EUROSAFE 2017 in Paris

The EUROSAFE Forum is an international conference on nuclear safety and security, radioactive waste management and radiation protection which brings together representatives of organizations specialized in nuclear safety and radiological protection techniques, research institutes, and regulatory authorities.

The last Eurosafe Forum was held in Paris on 6th  and 7th  November 2017. 240 participants from 25 different countries took part in this event; the major part of them was coming from European TSO, but we noticed the participation of representatives from Korea Japan, USA, Turkey and Vietnam.

Recalled at the Forum openness by the Director General of IRSN, the competent European TSOs, under the aegis of a powerful ETSON network, work together to remain a leader in safety and to harmonize technical practices in Europe and to disseminate them beyond Europe. This network is now recognized by the IAEA and the European Commission.

In response, G. Thomas, the Deputy Director General for Energy at the European Commission, proposed to ETSON and the TSO community to work on 3 themes:

  • the technical implementation of the European safety directive in the different member states of the European Union.
  • Harmonization of authorization procedures, including the generic evaluation of design.
  • Harmonization of the supply chain for equipment, a subject mainly driven by industrialists with the participation of TSOs ensuring the preservation of safety.

H. Wanner, Swiss president of WENRA, the European Association of Safety Authorities, said the harmonization of reference levels for safety concerns, power reactors and waste management. It builds on the experience of the safety authorities who are shared with members of different cultures.
O. Gupta, Director General of ASN, spoke about past and ongoing challenges, taking into account the aftermath of the Fukushima accident, the authorization process of the geological waste storage center which is a sensitive societal topic and segregation problems carbon in large nuclear components. This complex subject required a reflection of ASN inspection methods.

The Forum Eurosafe has a habit for many years to give voice to an expert outside the nuclear field. This year, Antoine Peigney, former international director of the French Red Cross has shared his experience of managing the Ebola crisis in Guinea. He highlighted the difficulties in interpreting weak signals (the first cases and the risk of a pandemic), the ability to project medical teams and organize themselves on the spot, to stop the pandemic, the management of customs and social problems of  the indigenous people.

Moreover, the ETSON Award recognized two young researchers for the quality of their work by submitting five nominees to present their work to the public from the plenary. This one selected the two best ones by vote. The two winners are:

  • Oleksandr Kukhostskyi (SSTC NRS) and Thomas Iesmantas (LEI) for the topic on "Methodology for Estimation of Uncertainty in Probabilistic Safety Analysis and Application in Risk-Informed Decision Making"
  • Liviusz Lovasz (GRS) and Sebastian Weber (GRS) for the topic on "simulation of asymmetric phenomena during core degradation with simulation code AC2".

The technical sessions, on November 7, covered research and expertise in reactor and facility safety, waste management, radiation protection and safety.


Bruno Autrusson, IRSN