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"Cooperation between EU and Canada in Education, Training and Knowledge Management on Super-Critical Water Reactors"

Objective

"Nuclear power in general requires highly qualified, skilled and well trained professionals in order to assure the supply of energy and to secure safe operation and the development of reliable technology. The recent Fukushima nuclear accident in March 2011 firmly underscores such requirements.

At the same time, the IAEA and OECD/NEA has observed a shortage of high level graduates educated in the nuclear field, combined with the retirement of professionals in the nuclear sector. For this reason, the EU Council issued conclusions and recommendations in the field of ‘needs for skills in the nuclear field’ in December 2008.

Currently, the EU and Canada work on the Super-Critical Water-cooled Reactor (SCWR), a reactor concept selected by the Generation-IV International Forum because of the advantages regarding safety and sustainability.

The EURECA! project, being a collaboration between the EU and Canada, will define an international education & training program which (i) enhances the skills of current professionals in the nuclear sector, (ii) attracts young graduates and professionals in other sectors to work in the nuclear field and (iii) enhances the mobility of professionals in the EU and Canada.

The project focuses on the innovative SCWR concept due to its attractiveness to graduates and young professionals and to pave the way for future collaboration between the EU and Canada on this reactor type. Although the SCWR is still a conceptual reactor, the level of knowledge and skills regarding current, water-cooled reactors will be improved and ensured as well, since the concepts and technology of the SCWR are close to the ones of conventional water-cooled nuclear plants.

The EURECA! project consists of a European organizational branch (consisting of EU participants), and a mirrored, Canadian organizational branch (consisting of Canadian participants). Although financially separated, both branches will have a strongly symbiotic, collaborative relationship."

Call for proposal

FP7-Fission-2011
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Coordinator

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Address
Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 125 804
Administrative Contact
Karin Van Der Graaf (Ms.)

Participants (5)

UNIVERSITY OF STUTTGART
Germany
EU contribution
€ 73 188
Address
Keplerstrasse 7
70174 Stuttgart
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Joerg Starflinger (Prof.)
KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 74 534
Address
Brinellvagen 8
100 44 Stockholm
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Thorén Monica (Ms.)
CENTRUM VYZKUMU REZ SRO
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 33 170
Address
Hlavni 130
250 68 Husinec-rez
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Mariana Ruzickova (Ms.)
RESEAU EUROPEEN POUR L ENSEIGNEMENT DES SCIENCES NUCLEAIRES
France
EU contribution
€ 62 060
Address
Cea Centre De Saclay Bat 395 Point Courier 35 Inst Nat Sciences & Techn Nucleaires
91191 Gif Sur Yvette
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Ryoko Kusumi (Ms.)
UNIVERSITA DI PISA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 102 950
Address
Lungarno Pacinotti 43/44
56126 Pisa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Walter Ambrosini (Prof.)