acquired in Modules 1 and 2 to identify and implement new leadership practices for improving safety in trainees’ organizational context
    3.1.2. Written report

  3.2 Oral presentation of results


Training fees cover a one-year training session delivered by pedagogical team, composed of top international researchers and nuclear industry experts. 
Training fees: 8 000 euros
Applicants from INSC countries are eligible for a full scholarship covering training, travel and accommodation fees thanks to the funds provided by the European Union. 

Participants should hold a position in their organisation that involves operational or functional responsibilities with safety or radiological protection implications. Previous participation in initiation courses on leadership for safety is a plus. Fluency in the English language is required.

The ELSE project consortium is committed to guarantee gender diversity, for this reason, applications from qualified women are encouraged.

Logos ELSE
Logos ELSE