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Belgium centre unveils safer nuclear reactor design

By Ian Randall. Published on 15 February 2012 in:
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A new, safer method of operating lead-cooled nuclear reactors has been demonstrated at the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre. The operational model, Guinevere, uses a particle accelerator to control nuclear reactions.

As the new reactor design – referred to as an Accelerator Driven System [ADS] – requires an external neutron source to operate, an immediate shutdown can be brought about by simply turning off the particle accelerator. This makes Guinevere both much safer and easier to control…

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Conseil de Physique Solvay centenary

By Alexander Sevrin. Published on 07 September 2011 in:
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One hundred years ago the celebrated first Conseil de Physique Solvay took place in Brussels, with the participation of the leading physicists of the time. It marked a profound rupture between the old classical physics and the new quantum physics that described the strange behaviour of nature at the microscopic level. The conference was one of the most important events in the advent of the quantum revolution; no such physics conference since has acquired the same legendary status…

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SciTech Europe 2011 conference

By Ian Randall. Published on 18 July 2011 in:
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The third annual SciTech Europe conference will be held at The Square, Brussels Meeting Centre, in Brussels, on 24 November this year.

The event, which will focus on how European science and technology policy could benefit knowledge, prosperity and society, will also act as a networking opportunity between academic experts, industry stakeholders and major policy-makers…

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Consultation on Research, Innovation & Gender

By Ian Randall. Published on 18 July 2011 in:
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EPS members have been invited to take part in a Public Consultation on the Future of Gender and Innovation in Europe. The consultation, which is intended to complement the EC Green Paper ‘From Challenges to Opportunities: Towards a Common Strategic Framework for EU Research and Innovation Funding’, will be published and discussed during the first European Gender Summit in Brussels on 8-9 November this year.

The consultation – which is being coordinated by genSET and the organisers of the European Gender Summit – is hoped will create a better understanding of how Europe might benefit from a more effective mainstreaming of the gender…

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ESFRI releases new report on research infrastructures

By Ian Randall. Published on 18 July 2011 in:
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The European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) have released their Strategy Report and Roadmap Update 2010. The chair of ESFRI, Beatrix Vierkorn-Rudolph presented the roadmap to the European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, in Brussels on 3 May this year.

“Pooling national and EU resources to build pan-European research infrastructures – rather than each Member State simply going it alone – is common sense and a key part of the EU’s Innovation Union plan,” said Geoghegan-Quinn. “These collaborative efforts create economies of scale, boost EU competitiveness and deliver better value for money for…

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