More specialised publications on Nuclear Fission and Radiation Protection can be found on CORDIS (Community R&D Information Service):
For FP7 (2007-2011):
For FP6 (2002-2006):
For FP5 (1998-2002):
Paper versions of most of the publications
below may be ordered through the
EU Bookshop link 1.
Euradwaste '08 [9 Mb]
The Euradwaste ’08 conference in Luxembourg on 20-22 October 2008 brought together researchers,
radioactive waste management organisations, policy-makers, regulators, engineers and educators
to discuss the underground disposal of spent nuclear fuel and long-lived high-level radioactive
waste as well as the impact of advanced fuel cycles (partitioning and transmutation) on deep geological
The sustainability challenge [1,5 Mb]
Catalogue number: KI-78-09-613-EN-D
Yes to energy,
No to greenhouse gases.
Global demand for energy is increasing. We need to move quickly to an energy mix model, that encompasses
high energy efficiency and low-carbon energy technologies.
Report of High Level and Expert Group on European Low Dose Risk Research [2.25 MB]
This report of the High Level and Expert Group (HLEG) on European Low Dose Risk
Research, published in January 2009, summarizes key policy issues for ionising radiation risk management and
describes both the state of science and the main challenges in low dose risk research.
Based on this, a European research strategy is proposed with the key element of
creating a European Platform, to be named MELODI: Multidisciplinary European LOw
Dose Initiative. In addition key concepts are identified that should be incorporated into
the scientific strategy for such a multi-disciplinary low dose initiative. Five Member
States (Finland, France, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom), the Commission as
well as eight representatives of the research community with recognised high level
expertise in low dose risk research contributed to this report.
FISA 2009 - presentations from the press briefings at the conference
Presentations covered the following topics: * Safety of existing installations (Generation II Reactors)
* Research needed to improve performance of Nuclear Power Plants (Generation III Reactors)
* Innovative reactor concepts (Generation IV Reactors)
* Partitioning and transmutation of nuclear waste
* Education and training needs in the filed of nuclear physics
* The Sustainable Nuclear Energy Technology Platform (SNETP)
Volume 1 [5 MB]
This brochure provides an outline of the first batch of nuclear research and training activities funded
by the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Atomic Energy Community (FP7 Euratom,
Euratom: 50 years of nuclear energy serving Europe
Catalogue number: KO-76-06-492-EN-C
Languages: DE, EN, FR
In 2007, the EU celebrated the 50th anniversary of the signature in Rome of the Treaty establishing the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom). The Euratom Treaty provides a framework for nuclear activities in the European Union. This booklet summarises the evolution of the activities carried out by Euratom since 1958, when the treaty entered into force. It traces the road already travelled with a view to better future action.
Available in EU Bookshop as PDF and printed.
The Sustainable Nuclear Energy Technology Platform – A vision report [1.45 Mb]
Catalogue number: KI-NA-22842-EN-C
This report, endorsed by a large number of stakeholders – technology suppliers, utilities, research
organisations, technical safety organisations – accompanies the launch of the Sustainable Nuclear
Energy Technology Platform (SNE-TP). It proposes a vision for nuclear fission energy up to the
middle of the century, as part of Europe’s future low-carbon energy mix.
Euratom FP6 Research Projects and Training Activities – Volume III [2.17 Mb]
Catalogue number: KI-NA-22385-EN-C
This brochure describes the third batch of research projects funded under
the specific programme for ‘Research and Training on Nuclear Energy
(2002-2006)’ under the Sixth Euratom Framework Programme for Nuclear
Research and Training Activities (FP6).
Off-site nuclear emergency management and restoration of contaminated environments [2 Mb]
Catalogue number: KI-NA-21927-EN-C
Within Euratom’s Fifth Framework Programme (FP5), a number of projects were clustered in order to provide a more effective response to the objectives in the area of off-site nuclear emergency management and site restoration.
The SAMEN and MOSES thematic clusters described in this brochure were selected by an independent panel of the European Commission and distinguished with the award of being one of the success stories of FP5.
Dosimetry Research [1.72 Mb]
Catalogue number: KI-NA-21233-EN-C
Radiation dosimetry has been and remains a key element of successive Euratom research programmes and has contributed greatly to the effective development and application of radiation protection standards in Europe and beyond. Research specifically dedicated to dosimetry and carried out in Euratom Fifth Framework Programme (FP5) is summarised in this brochure.
Euratom Research Projects and Training Activities (Volume II - 2006) [4.4 Mb]
Euratom Research Projects and Training Activities (Volume I - 2005) [2.3 Mb]
The first projects funded under the specific Euratom programme for 'Research and Training on Nuclear Energy (2002-2006)' and selected under the European Commission's Sixth Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP6) are now under way.
