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We explore. Driven by our passion for science. Boosted by our unique infrastructure. We sound out the frontiers. We expand our knowledge in various nuclear areas. However many horizons we may explore, we always pursue the same objective: developing innovative applications for society. Why do we strive for this objective? Because we are convinced that, with one of the smallest elements on earth, the atom, we can make the biggest difference for society. Both now and in the future.

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SCK CEN - NURA (2019)

NURA

With its NURA project, SCK CEN significantly increases its contribution to the fight against cancer. By pooling its knowledge and expertise in terms of radiopharmaceuticals, NURA contributes to the development of the next-generation radiopharmaceuticals. More specifically, NURA performs game-changing research into radiopharmaceuticals for treating different types of cancer in cooperation with clinical and industrial partners.

2019 MYRRHA - SCK CEN

MYRRHA

SCK CEN works actively on the design and construction of a new multi-purpose research plant: MYRRHA, which stands for Multi-purpose HYbrid Research Reactor for High-tech Applications.  MYRRHA is a versatile research infrastructure but above all unique. It is the world's first research reactor driven by a particle accelerator.

RECUMO - SCK CEN - IRE (2019)

RECUMO

With the public-public partnership RECUMO, SCK CEN and the National Institute for Radio Elements (IRE) reach out to one another. SCK CEN will decontaminate the current and future highly radioactive residues and thus reduce the stock. In this way, RECUMO contributes to the security of supply of medical radio-isotopes, which are indispensable in the fight against cancer.

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SCK CEN - Joeri Gagarin (2021)
12 April '21

Gagarin's flight marked the start of space research with a human focus

On 12 April 1961, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin took off in his Vostok rocket. Gagarin was the first man in space. That journey into space made him famous, even on the other side of the Iron Curtain. Now, exactly 60 years later, he remains an admired figure. Every year, fans celebrate his achievements and those of other astronauts during ‘Yuri's Night’, as do our own space experts. A letter. (Portrait photograph: ©spacepage)

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Health

From cancer research to the impact of radioactivity on the body: SCK CEN’s research knows no boundaries.

Environment

SCK CEN is working on many applications to protect people and the environment, now and in a distant future, against ionising radiation.

Society

Any research conducted by SCK CEN has a social added value, but society is also the very subject of one specific research field.

Materials

Thanks to its knowledge in material aging, SCK CEN accurately predicts how materials (will) behave in a nuclear reactor.

Technology

SCK CEN boosts innovation in nuclear technology in various ways.

Safety

Safety is our priority, radiation protection our keyword. SCK CEN measures, monitors and analyses.

SCK CEN Academy

SCK CEN Academy: a matter of acquiring and sharing knowledge

Making progress by letting our scientific curiosity prevail. This is what our research centre is about. This reasoning leads to breakthroughs. However, we can only make a difference if we share our knowledge with others. This is why SCK CEN and its Academy offer a whole range of training courses and schooling.
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