Nuclear Science Week 2020 Impact Report
This report represents a compendium of the many hours of effort that has gone into a remarkable public outreach effort to disseminate current, accurate information about nuclear science, it’s impact on our world, and its history during the observance of Nuclear Science Week in 2020. As we know, the year of 2020 was deeply impacted by the pandemic of Covid-19. This devastating health crises has changed much of how public interaction occurs world-wide from planning meetings and events to receptions, seminars, classroom visitations, and site tours. All of these changes required nimble planning and incredible ingenuity from the places where nuclear science is discussed and where work in the field takes place. Almost all of the events held in celebration and observance in 2020 were done remotely this past year to keep every participant safe and to limit direct interaction against the spread of COVID-19.
This International Impact Report has been developed to record the many places where Nuclear Science Week 2020 was observed, the groups that participated and organized these events, and the numbers of people, mostly members of the public, who participated. The year 2020 represents the eleventh anniversary of this event and annual time that NSW has been observed and the scale of it as a week for public discourse and learning continues to grow as evidenced by this report of impact. We hope this report will be used to record interactions, entice larger groups to engage, to encourage more discussion, to transmit more knowledge, and excite more students about nuclear science and related STEM fields as potential future career pathways. Although this report is extensive, we do not believe this captures every action taken during NSW 2020. For those that were not included, we apologize for this oversight of awareness and invite communication of exciting events that will be held at the 2021 events.