Leadership Program

Developing an expanded talent pool for the irradiation industry.

The leadership program is an initiative of the iia that seeks to help increase the talent pool that is available to the irradiation industry and thus contribute to the development of future business leaders.

The leadership program is focused on university students nearing the end of their studies, but also is open to graduates who are already working in the irradiation industry.

The program is currently under review, and applications are not being accepted at this time. In the past the program has consisted of three activities developed around a core theme that will involves applied research on a project proposed by a program host and of general interest to the irradiation community. Participation in the program aims to; improve practical knowledge and understanding of irradiation technologies and irradiation applications, provide experience of working in the irradiation industry and facilitate developing a network of contacts within the commercial irradiation community. 

The three core activities are: 

• Webinars: A series of online webinars introducing the irradiation industry and science.

• Workshop: A face-to-face workshop with lectures building on the webinars, introductions from the Program sponsors and hosts and team building activities, including work on the proposed projects.

• Placement: An 8–12 week placement at an industry leader during the summer, introducing the company, what it does and continuing work on the project.

Feedback from the Leadership Program in previous years can be found at the following locations:

  • An interview with Ariadnne Vargas Rivadeniera on her trial placements at IBA and Aerial in 2020 can be found here.
  • Recordings of presentations given by the nine participants in LP 2023, given in two webinars, are available at Tuesday 26th September and Wednesday 27th September.


Participants will gain a comprehensive insight into the irradiation industry and develop a network of contacts.


Industry leaders who wish to support the program and research challenging topics.

Webinars and Workshops

Educational events for participants and those associated with the program.


Leading operators and users or irradiation technology who are supporting the program.

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