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Fission and radiation protection

Below is a selection of interesting links in the research areas of nuclear fission and radiation protection

Note: Inclusion in this list does not imply endorsement in any way by the European Commission (EC). However, if you think that a useful link is missing, please let us know at

CORDIS (Community R&D Information Service) provides all information regarding participation in European Commission research programmes. Calls for proposals are published on CORDIS and the site also provides a number of services to help researchers through the application process.

The Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) for Euratom covers the period 2007–11. This CORDIS section also contains a special sub-site on nuclear fission and radiation protection.

European Commission

Directorate-General for Energy and Transport (DG TREN) carries out studies in the fields of nuclear fission and radiation protection and is responsible for nuclear safeguards (including inspection of nuclear plants in operation), nuclear fuels supply, surveillance of transports of nuclear materials, decommissioning of nuclear installations as well as EU legislation in all these areas.

Directorate-General for Research (DG RTD) is responsible for coordinating medium- to long-term nuclear energy research.

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) activities combine short-term technical support with longer-term strategic research. It is also a Directorate-General, located in Brussels. The seven JRC institutes are located on five separate sites in Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain.

International organisations

ENSEuropean Nuclear Society

FORATOMEuropean Atomic Forum

IAEAInternational Atomic Energy Agency (UN)

NEANuclear Energy Agency (OECD)

WNAWorld Nuclear Association

Management of radioactive waste

Decommissioning and Waste Management (D&WM) Programme of the JRC – under the Euratom Treaty, the JRC is required to decommission its nuclear installations that have been shut down, and to manage the associated radioactive waste arising.

EU Decommissioning – the European Commission website on the decommissioning of nuclear installations.

GEDEPEON – organisation for studies of waste management with innovative options (in French).

Radioactive Waste Organisation – this provides a reference source for radioactive waste management professionals. Although this is its primary purpose, radioactive waste is a hotly debated and an emotional issue in today’s society. Therefore, all sides of the story are dealt with on this site in a non-partisan way.

Reactor systems

European Utility Requirements for LWR nuclear power plants – the European electricity producers involved in the European Utility Requirements (EUR) document aim at harmonisation and stabilisation of the conditions in which the standardised LWR (light-water reactor) nuclear power plants to be built in Europe in the first decades of the century will be designed and developed

Generation IV International Forum (GIF) – this is coordinating research and development on so-called generation-IV reactor concepts – the nuclear fission reactors of the future. Euratom is a member of GIF.

Joint Safety Research Index (JSRI II) – this provides the general strategy for the dissemination of information on nuclear research activities in the European Union.

Radiation protection

The European Radiation Dosimetry Group (EURADOS) stimulates collaboration between European laboratories in the field of dosimetry of ionising radiation.

The European Radiation Research Society, ERRS (formerly the European Society of Radiation Biology), is a European non-profit organisation founded in 1959 with the aim of promoting radiation research. It publishes twice a year an interesting newsletter in collaboration with EURADOS (see above).

High Level Expert Group on European Low Dose Risk Research (HLEG) is a recent initiative of representatives of six national bodies (with a policy interest or substantial research activities in low-dose risk research) and the Euratom research programme.

International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) is an independent organisation established to advance the science of radiological protection, in particular by providing recommendations and guidance on all aspects of protection against ionising radiation.

International Commission on Radiation Units and Measurements (ICRU) collects and evaluates data and information on radiation measurement and dosimetry in order to recommend the most acceptable values and techniques for current use.

United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) assesses global levels and effects of exposure to ionising radiation.


European Research Infrastructures Portal, launched in July 2008 by the European Commission (EC) in collaboration with the European Science Foundation (ESF), is the first-ever web portal on European research infrastructures – an easy-to-access database on a large number of major European facilities.

European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) was launched in April 2002. Its role is to support a coherent approach to policy-making on research infrastructures in Europe and to act as an incubator for international negotiations about concrete initiatives.

Human resources, mobility, and training

EURAXESS – Researchers in Motion: jobs, services, and rights for researchers in Europe and abroad.

The European Nuclear Education Network (ENEN) Association is a non-profit international organisation established in 2003. Its mission is the preservation and further development of higher nuclear education and expertise.

Marie Curie Actions have developed significantly in orientation over time, from a pure mobility fellowships programme to a programme dedicated to stimulating researchers’ career development. Note, however, that there are restrictions governing the applicability in research areas covered exclusively by Euratom.

European technology platforms

European technology platforms (ETPs) provide a framework for stakeholders, led by industry, to define research and development priorities, time frames, and action plans on a number of strategically important issues for Europe’s future growth.

The Sustainable Nuclear Energy Technology Platform (SNE-TP)

Nuclear legislation

Legislation on nuclear issues: EUR-Lex

Summaries of nuclear legislation: SCADPlus

Further interesting links

European Nuclear Energy Forum – in the presidency conclusions of the European Summit of March 2007, the heads of state and government endorsed the Commission proposal to organise a broad discussion among all relevant stakeholders on the opportunities and risks of nuclear energy. As a concrete follow-up, the Prime Ministers of the Czech Republic and Slovakia agreed to jointly host this nuclear discussion forum, the European Nuclear Energy Forum, to be organised successively in Bratislava and Prague.

ERAWATCH provides information on national and regional research policies, actors, organisations, and programmes. It is jointly carried out by the EC’s Directorates-General for Research and Joint Research Centre in collaboration with CORDIS.

EUREKA is a pan-European network for market-oriented, industrial R&D – created as an intergovernmental initiative in 1985.

General energy-related links

Links related to fusion research

Links related to sustainable energy systems