World nuclear exhibition WNE


With less than six months to its grand opening, the world’s largest civil nuclear exhibition reveals details of the programme for its 2021 edition

WNE, the world’s largest exhibition dedicated to the civil nuclear sector, is back in 2021. Running for three days, from Tuesday 30 November, to Thursday 2 December, at the Parc des Expositions de Paris Nord Villepinte (Hall 7), the international exhibition – chaired by French Ambassador Sylvie Bermann – has evolved into a hybrid event combining physical and digital elements to bring together the largest number of participants.

GIFEN, the French Nuclear Nndustry Association, and RX France look forward to welcoming the world community of the civil nuclear sector to the fourth edition of the World Nuclear Exhibition (WNE), which will take place under strict health measures, and in close consultation with the authorities, to ensure the well-being and safety of all participants.

Coming just one month after COP26 in Glasgow, WNE with its theme:

The nuclear industry, a key partner for a low carbon society in a responsible future

addresses major concerns in the fight against climate change. Facing global climate emergency, many countries are looking for ways of establishing a new energy model focused on their need to reduce reliance on fossil fuels. Nuclear power is one of the key technologies of the future energy mix and the sustainable transition towards a zero carbon society.

  • As an international platform for the civil nuclear industry, WNE is the benchmark event for professionals and companies (Prime contractors, Midcaps, SMEs, VSEs) looking to develop global business links and contribute to the excellence of the sector. WNE is the ideal meeting place for anyone seeking to expand their network, meet customers, peers and potential suppliers, learn about the latest innovations, forge partnerships and sign new contracts. WNE is where the sector’s global leaders and decision-makers share their visions and objectives and discuss strategic topics.

What’s new for WNE 2021

Among the new features on the programme for this 2021 edition:

  • Thursday 2nd of December has been designated as ‘SMR & Advanced Reactors Day’ and will be a highlight of WNE. Convinced of the potential of Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) and Advanced Reactors to further the objectives of energy decarbonisation and access to electricity, WNE plans a programme on the third day of the show to shed light on these proposed new technological solutions, their competitive advantages and how they can be integrated into national energy mixes. The day’sprogramme will present a unique opportunity for dialogue with high-level decision-makers about topics such as investment needs, supply chain challenges, harmonisation of regulations, public acceptance and security and safety requirements.
  • Strategic business focuses will be organised around the theme of the 2021 edition to promote discussion of tomorrow’s challenges.

WNE will once again celebrate innovation with the WNE Awards. Two prizes – one for large companies and one for SMEs/VSEs – will be awarded in each of the four categories: Innovation in Products and Services, Innovation in Nuclear Safety, Innovation in Operational Excellence, Innovation in Knowledge and Skills Management. The 2021 edition will also be an opportunity to rediscover the essential WNE experience, including pre-organised business accelerator meetings for exhibitors of every size, the Startup Planet, guided tours, exhibitor workshops, and sponsors’ tribunes.

The situation has never been as positive for civil nuclear energy around the world as it is now. Projects for the construction of new nuclear power plants are multiplying globally while innovation around new technologies and concepts (SMR, Advanced Reactors, hydrogen etc.) stimulates the sector and boosts prospects in terms of business, jobs and competitiveness across the entire value chain.

The civil nuclear industry is a global community, and WNE 2021 will bring its members together: nearly 1,000 senior international decision-makers (governmental, institutional, major buyers, etc.), numerous official delegations and major international players are all expected to attend this event.

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GIFEN is the unique professional trade union from the french nuclear industry gathering Prime contractors, Big companies, Midcaps, SMEs, VSEs and associations covering all types of industrial activities and all areas of civil nuclear power.
Gathering approximately 250 members, the objective of GIFEN is to build with its partners the French nuclear industry of tomorrow. GIFEN also aims to promote and develop international relations between the world players in the civil nuclear industry.
To achieve this purpose, GIFEN believes in the WNE (World Nuclear Exhibition) and as owner GIFEN intents to develop it.

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*organised by the SAFI, a subsidiary of RX France and Ateliers d’Art de France

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