RRFM, the European Research Reactor Conference, is the annual gathering of the research reactor community in Europe. In 2024 we invite you to join us in Warsaw, Poland 

The conference programme will revolve around a series of Plenary Sessions dedicated to the latest global developments with regards to research reactor technology and management.  

Stay tuned. As the event approaches we will provide you with more information through our mailing list, on LinkedIn or Twitter .


The programme of RRFM 2024 is now available here:


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Technical Tour

On Thursday 25th April, participants will have the possibility to participate in the RRFM technical tour and visit the National Centre For Nuclear Research (Narodowe Centrum Badań Jądrowych – NCBJ).

Long live MARIA! | NCBJ

Located in Otwock/Świerk, 30 km in the south-east of Warsaw, the NCBJ is one of the largest scientific institutes in Central Europe, Founded in 1955, the NCBJ works have been carried out in high and low-energy nuclear physics, nuclear chemistry, reactor physics and technology.

During the day, delegates will visit:

  • MARIA Research Reactor
  • Radioisotope Centre POLATOM
  • Materials Research Laboratory



8 AM – Bus departure from the hotel
By 5 PM – Bus return to the hotel *

* On its way back from Otwock/Świerk to Warsaw, the bus will pass by the Warsaw Chopin Airport (WAW), so as to drop off participants who will have their flights back in the late afternoon.



The Technical Tour is included in the registration fee.

The maximum size of each group is limited and participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please fill in the appropriate section of the registration form and the required information for the security check.

NCBJ requires copies of passports from not-Polish visitors, and the ID number from Polish visitors. Take with you these documents during the visit.

MARIA Research Reactor

MARIA is currently the only research nuclear reactor operated in Poland. Named in honour of Maria Skłodowska-Curie, its construction started in June 1970, while it went critical for the first time in December 1974.

National Centre for Nuclear Research: MARIA reactor's emergency takeover of medical molybdenum-99 production | Science in Poland

The reactor’s current main reactor applications are:

  • production of radioisotopes,
  • testing of fuel and structural materials for nuclear power engineering,
  • neutron transmutation doping of silicon,
  • neutron modification of materials
  • research in neutron and condensed matter physics
  • neutron radiography,
  • neutron activation analysis,
  • neutron beams in medicine
  • training in the field of reactor physics & technology.


Radioisotope Centre POLATOM

POLATOM has more than 60 years of experience in the production of preparations for medicine, science and industry. It serves more than 2,000 customers in 80 countries. It is a world-class supplier of high-quality radiopharmaceuticals and diagnostic kits for nuclear medicine. It is a major manufacturer of radiochemical products for customers around the world.


Material Research Laboratory

Badanie ultrasonograficzne w LBM NCBJ. (foto: NCBJ)

The Materials Research Lab (LBM) carries out scientific and diagnostic work on structural materials and their welded joints using destructive and non-destructive testing methods, including metallographic, mechanical and thermal testing. The LBM is specialised in the study of the effects of temperature, corrosive environment and radiation, which affect the strength of materials, reducing the so-called ‘lifetime’ of structural components.

Info Point

The European Research Reactor Conference (RRFM) 2024 – Venue

The European Research Reactor Conference (RRFM) 2024 will take place in the conference rooms of The Westin Hotel, Warsaw 

The Westin Warsaw is located in the business centre of Warsaw, just a few steps from the Palace of Culture and Science. The hotel is also close to the main railway station, Warszawa Centralna, and Świętokrzystka subway station. It is easy to reach and a perfect starting point to explore Warsaw and its Old Town, UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1980.

The Westin Warsaw 

Al. Jana Pawla II 21,
Warsaw, 00-854

Find out more about the venue and how to get there 



Today, the Westin has very few possibilities for accommodation left and at elevated room rates. We therefore recommend other hotels, listed below:

ABOUT Warsaw

As the capital and largest city of Poland, Warsaw is the political and economic centre of the country. It is a vibrant city blending historical charm with modernity, boasting thriving arts, club scenes, gourmet restaurants, and extensive urban green spaces, with a quarter of the city dedicated to parks. Discover Warsaw in the footsteps of pioneering physicist and two-time Nobel Prize winner Marie Skłodowska-Curie, born here in 1867.



Citizens from countries outside of the Schengen area might need a visa to enter Poland. Check here if you need a visa. 

Upon request, the European Nuclear Society will prepare a visa invitation letter for delegates whose registration fees were received in full. Unfortunately, we are not in a position to give any further support to the visa application process. Obtaining a visa remains the sole responsibility of the participant. Regular cancellation deadlines apply, regardless of whether your visa was granted or not. 



European Nuclear Society

Avenue des Arts 56
1000 Brussels
Email: conferences@euronuclear.org 


The RRFM 2024 exhibition will take place in front of the conference rooms in a space that also serves for catering during the coffee breaks.
The location will guarantee a natural meet & greet atmosphere and maximize the contact between delegates and exhibitors.


Floor plan


There is only a limited number of stand spaces available. We will allocate those spaces on a first-come-first-serve basis. Sponsors will have the priority of choice.

Choose your individual formula

The exhibitor can choose between SPACE-ONLY, with or without furniture, and a MODULAR SHELL SCHEME STAND with walls and furniture.

All formulas include electricity and one free delegate pass at non-member rate of 950€ ex. VAT.

ENS members are eligible for a 10% reduction (as per the membership status on 1 January 2024).

Price per m2 (ex. VAT)
Space only: 400 Euro per m²
Space only + furniture: 450 Euro per m²
Modular shell scheme stand: 500 Euro per m²


This year, only spaces of 6m² will be available. For special requests please contact the RRFM Secretariat.

