We have the pleasure informing you that RRFM 2020 will be organised from 11. – 15. October 2020 in Helsinki, Finland.

And while the current crisis brings a lot of challenges, this unusual autumn schedule of RRFM also opens the opportunity for an exceptional get-together of the international research reactor community. We are working with our partners worldwide to bring together different parts of the community at an event that offers enriched knowledge exchange and networking opportunities.

All currently accepted authors will have the opportunity to update and amend their contributions to include new findings and developments. In addition, we will invite some new authors to present their projects and share their knowledge with us. We will start this process as of June.

We are pleased that we are able to postpone to October when we are hopeful that the threat of Covid19 will have significantly rescinded.

We look forward to welcoming you to RRFM in October and wish you, your business colleagues, your communities and your families good wishes and resilience in the months to come.

Stay safe.


ENS deeply regrets to announce that after careful evaluation of the impact of COVID-19 on the RRFM 2020 event, the decision has been taken to postpone the event.

We have been closely following developments, as well as the advice of the World Health Organisation, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, and the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare. All the indications are that the situation will become increasingly serious in the weeks ahead and that governments will need to take stringent measures to slow the spread of the virus. In addition to steps being taken by the authorities, we also note that an increasing number of companies are instituting travel bans and other restrictions.

Our first concern is the health, safety and well-being of delegates and speakers, our partners, our colleagues and suppliers. Even if we were to take robust steps to attempt to reduce the risk at the conference, we know that this risk could not be eliminated completely – especially for those travelling long distances to arrive to Finland.

Our second concern is our capacity to deliver a high-quality event, which delegates and sponsors rightly expect for the investment they have made. Some delegates, speakers and exhibitors have already indicated that they are no longer comfortable taking part in the event, given these circumstances. It has become clear that holding RRFM 2020 at this moment would result in fewer sessions, fewer networking opportunities, and therefore fewer benefits for delegates, speakers, exhibitors and sponsors alike. As much as we regret the decision to cancel, we believe it is better to do this now and seek to re-schedule the RRFM conference when the situation with COVID-19 is clear.



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Technical Tours

In 2020 RRFM delegates will have the possibility to participate in two technical tours. Both tours will take place on Thursday 26 March 2020.

The maximum size of each group is limited, and participation is on a first-come, first-served basis. To register please fill in the appropriate section of the registration form and the required information for the security check.

Technical Tour 1 – VTT facilities in Otaniemi

Participants of this tour will visit the new hotcell and radiochemistry laboratory building, the underground laboratories including airliner impact test laboratory and the FiR 1 research reactor.

Departure from the conference hotel: 8.30
Scheduled return at the conference hotel: 12.30

Technical Tour 2 – Olkiluoto

The Olkiluoto site offers the unique combination of a nuclear new built and the preparations of a final disposal facility. Participants will learn about the Olkiluoto 3 construction as well as the underground rock characterisation facility (ONKALO) and have the possibility to visit the LILW (Low- and Intermediate level waste) repository and the ONKALO® gallery.

Departure from the conference hotel: 7.15 am
Scheduled return at the conference hotel: 19.00

Steven Van Dyck (Chair) SCK-CEN Mol Belgium
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


The RRFM 2020 exhibition will take place in in front of the conference rooms in a space that serves also for catering during the coffee breaks. The location will guarantee a natural meet & greet atmosphere and maximize the contact between delegates and exhibitors.

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 880€ ex. VAT.

ENS members are eligible for a 10% reduction (as per the membership status on 1 January 2020).

Price per m2 (ex. VAT)
Space only: 330 Euro per m²
Space only + furniture: 400 Euro per m²
Modular shell scheme stand: 450 Euro per m²

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

Info Point

Location – RRFM 2020

RRFM 2020 will take place at the Clarion Hotel Helsinki. The Clarion Hotel Helsinki is located in the new Jätkäsaari (Busholmen) urban investment district in the central West Harbour area. The hotel is a vibrant meeting place for both locals and hotel guests. Website

Clarion Hotel Helsinki
Tyynenmerenkatu 200220
Helsinki , Finland

Getting to the hotel:
Directions via Google maps

Metro or tram
Metro: Ruoholahden/Gräsvikens station
Tram: Line 6T, 7 or 9 to Huutokonttori/Uppropskontoret

From Helsinki-Vantaa Airport
Train to Helsinki Railway Station
Finnair City Bus: Every 10-20 minutes from the airport to the train station.


RRFM 2020 delegates benefit from a discount code when booking their stay in Clarion

Hotel Helsinki. Upon registration the discount code will be communicated to RRFM 2020 delegates.

Alternative accommodation

Tramway line number 7 links the conference hotel to Helsinki’s main train station; you will find a broad choice of hotels of different categories in proximity of this public transport connection. Check e.g. Google maps for indications.

ABOUT Helsinki

Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is a vibrant seaside city of beautiful islands and great green parks. The city’s rhythm is laid back yet at the same time refreshingly active. Helsinki’s boulevards and backstreets overflow with magnificent architecture, intriguing drinking and dining venues and groundbreaking design. Read more at: visitfinland.com


Citizens from countries outside of the Schengen area might need a visa to enter Finland. 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.


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Registration & Fees


Registration rates


ENS Members

790,- €*


880,- €

Reduced Rate

600,- €**

Young Generation

500,- €***

* Members of ENS’ Member Societies are automatically members of ENS.
** Applicable to participants from Universities
*** Applicable to members of the ENS Young Generation Network

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?
  • Participation in all sessions
  • Conference materials
  • Lunches and coffee breaks
  • Welcome Drink on Sunday, 22 March 2020
  • Conference Dinner on Tuesday, 24 March 2020
What is not included?
  • A small extra fee applies for participants of the technical tours on Thursday, 26 March 2020

IAEA Travel Grants

The IAEA offers a limited number of travel grants which contribute to meeting the grantee’s travel and accommodation expenses. The grants aim to stimulate the attendance of selected professionals in the research reactor community who would have difficulties attending RRFM 2020 without this assistance. In particular, the IAEA invites young people to apply for the grant.

If you are interested in a travel grant, please fill in the Grant Application Form (download below), and send it via your official National authority (Ministry of Foreign Affairs or National Atomic Energy Authority) to International Atomic Energy Agency at Official.Mail@iaea.org, with cc Ms Frances Marshall (F.Marshall@iaea.org) and Sharon Garcia (Sh.Garcia@iaea.org).  The form may also be submitted via Telefax, +43 1 26007.

This form must be submitted to the IAEA, through the official liaison offices, by 10 January 2020 at the very latest.

The criteria for selection are:

  • The candidate must be a national from an IAEA Member State eligible to receive assistance under the Agency’s Technical Co-operation Programme;
  • The candidate must present an oral paper or poster accepted by the Programme Committee
  • Priority will go to first-time applicants

Call for Papers

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.

Mark your diaries and be a part of it! Upload your abstracts before 23 November 2019.

Important Dates

Deadline for abstract submission: 23 November 2019
Notification of authors: 20 December 2019
Deadline for full paper submission: 16 February 2020
Deadline for submission of PowerPoint presentations: 9 March 2020
Conference: 22 – 26 March 2020

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