Past activities

  • 28 Nov

    General Assembly + Scientific Contest SCK-CEN, Boeretang 200, 2400 Mol

    details will follow

  • 24 Oct

    Evening Lecture October – cAt by W. Bastiaens (NIRAS-ONDRAF) 18h30 @Engie Offices, Bld. Simon Bolivar 34, 1000 Brussels

    Belgian national policy on radioactive waste, or the recent progress and advances in the final disposal of low-level radioactive waste (cat A) – by W. Bastiaens (NIRAS-ONDRAF) On 23 June 2006, the Federal Council of Ministers decided that category A waste would be disposed of in a surface disposal facility in the municipality of Dessel, […]

  • 26 Sep

    Panel session regarding HBO ‘Chernobyl’ series 18.30 @Engie Offices, Bd. Simon Bolivar 34, 1000 Brussels

    On April 26, 1986 the Chernobyl nuclear power plant near Pripyat, Ukraine, experienced a malfunction which resulted in a core explosion in reactor 4. This HBO Chernobyl series follows Valery Legasov, the lead scientist working to control the disaster, Boris Shcherbina, a Soviet politician representing the interests of the Soviet government during the disaster, and […]

  • 23 May

    BNS General assembly + EVL May – EU Long Term Decarbonisation Strategy Engie Offices, Bd. Simon Bolivar 34, 1000 Brussels @18.15

    by Francesco Ferioli (EC DG ENER) Parties of the Paris Agreement have to present their long-term low greenhouse gas emission strategies by 2020. As a first step to fullfill this committment, the European Commission developed an EU Long Term Decarbonisation Strategy of the European economy. The analysis is based on techno-economic modelling of the energy […]

  • 25 Apr

    The first phase of MYRRHA: Small Particles for Big Applications, by Lucia-Ana Popescu 18h30 | Engie Offices - Bd S. Bolivar 34, 1000 Bxl

    The Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK•CEN) is actively working on designing and building a multifunctional research installation in Mol: MYRRHA. This presentation will discuss the facilities to be constructed in the first phase of the MYRRHA project together with their applications.   About the speaker Lucia Popescu graduated from the faculty of physics at Bucharest […]

  • 28 Mar

    The Pallas reactor, by Matteo Greco 18h30 | Engie Towers - Bd S. Bolivar 34, 1000 Bxl

    The PALLAS reactor “It is PALLAS’ mission to provide unique solutions for nuclear medicine and research” The PALLAS project aims to realize a state-of-the-art multifunctional nuclear reactor, suitable for producing medical isotopes and for conducting nuclear technology research. This reactor will replace the current High Flux Reactor (HFR) in Petten (NL), which is approaching the […]

  • 28 Feb

    RECUMO, by Leo Sannen and Mireille Gysemans Engie Towers - Bd S. Bolivar 34, 1000 Bxl

    RECUMO | Recovery of valuable uranium residues of radio-pharma in Belgium IRE and SCK•CEN signed on the 27th of December 2018 a partnership for implementing a structural solution for the uranium containing residues stored at IRE. SCK•CEN is designing a facility to treat these residues with as aim to recover the valuable uranium and to […]

  • 24 Jan

    Vision on nuclear safety in the present context, by Frank Hardeman Engie Towers - Bd S. Bolivar 34, 1000 Bxl

    Vision on nuclear safety in the present context, by Frank Hardeman The vision on nuclear safety has considerably evolved during the last decade. In this presentation we limit ourselves to the European context, with a focus on the Belgian situation. It must be recognised that the Belgian nuclear actors, including the regulator FANC, all face […]

  • 29 Nov

    BNS-YG Scientific Contest 2018 (EVL) SCK-CEN

    This page is to register for attendance to the evening lecture. For participation to the Scientific Contest, please follow this link. Details for the timing will come later.

