Issue No. 36 Spring
(May 2012)


ENS News

Word from the President

ENS launches the ENC 2012 Career Event!

ENS Events

TopFuel 2012

ENC 2012

ETRAP 2013

Member Societies

SFEN’s Annual Convention focuses on “The nuclear industry one year after Fukushima.”

Opinion and knowledge of Austrians about nuclear power

An Mariën wins BNS Thesis Competition for her research into oxygen sensors

BNS Chairman Eric van Walle speaks about the important role played in our society by the BNS

Eighteenth Frédéric Joliot/Otto Hahn Summer School to focus on innovative modular reactors

News from the Hungarian Nuclear Society

SNUS Scientific Expedition to Chernobyl NPP


21st International Nuclear Energy for New Europe Conference, Ljubljana, 5-7 September, 2012

“November Nuclear” at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

YGN Report

PIME 2012: A Young Generation report on Europe’s N° 1 conference for nuclear communicators

RRFM 2012: A Young Generation perspective

Corporate Members

Ansaldo Nucleare, Nuvia and Cammell Laird create wide-ranging nuclear power design and build partnership

The world’s first movie shot on the real NPPs

Dr. Sebastien Couet (KUL) wins the SCK•CEN Prof. Roger Van Geen Scientific Award

European Institutions

A status report on the Implementing Geological Disposal of Radioactive Waste Technology Platform (IGD-TP)

ENS World News

National Nuclear Laboratory: providing specialised nuclear technology services for an expanding customer base

ENS sponsored conferences

ENS Members

Links to ENS Member Societies

Links to ENS Corporate Members

Editorial staff

TopFuel 2012

TopFuel 2012
2 - 6 September 2012 in Manchester, United Kingdom


ENC 2012

ENC 2012
9 - 12 December 2012 in Manchester, United Kingdom

ETRAP 2013

ETRAP 2013
13 - 15 March 2013 in Vienna, Austria


National Nuclear Laboratory: providing specialised nuclear technology services for an expanding customer base.

The National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) was formally established by UK Government in 2008. It is a government-owned, commercially run organisation that provides the public sector and industrial customers, in the UK and abroad, with a range of specialised nuclear technology services and independent authoritative advice on nuclear issues. Unlike the traditional model of “national laboratories”, NNL receives no direct grant funding from national government. NNL also offers the nuclear scientists and engineers of today and tomorrow a state-of-the-art working environment in which to pursue a rewarding and stimulating career at the cutting edge of nuclear research and technology.

National Nuclear Laboratory

In addition to customer-funded work, NNL has a series of five signature research areas that form the main constituents of its self-funded “Innovation Programme.” These research areas are central to its mission and are of strategic importance to the UK and global nuclear industry. They are spent fuel and nuclear materials; waste immobilisation, storage and disposal; fuel and reactors; legacy waste and decommissioning and nuclear security, chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) threat.

NNL has a turnover of approximately £80 million and employs around 800 people (of whom over 450 are scientists) at six locations in the UK – Sellafield/Windscale, Workington, Preston, Risley, Stonehouse and Harwell. It is managed by a government-appointed consortium comprising three partners:

  • Battelle, an independent research and development organisation that specialises in identifying and applying new scientific discoveries

  • Serco, a company that provides expert counsel to national and local governments on how to improve the quality and efficiency of the public services that they offer, particularly in the areas of healthcare, education, transport, science and defence

  • The University of Manchester, a hub of academic excellence that specialises in research into nuclear materials.

nuclear technology services

NNL generates additional income from the commercial deployment of NNL-developed technologies and intellectual property, generally through licensing agreements with commercial companies in the nuclear industry. Among its main customers are Sellafield Ltd.; EdF Energy, the UK Ministry of Defence, Babcock, Westinghouse, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), British government and international governments and the European Union.

For more information about NNL and its activities, click on


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