The NAKFI conference emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach. Attendees spent a large portion of the conference in their Interdisciplinary Research (IDR) Teams developing a plan to solve the challenge posed to the team, or to a reframed challenge identified by the team. At a midpoint and at the conclusion of the conference, each team provided a short report to all attendees to share the group’s progress.
The composition of each group was intentionally diverse to encourage different types of contributions and the generation of new ideas and approaches. The goals of the IDR Teams are to:
· Forge new scientific contacts to counterbalance specialization and isolation.
· Support communication beyond the barriers of language, culture, habits, and institutions.
· Spur new thinking and encourage attendees to ask new questions.
IDR Team Challenge Summaries
Below are links to the seven IDR Team Challenges that were examined during the conference, as well as each team's summary. A complimentary copy of the entire conference publication The Future of Advanced Nuclear Technologies is available to registered users at the National Academies Press.
Have an idea for a challenge but don’t see it here? Attendees had an opportunity to pitch theirideas on Day 2 of the conference and time to work on them with interested parties on Saturday evening and the last day. For more information on how the IDR Teams will work during the conference please click here.