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Accelerator and Research reactor Infrastructures for Education and Learning

Project description

Training and education of nuclear data experts

Accurate and precise nuclear data are a basis for the development and safety improvement of nuclear technology. To keep up the complex cycle of nuclear data the next generation of researchers needs to be trained in many scientific specialities. The ARIEL project will provide an opportunity for 90 early-stage researchers and technicians to learn from international experts at 23 accelerator- or reactor-based neutron beam facilities. The project will focus on experimental work, adding a minimum total of 3 000 beam-time hours to the experience of applicants. Additionally, it will offer up to 30 on-site research stays of a maximum 12 weeks, and promote interest in the sector by holding 4 summer schools for 80 physics and engineering students.


For the continuing improvement of the safety of current and planned nuclear facilities accurate and precise nuclear data are required to simulate the ongoing processes on the atomic level. In order to maintain the transfer of knowledge to the younger generation and to countries with less advanced nuclear programs the most modern and state of the art neutron beam facilities based on accelerators and research reactors will unite in this project international experts with interested early stage researchers (ESR) and technicians to work on the most challenging problems. Experimental work in international teams at these facilities will be the most effective training and competence building tool. The project will provide at least 3000 additional beam time hours for external users groups at the neutron facilities of the consortium. Up to 90 ESR and technicians will be able to receive full mobility and logistical support to participate in these experiments at 23 different accelerator or reactor based neutron facilities. The training of ESR in the field of nuclear physics and nuclear engineering will be complemented by up to 30 research stays of up to 12 weeks duration for extended work at the participating facilities. These activities, which are also open to senior scientists and now also to technical and professional staff, will continue to foster the exchange of knowledge that has grown in earlier EURATOM work programmes, e.g. within CHANDA, or ERINDA. The scientific proposals for experiments and training of ESR will be selected by a Project Advisory Committee consisting of high-level experts based on scientific excellence and relevance to improve nuclear safety and support of current nuclear data needs as addressed by IAEA and NEA. In order to increase the visibility and attractiveness at the university level four summer schools with about 80 participants shall be organized, where the wider target group should be students with physics and engineering backgrounds.




Net EU contribution
€ 957 000,75
Bautzner landstrasse 400
01328 Dresden

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Sachsen Dresden Dresden, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00

Participants (26)