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[en] The article discusses measures as well as structural improvements that have been implemented at the Belgian Nuclear Research Center SCK•CEN in order to upgrade the security level on the site of SCK•CEN.
[en] The article discusses the new strategic plan of the Belgian Nuclear Research Center SCK•CEN. SCK•CEN's strategic plan is implemented in 2017 and addresses, among others, the role of the high-performance infrastructure and strives to a balance between fundamental science and commercial applications.
[en] In the 1990’s, the Belgian Nuclear Research Center SCK•CEN launched the programme for Integration of Social Aspects into nuclear research (PISA). The programme addresses social science and humanities issues in the nuclear debate at a European level. The article discusses current and future work in the framework of PISA. Results of the EAGLE project, which addresses communication about ionizing radiation, are presented.
[en] The annual report gives a summary overview of key research and development activities at the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre SCK•CEN in 2016. The report discusses progress and main achievements in the following areas: reactor safety, radioactive waste and decommissioning, radiation protection, the BR-2 reactor, nuclear fuel research, radioactivity and the environment and medical applications with emphasis on dosimetry.
[en] Hans Vanmarcke was elected in 2016 as chairman of the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR). The article discusses the current and future activities of UNSCEAR, which include among others the producing of long awaited reports on the health consequences of exposure to radon in the home, the biological mechanisms of exposure to low radiation doses, the epidemiological studies into the occurrence of radiation-related cancer and the occurrence of secondary cancers following radiotherapy.
[en] The article describes advancements made by the Belgian Nuclear research Center SCK•CEN concerning the investigation of the properties and the behaviour of materials that are applied in the MYRRHA Research Infrastructure. MYRRHA is an innovative research reactor that uses heavy liquid metal as a coolant. Materials test results obtained from the experimental programme were analysed in terms of corrosion mechanisms. Calculation tools were applied to define limitations, estimate operating parameters and validate permitted corrosion in components such as fuel elements, heat exchanger tubes, the reactor vessel and other components of the MYRRHA primary system.
[en] After a thorough service lasting 16 months, the Belgian Reactor 2 (BR-2) was successfully restarted in July 2016. The research reactor is ready for at least another decade, with ambitious perspectives in sight. The article discusses the role of BR-2 in the the production of molybdenum-99 for the diagnosis and the treatment of cancer, the development of new products for medical applications or therapies, and the testing of materials. The BREASY programme, which envisages to make the capacity of BR-2 available to scientists worldwide, was launched.
[en] Over the next few years, a large number of water sources will be subject to radioactivity monitoring under the European Directive on Drinking Water (European Directive 2013/51/EURATOM). Researchers at the Belgian Nuclear research Center SCK•CEN selected, refined and validated nuclear measurement techniques for the radiological monitoring of drinking water.
[en] In Congo, around 43% of all children under the age of five suffer from chronic malnutrition. The result is a high infant mortality rate./ Researchers from the Belgian Nuclear research Center SCK•CEN started working on the cultivation of spirulina, a type of algae rich in vitamins and minerals that are essential for combating chronic malnutrition in children. This Inspiration project is the first in a series and signals the ambition of SCK•CEN to contribute towards a balanced and sustainable world.