I2EN in a nutshell


Set up in 2010, the International Institute of Nuclear Energy (I2EN) reviews, promotes, and exports the French expertise in nuclear Human Capacity Building in France and abroad.


I2EN is a consortium that brings together all French players involved in nuclear education & training.
The Institute was set up to be the single contact point for countries wishing to develop nuclear education and training programs, centers, and comprehensive systems to manage nuclear human resources over the whole lifetime of a program.

The pool of experts constituted by its 46 Partners and Associate Members allows I2EN to review French nuclear education and training programs in regard to the needs of industry in skilled personnel.

This expertise is meant to be shared with countries wishing to benefit from our 60 years of experience in managing nuclear human resources for nuclear power programs.


April 1, 2014

Henri Safa is appointed Deputy Director of I2EN

Doctor in Physics and Coordinator of the Scientific Committee of CEA’s Nuclear Energy Division, Henri Safa is appointed Deputy Director of I2EN.
> Read his biography

November 1, 2013

Yves Fanjas is appointed Director of I2EN

Former Deputy Director of Research & Innovation of AREVA Group and Director of Technical & Scientific Training at AREVA’s Training Department, Yves Fanjas is appointed Director of the new I2EN.
> Read his biography

October 22, 2013

Launch of the new I2EN

On October 22, 2013, I2EN’s Partners are gathered to sign the new Bylaws & Rules of the Institute. The missions of I2EN are redefined, its governance is reviewed, and the new Institute is officially launched.
> More info about I2EN’s Missions & Activities

June 2011

Official opening

Valérie Pécresse then Secretary of Higher Education & Research, and Eric Besson then Secretary of Industry, Energy, and Digital Economy officially unveil the Institute.

February 2011

Marie-Françoise Debreuille is appointed Executive Director of I2EN

Doctor and engineer in physics and chemistry of solids, former Director of the Department of research, technology, and innovation of the nuclear fuel cycle at AREVA, Marie-Françoise Debreuille is appointed first Director of I2EN.

September 2010

Launch of I2EN, the International Institute of Nuclear Energy

Le 22 octobre 2013, les partenaires de l’I2EN se rassemblent pour signer la nouvelle convention de l’Institut. Les missions de l’I2EN sont redéfinies, sa gouvernance remaniée, et le nouvel institut est officiellement lancé.

June 2010

Report: “Reflection on the set-up of an International Institute of Nuclear Energy”

Following the conference, Catherine Césarsky then French High-commissioner for Atomic Energy, hands out a report on the feasibility and added-value of the project to the Department of Higher Education & Research and the Department of Ecology, Energy & Sustainable Development.

March 2010

International conference on access to civilian nuclear power, Paris, France

French President Nicolas Sarkozy expresses France’s desire to help future newcomer countries develop their civilian nuclear power programs under the best safety, security, non-proliferation, and environmental conditions.
He announces the upcoming set-up of the International Institute of Nuclear Energy to support and guide newcomers in regard to nuclear education & training. It is to host an “International Nuclear School”.

More info about…
The International conference on access to civilian nuclear power