Euratom Nuclear Research - News & Events

21 October 2009

Understanding research in nuclear science and technology

Understanding research in nuclear science and technology is now much easier. The European Commission's Directorate-General for Research presents the topic in this new film. In ten minutes you will get to know about key areas of nuclear research funded by the European Union through the Euratom Framework Programme, including research activities in geological disposal, reactor systems and radiation protection.

Watch the video in QuickTime (69 MB). (If the video does not appear, then you may need to download the latest version of QuickTime from the Apple Website. Or you can download it to your PC (right mouse click and choose Save Target/Link As...) and view it from there using QuickTime.

You can also watch the four chapters of the film separately. Click on the title or image and the film will start in YouTube. (NB: YouTube's privacy policy may differ from that of this site.)

Euratom: Nuclear Fission and Radiation Protection


Combating climate change and ensuring sufficient and sustainable energy sources: these are our century's two main energy-related goals. Nuclear research aims to help find economically and environmentally sustainable solutions to the challenges of realising these goals. The European Union is funding the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) to the tune of 2.7 billion euros for the period 2007 - 2011.

Euratom: Reactor Systems


Today’s reactors – known as 'Generation II' – contribute 31% of Europe's total electricity production. The most recent evolution of this technology can be found in today's third generation nuclear plants, such as those under construction in Finland and France. The Euratom research programme is looking into advanced fourth generation designs. The appeal of these 'Generation IV' reactors lies in their improved credentials in terms of sustainability, both as regards their use of uranium resources and their ability to minimize waste production.

Euratom: Nuclear Waste Management


Radioactive waste is perceived as being one of the most challenging issues for the future. European researchers are therefore working hard to find solutions: to reduce the actual amount of nuclear waste; and implement solutions for the safe disposal of all types of waste, in particular high-level and long-lived fission products.

Euratom: Radiation Protection


Ionising radiation is increasingly used in medical diagnosis and treatment in Europe. Because of this, we should know more about the effects of ionising radiation on the human body. Scientists are looking at reducing exposure to medical radiation.


EC Communication Officer:
Marta Wysoczynska, Tel. +32 229-96590

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