In September 2010, the collaboration between the IRSN and two universities, Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC – Paris 6) and Université de Caen Basse-Normandie (UCBN), was formalized by the signing of two framework agreements.
Last September, the IRSN signed two partnership framework agreements: one with Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC-Paris 6), and the other with Université de Caen Basse Normandie (UCBN). These agreements reinforce the existing collaborations with these universities, which have been going on for a long time in some cases, and will facilitate any new projects and joint work.
The agreement signed with UPMC involves the IRSN directly in the University’s teaching and research activities. As a result, several IRSN scientists and experts have participated in the ‘Nuclear Engineering’ specialist Master degree in Nuclear Engineering since its launch in September 2009. With regard to research, 11 doctoral candidates from the IRSN are enrolled in five graduate schools at the UPMC. They are studying such diverse research topics as mechanics (study of drops, spray, dissolution), epidemiology, physiopathology and physiology (study of radiation-induced lesions and use of stem cells), dosimetry, and geosciences (analysis and characterization of the behavior of clay). Other topics are currently under consideration.
The collaborations with UCBN take place in the fields of marine biology and geochemistry, and at the IRSN they mainly involve the Cherbourg-Octeville Radioecology Laboratory (LRC). In marine biology, the European Interreg4a Chronexpo project unites three British partners with the IRSN and UCBN for research on the effects of chronic exposure of marine organisms to industrial contaminants in the Channel. Concerning the sedimentary dynamics of the sea bed, the IRSN and UCBN will study the distribution, displacement and accumulation of sediment stock of marine or fluvial origin using radionuclides as markers. The joint activities of IRSN and UCBN will also concern expert evaluation work on hazardous industrial facilities, the development of equipment to take liquid or gaseous samples from the environment, and teaching.