ELSE Diploma Training

ELSE Diploma Training

Following a scientific workshop organized in Nice in January 2020, a curriculum for the ELSE training program has been developed and a pedagogical team composed of top international researchers and nuclear industry experts has been assembled. The assessment of the curriculum by the Board of the Université Côte d'Azur has led to the accreditation of the ELSE training program as University Diploma.

We are glad to inform you that the recruitment process started mid-January 2022. It is operated via the platform http://apply.enen.eu/.

Please find a detailed ELSE training syllabus: ELSE Training Syllabus

Please find a short guide to how prepare your application: ELSE training- How to prepare your application.


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


Module1: From regulated safety to managed safety in high-risk environments

  • Managing human and organizational risk factors
    • Evolution from risk management to safety management
    • Crisis versus routine management
    • Safety culture / safety climate: academic and professional outlook
    • International safety standards in nuclear industry
  • Dealing with Uncertainty in High-Reliability Organizations
    • High reliability organizations and resilience: characteristics
    • Uncertainty, complexity and organizational limits – implications for safety
    • Collective and Individual way of dealing with uncertainty
    • How to foster learning in organizations?

Module2: Leadership for safety

  • Understanding Organizational Dynamics
    • Organizational components and their interactions
    • Social and Emotional aspects of organizations
    • Human-Technology interactions
  •  Leadership: definition, mechanisms, practices
    • Leadership: Definition and historical evolution of key concepts
    • Mechanisms and practices of leadership as process
  • Developing Leadership for Safety
    • From Leadership to Leadership for Safety
    • Leadership for safety in the nuclear sector context
    • Mechanisms and practices of leadership for safety

Module3: Developing efficient leadership practices for improving safety in the nuclear sector

  • Personal project
    • Application of knowledge acquired in modules 1&2 to identify and implement new leadership practices for improving safety in trainees’ organizational context
    • Written report
  • 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