20 Years of the Bulgarian Nuclear Society
The members of the Bulgarian Nuclear Society (BgNS) include prominent scientists, physicists, engineers, chemists and other specialists in the field of nuclear science. In 1961, the country’s first nuclear reactor dedicated to scientific research was commissioned and in 1974 became operational. The view frequently expressed by international experts is that nuclear power specialists in Bulgaria have a high standard of professional qualifications and competence. BgNS was founded on 1 August 1991 in Auditorium 105 of the Faculty of Physics of the St Kliment Ohridski Sofia University. The constituent protocol was signed by about 100 colleagues and members concerned about the development of nuclear energy in Bulgaria.
BgNS is a non-profit-making organisation aimed at promoting the multilateral development of science, technology and their practical applications in the name of the safe and peaceful applications of atomic energy. It also aims to help create a more positive climate of public opinion and more a favourable attitude with regards to nuclear power matters. The BgNS concentrates its efforts on the following priority activities:
Establishing a forum for the exchange of knowledge, ideas and experience
Encouraging the extension of the safe use of nuclear science for the well-being of society
Keeping an open dialogue with the public on nuclear science and practical application issues and on promoting a radiological culture among the population
Co-operating with the state authorities, industrial companies and non-governmental organisations on every aspect of nuclear science through the testimony of experts
The priorities of the BgNS have been clearly outlined throughout its 20 years history : by organising conferences, seminars and scientific sessions where discussions are freely encouraged the BgNS assists professionals and clearly lays down its position on particular matters related to the nuclear energy development, radiobiology and radiation protection.
As nuclear reactors are one of the most advanced technologies applied today their management requires a very high standard of qualifications and professional skills. Organising forums at national and international level for the scientific and practical exchange of information is a major BgNS priority. The Society organises discussions and round tables involving journalists, representatives of non-governmental organisations and individual citizens. There are numerious events initiated by or organised with the active participation of the Society’s regional sections.
Press/news conference 2009
BgNS also organises its Annual International Conference entitled: Nuclear Energy for people. The purpose of this event is to give an opportunity for the exchange of ideas and experience between specialists in the nuclear field. These cover a vast range of topics, for example, alternative energy sources, radiation protection, environmental protection etc. Traditionally, the conference gives a possibility for young specialists to make their professional achievements known to a wider public.
BgNS conference 2009, V. Tarnovo
The BgNS has the following categories of members:
BgNS represents more than 400 professionals from nuclear power stations, research centers, scientific and engineering organisations and public authorities, who all work in order to promote the progress of the nuclear industry.
BgNS corporate members include the following companies:
BgNS is a member of the European Nuclear Society (ENS) and has agreements signed with other nuclear societies.