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EUROSAFE Forum 2016

7th & 8th November 2016
in Munich, Germany

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ETSON Award 2016: Call to junior experts for collaborative papers

The ETSON association has decided to reward 2016 two papers written by groups of young scientists from different Technical Safety Organisations (TSOs) and the EUROSAFE members by offering ETSON Awards, to be officially presented and attributed at the next EUROSAFE 2016.


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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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A new high temperature mechanical testing facility, hosted and developed by Amec Foster Wheeler in the UK, has been officially opened.

This new laboratory, known as the High Temperature Facility (HTF), has been funded by the UK Government to support Generation IV reactor developments and assist with engagement in these programmes. Additionally, the new facility is able to address the mechanical behaviour of materials across the whole range of high temperature applications, including power generation and aerospace.

The project is backed by the High Temperature Facility

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A new study by Amec Foster Wheeler shows that for powdered high enrichment (>10%) MOX fuels mixed with water, the most reactive configuration is sometimes a heterogeneous arrangement of fuel particles rather than the homogeneous mixture of fuel and water commonly believed.  The effect occurs at high fuel concentrations (>0.5 g/cc) that are well away from optimum moderation, but may occur in storage vessels. 

A series of studies investigated the effect of particle size on system reactivity (k-effective), and its dependency on parameters such as concentration,

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The General Assembly of ETSON, the European Technical Safety Organisations Network, broke new ground by meeting in the United Kingdom for the first time earlier this year.

Representatives from 13 nations gathered at the Midland Hotel in Manchester in June for a meeting hosted by Amec Foster Wheeler, which last year became the first UK-based member of ETSON.

Among the topics discussed at the meeting were the admission of ENEA of Italy as a full ETSON member, cooperation with IAEA, how to strengthen ETSON’s position, nuclear education, and the work of the various ETSON groups

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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...

Ten members of ETSON participated in the IAEA General Conference in Vienna on September 26 - 30...

The research organisation Centrum výzkumu Řež (CV Řež) was founded on 9th October 2002 as 100%...

Between April 2013 - December 2015 CV Řež was part of the research consortium of the project...

Based on the concept of handling radioactive waste and spent fuel, approved by the Czech...

The project SUSEN includes, inter alia a study of the properties and behavior of devices,...

CV Řež as a knowledge based research organization spreads nuclear technology related knowledge...


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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