  • 29 Nov

    BNS Young Generation visit SCK-CEN / Belgoprocess

    Visit to Belgoprocess on the occasion of the Scientific Contest. Deadline for registration is November 12, 2018. For attendance to the scientific contest (evening lecture), please register separately here. Registration closed  

  • 25 Oct

    BNS EVL October 2018 – The economics of nuclear energy in an evolving electricity system: going beyond the Levelised Cost of Electricity, by Marco Cometto (NEA) Engie Towers - Bd S. Bolivar 34, 1000 Bxl

    Many OECD member countries are pursuing ambitious objectives in term of both greenhouse gas emission reductions and deployment of variable renewable sources, in particular wind and solar PV. However, the transition towards a low-carbon energy mix and the integration of large shares of variable sources have a profound impact on electricity markets, on the value […]

  • 27 Sep

    BNS Workshop September 2018 Engie Towers - Bd S. Bolivar 34, 1000 Bxl

    The Workshop will give you the opportunity to design a reactor or work out a high-level reactor concept and present it to a jury of senior experts of industry and the safety authority. See it as a quiz for nuclear engineers! In a first round you’ll have to defend your design or concept to a […]

  • 27 Sep

    BNS EVL September 2018 Engie Towers - Bd S. Bolivar 34, 1000 Bxl

    “MYRRHA – Design evolution of the reactor” by Hamid Aït Abderrahim SCK•CEN is at the forefront of Heavy Liquid Metal (HLM) nuclear technology worldwide with the development of the MYRRHA accelerator driven system (ADS). MYRRHA is serving since the FP5 EURATOM framework as the backbone of the P&T strategy of the European Commission based on […]

  • 28 Jun

    BNS GA + EVL June Engie Towers - Bd S. Bolivar 34, 1000 Bxl

    Nuclear Security, by Rony Dresselaers For several years, numerous political and legal efforts have been initiated to address the threat of nuclear terrorism by enhancing nuclear security. The latter is defined by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as the “prevention and detection of, and response to, theft, sabotage, unauthorized access, illegal transfer or other […]

  • 24 May

    BNS EVL May – From Antarctica to Mars – S. Baatout Engie Towers - Bd S. Bolivar 34, 1000 Bxl

    From Antarctica to Mars by S. Baatout (SCK•CEN) As space research evolves to ensure that crewmembers remain safe, healthy, and productive on long-duration space missions to Mars, the harsh environment of Antarctica provides an appropriate setting in which to conduct preliminary research. Indeed, Antarctica’s climate (winds up to 300 km/h), terrain, temperature (min -90°C), and […]

  • 26 Apr

    BNS EVL April – Belgian expertise and creativity in nuclear medicine Engie Towers - Bd S. Bolivar 34, 1000 Bxl

    Belgian expertise and creativity in nuclear medicine, illustrated with two ground-breaking projects, by F. Deconinck (VUB, Rad4Med), Z. Wimana (Bordet) and C. Vanhove (U Gent) Belgium is at the forefront of medical applications of ionizing radiation. Pioneering discoveries and developments have put our country in the unique worldwide position that the entire value chain required […]

  • 22 Mar

    BNS EVL March – Non-invasive cultural heritage analysis at the University of Liège, by D. Strivay Engie Towers - Bd S. Bolivar 34, 1000 Bxl

    Non-invasive cultural heritage analysis at the University of Liège, by D. Strivay The University of Liège has more than 20y of experience in the use of ion beam analysis techniques for cultural heritage research. Some of the recent developments and projects in archaeology, art history and conservation science will be presented during the lecture. The […]

  • 22 Feb

    BNS-YG Scientific Contest Engie Towers - Bd S. Bolivar 34, 1000 Bxl

    ONDRAF/NIRAS prize  A new prize is added to the Scientific Contest for two outstanding Master Theses defended at a Belgian University. The selection for these prizes is based solely on the manuscript, but the winners will briefly inform the public about the content of their work. The winners are:             Christophe Corazza (Master in Nuclear […]

  • 25 Jan

    BNS EVL January – EU future electricity supply Engie Towers - Bd S. Bolivar 34, 1000 Bxl

