Newsletter April 2015

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Nuclear Career Day, 12 May 
2015, Brussels

Nuclearcareerday.pngOn May 12, the SCK•CEN organises a "nuclear career day". 

One of the purpose of the SCK•CEN Academy is to contribute to the provision of a competent workforce in industry, healthcare, research, and policy, and of transferring nuclear knowledge to the next generations. In addition, we want to inform the early stage researcher and engineer about the possible pathways to start a career in nuclear applications. On the one hand they will be informed about the academic opportunities they can pursue to support their nuclear career (BNEN programme, RPE course, specialized courses in nuclear related topics). On the other hand several Belgian employers active in nuclear industry or healthcare, together with the IAEA and CTBTO, will inform them about possible jobs. 

Participating institutions, companies and networks are SCK•CEN, FANC, NIRAS/ONDRAF, Westinghouse, GDF SUEZ, Belgoprocess, EC-JRC, Rad4Med, IAEA and CTBTO.
The morning session will be filled with short presentations and time is foreseen for networking during a walking lunch. In the afternoon, visits to nuclear facilities are scheduled.
Registrations are open until May 5.


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The SCK•CEN Academy has recently launched a group on LinkedIn. 

The group intends to address topics that are directly related to the activities of the SCK•CEN Academy, but also inform about more general pedagogical insights and tools that can be used to support competence building and assessment of efficiency and effectiveness of learning events in topics related to the use of ionizing radiation. It is also intended as a forum where sharing of best practices with respect to nuclear E&T is promoted.

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Summer School on Heavy Liquid Metals, 15-19 June 2015, Mol


Heavy liquid metal (HLM) coolants offer new perspectives for the development of innovative nuclear systems for materials research, nuclear waste transmutation and energy production. The Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK•CEN) is at the forefront of HLM nuclear technology worldwide with the development of the MYRRHA accelerator driven system.

During this summer school, participants will gain insight into the state-of-the-art of research focused to the development of MYRRHA and other HLM-based nuclear systems.  The summer school will cover several aspects of HLM technology that are essential for the engineering design and safety of nuclear systems.  
Lectures will be given by experts from SCK•CEN and other internationally renowned research organizations. They will deal with the chemical, thermal hydraulic and materials issues and challenges in instrumentation and design.
Complementary to the lectures, visits are foreseen to various experimental facilities that were recently constructed at SCK•CEN in support of the MYRRHA project.
At the last day of the course week, participants will have the opportunity to brainstorm on best practices and selections of technologies for HLM cooled nuclear systems in and interactive sessions.
More information on the programme and the practicalities can be found on this website. Places for this summer school are limited to 35. You are invited to send in an abstract for a poster presentation on your research project.

Metal and liquids – from a different perspective

As a research center specializing in heavy liquid metal technology, it seems more than a coincidence that SCK•CEN is neighbor to one of the most successful Heavy Metal festivals in the world: the Graspop Metal Meeting (GMM). The GMM begins when the HLM summer school ends. The three best poster presentations will be awarded with a VIP ticket to enjoy metal and liquids at this unique festival.  

Register now !

High school pupils successfully called ISS during the "Food from Spirulina" event

20150423 Food from Spirulina (352).JPGOn Thursday 23 April, 100 pupils aged between 12 and 14 spent a unique day at SCK•CEN in Mol, attending the food from spirulina event. The high point of the day, which revolved entirely around space travel and science, was a live video link with the International Space Station (ISS). 

The event was the finale of a large-scale campaign run by ESA Education aimed at generating interest in space travel amongst young people. Pupils throughout Europe experimented with spirulina, a bacterium with a high nutritional value, which also produces oxygen; making it ideal for long space missions. 

Watch the video on the SCK•CEN website.
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