2020 requires us to constantly adapt to an ever-evolving situation. Due to strict restrictions for travel to Finland, the 2020 Research Reactor Conference will pivot to a 100% online event 

We will offer a rich mix of technical presentations, keynote speeches, interviews, and panel discussions with live Q&A. Like for all our events, we will organise a poster session and you will be able to have face-to-face discussions with our exhibitors.  

In live video chats, we will have the opportunity to see and talk to each other, catching up after all these months – this time without having to travel across the globe.  

Sessions will be scheduled from Monday 12 October to Thursday 15 October between 2PM and 7PM CEST, allowing participants from all over the world to conveniently attend all live sessions. You will still have to miss a session because of other obligations? No worries, content will remain available on demand for an entire year.  

The adaptation of the programme to the new situation is in full swingStay tuned. As the event approaches we will provide you with more information through our mailing list, on LinkedIn or Twitter . 


Get ready to join us for this unique get-together of the research reactor community!  



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Steven Van Dyck (Chair) SCK-CEN Mol Belgium
Brian Waud Department of Energy US
Gilles Bignan CEA France
Paul Bean Rolls-Royce plc United Kingdom
Helmuth Böck TU-Vienna Austria
Jerome Estrade CEA France
Heiko Gerstenberg Technische Universität München Germany
Dominique Geslin Framatome/CERCA France
François Huet TechnicAtome France
Camiel Kaaijk Delft Reactor Institute The Netherlands
José Marques Instituto Tecnologico e Nuclear Portugal
Frances Marshall IAEA International
Francesco Troiani SoGIN Italy
Jean-Francois Valery ORANO France
Istvan Vidovszky Centre for Energy Research (CER) Hungary

Registration & Fees


Registration rates


Access to the online event space

280,- €

All rates excluding applicable VAT

We accept Visa, Mastercard and payment by bank transfer. All payments made to the ENS must be in Euros (€).

What is included in my conference fee?

Access to the online event space includes:

  • Technical presentations, keynote speeches, interviews, and panel discussions with live Q&A
  • Live poster sessions
  • Access to an exhibition
  • A library of presentations on demand

All registered participants will have access to the online content, for 12 months after the end of the conference.

Call for Papers

The Programme Committee of the European Research Reactor Conference offered all members of the research reactor community the possibility to present projects and share knowledge in 2020. It therefore opened a short Call for Papers and invited authors to submit abstracts until 28 August 2020.

The Call included the opportunity for all currently accepted authors of the European Research Reactor Conference to update and amend their contributions and include new findings and developments.

All authors have the possibility to opt for remote presentations and participation at the conference.

The deadline for full paper submission: 2 October 2020

Authors opting for remote presentation will be asked to submit a recording of their presentation by 25. September 2020.

All authors have to register by 18 September 2020 for the conference.

Important Dates

Deadline for abstract submission: 28 August 2020
Notification of authors: 8 September 2020
Deadline for registration of presenting authors to the conference: 18 September 2020
Deadline for submission of a recording of the PowerPoint presentation for remote participation: 25 September 2020
Deadline for full paper submission: 2 October 2020
Online Conference: 12 – 15 October 2020

Authors Resources

This conference is meant to include all research reactors of all powers, critical and sub-critical facilities.

The RRFM 2020 Programme Committee is calling for both oral and poster presentations on the following topics:
  • 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 of new research reactors; lessons learned from new research reactor projects – design, construction and start of operation; development of national infrastructures; design for decommissioning.
  • 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; safety upgrades based on the safety assessments following the Fukushima Daiichi accident; 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.

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Research Reactor Conference is an ENS Conference