Issue No. 47 Winter
(February 2015)


ENS News

Word from the President


ENS Events

PIME 2015

RRFM 2015

TopFuel 2015

Member Societies

NENE 2015


The French Nuclear Society signs a cooperation agreement with the Turkish Nuclear Engineers Society

SNE news

Belgian scientists harness latest technology in search for elementary particles

Fun and sophistication at the nuclear industry's social event of the year

XIIIth Symposium of the Hungarian Nuclear Society

The NI is to inspire future nuclear scientists at National Big Bang Fair

YGN Report

The NI award excellence prizes to young professionals

Experience exchange at Kozloduy NPP

“Nuclear energy and the energy mix” – the example of knowledge transfer

The Bulgarian Young Generation Network organises workshop to celebrate its 15th anniversary

ENYGF 2015

Corporate Members

L-3 MAPPS Participates in Opening of Upgraded Heysham 1 Simulator

NRG finalizes qualification irradiation of the China-manufactured fuel for use in the new HTR-PM nuclear power plant

VII International Forum ATOMEXPO

ENS World News

Show some emotion

WANO Scholarships now open

6th EUTERP Workshop | Legislative change in Europe: the implications for training in radiation protection - Rising to the challenge

ENS sponsored conferences

ENS Members

Links to ENS Member Societies

Links to ENS Corporate Members

Editorial staff

PIME 2015

PIME 2015
1- 4 March 2015 in Bratislava, Slovakia

RRFM 2015

RRFM 2015
19 - 23 April 2015 in
Bucharest, Romania


TopFuel 2015

Topfuel 2015
13 - 17 September 2015 in Zurich, Switzerland





40th Annual Meeting

The 40th Annual Meeting of the Spanish Nuclear Society (the Spanish acronym is SNE) was held from 1 – 3 October in Valencia, Spain. This year over 600 professionals took part. There were 33 technical sessions on the programme, which presented the industry’s current projects and advances in the form of 300 papers dealing with areas such as nuclear safety, radiological protection, nuclear fuel, plant operation and maintenance, engineering, R+D, communications, etc.

40th annual meeting

Two monographic sessions for experts were organised. The first one, on the subject of improving emergency management, discussed the current status of implementation with the launch of an Alternative Emergency Management Centre (CAGE) at each site before the end of 2015. Also debated was the creation of a National Emergency Support Centre (CAE) with specialized personnel and resources available to provide assistance within 24 hours, and improved emergency communications systems. All these improvements are already being planned or implemented according to a national action plan, thereby confirming that significant advances can be made and results achieved by working together towards a common objective. The second session dealt with waste management where traditional techniques have given way to new methodologies for volume reduction by means of plasma and its radiological declassification.

session at annual meeting

Two courses were also offered: one on electrical network stability and the other focusing on innovative contracting models for new nuclear power plant projects.

Twenty-nine stands representing various companies in the industry were present at the exhibition and, as an innovative feature this year, a special meeting was held with 14 firms based in the Community of Valencia, during which business opportunities and possibilities for the sector were presented.

29 stands representing companies in the industry

During a Special Session SNE’s future for the next 40 years, as well as its strong current position, were discussed. Nuclear energy is indispensable, but since other energy sources are too it is important that they are competitive and safe for everyone’s benefit. In fact, we can depend on their qualified supervision thanks to our expert Nuclear Safety Council. The Temporary Centralised Storage or ATC (the Spanish acronym), thanks to its dedicated Science Park, is an opportunity for R+D, especially in the field of fuels. SNE continues to work to reach its goal of disseminating knowledge quickly and extensively to the public by means of rigorous and transparent communications through new social networking technologies.

So, SNE’s future is quite promising. The sector is an active player in the international marketplace, where foreign sales of fuel account for 60% of the total market; nuclear equipment manufacturers make up 85% and engineering between 40 and 60%. Young nuclear specialists are well-prepared to take on future responsibilities because they already have the required technical, communications and dissemination skills in their professional DNA.

The following messages were highlighted at the closing session:

  • SNE will continue to demand a stable and predictable framework of regulations whilst measures designed to strengthen safety at Spanish nuclear plants are being implemented.

  • SNE will continue to support the long term running (for 60 years or more) of our nuclear power stations.

  • SNE is firmly committed to operational efficiency and flexibility, to the maintenance of a culture of safety, and to enhancing the public’s acceptance of nuclear energy by means of transparent communications, as mentioned earlier.

SNE is a not-for-profit organisation, founded in 1974 (the membership currently stands at approximately 1,000, which is made up of both individual professionals and institutional members), whose mission is to promote the awareness and the dissemination of knowledge with regards to nuclear science and technology.


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