The NEA Nuclear Safety Research Joint Projects Week will host high-level panels and a series of technical sessions to review the main benefits from the last four decades of NEA safety research joint projects and discuss how the established framework, research platforms and networks could support future developments in the nuclear energy sector, facilitating innovation.
This workshop will bring together stakeholders from the nuclear energy sector, including regulators, representatives from technical support, research and international organisations, as well as industry representatives to share views on research frameworks, platforms and competences needed in order to maintain or develop future collective nuclear safety research in the nuclear energy sector. Based on the experience gained through NEA safety research joint projects, workshop participants will also share recommendations for the development of future joint international research ventures at the NEA to support innovations.
The objective of this workshop is to review the experience gained in the last 40 years of NEA nuclear safety research joint projects. Event participants will discuss the benefits of development of technical bases for the demonstration of safety and reflect on how safety research joint projects contribute to shaping the collective intelligence that connects the industry, regulators and research organisations on key safety aspects. Participants will also exchange on how to preserve key research facilities and key competences at risk that contribute to education of young researchers, as well as the production of high quality data sets for safety codes development and validation; with most of them available to NEA member countries through the NEA Data Bank.
The event will also provide a forum to discuss maintenance and evolution of the established frameworks, research platforms and networks to open opportunities for supporting the continued safe operation of nuclear power plants and to ease the licensing process of new reactor designs and systems, including small modular reactors (SMRs) and innovative safety systems. In particular, different technology developers, technical and scientific support organisations (TSOs) and experimental researchers operating research facilities will be able to discuss areas for co-operation and resource sharing for experiments, code validation activities and related competences.
The workshop will be organised in three main streams:
The workshop will address the following challenges:
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