As a foundation of public utility, the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre conducts groundbreaking research into nuclear energy and ionising radiation for civilian use, and develops nuclear technologies for socially valuable purposes. The Belgian Nuclear Research Centre achieves this by means of independent, fundamental and applied research, and by providing advice, training, services and products.
The Belgian Nuclear Research Centre aims to be a leading research institution and a centre of excellence at an international level. Driven by inspired scientists and engineers, in combination with a unique infrastructure, the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre aims to develop innovative technologies that provide solutions for the social issues and requirements in the field of nuclear energy and ionising radiation. Safety and durability are always the key priorities.
Responsibility, Excellence, Innovation, Integrity, Sustainability
- Absolute priority to safety in all its aspects, including security and environmental impact, both in terms of research and services, and in the operation of the corporate facilities.
- Correct use of the available resources at the service of science and society.
- Knowledge, expertise and the provision of services at a world-class level.
Research with a focus on challenges and opportunities.
Scientific projects and publications at the top level.
- Room for creativity in the presentation and development of applications and innovative projects.
- Stimulating working environment.
- Follow-up and systematic implementation of relevant new technologies.
- Correct and systematic application of the scientific method and ethics.
- Decision-making and advisory process on the basis of scientific expertise.
- Targeting the optimal use of resources and materials.
- Contributing to solutions with regard to energy issues and the management of radioactive waste.
- Always incorporating the societal and ethical aspects reflected in the Ethical Charter of the Centre
SCK•CEN company synopsis (1 MB)
The SCK•CEN research activities are concentrated into three scientific institutes that each study a specific field of nuclear applications. A fourth institute ensures the supporting services and the administration.
- Institute for Nuclear Materials Science - NMS - Leaflet NMS (548 kB)
- Institute for Advanced Nuclear Systems - ANS - Leaflet ANS (581 kB)
- Institute for Environment, Health and Safety - EHS - Leaflet EHS (562 kB)
- Institute for Corporate Services and Administration - CSA
SCK•CEN has about 700 employees, of which one third has an academic degree.
The turn-over amounts to 95 million euros per year:
- 45 % directly from a government grant;
- 12 % indirectly via activities for the dismantling of declassified installations;
- 43 % revenues from contract work and services.