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The main achievements of the Euratom FP6 (2003-2006) projects in nuclear fission reactor systems were discussed at the sixth international conference FISA 2006 (Luxembourg, 13-16 March 2006). The scope of this conference was quite broad. Besides general discussions about the future socio-economic challenges in the EU (e.g. Lisbon 2000 strategy/competitive knowledge-based economy by 2010), it encompassed European research in nuclear plant life management for existing reactors, severe accident management, assessment of future nuclear fission systems, partitioning and transmutation systems, research infrastructures and nuclear education and training. More than 400 participants were registered at FISA 2006 and at 7 post-conference workshops, representing a wide audience of nuclear scientists and decision makers coming from 32 countries world-wide. All stakeholders of the European nuclear fission arena were present, in particular research organisations (both public and private), academia, industry (both system suppliers and energy providers), regulators as well as decision makers. The Commission Green Paper on Energy recommended to keep the nuclear fission option open in a mix of commercial energy sources. As a result, Euratom research, in particular, has been reshaped so as to better serve the end-user needs. Besides the production of scientific knowledge through Community research, special attention is put on the exploitation of this knowledge through innovation. Special emphasis is also put on the dissemination of this knowledge through education and training. The European Union plays its role in the international research and development effort to modernise current reactors ranging from the former Soviet to the most advanced Western designs, and to evaluate the potential of the next generations of reactors (the so-called Generation III at horizon 2010 and Generation IV at horizon 2030) and of the future fuel cycle technologies.

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Authors: VAN GOETHEM G, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE);MANOLATOS P, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE);HUGON M, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE);BHATNAGAR V, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE);CASALTA S, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE);DEFFRENNES M, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 21231 EN (2006), 701 pp. Free of charge
Availability: Katalogue Number: KI-NA-21231-EN-C The paper version can be ordered online and the PDF version downloaded at:
ISBN: ISBN: 92-79-01214-2
Record Number: 200719282 / Last updated on: 2007-07-10
Original language: en
Available languages: en