Belgian Nuclear Society

Dear BNS Member, Dear Visitor,

Within its mission, the Belgian Nuclear Society (BNS) has a successful history of organizing multiple events providing an up-to-date overview of the large variety of peaceful applications of nuclear engineering.

Programme for the current year:

At June’s General Assembly we had the opportunity to hear Bernard Malherbe, director at Jan de Nul Group, on the use of radioactive tracers in sands to enhance the dredging activities for long term management of navigation ways. In September, the BNS joined its efforts with the Belgian Nuclear higher Education Network (BNEN) enabling to assist to interesting lectures, one regarding the first detection of gravitational waves.

In October, the BNS organized a workshop in collaboration with SCK•CEN on the BR2, the most performing operating material test and radiopharma production reactor in Europe. As an ideal complement to this workshop, the BNS Young Generation organized an exceptional visit of the BR2 reactor.

In November, a visit to IBA cyclotron fabrication plant in Louvain-la-Neuve was organized, followed by a lecture on the recent development of proton therapy presented by Yves Jongen, founder and CEO of IBA. That’s 70 years after the idea of radiotherapy was proposed by Bob Wilson in 1946.

Other exciting events and technical visits are foreseen in 2017 starting with the Long Term Operation of the Belgian NPPs and the 2017 edition of the scientific contest.

We sincerely hope to meet you on the occasion of one of our activities!

Why wouldn’t you also join the BNS?

Please find some good reasons on our membership page. We will be glad to meet you and to listen to any suggestion to promote the advancement of nuclear science and engineering.

Sammy Shihab
Chairman of the Belgian Nuclear Society

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Hans Vanmarcke becomes chair of UNSCEAR

The Belgian Nuclear Society is particularly proud to announce that our honorable member Prof. Dr. Hans Vanmarcke was chosen to chair the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) starting the 1st of January 2017.

Prof. Dr. Vanmarcke served as President of the Belgian Society for Radiation Protection from 1999 to 2000 and is an expert of the Belgian Superior Health Council and a member of the Scientific Council of the Belgian Federal Agency of Nuclear Control (FANC).

In June 2014, he gave an evening lecture at the BNS on “UNSCEAR’s 2013 Report on Levels and Effects due to the Fukushima Accident”.

We wish him all the success in this new challenging mission.