Petten (NL) - 22/11/11
JRC and Netherlands celebrate 50 years of research collaboration
On 22 November the JRC Institute for Energy and Transport (IET) and the Dutch Nuclear Research and Consultancy Group (NRG) celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the High Flux Reactor (HFR) in Petten, and 50 years of research co-operation between the European Commission and the Netherlands. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, as well as Maxime Verhagen, the Vice Prime Minister of the Netherlands joined the event along with policy makers and researchers.
The High Flux Reactor in Petten is owned by the Commission and operated by the NRG. Originally designed for research purposes, it is a major supplier of medical isotopes, which are used worldwide in cancer treatment and diagnosis. A symposium “Forward Thinking” took place on the occasion of the event. At the end of the programme the guests visited IET laboratories and the High Flux Reactor.
Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn and IET Director Giovanni de Santi at the anniversary celebration© EU, 2011
HM Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands visiting the reactor with Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn© EU, 2011