Nuclear science


    The goal of the NEA in this area is to help member countries identify, collate, develop and disseminate basic scientific and technical knowledge required to ensure safe, reliable and economic operation of current nuclear systems and to develop next-generation technologies.


    • To help advance the existing scientific knowledge needed to enhance the performance and safety of current nuclear systems;
    • To contribute to building a solid scientific and technical basis for the development of future-generation nuclear systems;
    • To support the preservation of essential knowledge in the field of nuclear science.

    Programme of work

    The NEA nuclear science programme is developed and executed by the Nuclear Science Committee (NSC), comprising high-level scientific experts from all NEA member countries. The secretarial support to the NSC is provided by the NEA Nuclear Science section. Close co-operation with the Data Bank is maintained, primarily because of the potential for mutual benefit to be gained between the programme of work of the Data Bank and the type of activities pursued within the nuclear science programme. The main areas of work are:

    Nuclear science events

    Fourth International Workshop on Structural Materials for Innovative Nuclear Systems (SMINS)
    Manchester, UK,11-14 July 2016

    Third International Workshop on Technology and Components of the Accelerator-driven Systems (TCADS)
    Mito, Japan, 6-9 September 2016

    Shielding Aspects of Accelerators, Targets and Irradiation Facilities (SATIF), 13th meeting
    Dresden, Germany, 10-12 October 2016

    Fourteenth Information Exchange Meetings on Actinide and Fission Product Partitioning and Transmutation (IEM P&T)
    San Diego, USA, 17-20 October 2016

    Workshop on Nuclear fuel Modelling to Support Safety and Performance Enhancement of Water-Cooled Reactors
    Paris, France, 7-9 March 2017

    NEA/WRPS benchmark workshops (UAM-11, SFR-UAM-3, C5G7-TD-2) held in conjunction with related meetings (CTF-4, AER-D)
    Erlangen, Germany, 8-12 May 2017

    Workshop on Experimental Support for Deployment of Nuclear Fuels and Materials
    Paris, France, 8-10 January 2018

    Last reviewed: 7 July 2017