Peter Baeten appointed as SCK•CEN’s new Deputy Director-General


Since 1 April 2018, Peter Baeten has become the new Deputy Director-General of the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre. The fresh Deputy Director-General will support our Director-General Eric van Walle in SCK•CEN’s daily management.

The 46 years old Peter Baeten will take over from Deputy Director-General Frank Hardeman, who becomes the new Director-General of the Federal Agency for Nuclear Control (FANC).

Peter Baeten is Doctor in Nuclear Engineering (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) and started at SCK•CEN in 1995. Since then, he has already had a successful and impressive professional career. In the beginning of his career, he was in charge of the safe operation and experimental programs of research reactors BR1 and VENUS. In 2007, he was appointed as Deputy Director-General of the Institute for Advanced Nuclear Systems before being at the wheel three years later. Peter and his team of 120 people ensure the technical development of the MYRRHA project and the BR2 experiments, operate the research reactors BR1 and VENUS and support the SCK•CEN Academy for trainings in reactor physics. “A very diverse range of tasks”, explains the nuclear energy expert.

The new Deputy Director-General already aims at a clear objective. “I want to focus on the smooth implementation of the strategic plan and I will make efforts to facilitate its integration in the research lines of SCK•CEN. I will do so in synergie with the realization of new nuclear facilities and the further development of medical applications.”

Beside SCK•CEN, Peter Baeten also provide lessons at the VUB and is active in nuclear organisations at a national and international level. He is Deputy Chairman of the European Sustainable Nuclear Industrial Initiative (ESNII) and serves in the Executive Committee of the Sustainable Nuclear Energy Technology Platform (SNETP).