Newsletter November 2015

In this newsletter:

IAEA and SCK•CEN Academy to cooperate deeper in education, training and research

20150917_IAEA_Academy-news.pngThe Belgian Nuclear Research Centre has concluded a Practical Arrangement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for cooperation in education and training of students and nuclear professionals.

The arrangement between SCK•CEN and IAEA constitutes a structural framework for future activities with emphasis on: 
  • Participation of SCK•CEN in more IAEA research projects.
  • Participation in expert missions to assess applications from countries requesting support from the IAEA, and missions of the agency in the area of nuclear knowledge management, education and training.
  • Exchange and dissemination of knowledge and information relevant to countries that have recently started with nuclear energy or will do so in the future. 

Read more about the practical arrangement between IAEA and the SCK•CEN Academy.


21 new PhD students started

20110207labos (15)_sqr.pngIn 2015 the SCK•CEN Academy received 150 applications from students interested in performing their PhD research in one of our centre's priority nuclear R&D domains. After evaluation by the members of SCK•CEN's Scientific Council 40 candidates were invited for an oral interview.  Finally, 21 were selected and have embarked on the preparation of their PhD thesis. This high number could be achieved also thanks to financial support of BelV, AVN, ENGIE, Belgonucléaire and Tecnubel.

The topics for the next PhD campaign will be published on 21 December 2015 on the SCK•CEN Academy website.

Read more about the SCK•CEN Academy PhD's.


100 PhD diplomas with SCK•CEN

phdpostdoc.pngPreparing your doctoral thesis at the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre offers you the best of both worlds: you stay in close contact with the academic world and you enjoy a unique international research environment, with advanced nuclear experimental facilities and top-level guidance from our experts.

In 1992 SCK•CEN embarked on a programme to support PhD candidates and post-doctoral researchers. Since then we have launched more than 200 PhD projects, of which more than 100 in the past 6 years.

This year we celebrate the 100th PhD diploma, result of research that was carried out at SCK•CEN in close collaboration with all Belgian universities.

More details of the past 100 PhD research theses can be found on the webpages of the PhD's.

Topical Day | Dealing with environmental contamination: from response to impact assessment
November 26, 2015

Radioecology_experiment.pngAssessing the biological responses and impact following exposure of the environment to contaminants is of concern to us all. Application of a multidisciplinary approach is necessary to evaluate the complex impact of abiotic stressors like organic molecules, metals, fine dust particles, radionuclides and (low dose) radiation on non-human biota as well as on humans.

This Topical Day brings together the expertise in this matter of two institutes: “Centre for Environmental Sciences of Hasselt University” and “Environmental Health and Safety of SCK•CEN”. Their researches include both fundamental and applied approaches ranging from responses upon abiotic stress exposure in single organisms and populations to the development of toxicity tests, risk analysis and solutions for contaminated areas. It is the aim of this day to, through discussion, ignite future collaboration.

Register now!


Topical Day | Generation and use of covariance data in nuclear energy applications
December  10-11, 2015

covariance.pngThis Topical Day, with a student seminar planned on December 10, 2015, aims to bring together scientists and engineers involved in the generation of nuclear data and their uncertainty and those using these data to model nuclear systems and assess uncertainties on the parameters they calculate. The Topical Day includes lectures on nuclear data, models & tools for uncertainty quantification and application of these tools to real-life engineering problems.

This event is organized by the SCK•CEN Academy in collaboration with the EC-JRC-IRMM and has support from the IAEA.

Register now!


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BNEN Academic opening 2015 - 2016

The official opening of the 14th academic year 2015 – 2016 of the Belgian Interuniversity Programme BNEN “Master in Nuclear Engineering” took place on Monday September 21th 2015 in the afternoon at the SCK•CEN Lakehouse. At this occasion, Yves Jongen from IBA presented thefuture of cancer treatment by proton radiotherapy. David Zenner from Elia explained the situation of the electricity system for next winters, and the opening of the BNEN academic year 2015 - 2016 was done by a video message from Minister Marie Christine Marghem.

View the transactions from this event on the BNEN website.


Training course on nuclear emergency preparedness
April 25-29, 2016

dispersion.pngThe training course on "Preparedness and response for nuclear and radiological emergencies" addresses the state of the art in nuclear and radiological emergency management including the latest international recommendations, the lessons learned from the Fukushima accident and the challenges we still face. The main objective is to provide fundamental knowledge and practical advice to all actors involved in emergency planning and response.

This training course is organized in collaboration with the main European emergency management actors and the European platform NERIS (Preparedness for Nuclear and Radiological Emergency Response and Recovery).

Register now!



View the SCK•CEN Academy calendar for upcoming courses and events.