History

2018
The federal government announced its support to ‘the realization a new large research infrastructure in Belgium: MYRRHA’. The federal government decided to finance the construction of MYRRHA to the amount of 558 million euros for the period 2019-2038.
2017
Launch of the first bioreactor in space as part of the MELiSSA project.
2017
SCK-CEN was the third institute in the world awarded with the ICERR (International Centre based on Research Reactors) certificate from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
2016
As a member of 'entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs' SCK-CEN launches the project 'Inspiration' to revitalize spirulina cultivation in Congo.
2016
After 16 months of maintenance, the BR2 is successfully restarted.
2014
SCK•CEN builds a new animal shelter (animalarium) for research on radiation protection.
2014
Starting up of PRACLAY project: Heater Experiment in HADES. This is a large-scale test which studies the impact of heat on the deep clay layer. The clay layer will be heated during 10 years up to 80°C to get a reliable assessment.
2013 Final partition between SCK•CEN and VITO. 
2012 BR3 celebrates double anniversary: decommissioned 25 years ago and put into service 50 years ago.
2012 SCK•CEN celebrates its 60th anniversary and establishes the Academy for Nuclear Science and Technology. The Academy combines all education and training activities. 
2011 With the European GUINEVERE project, SCK•CEN realises the world's first demonstration model of an accelerator driven system with a complete lead core.
2011 In the aftermath of the nuclear accident in Fukushima, SCK•CEN offers support activities in areas such as analysis, measurements, technical advice etc.
2010 The federal government announces financial support for the MYRRHA project. Europe views MYRRHA as a priority research infrastructure for energy security and the fight against climate change.
2010 GUINEVERE, the scale model of MYRRHA, is inaugurated; one step forward in the research on accelerator driven systems.
2009 SCK•CEN coordinates Belgian research on fusion.
2008 The BR3 reactor chimney is demolished: an important step in the dismantling process.
2006 SCK•CEN undergoes a reorganisation process which leads to the creation of three scientific institutes. Each institute researches a specific field of nuclear applications. A fourth institute becomes responsible for communications, support services and administration.
2006 SCK•CEN celebrates the 50th anniversary of Belgian reactor 1 (BR1) and its dosimetry expertise.
2004 SCK•CEN opens new laboratories to expand research into radiobiology, radio-ecology and astronautics.
2001 SCK•CEN launches the ‘Master’s Degree Course in Nuclear Engineering’ in collaboration with five Belgian universities.
1999 SCK•CEN removes the reactor vessel from Belgian Reactor 3 (BR3).
1999 The MYRRHA research project begins.
1998 SCK•CEN incorporates human and social sciences into its research programmes.
1995 A major research programme (EIG EURIDICE) is launched in which SCK•CEN, NIRAS and other partners research whether radioactive waste can be stored safely in layers of clay deep underground.
1991 SCK•CEN’s non-nuclear activities are now brought under the umbrella of VITO, the Flemish Institute for Technological Research [Vlaamse Instelling voor Technologisch Onderzoek]. Both institutes continue to work in harmony on the same site, whilst developing independently from each other.
1987

The BR3 pressurised water reactor is closed down. This immediately leads to the launch of the first research programme in Western Europe. 

1986 SCK•CEN is involved in the measurements following the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
1974 SCK•CEN launches a research programme into the possibility of storing radioactive waste deep underground.
1970 SCK•CEN extends its operations to non-nuclear activities. 
1964 Commissioning of the VENUS reactor.
1963 Researchers introduce plutonium-enriched fuel rods into BR3.
1962 Commissioning of the pressurised water reactor BR3. 
1961 Commissioning of the BR2 reactor. 
1957 The institute changes its name to SCK•CEN (Studiecentrum voor Kernenergie – Centre d’Etude de l’Energie Nucléaire – Belgian Nuclear Research Centre).
1956 Commissioning of the Belgian Reactor 1 (BR1).
1954 Start building on the technical and administrative buildings.
1953 The newly founded research centre is established in Mol (Belgium) and the required land is purchased.
1952  The Belgian government establishes STK-CEAEN, the Research Centre for Nuclear Energy Applications [Studiecentrum voor de Toepassingen van Kernenergie- Centre d’Etudes pour les Applications de l’Energie nucléaire].

More details: SCK•CEN history brochure