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Annual reports of SCK CEN

On this page you will find an overview of all previous annual reports published by the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre.


  • We are all natural sculptors. When we read or hear words, we shape an image of them in our minds. Except when it comes to 'the unknown'. Then our brain's pencil remains motionless, leaving the drawing board empty. The word says nothing and yet it encompasses everything. It refers to any place, situation or challenge about which there is little or no information. Clarity is missing.

    And this is where pioneering science can show its true power. It shines a revealing light on what has hitherto remained in the dark. That is why 'the unknown' is also our chosen scientific playground. Indeed, the nuclear sector has many such challenges. How do we contribute to a sustainable energy mix? How do we safely dismantle our nuclear power plants? And how can we use radioactivity to better treat cancer?

    This annual report is more than just a report of figures and results. It is a journey through the contrasts of success and challenge, but above all a journey with a new light on our world.

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  • July 2023. Summer beckons. In Belgium, holidays are just around the corner. We pack our suitcases to climb to the roof of the world (Tibet), explore the Jordanian rock city of Petra or admire the standing stones of Stonehenge. We rarely dwell on it, but someone, once upon a time, had to take the initiative to build those structures. Someone paved the way.

    Society also needs a pioneer: someone who knows how to map out the way to sustainable solutions to challenges. In 2022, we used the words 'pioneering spirit' and 'trailblazer' more than once. And not just for the sake of it. We have showed how we fulfilled that role in the past and how we continue to fulfil it today.

    Last year, with our revamped strategic plan, we made the promise to be the ‘pioneer of 2040’. We take up the challenge in the fight against climate change and cancer, and we promise to be an experienced guide in sustainable dismantling.

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  • We know from experience that we can only anchor growth through partnership. If you want to produce groundbreaking social miracles, you need a co-pilot – a partner who shares a vision, but has mastery of a different professional discipline. In short: two partners, two specialisms, one goal and the explicit will to share.

    And our will to share is great. We concluded numerous partnerships in 2021. This annual report brings together all these invaluable partnerships and introduces you to our precious co-pilots.

    On to the digital version.

    Download the annual report 'Highlights 2021'

  • Coronavirus is constantly challenging us to question existing systems and patterns. However, that's not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, that's precisely where the seeds of innovation lie. And that comes as no surprise to us, as scientists. Breaking patterns enables innovation.

    Many of our studies and projects are shaking up standards, including our own, and we therefore want to share them with you. This annual report compiles the 'seeds of innovation' that we planted in 2020 or that thoroughly 'took root' in that same year.

    On to the digital version.

    Download the annual report 'Highlights 2020'

  • 2019 was defined by the call for a better future. We attended climate marches, helped refugees and made charitable donations. We, as citizens, have proven to be very generous to each other. How does SCK CEN fit into this scenario?

    Discover the answer to this question in our annual report “Highlights 2019”! We look back at the efforts we made for society and the opportunities this work creates in the short, medium or long term. Glance through the annual report, travel through time and be amazed by the thousands of dimension of tomorrow.

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    Download the annual report 'Highlights 2019'

  • Pioneering. The passion of pioneering is a key element of our research centre’s DNA. Our research is not limited by the boundaries of what we know. We explore. We sound out the frontiers of knowledge. We have the guts to challenge ourselves and conquer unknown territories. We continue to move up a gear.

    We always go the extra mile. An extra mile in our preparations, operations and finishing. Always considering both man and environment. I kindly invite you to browse through this annual report and to join us in going the extra mile.

    On to the digital version.

    Download the annual report 'Highlights 2018'

  • A small lump in the neck, nothing more. Cancer, according to the diagnosis. More than 65,000 Belgians are diagnosed with cancer every year. This figure is expected to increase to some 80,000 by 2025. This means that an average of 200 people will be receiving bad news every day.

    We are proud that our centre can play a role in the fight against cancer. In 2017, we made greater strides than ever before. On the one hand, we met the global demand for medical radioisotopes, increase the radiation capacity and produced other radioisotopes. On the other hand, we made the MYRRHA research installation concrete. In the future, MYRRHA will contribute to producing of new radioisotopes and to developing less-invasive cancer treatments.

    2017 was also the year in which we pushed boundaries for undertaking new challenges. In Belgium and abroad. On earth and in space. In short: 2017 was a year of dreams and breakthroughs.

    On to the digital version.

    Download the annual report 'Highlights 2017'

  • The years go by and times change: 2015 was filled with all sorts of challenges, while 2016 proved to be even more tumultuous, with a series of unplanned actions on top of our planned projects. However, it has not prevented us from completing all of our ambitious projects, as you will see in this annual report.

    Our new strategic plan reshaped the future of our research centre. More than ever, we wanted to focus our efforts on the key areas in which, thanks to our scientists, our expertise and our unique infrastructures, we are able to create real added value for our society. Nuclear medicine and nuclear applications are the cornerstones of our strategic plan and gave rhythm to the activities of SCK CEN. In the future, they will more than ever be at the core of our research.

    On to the digital version.

    Download the annual report 'Highlights 2016'

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