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ENSTTI, the European Nuclear Safety Training and Tutoring Institute, is born

Logo ENSTTI In an unprecedented joint initiative, four European TSOs (IRSN in France, GRS in Germany, UJV in the Czech Republic and LEI in Lithuania) [1have created ENSTTI, the European Nuclear Safety Training and Tutoring Institute.

President Sarkozy announced the creation of the Institute during his speech on the civil nuclear industry at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) the 8 march 2010. The Institute will offer short applied training sessions and longer courses based on tutorials for university graduates and for those with some professional experience in the nuclear sector. Its focus will be on transmitting European research and assessment know-how in the fields of nuclear safety and radiation protection. 

Drawing on the competencies and resources of member TSOs, ENSTTI will provide training in techniques, practices and methods to develop the skills and know-how required for assessing and analysing nuclear and radiological risks in Europe and throughout the world.  
In creating ENSTTI, the founding TSOs – in association with the relevant EU and international bodies and the IAEA in particular - aim to meet assessment and research requirements in the nuclear safety sector relating to civil nuclear development programmes in Europe and the world as a whole.

The Institute's Scientific Council has been assigned the task of guiding and standardising teaching and tutoring content and practices to reflect the state of the art in European assessment know-how. 

Training at ENSTTI will be given in the form of course programmes lasting around six weeks and tutorial periods of several months. All the course programmes will include working groups, simulator sessions, technical visits and open discussions. Trainees will receive a certificate at the end of their training period reflecting the knowledge they have acquired. 

Training courses are open to individual applicants from inside and outside Europe with at least a Master's degree in the nuclear field, TSO and Nuclear Safety Authority professionals and/or nuclear operators and designers. 

The first training session has already been scheduled. It is divided in two parts: the first part will take place at GRS in Munich from 12 to 30 July 2010, while the second part will be organised at IRSN in Fontenay-aux-Roses from 30 August to 17 September 2010.

Contacts :

- IRSN Press contact : Tél. : +33(0)1 58 35 70 33

- ENSTTI press contact : ;


1- A Technical Safety Organisation (or TSO) is a technical and scientific organisation that carries out independent assessments and analyses of nuclear facility safety and radiological risks. Its activities comply with best practices in the field of risk assessment and meet internationally-agreed and applicable scientific baselines and standards.

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