    A critical view on the EU plans for our future electricity supply, illustrated with recent results from the German Energiewende by Jef Ongena (FZ Jülich) The consequences of a massive use of intermittent renewable energy systems for electricity generation are highlighted using Germany’s renewable electricity data from the last 5 years. The great variability in […]

  • 01 Dec

    BNS-YG visit to JRC Geel JRC Geel - Retieseweg 111, B-2440 Geel

    The BNS Young Generation organizes on December 1 a technical visit to the Gelina and MONNET facilities at JRC Geel at 14:00 Programme 14:00 Introduction to JRC activities 15:30 Visit of the facilities 17:30 Drink (location tbc)   Description Among the pulsed white spectrum neutron sources available in the world, the linear electron accelerator facility at IRMM […]

  • 23 Nov

    BNS EVL + GA November 2017 Tractebel Engineering, @18.30

    Programme: 18:15 – 18:30 : BNS General Assembly 18:30 – 19:30 : Evening Lecture 19:30 –  : Closing cocktail   For the General Assembly  a separate invitation is send to the BNS and BNS-YG members. We remind you that only members having paid their fees for 2017 will have a voting right. The topic of […]

  • 26 Oct

    BNS Workshop October 2017 SCK-CEN, Boeretang 200, B-2400 Mol @08:30

    From nuclear data to a reliable estimate of spent fuel decay heat Details Nuclear spent fuel continues to emit heat for hundreds of years challenging both intermediate and final disposal. A reliable estimate of this decay heat is of utmost importance for both the design and safe operation of the repositories. Combining state-of-the-art nuclear data, […]

  • 28 Sep

    Molten Salt Reactor | by Rudy Konings (EC-JRC) Westinghouse, Rue de L'Industrie 43, 1400 Nivelles @18:30

    Molten Salt Reactors (MSR) have gained worldwide interest in recent years due their appealing characteristics with respect to safety and resource utilisation. In this reactor type the fuel is a liquid salt containing the fissile and fertile material to maintain the nuclear chain reaction. The liquid salt also serves as the primary coolant, and as […]

  • 28 Sep

    BNS-YG visit to the Pumps & Motors Workshop at Westinghouse Westinghouse Electric Belgium, Rue de L'Industrie 43, 1400 Nivelles @14.00

    The BNS Young Generation organizes on September 28 a technical visit to the Pumps & Motors Workshop at Westinghouse Electric Belgium in Nivelles at 14:00.   Programme of the afternoon: 14:00 Introduction to Westinghouse 15:30 Visit of the Workshop   The visit will be followed by an Evening Lecture at 18:30 in the offices of […]

  • 15 Jun

    BNS General Assembly & Evening Lecture June 2017 | Thorium fuel – by M. verwerft (SCK-CEN) Engie Towers, Boulevard Simon Bolivar-laan 34, 1000 Brussels

    General assembly Before the evening lecture, BNS and BNS-YG members are also invited to attend the general assembly. The General Assembly will take place on Thursday June 15, 2017 at 18:15, at Boulevard Simon Bolivar-laan 34, 1000 Brussels. Topics on the agenda: BNS and BNS-YG activities in 2017 Approval of the financial reporting of 2016 […]

  • 18 May

    Management of spent fuel in Europe – a survey | by Pierre Kockerols Tractebel Offices @18:30

    (topic to be confirmed)

  • 27 Apr

    After the removal of the nuclear tax – Swedish nuclear industry is ready for Round 2 | by Carl Bergloff Tractebel Offices @18.30

    The Belgian Nuclear Society is proud to present this evening lecture in collaboration with the Swedish Nuclear Society. The topic of the evening will be the removal of the nuclear tax in Sweden. In June 2016 an historical political agreement was made in Sweden, which put an end to 40 years of nuclear power debate. […]

