On June 4–7 International Conferences FISA 2019 (Safety of Reactor Systems) and EURADWASTE’19 (Radioactive Waste Management) were held in Pitesti (Romania). The Conferences were organized by The European Commission (EC), the Ministry of Research and Innovation of Romania and the Institute for Nuclear Research (RATEN ICN) under the auspices of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2019. The events were held in cooperation with European Nuclear Society (ENS), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and European Nuclear Education Network (ENEN).
During the Conference, speakers and participants of the poster sessions provided information on key achievements of some 90 projects carried out as part of the Horizon 2020 Euratom Research and Training Framework Programmes. Panel discussions on the state of play of research and development, key challenges addressed at national, European and international levels on research and innovation policies, synergies and partnerships, and future perspectives were carried out.
The latest EC proposal for a new Framework Programme for Research and Innovation for the period 2021-27, “Horizon Europe” and “Euratom Research and Training” programme were introduced.
During the technical visits the participants attended TRIGA research reactor and Hot Cells facilities (at the Institute for Nuclear Research) and Nuclear Fuel Factory (in Pitesti-Mioveni).
Within poster session at the Conference EURADWASTE’19, Pavlo Kutsyn and Iryna Kutsyna, scientists of the Institute for Safety Problems of NPP, presented a project “New composite material based on heavy concrete reinforced by basalt-boron fiber for radioactive waste management” executed by research team of I. Romanenko, M. Holiuk, G. Odinokin, A. Nosovskyi, V. Gulik, V. Pastsuk, M. Kiisk, A. Biland and Y. Chuvashov. The research was conducted in cooperation with Institute of Physics, University of Tartu (Estonia), US Basalt Corp. (USA) and Institute for Problems in Materials Science, NAS of Ukraine. This project won a poster competition – Euratom Projects Awards. Representatives of leading international organizations from Europe and other participating countries got interested in the project and highly appreciated the originality, potential and scientific level of the conducted research.