Scientists, engineers and managers are all working together at SCK CEN as a close-knit community on applications of nuclear science that provide added value for society. In addition to our three world-renowned projects (MYRRHA, RECUMO and NURA), SCK CEN is active in various nuclear research domains - ranging from radioecology to nuclear fusion.
Characterization of Conditioned Nuclear Waste for its Safe Disposal in Europe: Proper characterization and quality control is essential for the safe storage and disposal of radioactive waste. The European research project CHANCE focuses on very specific and complex issues around this topic and discovers, validates or improves waste processing techniques. Read about the full scope and all partners of the research project.
European Joint Programme for the Integration of Radiation Protection Research: CONCERT is a European project that helps to streamline research into radiation protection within Europe. To this end, it brings together the relevant research institutes and universities within the European Member States in one large consortium. Within CONCERT, priority research topics in the short and long term are defined in consultation with the research community and end users. In addition to this, the project pays due attention to consultation with stakeholders, to the organisation of training courses and to the mapping and accessibility of the existing research infrastructure. All information about CONCERT can be found at www.concert-h2020.eu.
European CBRN Support Centre: When the European Parliament called for the urgent introduction of a European Crisis Response Centre, SCK CEN co-launched the Eccofex proposal. With it, the research centre contributes to a study into the feasibility of developing a CBRN centre of expertise. Among others, policy makers, emergency planners and social workers from the EU member states are involved in this. More information can be found on www.eccofex.sckcen.be.
European Network on Education and Training in RAdiological Protection: To protect employees, the general public and the environment at national and international level against potential risks of ionizing radiation, sharing knowledge proves to be highly necessary. SCK CEN monitors the quality and evolution of nuclear training courses and skills at national and international level, e.g. by coordinating the series of Enetrap projects (Enetrap, Enetrap II and Enetrap III).
ENhancinG stAkeholder participation in the GovernancE of radiological risks. By being part of the European CONCERT programme, the ENGAGE project contributes to the integration of research into radiation protection. ENGAGE performs research into the level of exposure to ionizing radiation of the stakeholders in various situations. ENGAGE studies for example the role of patients and doctors in nuclear medicine, the part played by local communities in disaster plans, or the potential cooperation between authorities in the fight against exposure to radon. You can find all the information on www.engage-h2020.eu.
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IL TROVATORE: The IL TROVATORE project was created to help addressing the global societal and industrial demand for safer nuclear energy. Partners from Europe, the US and Japan are working together on the development and optimization of accident-tolerant fuel (ATF) cladding material concepts for Gen-II/III light-water reactors. The most promising of these concepts will be validated in an industrially relevant environment by a dedicated irradiation in PWR-like water in the BR2 research reactor. Discover the full scope and publications of the project.
INtroduction of SPIRulina in Equatorial Africa To Improve lOcal Nutrition: Thanks to the INSPIRATION project, SCK CEN wants to develop and support the cultivation of the cyanobacteria spirulina in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Spirulina is nutritious and can therefore make an important contribution to the fight against chronic malnutrition, which currently affects 43% of all children under the age of five in Congo. Read more about the project.
Methodology, Analysis and eXperiments for the “Safety In MYRRHA Assesment”: The European Union identifies MYRRHA as a priority research facility over a long period of time. To guarantee the safety of the experiments during that time, MAXISIMA was called into being. The project assesses the safety of MYRRHA research and develops associated virtual safety software. Keep an eye on the project’s website for scientific updates.
MELODY: The general goal of the Melody project is to develop a harmonized CBRN training curriculum for social workers and medical staff. The focus lays strongly on the first reactions of CBRN-incidents. To guarantee a qualitative end result the programme will be tested thoroughly, improved and taught. You can find the status information and participants of the programme on www.melody.sckcen.be.
MYRRHA Research and Transmutation Endeavour: MYRTE conducts research to support the development of MYRRHA, the world's first facility powered by a particle accelerator. All info: www.myrte.sckcen.be.
Non-destructive Evaluation System for the Inspection of Operation-Induced Material Degradation in Nuclear Power Plants: The European research programme NOMAD contributes to the European effort to guarantee the safety and reliability of second and third generation nuclear reactors. It is also developing techniques to accurately guarantee the condition of vessel steel. Check the project’s website for more information.
Rotifers in Space: UNamur and SCK CEN have sent unique experiments to the International Space Station (ISS). On board: rotifers with a high radioresistance. With this project, we want to uncover the underlying causes of this resistance. These insights can play a role in the development of ways to increase the radioresistance of astronauts during future space journeys. Read more about the RISE research.