  • 23 Mar

    Decommissioning a nuclear installation? Yes we can! ENGIE Tower, Avenue Simon Bolivarlaan – 1000 Brussels (@ 18.30)

    Belgian skills and expertise in D&D by Vincent Massaut (SCK•CEN and Vice-Chairman of the BNS) The BR3 project was selected in 1989 as European pilot decommissioning project. This pilot project concerned the decontamination and dismantling of a pilot PWR plant. Several techniques of dismantling (and decontamination) were developed and tested in real scale on actual […]

  • 23 Feb

    BNS-YG Scientific Contest 2017 Tractebel Engie @18.30

    The Belgian Nuclear Society has the honor to invite you to its next evening lecture on Thursday February 23, 2016 at the Tractebel Forum. Promising students and young professions will present their work  during the Scientific Contest: Edition 2017. There will be 3 presentations that compete for the BNS prize and a side competition of […]

  • 26 Jan

    “Long Term Operation – Forty is the new twenty” – P. D’Haeyer & R. Verheyden Tractebel Engie @18.30

    Long Term Operation of Belgian NPPs – Forty is the new twenty Mr. Philippe D’Haeyer works for Engie since December 1991. He started his career on Tihange 2 NPP in the Operations Department, where he took different positions in outage coordination and maintenance. Finally in October 2010, he joined the common LTO project. During the […]

  • 24 Nov

    BNS-YG technical visit – IBA – November 2016 IBA (Louvain-la-Neuve)

    Update: the visit will take place on November 24 The BNS Young Generation organizes in the afternoon of November 24 a technical visit to IBA in Louvain-la-Neuve. After a technical introduction to the activities of the company, the audience will have the opportunity to visit the cyclotron workshop. The day will end in Brussels (Tractebel […]

  • 24 Nov

    BNS Evening Lecture November 2016 Tractebel Engie @18.30

    The recent development of proton therapy by Yves Jongen, founder and CEO of IBA The use of protons, and other charged particle beams for radiotherapy was already proposed by Bob Wilson in 1946. The first clinical applications started 20 years later, in the late 1960’s in Berkeley, at Harvard University and in Uppsala (Sweden), in […]

  • 26 Oct

    BNS / ENGIE / SCK•CEN Technical Workshop on BR2 SCK•CEN LakeHouse, Boeretang 201, 2400 Mol

    This workshop is intended to introduce the unique features of the Belgian Reactor 2, the most performing operating material test reactor in Europe today.  A selected panel of experts from the operator and user community  will highlight the different trends in current R&D for applications of nuclear technology and how the BR2 reactor is contributing […]

  • 28 Sep

    BNS Evening Lecture September 2016 Promotiezaal KU Leuven, Universiteitshal, Naamsestraat 22, 3000 Leuven @15.30

    For the September EVL, the BNS will join its efforts with the BNEN: you are kindly invited to the official opening of the 15th academic year of the BNEN Interuniversity Programme in nuclear engineering, on September 28 2016 in the afternoon, in Leuven. Two interesting lectures are scheduled: “Gravitational Waves Exist: The inside story of […]

  • 23 Jun

    BNS General Assembly & Evening Lecture June 2016 Brussels, Av. Des Arts - Kunstlaan 56, 1000 Brussels @18:15

    General assembly and Evening Lecture Use of radioactive tracers in sands By Ir-geol Bernard Malherbe, Director Project Development at Jan de Nul Group.

  • 26 May

    BNS Evening Lecture May 2016 Brussels, Engie Towers @18:30

    “Doel 3 and Tihange 2: A robust – made in Belgium safety case” by Jean Van Vyve (Tractebel Engie). In the summer of 2012, inspections of the reactor vessels of Doel 3 and Tihange 2 nuclear power stations revealed the presence of indications that required in-depth analyses. Electrabel carried out a thorough investigation in response […]

  • 12 May

    BNS YG Lecture at UHasselt Hasselt University, Campus Diepenbeek, Building D, Agoralaan, Aula H5 @19:00

