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Research at the IRSN

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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HDR viva

​Alexandre Dauzères will defend his HDR "Contribution à la compréhension des interactions physico-chimiques des matériaux anthropiques et naturels dans les environnements de stockage de déchets radioactifs" on Friday 26th January in Fontenay-aux-Roses (France).



The AMORAD project: register for the scientific matinee organized by the IRSN

​The IRSN is organizing a scientific matinee devoted to the AMORAD project on Thursday, November 23rd, from 9:00 to 13:00 in Fontenay-aux-Roses. Registration for this matinee is free and it is open to everyone.



The IRSN is co-organising a workshop on masonry techniques in the face of earthquakes

​The École Normale Supérieure (ENS), the IRSN and the French Association of Earthquake Engineering (AFPS) are organizing an international workshop on "Masonry techniques in the face of earthquakes, from Antiquity to the present: prospects for multidisciplinary studies".



Updating the knowledge on tritium in the environment

​The IRSN is publishing a review of knowledge accumulated since 2010 on the behaviour of tritium in the environment. It summarises the main advances in research at a stage that clarifies questions around the metrology of tritium, its physicochemical forms, levels measured in environments such as air, water, soils and sediments, bioaccumulation and transfer in the food chain.



The 14th issue of Aktis, IRSN’s scientific newsletter, is available

​The fourteenth English-language issue of Aktis, the quarterly newsletter on IRSN’s research, is available on a HTML and PDF package.



Nuclear accident and human and social sciences: First conference for the AGORAS project

​How is an institutional balance established and how does it change between the various players involved in preventing nuclear accidents and in managing one should it occur? The AGORAS project sets outs to answer this very question, and the first conference will be organized by the IRSN for Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at Cité Universitaire in Paris.



Doctoral student at the IRSN receives Best Paper Award at ICONE 25

​Salima Kaissoun, a doctoral student at the Research and Modeling Laboratory for Airborne Dispersion and Containment (LEMAC) at the IRSN received a Best Paper Award during the ICONE 25 conference (International Conference on Nuclear Engineering) held in Shanghai from July 2-6, 2017.



ICRER 2017 launch

​The 4th International Conference on Radioecology and Environmental Radioactivity (ICRER) starts this Sunday 3 September and runs to 8 September in Berlin (Germany).



Best Poster Award for LNC researcher

​Alexis Jinaphanh, a researcher at the IRSN’s Criticality Research and Neutronics Development Laboratory (LNC) has received the Best Poster Award at ANS M&C 2017 (International Conference on Mathematics & Computational Methods Applied to Nuclear Science & Engineering).


Our publishing

  • 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 PERSEE facility

    ​PERSÉE (French acronym for Experimental platform for research for radioactive effluents purification) is a test bench designed specifically for studying and improving gaseous effluent purification systems ubiquitous in nuclear facilities.