The projects described in these publications are all involved with research activities on management of radioactive waste, radiation protection or other activities in the field of nuclear technologies and safety, such as innovative concepts, education and training and the safety of existing nuclear installations.
Euratom activities on research and development for nuclear fusion are not covered here.
Geological Disposal of Radioactive Wastes Produced by Nuclear Power? [676 Kb]
The European Union has been researching geological disposal for almost 30 years and is on the verge of constructing its first deep repositories. This document explains the current status of development and highlights in particular the achievements of the most recent Euratom work in the Fifth Framework Programme.
European Nuclear Reactor Safety: continued reassurance through research [1.8 Mb]
This brochure presents the broad approach andoutcomes of nuclear reactor safety research(NRS) undertaken in the Euratom Fifth Framework Programme (FP5) between 1998 and 2002. Although supported by the European Commission (EC), NRS in FP5 was driven by the clear research priorities identified by the wider European nuclear sector, including the electricity generation and distribution utilities, safety authorities, engineering companies and manufacturers, research establishments and academia.
Nuclear Energy – Can we do without it?
Nuclear energy today provides about 35% of electricity in Europe. It is an important factor in reducing Europe's energy dependence. However, over the past two decades it has been the centre of much controversy - so much so that several European countries have decided to dispense with it. No doubt the reservations have more to do with the issue of waste management than the safety of installations. But the nuclear sector has one major benefit: producing no greenhouse gases, it is - alongside renewable energies - a particularly sustainable means of producing electricity.
EN – FR - DE [~1.3 Mb]
Understanding the Effects of Radiation on Health [1.36 Mb]
This brochure provides an outline of the basic research sponsored by the Commission in its Fourth and Fifth Framework Programmes. The introductory part provides simple explanations of scientifically complex issues and outcomes concerning the medical aspects of radiation exposure, and looks at the application of new concepts relating to the biological action of radiation. In the second part individual projects are presented and their results explained.
This brochure has been prepared to disseminate the objectives and main achievements of research supported by the European Commission on «epidemiology and retrospective dosimetry». It focuses on research carried out in the 4th and 5th Framework Programmes but also addresses earlier research. The projects described encompass the ‘state of the art’ in this area together with progress that can be expected within the next few years.
Optimisation of Protection in the Medical Uses of Radiation [975 Kb]
This brochure disseminates the results of research supported by the Commission on radiation protection in the medical applications of radiation. A summary of Commission supported research over the past decade is followed by brief accounts of each of the supported projects. Some consideration is also given to future research needs.
Decision Support for Emergency Management and Environmental Restoration
Emergency or accident management arrangements are an integral part of the safe operation of nuclear facilities. Nuclear safety is built on prevention, mitigation of accidents and off-site accident management. A wide range of measures can be taken to protect or minimize the radiation exposure of potentially affected populations. This brochure describes the objectives and main achievements of research supported by the Commission in this field.
Catalogue number: KI-NA-19-793-EN-C
Partitioning and Transmutation [229 Kb]
The main concern in the disposal of radioactive waste in deep geological sites is related to long-lived radionuclides. Partitioning (chemical separation) and transmutation (radionuclide conversion) techniques offer the possibility of reducing the long-lived component of the waste, thus easing the waste management problem. The brochure outlines the Commission-funded research in this area.
Radioactive Waste Management – For a safe and sustainable use of nuclear energy
A sustainable use of nuclear energy in the future will only be achieved if a more permanent and safe solution for the long-term management of spent fuel and highlevel radioactive wastes meets with public acceptance. Deep geological disposal of these wastes is the preferred solution. Research for implementing disposal is being conducted in all countries with nuclear power. Chemical separation and transmutation of the most hazardous radionuclides from the waste could further increase the long-term safety of underground repositories. Disposal of the less hazardous low- and intermediate level radioactive waste at or near the surface is well established and implemented in several countries.
EN – FR - DE [~300 Kb]
Radiation Protection – Safeguarding of European Citizens
Radiation protection is highly multi-disciplinary and covers a diverse range of issues. The main focus of research over the past decade and for the foreseeable future is the better quantification and understanding of the risks of radiation at levels typical of those occuring in the workplace and the environment. This will be achieved by a combination of cellular and molecular biology research on the interaction between radiation and molecules (DNA), cells and organs, and epidemiological studies of exposed populations.
EN – FR - DE [~300 Kb]
Reactor Safety – Towards more safety and competitiveness in nuclear energy
Euratom framework research in reactor safety currently concentrates on “operational safety of existing installations”. It covers a broad range of physical phenomena and safety measures ranging from structural integrity, inspection and maintenance, to severe accident management. Technological requirements as well as organisational and socio-economic aspects are considered. Specific attention is given on developing a common safety culture throughout the EU Member States and the candidate countries. In the future, Euratom research is expected to continue contributing to the safety and competitiveness of the European nuclear industry.
EN – FR - DE [~220 Kb]
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