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EUROSAFE Forum 2016

7 & 8 November 2016
Munich, Germany


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ETSON Award 2016

The winners of this year's ETSON Award are:

1st place: Francois-Xavier Ouf, IRSN

2nd places: Marat Mystafin, SSTC NRS and Jeremy Bousquet, GRS


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The EUROSAFE News features contributions provided by its members on current projects, scientific or technical issues and ongoing developments in the field of nuclear safety, nuclear waste management and radiological protection as well as on respective events. In addition, it also serves as a platform for information on the activities of the European Technical Safety Organisations Network (ETSON).

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IRSN Director General, J.C. Niel, signed two memorandums of understanding with Vietnamese partners VARANS and VINATOM on the 27th of September 2016 during the 60th IAEA General Conference. These will maintain and strengthen the current cooperation in the fields of nuclear safety and radiological protection. The memorandums of understanding were signed in the presence of Mr. Pham Cong Tac, Vice-Minister of Science and Technology, in charge of Vietnam’s nuclear programme.


Vincent Koundy, IRSN

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After what had been 15 Forums, the members of the EUROSAFE Initiative felt the desire to have a more modern concept for the event. Having been tasked with the organisation of the Forum this year, GRS - with the support of IRSN and Bel V - set itself the target to put a new complexion on the event. In its run-up, a new logo had already been designed and the website revised; in addition, this newsletter, which is sent to you every month, was created.

Finally, at the Sofitel in Munich on 7 and 8 November, EUROSAFE 2016 presented itself to its almost 300 international participants with

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During the 60th General Conference of IAEA, IRSN organized, with the support of KIT and the IAEA, a side-event on In-Vessel melt Retention (IVR) strategies for high power reactors. This event was opened by G. Rzentkowski, Director of Nuclear Installation Safety at IAEA and J.C. Niel, Director General of IRSN. They recalled the international interest in this strategy for new nuclear reactor designs of 3rd generation but also as a back-fitting option for existing reactors, especially in Europe. Technical presentations provided an overview of the main open issues on the effectiveness of IVR.

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On October 12th 2016, IRSN inaugurated in Cadarache (South-East of France), its new ODE platform...

In the context of the European project “Sustainable network for Independent Technical EXpertise...

From November 2011 to September 2015, the International Commission on Radiological Protection (...

A new high temperature mechanical testing facility, hosted and developed by Amec Foster Wheeler...

A new study by Amec Foster Wheeler shows that for powdered high enrichment (>10%) MOX...

The General Assembly of ETSON, the European Technical Safety Organisations Network, broke new...

Delegates from nine countries took part in the ETSON Junior Staff Programme (JSP) Summer...

Professor David Tice, Chief Corrosion Scientist in Materials Science and Structural Integrity at...


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„EUROSAFE“ is a global and European initiative aimed at promoting the convergence of technical nuclear safety practices in Europe. It is formed and managed by the EUROSAFE partners Amec Foster Wheeler (United Kingdom), Bel V (Belgium), CSN (Spain), CV REZ (Czech Republic), MTA EK (Hungary), GRS (Germany), ANVS (The Netherlands), INRNE BAS (Bulgaria), IRSN (France), NRA (Japan), JSI (Slovenia), LEI (Lithuania), PSI (Switzerland), SSM (Sweden), SEC NRS (Russia), SSTC NRS (Ukraine), VTT (Finland), VUJE (Slovakia), a group of technical safety organisations (TSOs) and European regulatory bodies with nuclear safety expertise and competent in nuclear safety assessments, that create the EUROSAFE Association and the Programme Committee. Some of these organisations are also members of ETSON, the European Technical Safety Organisations Network.

With a view to promoting the formation of a European scientific and technical network in the field of nuclear safety, the EUROSAFE Association has the following objectives:

  • to form a suitable forum for exchanges on analyses and R&D in the field of nuclear safety,to share experiences, and to exchange technical and scientific opinions,
  • to contribute to fostering the convergence of technical nuclear safety practices in Europe,
  • to further the definition and the implementation of nuclear safety research programmes.

The partners are aware that a high level of nuclear safety and radiation protection is a priority for the countries of Europe; they

  • recognise the reinforcement of the European dimension in the technical, economical and societal challenges which nuclear safety has to face,
  • take note that nuclear safety expertise plays a major role in contributing to the attainment and maintenance of a high level of nuclear safety and radiation protection,
  • acknowledge that the organisations competent in nuclear safety expertise develop appropriate approaches to safety issues as part of their assessments and research activities,
  • recognise the need for increased co-operation and reinforced sharing of experience between organisations competent in nuclear safety expertise.


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The EUROSAFE Forum is an international conference on nuclear safety and security, radioactive waste management and radiological protection. Since 1999, this event brings together representatives of organisations specialised in nuclear and radiological safety techniques, research institutes, power utilities, industry, public authorities and non-governmental organisations to inform about and discuss current developments and achievements in these topics.

Nuclear energy contributes approximately one third of European electricity production. A high level of nuclear safety is a priority for the countries of Europe. The technical safety organisations play an important role in contributing to that objective through appropriate approaches to major safety issues as part of their assessments and research activities.

The challenges to nuclear safety are increasingly international. Changes in underlying technologies such as instrumentation and control, the impact of electricity market deregulation, demands for improved safety, the ageing of nuclear facilities, waste management, maintaining and improving scientific and technical knowledge and the need for greater transparency - these are all issues where the value of an international approach is gaining increasing recognition.

The development of the European Union including its 2004 enlargement will also require closer collaboration between technical safety organisations and even more convergence in European nuclear safety practices. EUROSAFE aims to respond to these needs by offering a European forum for information on and discussion of important nuclear safety issues.

The EUROSAFE Tribune

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From 2001 until 2016, GRS and IRSN published the magazine "EUROSAFE Tribune". Twice a year, this publication provided readers with articles about key issues in the world of nuclear safety and radiological protection, focusing alternately on the respective EUROSAFE Forum´s main subject and special topics.


Cover Tribune 29


  • # 6 Man-Technology-Organisation – The Safety Trilogy
  • # 5 Decision Making – A Stakeholder Involvement Issue
  • # 4 Decommissioning – The Need for a Holistic Approach
  • # 3 Convergence of Safety Practices
  • # 2 Safety of Reactor Low-Power and Shutdown States
  • # 1 Management of Nuclear Risks