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  • SCK CEN - Joeri Gagarin (2021)
    12 April '21

    Gagarin's flight marked the start of space research with a human focus

    On 12 April 1961, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin took off in his Vostok rocket. Gagarin was the first man in space. That journey into space made him famous, even on the other side of the Iron Curtain. Now, exactly 60 years later, he remains an admired figure. Every year, fans celebrate his achievements and those of other astronauts during ‘Yuri's Night’, as do our own space experts. A letter. (Portrait photograph: ©spacepage)

  • SCK CEN - Code van Belgische onderzoeker kan striktere naleving van Kernstopverdrag afdwingen (2021)
    18 March '21

    Code from Belgian researcher may enforce stricter compliance with Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty

    A 30-year-old Belgian researcher of the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK CEN) is making it possible to enforce stricter compliance with the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty. How? By calculating the origin of a radioactive discharge with self-written code. A stunning piece of statistics that Canada and Belgium made available for CTBTO – the international supervisory body for this treaty.

  • RECUMO - IRE - SCK CEN (2019)
    17 March '21

    The construction of the RECUMO plant is now one step closer

    From 26 March until 24 April 2021, a public enquiry will be held into the construction of the RECUMO plant on the SCK CEN site in Mol. In the proposed plant, the research centre will purify the radioactive residues resulting from the production of medical radioisotopes. “Radioisotopes of that type are indispensable in the fight against cancer and other diseases and thanks to this installation, we can guarantee their supply. The public enquiry forms an important step in the realisation of the RECUMO project,” says Eric van Walle, Director-General of SCK CEN. Anyone can consult the file at the town hall or on the website of the Federal Agency for Nuclear Control (FANC).