The Nuclear Society of Slovenia celebrates its twentieth birthday
The year 2011 was very important for the global nuclear community in general. It was particularly significant for the Nuclear Society of Slovenia, because at the end of the year it celebrated the twentieth anniversary of its foundation. The occasion was marked with the organisation of a special event. Among the guest speakers at the event were: Franc Bogovič, Major of the city of Krško, where Slovenia’s only nuclear power
plant (NPP) is located; Ivan Špiler, Director of General Administration at the Krško NPP; Professor Emeritus, Dr. Frank Deconinck, Honorary President of the European Nuclear Society; Professor Marko Čepin, President of the Nuclear Society of Slovenia and Dr. Leon Cizelj, Head of the Reactor Engineering Division at the Jožef Stefan Institute.
Professor Čepin presented an award to the founding members of the Society in recognition of their essential contribution to its creation. Professor Cizelj, in his capacity as Chairman of the nomination committee for the Best Students Awards 2011, duly presented the awards to the winners for the outstanding work that they carried out in 2011.
The year 2011 was also a red letter year for several other reasons. Firstly, it marked the thirtieth anniversary of the first kilowatt hour of electricity ever produced at the Krško NPP. Secondly, it marked twenty-five years of postgraduate nuclear engineering study at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of the University of Ljubljana. Finally, Slovenia’s Agency for Radioactive Waste celebrated its twentieth birthday.
Over the years, the Nuclear Society of Slovenia has contributed fundamentally to building public acceptance of the nuclear option in Slovenia and intends to continue with its activities in the future. The main event of 2012 is going to be the 21st Nuclear Conference: Nuclear Energy for New Europe 2012, Ljubljana, which the Nuclear Society of Slovenia is organising from 5-7 September 2012. For more information about the conference, click on the following web link: www.nss.si/ljubljana2012/.
President of the Nuclear Society of Slovenia