    UHasselt, Nuclear Technology and the Belgian Nuclear Society Young Generation (BNS YG) both aim at promoting the education and the transfer of knowledge in nuclear science. As a synergy of their missions, UHasselt and the Belgian Nuclear Society Young Generation cordially invite you to a joint event, in the form of a lecture on: “The […]

  • 28 Apr

    BNS Evening Lecture April 2016 Brussels, Tractebel Engineering @18:30

    “Climate Change” by Prof. A. Berger The accumulation of greenhouse gases (GHG) in the atmosphere due to the use of fossil fuels for the production of energy, the release in traces of other gases which could modify the radiative balance of the climatic system, the intensive deforestation and the artificial modification of the soil linked […]

  • 24 Mar

    BNS Evening Lecture March 2016 – Cancelled! Av. des Arts - Kunstlaan 56, 1000 Brussels, @18:30

  • 25 Feb

    BNS YG Scientific Contest 2016 Brussels, Tractebel Engineering @18:30

    Announcement: PPT BNS Young Generation 2016 Rules: see Scientific Contest page

  • 28 Jan

    BNS General Assembly & Evening Lecture January 2016 Brussels, Engie Towers, Simon Bolivarlaan 34, 1000 Brussels @18:15

    BNS General Assembly, followed by an Evening Lecture: European Human Resources Observatory for Nuclear by Massimo Flore (JRC European Commission) and Ferry Roelofs (NRG) The European Human Resource Observatory for Nuclear (EHRO-N) provides the European Commission with essential data related to supply and demand for nuclear experts in the EU28 and the enlargement and integration […]

  • 24 Nov

    BNS General Assembly & Evening Lecture November 2015 – Cancelled! Avenue des Arts / Kunstlaan 56 – 1000 Brussels (same building as the Nuclear Forum)

  • 22 Oct

    BNS Workshop October 2015 Euridice (Mol)

    Workshop on “Waste Management” Activity: Seminar + visit Hades underground laboratory This workshop aims at providing a comprehensive overview of the R&D conducted in Belgium, but also at European level, in the framework of nuclear waste disposal. This research can be typified as truly multi-disciplinary, with not only techno-scientific research areas but also ethical/societal aspects. […]

  • 24 Sep

    BNS Evening Lecture September 2015 Engie Towers Brussels

    “Exporting Nuclear Materials Items and Technology from Belgium: An Impossible Challenge?” by Prof. Dr. Quentin Michel (ULg) Invitation EVL September 2015

  • 25 Jun

    BNS General Assembly & Evening Lecture June 2015 Tractebel Engineering

    “ITER, A Key Step Towards Fusion Power” by Jérôme Pamela (Iter France). Invitation EVL June 2015

  • 28 May

    BNS Evening Lecture May 2015 Tractebel Engineering

    “The UK’s Need for New Nuclear and the Challenge of Financing Projects” by Robert Armour (Gowlings UK LLP). Invitation EVL May 2015

  • 28 Apr

    BNS Evening Lecture April 2015 Tractebel Engineering

    “Reactor Pressure Vessel Issue of Doel 3 and Tihange 2 – The Way to Tackle this Unprecedent Challenge” by Jean Van Vyve (GDF SUEZ). Invitation EVL April 2015

  • 26 Mar

    BNS YG Scientific Contest 2015 Tractebel Engineering, Brussels @18:30

    BNS Scientific Contest 2015 Presentations BNS Scientific Contest 26 March 2015

  • 26 Feb

    BNS Evening Lecture February 2015 Tractebel Engineering, Brussels @18:30

    “Scientific and Political Challenges in Euratom Nuclear Fission Research” by Georges Van Goethem (European Commission). Invitation EVL February 2015

  • 28 Jan

    BNS Evening Lecture January 2015 Westinghouse EMEA HQ, Brussels @18:30

    “Electricity Scarcity in the Belgian Nuclear Power Market” by Pierre-Henri D’Haene (Altran). Invitation EVL January 2015