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Workshop: Scientific dating - an encounter across disciplines

Places are fully booked for natural scientists and engineers. We are still looking for applications of social scientists.

Do you enjoy breaking barriers by collaborating across disciplines? Are you eager to explore the broader context of your research? 

Meet, mingle and match with your fellow students and scientists by joining us at a unique Scientific dating workshop!

05/10/2023 - 06/10/2023

The Belgian Comic Strip Center - Museum Brussels
Rue des Sables 20
1000 Brussels, Belgium



Research is becoming ever more collaborative and inclusive. This workshop matches you with scientists from different disciplines with the purpose of sharing insights on, and approaches to, research involving nuclear topics.

Connect and integrate different perspectives and forms of knowledge, stimulate your critical thinking and explore new ways to develop collaborative projects!

During two days, participants will:

  • Debate about the opportunities and challenges of working across disciplines and with various stakeholders
  • Formulate a research problem in a transdisciplinary perspective
  • Identify stakeholders and their potential role in the research process
  • Explore ways to collaborate outside your own discipline
  • Practice how to present your research to a wider audience


Participants will work in small groups on a selected topic of choice.

  • Small Modular Reactors (SMRs)
  • Reuse of NORM (Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials) residues resulting from industrial processes
  • Management of nuclear emergencies and post-accident recovery
  • Management of high level radioactive waste
  • Medical applications: mammography screening

More information about the topics will be provided prior to the workshop.



This workshop brings together MSc students, PhD students and junior researchers from natural and social science disciplines with an interest in nuclear science.


The aim of the two-day workshop is to stimulate reflection on research topics and practices across disciplinary boundaries in ways that are often overlooked in the training of young researchers. The programme uses a highly interactive approach that stimulates both individual and mutual learning.

Thursday October 5, 2023
  • Scientific speed dating
  • Discussion and debate on transdisciplinarity
  • Social dinner in the evening
Friday October 6, 2023
  • Designing a transdisciplinary research project in teams
  • Peer evaluation and poster presentation

The full programme will be available soon.


This workshop is organised by the SCK CEN Academy in collaboration with SCK CEN’s Programme for Integration of Social and Ethical Aspects into Nuclear Research, under the framework of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement 101061677 (ENEN2plus).


Participation is free of charge, but submission of a duly completed application file is mandatory (see registration info).

Registration info

Places are fully booked for natural scientists and engineers. We are still looking for applications of social scientists.


If you are a social scientist, please send us a motivation letter by e-mail to academy [at] sckcen [dot] be (academy[at]sckcen[dot]be) and cturcanu [at] sckcen [dot] be (cturcanu[at]sckcen[dot]be), including a short CV and top three list of topics (see above).

  • Deadline for application: September 1, 2023
  • Notification for acceptance: September 8, 2023


The participant is free to book an accommodation of its choice.

Please bear in mind that no transport is foreseen from your hotel to the event venue.

The following mobility grant can be addressed by students from outside of Belgium in order to take part in the workshop:


The SCK CEN Academy has 10 ENEN2plus mobility grants available of 700 EUR to attend this workshop. If you want to apply for this grant, please submit your ‘Individual application to a group event’ on the ENEN2plus mobility portal before September 8, 2023 (website will be updated accordingly in the shortest delay). If approved by the Committee, the amount of 700 EUR will be transferred directly to the bank account of the selected participant.


Mr Jakob Luyten

Project collaborator

SCK CEN Academy for Nuclear Science and Technology

Tel.: + 32 14 33 88 55

E-mail: academy [at] sckcen [dot] be


This workshop is organised by the SCK CEN Academy and NST unit with the support of  the European Union funded project ENEN2plus

Views and opinions expressed are however those of the authors only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Commission. Neither the European Union nor the European Commission can be held responsible for them.

Please note that the workshop could be recorded and pictures can be taken.  In principle only general pictures and images will be taken.  If you ask a question or give a comment, also your voice will be recorded. The SCK CEN may share these records on its website or via its network for educational and promotion purposes. Your registration for this workshop constitutes an explicit consent with regard to this processing of your personal data.

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