Call for Papers

The European Research Reactor Conference (RRFM) 2024 is meant to include research reactors of all powers and critical and sub-critical facilities.

Contributions on synergies between research reactors and the development of nuclear power programmes are also welcome.

The Programme Committee is calling for both oral and poster presentations regarding:

  • Research reactor nuclear fuel cycle from front-end to back-end– conversion to LEU fuels; fissile material supply; fresh fuel and targets: origin, fuel development, qualification, fabrication; in-core fuel management and safety; fuel transportation; fuel and reactor licensing; fuel back-end management including reprocessing, spent fuel storage, corrosion and degradation; fuel cycle economics.
  • Utilisation of research reactors – capacity building; E&T programmes; nuclear science and technology including support for nuclear power programmes; neutron beam applications; industrial and medical applications, including radio-isotopes production and irradiation/transmutation technology; strategic and business plans; networks and coalitions.
  • Innovative methods in reactor physics and thermo-hydraulics – development and application of advanced computational methods and tools for core load management (operational and safety analysis, and fuel cycle physics); benchmark exercises; nuclear data improvements.
  • New research reactor projects – national/regional plans or construction updates; lessons learned from new research reactor projects – design, construction and start of operation; proliferation resistance; development of national infrastructures; design for decommissioning; synergies between research reactors and prototype SMR’s.
  • Research reactor operation & maintenance and ageing management – managing reliability issues (commissioning, early operation to end of life related issues); ageing management, modernization, refurbishment, long term operation and life-time extension; maintenance management systems; human resource development and training programmes.
  • Research reactor safety and security – implementation of updated international safety and security standards; application of graded approach to regulatory safety and security requirements; review of national regulatory requirements on safety and of licensing activities; design review and upgrades including associated facilities (spent fuel storage facilities); safety analysis methods and approaches; safety of experiments and experimental devices; assessment of fire safety; management of the interface between nuclear safety and security; cyber security issues; review of emergency and contingency plans;
  • Decommissioning and dismantling of research reactors and waste management – strategies and concepts; radiological characterisation; decommissioning planning; economics and cost estimation; licensing; backend solutions for reflector and shielding materials; decontamination and measures to reduce radiation exposure; radiation and environmental protection; treatment, storage and disposal of radioactive waste; logistics and transportation; on-going projects; D&D lessons learned.

Mark your diaries and be a part of it! Upload your abstracts before 24 November 2023.


Next steps


Abstract Submission

24 November 2023

Author Notification

12 January 2024

Full Paper Submission

15 March 2024

PowerPoint Presentation due 10 April 2024
RRFM 2024 in Warsaw 21 – 25 April 2024

For abstract submission please go to the RRFM 2024 Online Abstract Submission System

RRFM 2024 Student Competition

In 2024 the Research Reactor Conference (RRFM) Progamme Committee will again organize a Student Competition.

The challenge

Participating PhD and Master Students will be invited to present a compelling spoken presentation of their research topic to the international Research Reactor Community during the Opening Plenary Session of the Research Reactor Conference (RRFM) 2024.

Inspired by existing Three-Minute Thesis competitions, the presentation should compress the research topic into 180 seconds and communicate it to the international Research Reactor Community. The presentation can be accompanied with a maximum of three power point slides, but this is not compulsory.

This presentation should be complemented by a poster presentation which will be on display for the entire duration of the conference, and which should be discussed with the audience during a dedicated Poster Session. The aim should therefore be to make the research topic clear and compelling and encourage the audience to continue the discussion during the Poster Session.

Who can participate?

All students of subjects of relevance for the Research Reactor Community and who are working on research topics defined in the Call for Papers for the Research Reactor Conference (RRFM) 2024 are invited to apply for participation in the competition.

What are the next steps?

Interested students should submit their abstract text (approx. 400 words) in English through the RRFM 2024 Abstract Submission System by 24 November 2023 under the category ‘Student Competition’.

The Programme Committee of the Research Reactor Conference (RRFM) will select up to 10 researchers who will be given the opportunity to present their work to the international Research Reactor Community.

Participating students will follow the instructions for poster presentations and will prepare for their Three-Minute presentation in the Opening Plenary Session.

A great recognition from the international Research Reactor Community!

RRFM delegates will get to vote for their favourite student presentation and award the ‘Audience Prize of the Research Reactor Conference (RRFM)’.

The quality of the research presented as well as the accuracy and clarity of the presentation will be the selection criteria at stake.


The Student Competition is organised with the support of the ENEN2Plus project, funded by the European Union. ENEN2Plus stands for the largest and most integrative nuclear Education and Training (E&T) efforts up to date in nuclear E&T. Among its main goals, the project aims to attract and support new talents following their development through E&T, mobility opportunities, cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary activities. More info here: ENEN2Plus

Registration & Fees

Registration fees for RRFM 2024 (all rates excl. 23% VAT)




ENS Members

800 € *


950 €


620 € **

Young Generation

400 € ***

* Members of ENS’ Member Societies are automatically members of ENS.
** Applicable to participants from Universities
*** Members of ENS-YGN

Online registration fees and Online registration are now open.

Please note that registration onsite at the registration desk in Warsaw is possible, but a surcharge will apply.

Please contact conferences@euronuclear.org for more information.

What is included in my conference fee?
  • Participation in all sessions
  • Conference materials
  • Lunches and coffee breaks
  • Welcome Drink
  • Conference Dinner
  • Technical Tours (Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis)


Welcome Reception Sponsor

European Research Reactor Conference is an ENS Conference