Belgian Nuclear Society

Dear BNS Members, BNS-YG Members, Dear Visitors,

The long term disposal of nuclear waste is one of the commonly cited issues related to nuclear energy for the broad public and for anti-nuclear lobbies; among others, because of the burden it would impose to the next generations. On the contrary, workers of the nuclear industry often tend to overlook these ‘emotional’ aspects and are pretty much confident in the technological solutions today proposed for geological disposal.

But do we really know the challenges that stand behind the words ‘long term disposal’?

The apparently opposite positions between a broader and a more specialized audience have perhaps in common that one is not sufficiently informed of the solutions today proposed for long term disposal. Because of its societal impact and long term safety concerns, a final solution for nuclear waste should meet both ethical and technological expectations.

In order to keep you informed about these challenges, the BNS organises a Workshop on “Waste Management” on 22nd of October.
The Workshop aims at providing a comprehensive overview of the R&D conducted in Belgium and at the European level, in the framework of nuclear waste disposal. As underlined, this research follows a truly multi-disciplinary approach, with not only techno-scientific research but also ethical/societal concerns.

The Workshop will not only consist of ex cathedra lectures, as visits of the Praclay Hall and of the Hades underground laboratory are also foreseen.


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Roger Schène, Chairman of the Belgian Nuclear Society

The Fukushima accident and its multiple consequences created a significant and renewed interest among the population to better understand nuclear sciences and applications, their associated risks and their potential future developments. Our mission at the BNS is to try to give you access to a set of information as complete and as diversified as possible about various aspects of peaceful applications of Nuclear Energy.

We are willing to provide detailed relevant scientific information for nuclear specialists from Belgium industries, universities and research centers but also to the public including schools, teachers, researchers which have their own question marks about nuclear applications and nuclear sciences in general. As you know, nuclear sciences are very broad and include already many applications as well as many ongoing developments full of hope for many medical domains. Nuclear sciences include obviously but are not limited to design, construction and operation of nuclear plants.

The Belgian Nuclear Society has an important role to play today: from expressing thoughts to writing papers and organizing lectures and conferences. Our monthly Evening Lectures contribute to create a dialogue between experts and the public. This allows for having a direct contact with some of our best nuclear Belgian experts and raising the questions you might have. You will find more information on the upcoming Evening Lectures in the Activities section of our website.

Thank you for your visit and do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions related to nuclear sciences.