Annual report of SCK CEN
Science breaks patterns
2020 was an exceptional year. The coronavirus made us rethink our private life. It made us reinvent ourselves. At SCK CEN, we have been doing this for a long time. To improve, we constantly question ourselves. We dare to let go of what we already know and we dare to redraw what we had already designed.
Breaking patterns enables innovation
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.
With NURA, SCK CEN wants to discover the untapped potential of radioisotopes, both independently and as a Contract Research Organisation (CRO). In 2020, SCK CEN installed a MILabs U-SPECT CT scanner thanks to which cancer research can truly get started.
With the research infrastructure MYRRHA, SCK CEN aims to tackle a broad range of social challenges. In 2020, the research centre was able to tick off several milestones in the construction of MYRRHA.
In the RECUMO facility, the research centre will purify the radioactive residues resulting from the production of medical radioisotopes. In 2020, our research centre has submitted a request to extend an existing nuclear facility on our site.
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