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The mission of the IRSN in terms of research is not simply the acquisition of new scientific knowledge, but also the development of technical risk management tools and a contribution to the development of the expertise available within the Institute.

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IRSN and RIR sign a collaboration agreement as part of TERRITORIES

The IRSN and the Research Institute of Radiology (RIR) signed a collaboration agreement in Fontenay-aux-Roses on March 23 as part of the European project TERRITORIES launched in late January.



The 13th issue of Aktis, IRSN’s scientific newsletter, is available

​This lastest issue focuses on geochemical investigations downstream from former mines, treats of NUCLEA, a thermodynamic database for materials and deals with the assessment of the “biological dose” received in the case of contamination and with using stem cells to treat radiation-induced visceral pain.



EURADOS Young Scientist Award goes to IRSN researcher

The work rewarded relates to an intercomparison proposed and implemented by LEDI as part of EURADOS. The intercomparison aimed to evaluate the internal dose received by nuclear workers, as part of epidemiological studies on the induced risks of uranium exposure.



Launch of the European CONFIDENCE project

​The kick-off meeting for the European CONFIDENCE project took place in Karlsruhe, Germany on 16 and 17 February. CONFIDENCE was selected after a call for projects by CONCERT, the European joint programming tool whose goals include consolidating various radioprotection research projects.



4th Meeting of the AMORAD project's Scientific and Technical Committee

​The 4th meeting of the AMORAD project's STC took place at the Fontenay-aux-Roses site on Friday, 10 February. IRSN coordinates the AMORAD project, selected by the "Agence nationale de recherche" (ANR) during the 2012 call for research in nuclear safety and radioprotection.



IRSN team wins Electronic Poster Award

​An IRSN team (PRP-HOM/UEM) working with physicists from several medical centers won the jury's "special mention" for its electronic poster presented during the Journées Francophones de la Radiologie (JFR) in Paris in October 2016.



Kick-off of the European TERRITORIES project

​On Friday, January 27, 2017, the kick-off meeting was held in Paris for the European TERRITORIES project, which was selected in a call for projects by CONCERT, a European “joint programming” tool which counts integrating radiation protection research among its objectives.



4th International Conference on Radioecology and Environmental Radioactivity (ICRER 2017): call for papers

​The 4th International Conference on Radioecology and Environmental Radioactivity (ICRER) will be held in Berlin, Germany, 3-8 September 2017. The conference is organised by IRSN and NRPA, with the support of the European research platform in radioprotection (notably ALLIANCE, MELODI, NERIS), the AIEA and IUR.



First power operation of the CABRI reactor since 2003

​The last quarter of 2016 included the first power operation tests of the Cabri facility in more than a decade. A long test campaign of power transients (startup tests) will begin in January 2017 to characterize the entire operating domain of the facility. The startup tests verify that this CEA experimental reactor is ready for the first test of IRSN's CABRI International Program (CIP).



Two new IRSN research projects selected following the Andra/ANR call for projects

​Certyf and Kri-Terres, two projects involving IRSN, have just been selected following the call for projects issued by Andra, in cooperation with the French National Research Agency (ANR), as part of the “Investment in the Future” program.



IRSN joint organizer of a workshop in California on "Fault Displacement Hazards Analysis"

​The IRSN unit specialized in seismic risk assessment (BERSSIN) has organized a workshop on earthquake surface ruptures on December 8-9, 2016, in collaboration with the Instituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV), the US Geological Survey (USGS) and the California Geological Survey (CGS).



AMORAD project: IRSN team participates in campaign in Japan

​Since 14 November 2016, a team from IRSN's Biogeochemistry, Bioavailability and Radionuclide Transfer Laboratory (L2BT) has been working in the forests of Fukushima to take samples. It is the third campaign of this type carried out as part of the AMORAD project to improve models to forecast dispersion and evaluate the impact of radionuclides in the environment.


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  • SARNET 2 final report

    SARNET - european network of excellence on core meltdown accidents - phase 2 final report is now on line.

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  • The RENEB project

    ​The RENEB project (Realizing European Network in Biodosimetry), which began in January 2012 and will end in late 2015, consists of the formation and implementation of the European biological dosimetry network. It is funded by the European Commission within the framework of the FP7-Fission-2011 call for proposals.