Jean-Christophe Niel, director general of IRSN and Jadran Lenarčič, director of IJS (Jožef Stefan Institute) from Slovenia, have signed a new cooperation agreement during the International Conference Nuclear Energy for New Europe (NENE2017).
The cooperation agreement will strengthen the cooperation in nuclear safety research. The emphasis will at first be given to understanding and computer simulations of processes during severe accidents with melting of the reactor core and understanding potential environmental hazards that may pose potential risk to nuclear facilities such as earthquakes and floods and, of course, planning effective defense against them.
The long-term cooperation of researchers of IRSN and IJS started with the support of the European Commission in the research projects in the 6th Framework program. It was then expanded and strengthened in the projects of the 7th Framework program and Horizon 2020. Recently, the cooperation in the function of both institutes as TSO (Technical Support Organizations) to the national regulatory body is taking place, predominantly within the ETSON (European Network of Technical Safety Organizations).
IJS is the leading Slovenian scientific research institute, covering a broad spectrum of basic and applied research. The staff of more than 960 specializes in natural sciences, life sciences and engineering. The subjects concern production and control technologies, communication and computer technologies, knowledge technologies, biotechnologies, new materials, environmental technologies, nanotechnologies, and nuclear engineering. IJS is also acting as a TSO to the Slovenian nuclear regulatory body.