The research conducted at IRSN is “mission oriented” and, by its very nature, multidisciplinary. Its purpose is not only, like all research, to acquire new scientific knowledge but also to diversify or improve the technical applications needed to manage risks and contribute to the development of the Institute’s wealth of expertise.
Consequently, research projects are defined, from the outset, as a function of the Institute’s current or future needs to maintain its expertise; these requirements are themselves identified as such through field studies, the result of non-resolved recurring questions, or because it is reasonable to think that the development of nuclear or radiological techniques, combined with more demanding safety requirements, will necessarily lead to new questions being raised.
Conducted over more or less lengthy periods, these research programmes tie in with IRSN’s long and medium term plan (PMLT) for major research programmes.
IRSN’s research organisation is split into three Directions.
This unit, headed by
François Besnus and made up of
10 research laboratories and sections, has the following research interests:
- Radioelements transfers within the environment
- Ionizing radiations effects on ecosystems
- Seismic uncertainties
- Deep nuclear waste disposal
- Transfers within nuclear waste disposal facilities
List of laboratories and sections
This unit, headed by Jean-Michel Bonnet and made up of 9 research laboratories and 1 research section and 1 research support group, works in the following areas:
- Biological indicators and dosimetry
- Ionizing radiations pathologies and therapies
- Ionizing radiations epidemiology
- Experimental radiotoxicology
List of laboratories, section and support group
This unit, headed by Patrice Giordano and made up
research laboratories and sections and
1 research support group, carries out research in the following fields:
Nuclear fuel mechanics and thermohydraulics
Nuclear reactor core meltdown accidents
Fires in confined environments
Metrology and confinement
Neutronics and criticality
List of laboratories, sections and support group