Scientific Contest

2018 edition (Theses and papers from 2018) – Details

In order to encourage young people to enter the fascinating world of nuclear science, the BNS organizes – under the impulse of the Young Generation since 2004 – a yearly contest for the best thesis or paper related to nuclear applications (in the broadest sense of the word).

The contest is open not only for students to present their master thesis but also to anyone (up to 36 years old) who published a paper related to nuclear, whether it is at school, university or within a company.

Date: November 29, 2018 @18:30
Location: SCK-CEN, Mol
Program: Technical visits + SCK-CEN Best Master thesis award | BNS Scientific Contest | ONDRAF/NIRAS Prizes for best master thesis.
Prizes: More than 3.500€

Rules:BNS Thesis Contest Rules_2018

Invitation: PPT BNS Young Generation 2018

Deadline: extended to October 6th, 2018

Interested to attend or to submit a paper? Contact

Registration to attend the event takes place on the Activities page of the website and is mandatory for the audience, but also for the candidates.


2017 edition


2016 edition

On Thursday, February 25, the BNS YG (Belgian Nuclear Society, Young Generation section) Scientific Contest took place. It aims at encouraging young scientists or engineers in the nuclear field, in its broadest sense, with a yearly contest for the best master thesis or scientific paper related to nuclear applications. In total, 14 manuscripts were submitted, among which 4 master theses. The scientific level of these manuscripts was particularly high this year!

For the oral competition, the ranking is as follows:

  1. Peter Zsabka, for his Master Thesis prepared at KUL and SCK•CEN (NMS / Fuel Material Group): “Synthesis of thorium dioxide doped with gadolinium via a wet chemical route”. He is currently a PhD student at SCK•CEN, working on a common projects between the RCA (Radiochemistry) and FMA (Fuel Materials) groups.
  1. Gisella Marzari, for her Master Thesis prepared at Polytechnic University of Turin and SCK•CEN (EHS/Society and Policy Support): “Investigation of the Partial Defect Tester (PDET) for the detection of fuel pins diversion in the frame of spent fuel safeguards verification”. She has currently returned to Italy.
  1. Sven Claessens, for his BNEN Thesis prepared at Ghent University and Electrabel (Engie): “Characterization of Intermediate Level Radioactive Materials”. He is currently working at Engie.


For the Poster session, the ranking is as follows:

  1. Marlies Gijs, for a paper prepared during her PhD at University of Liège and SCK•CEN: “Gallium-68-labelled NOTA-oligonucleotides: an optimized method for their preparation”.She currently holds a Post-Doc position at University of Maastricht.
  1. Ellina Macaeva, for a paper prepared during her PhD at University of Ghent and SCK•CEN: “Radiation-induced alternative transcription and splicing events and their applicability to practical biodosimetry”.She is currently in her last year of PhD at SCK•CEN.
  1. Philippe Dejardin, for a paper entitled:“Methodology developed for the definition of the design parameters and associated safety criteria of the Filtered Containment Venting Systems for Belgian NPPs”. He is currently working at Tractebel (Engie).


The pictures of the BNS Scientific Contest on 25/02/2016 are available on Ningmeng Tang’s website :