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Below is a selection of interesting links in the research areas of nuclear fission and radiation protection
CORDIS link 1 (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) link 2 for Euratom covers the period 2007–11. This CORDIS section also contains a special sub-site on nuclear fission and radiation protection.
European Commission link 3
Directorate-General for Energy and Transport link 4 (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) link 5 is responsible for coordinating medium- to long-term nuclear energy research.
The Joint Research Centre (JRC) link 6 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.
ENS – European Nuclear Society link 7
FORATOM – European Atomic Forum link 8
IAEA – International Atomic Energy Agency (UN) link 9
NEA – Nuclear Energy Agency (OECD) link 10
WNA – World Nuclear Association link 11
Management of radioactive waste
Decommissioning and Waste Management (D&WM) Programme of the JRC link 12 – 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 link 13 – the European Commission website on the decommissioning of nuclear installations.
GEDEPEON link 14 – organisation for studies of waste management with innovative options (in French).
Radioactive Waste Organisation link 15 – 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.
European Utility Requirements for LWR nuclear power plants link 16 – 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) link 17 – 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) link 18 – this provides the general strategy for the dissemination of information on nuclear research activities in the European Union.
The European Radiation Dosimetry Group (EURADOS link 19) stimulates collaboration between European laboratories in the field of dosimetry of ionising radiation.
The European Radiation Research Society link 20, 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 link 21 in collaboration with EURADOS (see above).
High Level Expert Group on European Low Dose Risk Research link 22 (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 link 23 (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 link 24 (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 link 25 (UNSCEAR) assesses global levels and effects of exposure to ionising radiation.
European Research Infrastructures Portal link 26, 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 link 27 (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 link 28 – Researchers in Motion: jobs, services, and rights for researchers in Europe and abroad.
The European Nuclear Education Network link 29 (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 link 30 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) link 31 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 link 32)
Legislation on nuclear issues: EUR-Lex link 33
Summaries of nuclear legislation: SCADPlus link 34
Further interesting links
European Nuclear Energy Forum link 35 – 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 link 36 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 link 37 is a pan-European network for market-oriented, industrial R&D – created as an intergovernmental initiative in 1985.
General energy-related links link 38
Links related to fusion research link 39
Links related to sustainable energy systems link 40