Bulgarian Nuclear Society Annual Conference
Nuclear Power for the People’
by Todor Madolev, BgNS
Scientific Support for Nuclear
Energy and Medical Radiology were the
general topics discussed at the 2007 conference of the
Bulgarian Nuclear Society (BgNS),
held in Plovdiv town, 14-17 November 2007, under the patronage
of the Bulgarian Nuclear Safety Agency.
The discussions and conclusions of the conference
addressed the main challenges forcing the Bulgarian nuclear
community: the construction of Belene NPP and refurbishment of
reactor in Sofia.
The participation of young scientists
and specialists, among many world-famous nuclear experts, was
some of their best presentations and posters received awards.
The first prize was won by Ivelina Dimitrova for her
of 222Rn from Polycarbonate Samples”, and the second, by
S. Geirgiev for his presentation entitled “Calibration
of Diffusion Chambers for Measuring 222Rn in Air”, both
from the Department of Atomic Physics, Sofia University “St.
The third prize went to D. Kirilova from the Institute
for Nuclear Research and Nuclear Energy of Bulgarian Academy
who presented a poster entitled “Conformity between LR0
mock-ups and VVERs NPP RPV attenuation”.
Thanks to Prof. F. Deconinck, the following important
presentations were given:
New UN Estimates of the Health Effects of Radiation
Exposure, and The Latest International Radiation Protection
by Abel J. Gonzalez, UNSCEAR Representative and ICRP Commissioner,
European Higher Education in Nuclear Engineering: Current
Trends, by Michel Giot, SCK-CEN, Belgium;
PET/CT: A Winning Combination, by Hendrik Everaert, University
of Brussels, Belgium.
The round table debate entitled ‘Public
Relations in the Nuclear’ was jointly
organized with the Ukrainian Nuclear Society. High-level
experts took part. The
round table ‘Challenges towards the Education in the Nuclear
Field’ gave an opportunity for some other hot issues to
be put under the microscope.
Both round tables were deemed not only of fundemental
importance for Bulgaria
for human resources involvement, necessary to meet the demands
of the nuclear energy renaissance and its modern application
in medicine and industry. It was concluded that the fulfillment
of the complex tasks for the world development of nuclear education
needs the support of international cooperation and that ENS
member societies and ENS itself have to take the initiative in