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Fission and radiation protection

11 December 2009

  • EU and Japan Make Progress in Their Cooperation in Fusion Research

    On the 4 December 2009 representatives of the EU and Japan met at the "Scuola della Carità" in Padova (Italy) to approve the construction activities and the manufacture of major components which will take place during 2010.

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27 November 2009

  • Harnessing the sun: Europe and Brazil strengthen ties in fusion research

    The European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) and the Brazilian Government have today signed a cooperation agreement in fusion energy research. Fusion aims to recreate the same reaction which fires the sun. Euratom sees the agreement as a step forward in the potential involvement of Brazil in the international fusion project ITER, the world's most ambitious fusion experimental reactor, which is currently under construction in Cadarache (France).

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12 November 2009

  • Disposal of nuclear waste - Europe leading the world
    Technology Platform for Implementing Geological Disposal launched

    Today the Technology Platform for Implementing Geological Disposal (IGD-TP) of nuclear waste was launched in Brussels with the support of the European Commission.

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06 November 2009

  • Europe and India sign cooperation agreement – ITER goes on

    The European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) and the Indian Government signed today a cooperation agreement in the field of fusion energy research. Fusion is the technology which aims to reproduce the physical reaction - fusion - that occurs in the sun and stars. The European Union and India are already partners in the construction of the international fusion tokamak ITER. The agreement was signed at the EU-India Summit in New Delhi by the European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy Benita Ferrero-Waldner and Dr. Anil Kakodkar, Chairman of the Indian Atomic Energy Commission (AEC).

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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.

26 May 2009

  • First Fusion Research European Supercomputer up and running

    The European fusion community is putting into operation its first powerful supercomputer aiming to analyse the behaviour of burning plasmas and of the materials surrounding them in a fusion reactor. This is a crucial step to ensure the success of the international fusion facility ITER, which is going to reproduce on earth the reaction powering the sun. The European "High Performance Computer For Fusion" (HPC-FF), the first supercomputer entirely dedicated to fusion research, was inaugurated at Forschungszentrum Jülich in Germany today.

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26-28 May 2009, Brussels - Charlemagne building

  • Sustainable Development Conference – a challenge for European Research

    The Sustainable development conference – organized in cooperation with the Czech Presidency of the EU – will celebrate the multiple ways through which European research contributes to global sustainable development: improved understanding of the environment, technological solutions, changing mindsets and behaviors, bearing in mind that it is also at the roots of unsustainable trends.

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18 March 2009

  • European perspective on Nuclear Fission" Report of the Scientific and Technical Committee

    The Report analyses the European perspective on Nuclear Fission and provides strategic and technical considerations for the future development of Nuclear Energy in the European Union.

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6 February 2009

  • Funmig project. Video Interview with Gunnar Buckau

    Management for radioactive waste. Funmig project. Interview with Gunnar Buckau - Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, Institut fur Nuclear Entsorgung - at the occasion of the Euradwaste '08 conference. Euratom 6th Framework Programme.

    Watch the video in QuickTime (8.5MB). (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.

14 November 2008

  • Euradwaste ’08 summaries online - Expert discussions about the implications of geological disposal of radioactive waste

    At Euradwaste ’08, a conference organised by the European Commission and held in Luxembourg, over 300 representatives of the research community, radioactive waste management organisations, policy-makers and regulatory authorities discussed the next steps to implement safe geological disposal of radioactive waste.

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13 October 2008

  • Speech of the Deputy Director General for Research of the European Commission at the Opening Ceremony of the 22nd Fusion Energy Conference of the International Atomic Energy Authority, Geneva, 13 October 2008

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23-23 October 2008

  • Ocatvio Quintana Trias, Director - Speech on Euradwaste conference 20-23 October 2008

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1-5 September 2008

  • EU-Japan meeting on Photovoltaic Research

    In the framework of the 23rd European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference which runs from the 1-5 September in Valencia , Spain, an EU-Japan Photovoltaic Research Meeting will be held on 2 and 6 September 2008.

  • This event is organized to discuss possibilities for future scientific and technological cooperation between Japan and Europe in the field of PV. It is hoped that the meeting will identify areas were there exist concrete areas for joint EC-Japanese R&D cooperation and provide the basis for a joint workshop to be held in Japan in March 2009.