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June 14th - 17th, 2011, Karlsruhe, Germany
2011 ACTINET summer school on Actinide Science and Applications

The 2011 ACTINET summer school on Actinide Science and Applications was held in Karlsruhe (Germany) from June 14th to 17th, at the KIT campus, close to JRC. This was the 6th Summer School on Actinide Science and Applications organised by JRC-ITU.
The lectures were organised according to 3 thematic areas:

  • Basic Actinide Science
  • Nuclear Fuel Cycle
  • Nucelar Safeguards, Security and Forensics

We invite you to download the flyer and the programme of this event.

Since 2001 the JRC-ITU organises a biennial Summer School on Actinide Science at its laboratories in Karlsruhe. The Summer School targets students and young researchers who have an interest in basic actinide chemistry, physics and material science.
In 2011, 63 young researchers coming from 17 different countries (EU and non EU) and representing 23 nationalities have participated. The excellent gender proportion (47,6 % females, 52,4 % males) is very encouraging for the promotion of female scientists in nuclear science.

The lectures, featuring experts from international organisations and JRC-ITU, focussed on three main topics: Basic Actinide Science, The Nuclear Fuel Cycle as well as Nuclear Safeguards, Security and Forensics.
While morning lectures were dedicated to academic lectures, the afternoons have been devoted to demonstrations and practical exercises in the laboratories of JRC-ITU and the neighbouring German research centre, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT).
A particularly open and social atmosphere was powered to stimulate opportunities between 'pupils' and 'teachers' to build up new contacts and to strengthen existing links. The Summer School concluded on Friday afternoon with the delivery of a 'certificate of attendance'.

Titles of lectures:
The physics of the actinides, The chemistry of plutonium and an overview of the actinides, Nuclear Fuels (incl. Gen IV), Pyroprocessing, Nuclear security measurement techniques, Nuclear waste disposal, Thermodynamic aspects of actinides, Theoretical aspects of chemical and electronic properties of actinides, Chemistry and physics of (super-) heavy elements, Biological effects of ionizing radiation, Spectroscopic characterization of actinides, Radiation damage in nuclear materials, Nuclear Safeguards, Nuclear Forensics, Sustainability of nuclear energy: Recycling of spent fuels, Post-irradiation examination of nuclear fuel

Titles of demonstrations:
Photoemission spectroscopy for actinide research, Transport properties under extreme conditions, Thermal diffusivity of nuclear fuels, Electron microscopy of nuclear materials, Fabrication of Advanced Nuclear Fuels, Spent fuel corrosion, Post irradiation examination, Safeguards and forensic analysis, INE-Beamline for Actinide Research, Prototype vitrification test facility, Laser spectroscopy, Decommissioning