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































































RRFM 2012: A Young Generation perspective

The annual RRFM (Research Reactor Fuel Management) conference took place this year in Prague, the Czech Republic, from 18 to 22 March. It was organised in conjunction with IGORR (International Group on Research Reactors) in order to create a kind of “European Research Reactor Conference” focused not only on research reactor fuel management issues, but also on all aspects of research reactor operation. The conference was opened by Jean-Pol Poncelet, ENS Secretary General; Dr. Martin Ruscak, Director of Rez Research Centre Ltd., in Prague, and Dr. Jan Kysela, Scientific Director at Rez Research Centre Ltd.

The conference programme was organised around 8 sessions – International Programmes; Fuel; Operation, Maintenance & Safety Reassessment; Utilisation of Research Reactors; New Research Projects; Innovative Methods in Research Reactor Analysis and Design; The worldwide impact of the Fukushima-Daiichi Accident on Research Reactor Stakeholders and Medical Applications. Given the number of participants, it was necessary to organise each session in parallel, except for the one dedicated to International Programmes. With so many interesting topics on offer, it was difficult for delegates to choose the session most relevant to them. Many of the topics covered during the sessions were further discussed during the coffee breaks. The tight schedule and the carefully planned programme made it necessary to limit several debates to the auditorium and there wasn’t always enough time to answer all questions asked. Luckily, extra room was provided to encourage further individual break-out sessions.

From my point of view, the most important session was the one on Innovative Methods in Research Reactor Analysis and Design. The presentations during this session were focussed more on the numerical solutions used in nuclear reactor analysis.

Beside the oral presentations, there was also a poster session, with 42 posters on display during the designated sessions.

42 posters on display

Another important contribution to the conference was the technical tours. There were two options on offer: firstly, there was a visit to Rez Research Centre Ltd. The second one involved a visit to the VR-1 training reactor at the Czech Technical University, in Prague.

visit to Rez Research Centre Ltd.

An essential part of any conference is the social programme, which allows participants to make knew contacts and to finish discussions that couldn’t be completed either during the question and answer sessions or the coffee breaks. And the RRFM social programme didn’t disappoint. Unfortunately, I did not take part in the conference dinner, but based on the pictures posted later in the photo gallery it was a very enjoyable evening.

conference dinner

RRFM 2012 brought together a broad range of professionals, including those who work with a variety of research reactors, researchers at specialised institutes and representatives of supervisory bodies. The goal of the event was to exchange knowledge and techniques, to share experiences and expertise and to network among fellow nuclear professionals. Additional meetings organised enabled people to work together to find collective solutions to common operational problems, to help to improve education and training programmes and to foster the forming of coalitions.

I really enjoyed the time I spent at RRFM 2012 and I am looking forward to the next ENS conference.

Lenka Heraltova, Czech Technical University, Prague, Czech YGN


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