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Mission & vision

Small and powerful

Do not underestimate the power of atoms: nuclear applications can make a difference. Now and in the future. This is why as one of the biggest research centres in Belgium we continue to perform research into them.


Driven by our passion for science. Boosted by our unique infrastructure. We permanently build on our current insights and expand our high-tech knowledge in various nuclear areas. These are our building blocks for developing innovative applications for society. In this way, we want to contribute to a world in which these and future generations can live safely and in good health.


Our values are no empty promises, they are at the core of everything that we do. These values motivate our over 800 employees. They work every day on the development of peaceful applications of radioactivity.

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    Game-changing science

    We think outside the box and dare to leave our comfort zone and the beaten tracks. As true pioneers, we continuously discover new horizons. Daring, innovative but always in balance: we make responsible choices based on our scientific expertise and our experience.

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    Social relevance

    Social relevance is the common thread that runs through everything we do. We help the world by suggesting solutions to social challenges, in terms of safety, health and sustainability. Based on technology but always focussing on people and their environment.

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    International anchoring

    We ourselves have deeply rooted knowledge but we are also open for partnerships. International partnerships are enriching. By joining forces, we aim to realise added value: scientific progress, expertise and quality. We act from an international mindset. This is also reflected in our workforce, which includes over 40 nationalities.

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Committed to Safety, Security, Environment, Health and Quality

SCK CEN is a global leader in the field of nuclear research, services and education. We are well aware that our activities and installations, like every human activity, can have an impact on society, our environment, our site and the wellbeing of our own employees. We therefore wish to show the same excellence that distinguishes our activities in their protection. Safety, Security, Environment, Health and Quality are cornerstones of our corporate culture.

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