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SCK CEN Chair ″Roger Van Geen″

On the initiative of the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre SCK CEN, the Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique-FNRS (F.R.S.-FNRS) and the Research Foundation-Flanders (FWO) grants the SCK CEN Chair “Roger Van Geen” to an eminent researcher in the domain of nuclear sciences and applications.


Thomas Cocolios receives the “Roger Van Geen” chair 2021

The Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO) and the Fund for Scientific Research (F.R.S.–FNRS) awarded the “Roger Van Geen” chair to Thomas Cocolios, professor at KU Leuven. This biennial prize is an initiative of SCK CEN. This year, it rewards the career of T.E. Cocolios in the field of nuclear physics and nuclear medicine. Read more.

A series of lectures in autumn 2021

In order to make Thomas Cocolios' inspiring voice heard, the SCK CEN Academy is organising a series of lectures this autumn for students, academics and researchers of SCK CEN and other institutions. See programme below.

Lecture series in the framework of the 'Chair Roger Van Geen'

2021 Laurate Prof. Thomas Cocolios

2021 Laureate Prof. Thomas Cocolios

Radioactive ion beams – From fundamental research to society
Prof. Thomas Cocolios - 19/10/2021
Basics of radioactive ion beam production
Prof. Thomas Cocolios - 25/10/2021
State of the art in the isotope separation online technique
Prof. Thomas Cocolios - 8/10/2021
Fundamental research with radioactive ion beams
Prof. Thomas Cocolios - 15/10/2021
Expanding the reach of nuclear medicine with ISOL radioisotopes
Prof. Thomas Cocolios - 22/10/2021
From research to patient care – Challenges and prospects
Prof. Thomas Cocolios - 29/10/2021

2019 Laureate Prof. Eric Salmon

Molecular imaging and biomarkers for new concepts of neurodegenerative disease
Prof. Eric Salmon - 3/02/2021
Biomarkers in Alzheimer’s disease and frontotemporal dementia
Prof. Eric Salmon - 10/02/2021
Biomarkers in Parkinsonian syndromes
Prof. Eric Salmon - 17/02/2021
Molecular imaging of synaptopathy
Prof. Eric Salmon - 24/02/2021

2017 Laureate Prof. Christophe Poinssot

From U-ore discovery and mining to fuel fabrication
Prof. Christophe Poinssot - 22/02/2018
Pu mono to multi-recycling
Prof. Christophe Poinssot - 22/02/2018
Ultimate waste geological repository
Prof. Christophe Poinssot - 23/02/2018
Minor Actinides partitioning and transmutation
Prof. Christophe Poinssot - 23/02/2018
The basis of the LCA approach and its application to nuclear fuel cycle
Prof. Christophe Poinssot - 15/03/2018
How ensuring the future of nuclear energy in democratic societies?
Prof. Christophe Poinssot - 15/03/2018

The SCK CEN Chair “Roger Van Geen”

SCK CEN Chair “Roger Van Geen” is awarded by FWO and FNRS to an eminent researcher in the domain of nuclear sciences and applications. The research career to be awarded should include substantial and original contribution to the field of nuclear energy and/or nuclear radiation. Both technically oriented research and socio-economic research can be considered. Possible topics include but are not limited to nuclear engineering sciences, radiation protection, material sciences, radioactive waste management, dismantling and decontamination, nuclear emergency planning, radiobiology and radioecology, microbiology, industrial applications of radiation, medical applications of radiation, sustainability studies,..

The recipient of the SCK CEN Chair “Roger Van Geen” will be awarded 12.500 €.

More information and submissions of nominations are available via the website of FNRS and FWO.


  • PhD in Physics, professor at KU Leuven

    For his work in nuclear physics and nuclear medicine.

    Prof Thomas Elias Cocolios is an Associate Professor of Nuclear Physics at the KU Leuven Institute for Nuclear and Radiation Physics (IKS). Thomas studied Mathematics & Physics at McGill University in Montreal (Quebec, Canada) where he obtained his MSc in Atomic & Nuclear Physics in 2005 for research performed at TRIUMF, the Canadian Laboratory for Particle and Nuclear Physics, on collinear laser spectroscopy with fast radioactive ion beams. He then obtained his PhD in Nuclear Physics from KU Leuven in 2010 under the supervision of Prof Piet Van Duppen and Prof Mark Huyse, on nuclear structure investigations with in-source laser spectroscopy of radioactive copper at the Leuven Isotope Separator On Line (LISOL) in Louvain-La-Neuve and of radioactive polonium at the ISOL Device (ISOLDE) at CERN.

