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CANCELLED | Winter School on Models in support of Nuclear Data

08/02/2021 - 12/02/2021
Retieseweg 111


A winter school on 'models in support of nuclear data' will be organized by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission in collaboration with the SCK CEN Academy for Nuclear Science and Technology. The school will be held at the premises of the EC-JRC, Geel from February 8, 2021 until February 12, 2021.

The objective is to present students with state-of-the-art lectures on measurement techniques to characterize nuclear fission, modeling techniques to model nuclear fission and on techniques on how to combine these in evaluated nuclear data files.

This school receives funding from the Horizon 2020 Euratom research and training programme under grant agreement No 847552 (SANDA).


The detailed programme will be announced soon. Following topics will be treated.

  • Fission
    • Basic theory on fission
    • Nuclear fission modeling with FIFRELIN
    • Experimental measurements of fission
    • Evaluation of nuclear fission (combining models and experiments)
  • Fission outcomes
    • Basic theory on fission yields and delayed neutrons
    • Fission yield experiments
    • Evaluation of fission yields (combining models and experiments)
  • Cross sections
    • Basic theory of neutron induced cross sections
    • Experimental measurements of neutron induced cross sections
    • The optical model
    • Practical session using TALYS
    • The Intra Nuclear Cascade model and its application to spallation
  • Applications
    • Towards the JEFF 4.0 general purpose nuclear data library
    • MYRRHA
    • Nuclear data developments in support of MYRRHA
    • Spent fuel characterization
  • Student presentations


Stephan Pomp (UU)

Olivier Litaize (CEA)

Cyriel Wagemans (UGent emeritus)

Robert Mills (UK NNL)

Daniel Cano-Ott (CIEMAT)

Jean-Christophe David (CEA)

Stéphane Hilaire (CEA)

Arjan Koning (IAEA)

Stephan Oberstedt (JRC)

Carlos Paradela-Dobarro (JRC)

Arjan Plompen (JRC)

Peter Schillebeeckx (JRC)

Hamid Aït Abderrahim (SCK CEN)

Alexey Stankovskiy (SCK CEN)


The target audience are young researchers, which can be Master students, PhD students or early-stage postdocs.

Required Knowledge

A basic knowledge of nuclear physics is required.


The winter school will include a session to allow Master students, PhD students and early-stage postdocs to orally present their reseach in 10 minutes. Please send your presentation to academy [at] sckcen [dot] be (subject: Winter%20school%20on%20models%20in%20support%20of%20nuclear%20data) before February 1, 2021.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this winter school, participants will be able to

In terms of knowledge:

  • Explain how measurements of nuclear fission can be done and what observables can be measured;
  • Explain the nuclear models used in nuclear fission and know their limitations;
  • Understand how measurements and modeling combined lead to high-quality nuclear evaluated data files for fission.

In terms of skills:

  • Apply the TALYS code for simple cases.

In terms of attitude:

  • Have a critical mind set on the quality of evaluated nuclear data files related to fission.


Participation to the winter school is free of charge but registration is mandatory.

For more information regarding the application for this winter school, please see ‘Registration info’.

Registration info

Applicants need to fill out the application form (see tab 'Application info’) before December 1, 2020.
A notification of acceptance will be sent out before December 20, 2020.

Admitted applicants need to register themselves by January 4, 2021 by clicking on the registration button.


Participants are responsible for arranging their own travel and accommodation.

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Application info

Applicants need to fill out the application form (.docx) which contains the following information:

  • contact details;
  • a letter of interest specifying the current position and field of research;
  • status of the PhD study for PhD students or early researchers;
  • brief motivation to attend the school (max. 200 words);
  • scientific CV and publication list.

The application should be sent by e-mail to academy [at] sckcen [dot] be before the deadline of December 1, 2020. We expect 1 pdf file containing all the requested information about the application.

Important dates for the general application

Application deadline:                        December 1, 2020
Notification of acceptance:             December 20, 2020
Registration deadline:                       January 4, 2021
Submission of oral presentation: February 1, 2021

ENEN+ application info

A maximum of 15 participants can be awarded an ENEN PLUS mobility fund. Each selected participant will be entitled to a lump sum of 1100 EUR to (partially) cover travel and lodging expenses.

Eligibility of ENEN PLUS support:

  • PhD students and early stage researchers who request cross border mobility support;
  • PhD students and early stage researchers who are active or seeking a career in the 4 ENEN+ nuclear fields (nuclear engineering, nuclear waste management, radiation protection, medical physics);
  • PhD students and early stage researchers will be selected according to the Summer School selection rules and criteria.

Eligible applicants for financial support provided by the ENEN PLUS project are, in correspondence with the ENEN PLUS Mobility Rules[1], persons performing a transnational mobility action:

  • citizens of any EU member country willing to travel abroad (to another EU country or anywhere else), or
  • citizens of countries, which are not members of EU pursuing studies in an EU member country and having an already established relation with the receiving institution.

Qualification for application

Applicants should be either PhD students or early stage researchers, who completed their PhD studies after July 1, 2017. Besides the general requested information (see ‘General application’) the ENEN Plus applicant must submit a two-page abstract that describes the work that will be presented at the school.

The application form (.docx) needs to contain the following information:

  • contact details
  • a letter of interest specifying the current position and field of research;
  • status of the PhD study for PhD students or early researchers,
  • motivation to attend the school (max. 200 words),
  • scientific CV and publication list,
  • two-page abstract of the present research work.

The application should be send by e-mail to academy [at] sckcen [dot] be before the deadline of December 1, 2020. We expect 1 pdf file containing all the requested information about the application.

The criteria for selection of the participants will be based on:

  • the quality of the abstract and the research work presented in the abstract,
  • the achievements made during the last three years,
  • the motivation to attend the school.

All applicants are handled equally regardless of nationality, ethnicity, gender, language, religion etc.

The members of the Selection Committee are:

  • Peter Schillebeeckx (EC-JRC, Geel) CHAIR
  • Olivier Litaize (CEA, Cadarache)
  • Arjan Plompen (EC-JRC, Geel)
  • Stephan Pomp, (Uppsala University, Sweden)
  • Gert Van den Eynde (SCK CEN, Belgium)

Important dates for ENENPLUS support (see Application ENENPLUS mobility fund)

Deadline for applications:         December 1, 2020
Selection of applications:           December 20, 2020 
Decision announcement:            January 4, 2021
Submission oral presentation:    February 1, 2021

[1] ENEN PLUS PROJECT, Grant Agreement Number 755576 (

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