Issue No. 36 Spring
(May 2012)


ENS News

Word from the President

ENS launches the ENC 2012 Career Event!

ENS Events

TopFuel 2012

ENC 2012

ETRAP 2013

Member Societies

SFEN’s Annual Convention focuses on “The nuclear industry one year after Fukushima.”

Opinion and knowledge of Austrians about nuclear power

An Mariën wins BNS Thesis Competition for her research into oxygen sensors

BNS Chairman Eric van Walle speaks about the important role played in our society by the BNS

Eighteenth Frédéric Joliot/Otto Hahn Summer School to focus on innovative modular reactors

News from the Hungarian Nuclear Society

SNUS Scientific Expedition to Chernobyl NPP


21st International Nuclear Energy for New Europe Conference, Ljubljana, 5-7 September, 2012

“November Nuclear” at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

YGN Report

PIME 2012: A Young Generation report on Europe’s N° 1 conference for nuclear communicators

RRFM 2012: A Young Generation perspective

Corporate Members

Ansaldo Nucleare, Nuvia and Cammell Laird create wide-ranging nuclear power design and build partnership

The world’s first movie shot on the real NPPs

Dr. Sebastien Couet (KUL) wins the SCK•CEN Prof. Roger Van Geen Scientific Award

European Institutions

A status report on the Implementing Geological Disposal of Radioactive Waste Technology Platform (IGD-TP)

ENS World News

National Nuclear Laboratory: providing specialised nuclear technology services for an expanding customer base

ENS sponsored conferences

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TopFuel 2012

TopFuel 2012
2 - 6 September 2012 in Manchester, United Kingdom


ENC 2012

ENC 2012
9 - 12 December 2012 in Manchester, United Kingdom

ETRAP 2013

ETRAP 2013
13 - 15 March 2013 in Vienna, Austria


Dr. Sebastien Couet (KUL) wins the SCK•CEN Prof. Roger Van Geen Scientific Award

At the initiative of the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre, SCK•CEN, and the Fund for Scientific Research Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique, FNRS in French, and the Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek, FWO, in Dutch), the biennial SCK•CEN Professor Roger Van Geen Scientific Award is presented. This award, for which the winner receives 12,500€, recognises a research project that has provided an original contribution to or achieved important progress in an area of SCK•CEN expertise. The study must be at a post-doctoral level and should not have previously won an award. It is reserved for an individual project that has been submitted by researchers from a Belgian university, or from another research institution other than SCK•CEN.

The prize this year was presented at the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium, on 19 March, by Melchior Wathelet, Secretary of State for Environment, Energy and Mobility, in the Belgian government.

Prof. Roger Van Geen Scientific Award
Elisabeth Monard, secretary-general of FWO, Dr. Sebastien Couet; Pierre Crevits, Principal Private Secretary of the Secretary of State for Environment, Energy and Mobility; Dr. Frank Deconinck, President of SCK•CEN’s Board of Directors.

Dr. Sebastien Couet won the award for his research project entitled: A Study of the magnetic and dynamic properties of nanoscale systems by nuclear resonant scattering.

Dr. Couet developed a "special" nuclear analysis technique, i.e., that of nuclear scattering. Many phenomena in solid state physics can be studied using this technique. In order to gain an insight into the behaviour and interaction of the individual components of electronic equipment, macroscopic measurement methods e.g. no longer suffice. The measurement must be carried out at a nanoscale level, because we are dealing with the measurement of objects no more than a few atoms in size. The experiment was carried out at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) in Grenoble, France.

Nuclear technology, and in particular the method of nuclear resonant scattering, is a unique way of visualising this interaction in a non-destructive manner. This study may also lead to the development of superconductive materials.

Below is a CV of Professor van Geen, who gave his name to the prize.

Prof. Roger Van Geen (1935 - 1995): a CV

Professor Roger Van Geen obtained a Masters in Physics and a Doctor of Sciences at the ULB (Université Libre de Bruxelles, or “Free University of Brussels”). He later became a full-time professor and Dean of the Faculty of Science and Applied Science at the VUB (the Dutch-speaking Vrije Universiteit Brussel, where he was appointed Rector in 1974.

The Academic Hospital of the VUB was inaugurated under his rectorship. He also decided to build an oncology centre and a children’s hospital. Professor Van Geen became a member of the board of SCK•CEN in 1975 and its Managing Director in 1989. From 1991 onwards, he was Chairman. He has left an indelible mark on the scientific achievements of SCK•CEN and made an important contribution to the development of a large network of international relationships. He also built bridges between the world of politics and the humanities.


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