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SCK CEN celebrates 70th anniversary with visiting days

21 April '22

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the nuclear research centre SCK CEN. To celebrate this anniversary, SCK CEN organises visiting days. On 11 and 12 June, the general public can come and take a fascinating look behind the scenes. Registration is required. It is possible to register until 22 May via


In 2022, it is exactly 70 years since the creation of SCK CEN, the only nuclear research centre in Belgium. At the time, it was created to promote nuclear energy in Belgium and start the atomic era. "Over the years, our scientific curiosity has allowed us to explore new fields of research and discover the immense potential of the atom. We proved that the atom has a lot to offer. It makes a world of difference in the fight against cancer, it sharpens our fundamental knowledge on materials and nuclear fuel and it even opens the door to space exploration", states Eric van Walle, Director-General of SCK CEN. 

To celebrate its 70th anniversary, SCK CEN organises visiting days. On 11 and 12 June, the nuclear research centre will give a unique look behind the scenes. It promises to be an unforgettable experience. “We immerse the visitors in the intriguing world of nuclear science and technology. They can dive into the virtual reactor vessel of Belgian Reactor 2 (BR2) and visit the control room of Belgian Reactor 1 (BR1), which is the first and still operating reactor in Belgium”, illustrates Eric van Walle. Furthermore, the visitors will discover what role the nuclear sector plays in the fight against cancer, what is involved in the dismantling of nuclear power plants, what research SCK CEN is performing into solutions for radioactive waste and how reactor technology can help.  

Registration is required 

Pioneering research, innovative technology and unique infrastructures. Those interested will learn all about this during a visit of two to three hours. Anyone wanting to attend the visiting days must register in advance. Participants must be at least 12 years old on the day of the visit.  


Due to the large number of stairs, thresholds and other obstacles, visiting our research centre is unfortunately not possible for wheelchair users. 

Register quickly as places are limited! Register before Sunday 22/05/2022.

Click here

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