Partnerships with Canadian universities

Research partnerships with Canadian universities play an important role in ensuring we understand how the system of engineered and natural barriers will work together to help isolate used nuclear fuel from the surrounding environment over the very long term.


    Scientists from the NWMO and Western University visit a national research facility where coatings are made and applied to prototype used fuel containers.
    In 2019, the NWMO supported research at 19 universities, including Western University, the University of Toronto, the University of Waterloo, and York University.

    We also participate in University Network of Excellence in Nuclear Engineering (UNENE), an alliance of universities, nuclear power utilities, and research and regulatory agencies. UNENE is a not-for-profit corporation for the support and development of nuclear education, research and development capacities in Canadian universities.

    Our technical staff also provide support to university students by acting as mentors, by participating on PhD thesis committees, and by sharing their expertise through review of research proposals and theses, and hands-on assistance with the design and setup of specific experiments or methods.

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