    He continued his research into ground-state properties of radioisotopes at CERN ISOLDE as a CERN Research Fellow (2010-2012) and then as an STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellow with The University of Manchester (2012-2015). He eventually returned to KU Leuven as Assistant Professor (2015-2020) and now as Associate Professor (since 2020). He continues his research into ground-state properties at CERN ISOLDE but has also expended his interest into novel radioisotopes for nuclear medicine, first at the new MEDICIS facility at CERN (MEDical Isotopes Collected from ISolde) and in the future at ISOL@MYRRHA in the Belgian Nuclear Research Center SCK CEN.

  • PhD in Experimental Biomedical Sciences, Medical Doctor - ULiège. Professor, Medical Director - ULiège.

  • PhD in Material Science - Université Pierre & Marie Curie, France Professor - National Institute of Nuclear Science and Techniques (CEA-INSTN), France

  • Dr. Medische Wetenschappen, G.G.S. Medical and Pharmaceutical, Arts – VUB, Hoofddocent en Fundamenteel Klinische Mandaten aan de VUB

    For his work "Molecular imaging using nanobodies".

  • Dr. Naturwissenschaften - Universitaet Hamburg, Lic. Sciences physiques - F.U.N.D.P., Postdoctoraal medewerker aan de Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

    For his work "Study of magnetic and dynamic properties of nanoscale systems by nuclear resonant scattering."

  • Burgerlijk Elektrotechnisch Ingenieur, Dr. Ingenieurswetenschappen : Elektrotechniek, Geassoscieerd docent aan de Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

    For his work "Modelling and design of analog integrated circuits for applications under extreme radiation conditions."

  • M.Sc. Physics, Dr. Wetenschappen, Postdoctoraal Onderzoeker FWO aan de Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

    For his work "The fusion of light unstable nuclei at energies around the Coulomb barrier."

  • Docteur en Sciences médicales - U.Lg., Master in Medical and Pharmaceutical Research - V.U.B., Doctor in de geneeskunde - V.U.B., Chercheur qualifié du F.N.R.S. à l'Université de Liège.

    For his work "Positron emission tomography studies following severe acute brain damage in humans : residual cerebral function and neuronal plasticity in coma, vegetative state, minimally conscious state, locked-in syndrome and brain-death."

  • Docteur en Sciences appliquées, Ingénieur Civil Physicien, Chercheur qualifié du F.N.R.S. à l'Université Libre de Bruxelles

    For his work "Probabilistic safety analysis of nuclear power plants. A methodology integrating the dynamic behaviour of the plant and uncertain phenomena in the delineation process of accident sequences."

  • Doctor in de Wetenschappen (Natuurkunde), Postdoctoraal Onderzoeker F.W.O. aan de Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

    For his work "Application of diffraction an reflection of neutron beams for the study of magnetic ordering in thin films and nanostructures."

  • Ingénieur Civil Electricien, Docteur en Sciences appliquées, Chercheur qualifié du F.N.R.S. à l'Université Catholique de Louvain

    For his work "Integrated devices and circuits in "Gate-all-around" CMOS on SOI technology for mixed analog-digital applications in extreme temperature and irradiation environments."

  • Roeland BAETS, Doctor in de Toegepaste Wetenschappen, Burgerlijk Elektro-technisch Ingenieur, Geaggregeerde voor het Hoger Onderwijs, M.Sc. (U.S.A.), Hoogleraar aan de Universiteit Gent
    - Piet DEMEESTER, Doctor in de Toegepaste Wetenschappen, Burgerlijk Elektro-technisch Ingenieur, Groepsleider aan de I.M.E.C., Deeltijds Docent aan de Universiteit Gent
    - Peter VAN DAELE, Doctor in de Toegepaste Wetenschappen, Burgerlijk Elektro-technisch Ingenieur, Groepsleider aan de I.M.E.C., Deeltijds Docent aan de Universiteit Gent

    For their work "Gegevenstransmissie met fotonica : een weg naar hogere betrouwbaarheid, dichtheid en functionaliteit."

  • Doctor in de Toegepaste Wetenschappen, Burgerlijk Werktuig-kundig Elektrotechnisch Ingenieur, Master of Sciences (USA), Hoogleraar aan de Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

    For his work "Programmeeromgeving ter ondersteuning van het specifieren en uitvoeren van sensorgestuurde robottaken."

Prof. Roger Van Geen (1935-1995)

Prof. Roger Van Geen obtained his Master's degree in Physics and a doctorate in Science at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB). He went on to become a Professor and Dean in the Faculty of Sciences and Applied Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), where he was appointed to the position of Rector in 1974. It was under his rectorship that the university's own hospital, the Universitair Ziekenhuis Brussel, commenced its activities and a decision taken by Prof. Van Geen also led to the construction of an oncology centre and a paediatric hospital.

In 1975, Prof. Van Geen joined the Board of Directors of SCK CEN, where he became Managing Director in 1989 and Chairman from 1991 onwards. During his time in office, he made a decisive mark on SCK CEN's scientific ambitions and made a signficant contribution to the development of a major network of international partners. Prof. Van Geen was also a bridge builder in his dealings with politicians and the humanities.

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