Frank Deconinck: A profile of the new man at the
Following the ENS Board and General Assembly
that took place in December last year, ENS has a new President.
He is Frank Deconinck, a Belgian from the Flemish city of Gent.
ENS NEWS is delighted to welcome Frank on board
and would like to present to readers – especially those
of you who might not know him too well - this brief portrait of
the new man at the ENS helm.
Frank is currently
Chairman of the Board of Governors of SCK-CEN (the Belgian
Nuclear Research Centre), Vice President of the Board of
Belgonucléaire NV (a company specializing in the
manufacturing of mixed-oxide fuel) and a professor of physics
at the “Vrije Universiteit Brussel” (VUB). He
was President of the Belgian Nuclear Society from 2002-2003,
before taking over as Vice president of ENS.
After such a long and impressive career in industry,
teaching and research it’s difficult to know where to start.
But here are some of the highlights:
Frank has held a number of senior positions,
including 7 years as President of Belgoprocess (active in the
processing and storage of radioactive waste), 11 years as Vice
Chairman of Belgium’s Governmental Agency for the Non-Proliferation
of Atomic Weapons and 15 years as Vice Chairman and Acting Chairman
of Belgium’s National Agency for Radioactive Waste Management.
Frank is a leading academic with a close association
with the VUB that goes back over 35 years. After graduating from
the VUB with a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree
and a PhD in physics, he began lecturing at the university’s
Faculty of Medicine in 1981. His major area of academic expertise
is in the field of image processing in nuclear medicine. He performed
several expert missions for the IAEA’s nuclear medicine
division. He is the author of numerous academic books, articles
and communications on research and has presented his work at several
international congresses and symposia.
ENS Board, from left to right: Gaston Meskens,
Dr. Peter Leister, Bernard Bonin, Miroslaw
Kawalec, David R. Bonser, Milena Cernilogar-Rade,
Prof. Philip Beeley, Frank Deconinck, Martin Luthander, Kim Dahlbacka,
Dr. Krassimira Ilieva
Outside the world of nuclear science, Frank has
a number of interests. Since 1986, he has been Chairman of the
non profit-making organization “Feeling,” which is
dedicated to promoting art for the visually handicapped, and Vice
President (since 1994) of “Very Special Arts, Belgium.”
From 1989 to 1999, he has organized an international exhibition
entitled Tactile Graphic Art and his work in this field led him
to being awarded, together with his wife Michèle, the Honorary
Tech-art Prize for Blind People (1988).
ENS is extremely fortunate to have such a talented,
experienced and dedicated professional as its new President. Once
he has been in the job for a while, ENS NEWS will give Frank the
opportunity to talk to readers about what he thinks are the major
challenges facing him during his mandate.
In the meantime, I am sure that all readers will want to join
me in wishing Frank the very best of luck in his new position.
link to the ENS Board