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School on models in support of nuclear data in the frame of the SANDA project

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09/05/2022 - 13/05/2022

Retieseweg 111



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 (Retieseweg 111, 2440 Geel, Belgium) from May 9-13, 2022.

The course focuses on the production of evaluated nuclear data related to the nuclear fission process.

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


The school is divided in three parts:

  • Experimental
    • Measurements of fission fragment characteristics;
    • Measurements of prompt fission neutrons and gamma rays;
    • Measurements of neutron induced fission cross sections.
  • Theoretical
    • Nuclear fission modelling with FIFRELIN and others;
    • Theoretical models for neutron induced fission cross sections;
    • Intra Nuclear Cascade model.
  • Applications
    • Production of radionuclides for medical applications;
    • Nuclear data in support to the development of MYRRHA;
    • Nuclear data for characterization of spent nuclear fuel and nuclear materials.


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 school will include a session to allow master students, PhD students and early-stage postdocs to orally present their work in 15 minutes.

Please send your oral presentation to academy [at] sckcen [dot] be before May 2, 2022.

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 attitude:

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


The registration fee to the school is 150 EURO (21% VAT excluded) and the deadline for application is March 15, 2022.

The school will focus on interaction and dialogue. For this reason, the number of participants will be limited to 30.

Cancellation with total refund is only possible until April 15, 2022.

For more information regarding the application for this school, please see below ‘Extra information - application procedure’.

Registration info

You can send in your application until March 15, 2022.

The training will focus on interaction and dialogue. For this reason, the number of participants will be limited to 30 and there is a selection procedure for allocating places.

For the application conditions, please see below ‘Extra information - application procedure’.

All participants will be provided with:

  • Digital course material;
  • Lunches and refreshment breaks;
  • One dinner;
  • Certificate of attendance.

We attach great importance to the safety of our trainees. SCK CEN has the right to modify the programme, cancel or postpone the training course at any time based on further instructions imposed by the Belgian government or internal instructions by the SCK CEN General Management related to the current COVID-19 pandemic.


Participants are responsible for arranging their own travel and accommodation and transport to the school venue.

Suggestions for hotels nearby:

Application procedure

1. General application

Your application 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;
  • brief motivation to attend the school (max. 200 words);
  • scientific CV and publication list;
  • one-page abstract that describes the work that will orally be presented at the school.

The application should be sent by e-mail to academy [at] sckcen [dot] be before the deadline of March 15, 2023. We expect 1 pdf file containing all the requested information about the application.

Important dates for the general application

  • Application deadline: March 15, 2023
  • Decision announcement: April 1st, 2023
  • Registration deadline: April 19, 2023
  • Submission oral presentation: May 2nd, 2023

2. Qualification for 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)

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