The 1st European Review Meeting on Severe Accidents was held in Aix-en-Provence, 14-16 November 2005. This meeting enabled a review of the SARNET activities carried out during the first 18 months of the project. The main topics of the network were covered such as corium, containment, source term, ASTEC code, PSA2 methodologies and knowledge management. ERMSAR gave the opportunity to exchange information not only amongst SARNET partners but also with end-users and organisations not involved in the network. The objective was also to review R&D priorities and identify possible re-orientations of the R&D effort.
The meeting was a success regarding the participation, the quality of presentations, the discussions and the dissemination of knowledge. About 120 specialists on power plant severe accidents from 50 organisations attended the meeting, with 12 invited organisations (4 utilities, 4 safety organisations and 4 research organisations not involved in the activities of the network). The final discussion enabled needs and suggestions to be identified or to be taken into account in the definition of the future work plan of the network.