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Sample of refined americium metal condensed on a tantalum disc

Sample of refined americium metal condensed on a tantalum disc © EC-JRC-ITU (Spirlet, 1991)

Dijon (FR) - 07/07/08 - 11/07/08

Plutonium Futures "The Science" 2008


The "Plutonium Futures 'The Science' 2008" conference, the fifth in a series of international conferences focused on plutonium and other actinides, took place from 7 - 11 July 2008 in Dijon, France. The event, organised by the JRC Institute for Tranuranium Elements (ITU) in collaboration with CEA (France) and AWE (UK), was chaired by the ITU Director, Thomas Fanghänel. More than 300 participants from Europe, America and Asia attended the scientific programme and ensured lively round-table discussions on global security and environmental concerns.

The conference provided an international forum for the presentation and discussion of current research on the physical and chemical properties of plutonium and other actinide elements. Topics ranged from the complexities of condensed matter physics in plutonium to important practical issues such as trace detection of plutonium in the environment.

The JRC-ITU is today among the few research institutes in the EU having a strong expertise and the facilities to actually maintain a high level of research on these so-called “5f elements”. The JRC has a key role to play to increase the awareness and expertise in basic actinide physics and chemistry in offering access to its facilities and organising knowledge exchanges.