Issue No. 39 Autumn
(February 2013)


ENS News

Word from the President

ENS High Scientific Council Statement

The ENC 2012 Career Event

ENS Events

ETRAP 2013

RRFM 2013

NESTet 2013

Member Societies

NENE 2013

News from the Hungarian Nuclear Society

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Physics and students

YGN Report

ENC2012: A Romanian Young Generation report on ENC 2012

ENS 2012: a report by the SFEN (French Nuclear Society) Young Generation Network

Frank Carré – winner of Jan Runermark Award 2012

Atoms for the Future 2012

ENYGF 2013

IYNC2014, Burgos, SpainInterview of Dr. Ralf Güldner– CEO of E.ON Kernkraft GmbH

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SCK•CEN supports ESA incubation centre in Flanders

A Report on the state of research in France into radioactive waste management

Linn - High Therm

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Pime 2013

PIME 2013
17 - 20 February 2013 in Zurich, Switzerland

ETRAP 2013

ETRAP 2013
12 - 15 March 2013 in Vienna, Austria

RRFM 2013

RRFM 2013
21 - 25 April 2013 in Saint Petersburg, Russia

NESTet 2013

NESTet 2013
17 - 21 November 2013 in Madrid, Spain

News from the Hungarian Nuclear Society: Annual Symposium on Nuclear Techniques 2012

On 29 and 30 November 2012, the Annual Symposium on Nuclear Techniques took place at the Paks NPP, in Hungary.  It was organized by the Hungarian Nuclear Society. The objective of the  Annual Symposium is to promote information exchange among Hungarian nuclear experts working for various organizations, including utilities, the national regulatory body, universities, design and research institutes, etc. This year’s Annual Symposium was attended by more than 100 experts and about 35 presentations were made. The presentations covered a wide range of issues from the safety of operating units at Paks NPP to topics related to international fusion reactor research.

The organisation of the Annual Symposium was closely linked to major events taking place within the Hungarian Nuclear Society. These are:

  • The 30 years operational lifetime of Paks NPP Unit 1 was scheduled to end in December 2012. A roundtable discussion took place to discuss the preparatory activities of both the utility and the regulatory body with a view to extending the operation of the unit by 20 years (the permit to operate for a further 20 years was issued by the Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority on December 17, 2012).

  • The 30 years anniversary of the use of atomic energy for generating electricity was also celebrated in December 2012. Presentations made at the Annual Symposium also recalled the major milestones reached during the preparatory, commissioning and start-up phases of Paks NPP’s units. Some experts who participated in the original construction of the operating units are still working for the utility today or for various nuclear institutions. It was stressed that the transfer of their expert knowledge to subsequent generations is vital to the operation of the potential new units to be built at Paks NPP in the near future.

Detection of the first chain reaction at Paks NPP Unit 1, 21:45, December 14, 1982
Detection of the first chain reaction at Paks NPP Unit14,  at 21:45 on 14 December 1982.

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