Introduction to the Slovak Nuclear Society
In spring 2006, SNUS celebrated
the 16th anniversary of its establishment.
In accordance with the approved statutes, the main goals
of SNUS activities are as follows:
to coordinate and support creative activity,
to satisfy the professional interests of its members and to
provide them with the information they require ,
to initiate and support a dialogue with
the public aimed at addressing the ecological priorities of
the development of nuclear energy as part of a set of sources
of researched argumentation.
SNUS had 30 collective and 602
individual members as of 1 January 2006. In addition to an extensive
group of first-rate, enthusiastic seniors, SNUS
also has a large number of young members (<35) – Young
Generation in Nuclear.
Fig 1 shows the relevant information for January
Fig. 2 shows the gender structure of our membership.
We are very appreciative of the activity and expertise of our
female members in the WIN section (Women In Nuclear).
SNUS members have a high average
educational level (fig. 3) and its members include eminent experts
in the fields of nuclear physics, nuclear technology, nuclear
energy, nuclear chemistry, nuclear medicine and radio-environmental
Many SNUS members undertake pedagogical
activities and have been awarded academic titles, as Fig.4 illustrates.
In 2002, SNUS established its
Academic Council, whose Chairman is Prof. Pisut.
The members of the SNUS Committee (from 17.5.2006):
Chairman of the Committee: Vladimir Slugen,
Committee Members: Jozef Valovic (Secretary General), Jozef
Markus (Vice-Chairman), Helena Novakova (Vice Chairwoman),
Karol Rovny, Jozef Tomek, Jan Nano, Miroslav Jakabovic
The sections are headed by:
WIN: Mariana Mancikova; YGN: Milos Lascek;
Radio-environmental Studies: Jan Chrapan, from October 2005
Jozef Puskajler; Radiation Chemistry: Lubomir Matel; Radiation
Hygiene: Albeta Füriova; Communication: Dobroslav
Dobak, from September 2005 Rastislav Petrech.
SNUS issues a Bulletin (4 times
a year as a rule) which is available on www.snus.sk
and mailed to those members without access to an internet.
SNUS annually organises the
NUSIM conference (Nuclear Safety
Information Meeting) together
with the Czech and German nuclear societies (CNS and KTG). The
NUSIM conference is held alternately by the organising countries.
In 2006, it was held in Levice, Slovakia, from 27 - 28.4.2006.
SNUS has also organised regular
half-day technical seminars for the public in the following areas
(topics in 2005): Nuclear and sub-nuclear physics (Global
climatic changes, On the origin of the world) Nuclear energy (Safety
culture, The operation of NPPs under market conditions, Beyond
design basis accidents, Completion of MochovceNPP 3, 4)
SNUS co-operates with the Information
Centres at Bohunice and Mochovce NPPs and with schools in explaining
nuclear energy to students. Also of significance is our co-operation
with our strategic partners (ENEL SE, a.s., VUJE a.s.), particularly
with regard to the creation of suitable conditions for the activities
of their employees within SNUS. We also co-operate closely with
the senior management of our other collective members.
In 2005, SNUS prepared the publication The
Development of Nuclear Energy and its Acceptance by the Public
for the former Slovak Electric Co., which summarised the reasons
why nuclear energy is an irreplaceable power source in Slovakia
and globally and how to influence politicians, the media and the
public to recognise the advantages of nuclear energy and support
The book The Atoms in Slovakia
is currently undergoing preparation for publication. It has an
encyclopaedic character and charts the development of nuclear
physics, technology and nuclear medicine in Slovakia. Extensive
space is also given to the development of nuclear power.
In 2005, SNUS promoted nuclear energy at the following events:
CONECO – Racioenergia conference held on 6.4.2005
the Role of Nuclear Energy in the Energy Policy
of Slovakia and the EU conference held in Bratislava
EXPO FUSION, from 7 - 19.11.2005, held in Bratislava –
in the hall of the Law Faculty at the Commenius University
SNUS selects news from the international
news agency NucNet and translates basic news and translates any
article that it believes is of interest to its members and then
distributes them to subscribers. Selected up-to-date news is published
in its Bulletin.
SNUS has issued a position statement regarding
the following issues:
the shutdown of the V-1 NPP units, November 2004,
the energy policy of the Slovakian Republic, February 2005,
lifelong education in the field of the “nuclear disciplines,”
SNUS is a member of the Association
of Slovak Scientific and Technological Societies. It co-operates
closely in all its activities with its affiliated organization
– the Slovak Nuclear Forum. On an international level it
collaborates closely with the European Nuclear Society (ENS),
of which it is a collective member and also with the nuclear societies
of neighbouring Central European countries (e.g. Austria, Hungary,
Slovenia, the Ukraine and Poland). SNUS has very good relationships
with the US and Canadian nuclear societies, which have been established
on a contractual basis.
The Slovak Nuclear Society has been very active
in promoting itself in the past and has given its views on pressing
current questions with regard to the use of ionizing radiation
and nuclear energy. However, it is always possible to improve
our activities, particularly with regard to an ever more extensive
involvement of all our members in those activities. I should like
to thank all our active members and their management - who allow
them to carry out this far from easy work at their workplaces.
Prof. Vladimir Slugen, PhD.
Slovak Nuclear Society,
Okruzna 5, 918 64 Trnava, Slovakia,
Tel: +421 33 599 1375,
Fax: +421 33 599 1060,