SFEN-The French Nuclear Energy Society
The French Nuclear Energy Society represents:
A non-profit organisation founded in 1973 gathering 4000
individual members committed to the advancement of nuclear
energy applications in the technical, economic and social,
national and international arenas.
Three core activities:
Scientific, technical and economic activities for the
development, maintenance and transmissions of competencies
Information and communication activities vis-à-vis
the decision makers and the public in general on local,
regional, national, european and global level.
International activities for the creation and maintenance
of an international network of contacts and the diffusion
of French technical know-how and competencies.
Diversified activities carried out through:
10 technical sections: Teaching, Training; Material science
and technology; non-destructive testing; safety and environmental
protection; nuclear fuel cycle; reactor physics; reactor
technology and operation; energy issues, nuclear energy
economics and finance; law and insurance; waste and decommissioning.
One group on reflections and prospective for energy
in the 21st century.
One network of 23 regional groups, one “Young Professionals”
Group), one “Women in the Nuclear” Group,
as well as 15 Student Groups.
Numerous international contacts
Within the European Union, the French Nuclear Society
work with two organisations, the European Nuclear Society
(ENS), and the European Atomic Forum (Foratom). They maintain
relationships with the OCDE Nuclear Energy Agency (AEN)
and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
Outside of Europe, the French Nuclear Society has signed
8 bilateral agreements with foreign nuclear societies
(Canada, China, Korea, Japan, Russia…) and through
the French Section of the ANS it maintains close links
to the American Nuclear Society.
Communications and publications:
A monthly bulletin (newsletter), a bi-monthly technical
magazine, an internet site, specialised publications.
The organisation of technical colloquia, conferences –
debates, visits to nuclear facilities and the numerous contacts
in the world of secondary school teachers, college and university
professors and students…
Activities and projects
16 one-day topical meetings, gathering more than 1000 participants
(e.g. on Probabilistic Safety Assessments, radioactive waste,
“N4”-type nuclear power plants, new legal concepts)
1 international congress with more than 300 participants,
organised in Avignon on the decommissioning of nuclear installations.
33 debates on nuclear and energy politicies organised in
Paris and in the French regions in connection with the National
15 articles or columns published in the main regional and
A “General Declaration” and five proposals formulated
in the a press conference taken up in several local meetings
and widely circulated to elected officials.
Meetings featuring speakers from all fields of expertise,
such as MM. Hubert Reeves, Pierre-René Bauquis, Professors
Jean-Claude Artus, André Aurengo, Jean-François
Lacronique, Deputies Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet and André
Sentini, Mrs Nicole Notat and others.
The National Convention will gather 250 participants on
the theme of Reactors of the Future.
The National Convention focussed on the new technologies
and new competencies for nuclear plants in operation (9-10
March 2004 in Paris).
The launch of a special action aimed at transferring competencies
to, and integrating, young professionals.
The will to reach 500 secondary school teachers, college
and Technical University professors through general information
meetings on the nuclear industry and presentations to thousands
of students from secondary schools and institutions of higher
Involvement of “La Revue Générale Nucléaire”,
The General Nuclear Review, in a co-operation project at European
level with the German and Spanish nuclear magazines.
Workshops on the EPR, graphite waste, gas reactors, non-destructive
A Franco-Chinese seminar in Beijing, China and a Franco-Korean
seminar in Seoul, Korea