Creating a real get-together

This year all our conferences have been cancelled or postponed, but, as promised, we are working with our partners worldwide to make the European Research Reactor Conference from 11. – 15. October 2020 in Helsinki, Finland, a real Gathering of the Research Reactor Community. 

We would like to create an event that offers enriched knowledge exchange and networking opportunities. All currently accepted authors of the European Research Reactor Conference will have the opportunity to update and amend their contributions and include new findings and developments.

In addition, we invite authors, who this year didn’t have the opportunity to present their projects and share their knowledge, to submit their abstract. We will soon open the Call for Papers again and offer the possibility to submit an abstract until 28 August 2020. This offer includes the possibility to opt for a remote participation.

We hope to gather as many members of the research reactor community as possible in person in Helsinki, in a friendly, relaxed and safe environment. We will keep a close eye on the advice of the World Health Organisation, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, and the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare and we are working with our Finnish partners to ensure an organisation according to those guidelines.

Still, not everybody will be able or will not want to join us in person. We will therefore offer the possibility to participate remotely, with a rich mix of on-demand content, live discussions as well as live streaming from Helsinki. Networking, discussions with authors, a chat next to the coffee machine? It is not really the same online. It is different and we see opportunities and have some ideas you might like. 

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

Stay safe.



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Technical Tours

Together with VTT and the Visitor Center in Olkiluoto we are evaluating possibilities of organising visits according to the currently applicable safety and security standards. All visits are planned for Thursday 15 October 2020.

Registration to the technical tours is currently not possible. Registration will open again once places become available.

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
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


The 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

The European Research Reactor Conference 2020 – Location

The European Research Reactor Conference 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.


Delegates benefit from a discount code when booking their stay in Clarion

Hotel Helsinki. Upon registration the discount code will be communicated to 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:


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.


Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Finnish Authorities still maintain some limitations to border traffic.  The Finnish border guard provides passengers with up-to-date  information on the changes that apply to entry to Finland.


European Nuclear Society

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The Terms & Conditions for the attendance of the European Research Reactor Conference 2020 are available here.

Registration & Fees


Registration rates


ENS Members – Helsinki attendance rate

790,- €*

Non-Members – Helsinki attendance rate

880,- €

Reduced Rate – Helsinki attendance rate

600,- €**

Young Generation – Helsinki attendance rate

500,- €***

Access to the online event space

280,- €

* Members of ENS’ Member Societies are automatically members of ENS.
** Applicable to participants from Universities and Research Centers
*** 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?

For in-person attendance in Helsinki:

  • Participation in all sessions
  • Conference materials
  • Lunches and coffee breaks
  • Welcome Drink on Sunday, 11 October 2020
  • Conference Dinner on Tuesday, 13 October 2020

All delegates enrolling for the in-person event in Helsinki will furthermore have access to the online event space.

Access to the online event space includes:

  • A library of presentations on demand
  • Live discussions on all conference topics
  • Live-streaming of the main plenary sessions in Helsinki
  • A networking platform allowing for 1-on-1 and group meetings

All  registered participants will have access to the online content, including a recording of the live streaming,  for 12 months after the end of the conference.

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, with cc Ms Frances Marshall ( and Sharon Garcia (  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

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

The Call includes 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 presentation and participation at the conference.

Authors should submit their abstract through the Abstract Submission System. The deadline for abstract submission is 28 August 2020. 

The Programme Committee of the European Research Reactor Conference organises a continuous evaluation process and intends to rapidly inform authors about the outcome. All authors will be notified the latest on 8 September 2020.

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
Conference: 11 – 15 October 2020; the online event will start as of 5 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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RRFM is an ENS Conference