Thanks to its thorough experience in the field of nuclear science and technology, its innovative research and the availability of large nuclear installations, SCK•CEN is an important partner for education and training (E&T) projects in Belgium as well as at international level. The Centre's know-how and infrastructure are available for these education and training purposes.
Preserving and extending nuclear knowledge on fundamental and peaceful applications of ionising radiation to serve society, is one of the key elements in SCK•CEN's research policy.
SCK•CEN's E&T activities are coordinated by SCK•CEN's Academy for Nuclear Science and Technology.
1. Guidance for young researchers in the preparation of their thesis
Specifically towards young scientific researchers, SCK•CEN opens its laboratories and its experts are available to mentor Bachelor, Master and PhD students. In addition, initiatives are taken towards high school pupils (guided thematic visits) and teachers (update on nuclear topics and provision of certain illustrations).
2. Academic courses and Training for professionals
SCK•CEN collaborates with several Belgian and foreign universities and contributes to academic learning.
In addition, we also foresee training in all nuclear topics (radiation protection, nuclear engineering, materials issues, emergency planning, decommissioning, waste and disposal issues, radiation biology, -ecology, -chemistry, …), tailored to the needs of the trainees in terms of programme, duration, level, language (Dutch, French or English), location, etc.
Among the lecturers are technicians, physicists, biologists, medical doctors, engineers and social scientists who all bring insights and ideas from their specific background into the course programmes. As SCK•CEN staff members, they have a solid knowledge and experience in their field, and can thus directly transfer their theoretical knowledge and practical experience into the various courses.
3. Policy support
The implementation of a coherent approach to education and training in nuclear science and technology becomes crucial in a world of dynamic markets and increasing workers’ mobility. Through networking and participation in international programmes, the SCK•CEN Academy contributes to a better harmonisation of education, training practice and skills recognition on a national and international level.
4. Research on transdisciplinary aspects of education and training
Understanding the benefits and risks of radioactivity requires technical insight and training, but also notice of the context and a sense for the social and philosophical aspects of the situation. In coordination with the academic sector, the research of the SCK•CEN Academy concentrates on how to integrate this transdisciplinary approach in education and training programmes for as well professionals as students and pupils. Specific training modules are also organised that cover this aspect, i.e. "exploring the science, ethics and politics of nuclear technology assessment".