The European Nuclear Education Network, ENEN is a nonprofit international organization established in 2003 under the French Law of 1901. The mission of ENEN is the preservation and the further development of expertise in the nuclear fields by higher Education and Training. This objective should be realized through the co-operation between universities, research organizations, regulatory bodies, the industry and any other organizations involved in the application of nuclear science and ionizing radiation.
The European Technical Safety Organizations Network, founded in 2006, aims to promote and develop European scientific and technical co-operation between the TSOs in the field of nuclear safety. ETSON wants to be the major cooperative workplace for technical safety issues in Europe; be a source of technical reflexions on safety issues and wants to produce technical outcome and positions that foster the enhancement and harmonization of safety practices in Europe.
The European Human Resources Observatory for the Nuclear Sector (EHRO-N) was established in 2011, in the framework of the EURATOM treaty, to determine the situation of nuclear-educated Human Resources, skills and competences in Europe, assess the trends and suggest policy options for improvement.
The European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group is an independent, expert advisory group created in 2007 following a decision of the European Commission. It is composed of senior officials from the national nuclear safety, radioactive waste safety or radiation protection regulatory authorities and senior civil servants with competence in these fields. ENSREG’s role is to help to establish the conditions for continuous improvement and to reach a common understanding in the areas of nuclear safety and radioactive waste management.
ESARDA is an association of European organizations formed to advance and harmonise research and development in the area of safeguards. It also provides a forum for the exchange of information and ideas between nuclear facility operators, safeguards authorities and persons engaged in research and development. ESARDA was formed in 1969 with the purpose of facilitating collaboration in R&D in the field of safeguards and in the application of such R&D to the safeguarding of source and special fissile materials.
EUROfusion, the European Consortium for the Development of Fusion Energy, manages European fusion research activities on behalf of the European Commission.. It is a consortium, established in 2014, of national fusion research institutes located in the European Union and Switzerland.
The EUTERP Foundation is an independent legal entity set up to provide a centralized European
source of information on radiation protection education and training matters. Main objectives of the
Foundation are to encourage and support harmonization of education and training requirements for radiation protection experts, radiation workers and other radiation protection professionals; to better integrate radiation protection education and training systems into general vocational training and education infrastructures; and to act as a focus for the sharing of information on training events, standards, developments etc.
FORATOM is the Brussels-based trade association for the nuclear energy industry in Europe. FORATOM acts as the voice of the European nuclear industry in energy policy discussions with EU Institutions and other key stakeholders. The membership of FORATOM is made up of 16 national nuclear associations representing nearly 800 firms. FORATOM provides information and expertise on the role of nuclear energy; produce position papers, newsfeeds, responses to public consultations, analyses of public opinion; organize regular networking events like dinner debates, workshops, one-on-one meetings, press briefings and visits to nuclear facilities.
The Fusenet Association is the European Network on Fusion Education. The goal of the network is to
stimulate and coordinate high quality fusion education and make this available to students in an attractive and transparent manner. Presently it comprises over 50 members from 19 different countries, including universities, research organizations and companies that are involved in the development of energy production from nuclear fusion. The Fusenet Association is a legal entity and can apply for funding for its activities on behalf of its members.
HERCA is a voluntary association in which the Heads of Radiation Protection Authorities work together in order to identify common issues and propose practical solutions for these issues. HERCA is working on topics generally covered by provisions of the EURATOM Treaty. The programme of work of HERCA is based on common interest in significant regulatory issues.
NUGENIA is an association dedicated to the research and development of nuclear fission technologies, with a focus on Generation II and III nuclear plants. It aims to be an integrated framework for R&D to ensure safe, reliable and competitive Gen II & III fission technologies.
SNETP will preserve and strengthen the European technological leadership and nuclear industry through a strong and long-term R&D programme, involving fuel cycles and reactor systems of Generation II, III and IV types. SNETP will further enhance Europe’s technological leadership in nuclear science and engineering by the production of scientific and technical skills to keep pace with corresponding industrial and R&D demand and will contribute to the production of synthetic fuels and hydrogen needs.
The Implementing Geological Disposal of Radioactive Waste Technology Platform (IGD-TP) was launched in 2009. The main objectives of the IGD-TP are to initiate and carry out collaborative actions in Europe to facilitate the stepwise implementation of safe, deep geological disposal of spent fuel, high-level waste, and other long-lived radioactive waste by solving the remaining scientific, technological and social challenges, and thereby to support waste management programmes in the Member States.
The International Nuclear Security Education Network’s mission is to enhance global nuclear security by developing, sharing and promoting excellence in nuclear security education. The network was founded in 2010 under the auspices of the IAEA Nuclear Security Programme.
MELODI is an European Platform dedicated to low dose radiation risk research. In 2010 MELODI was founded as a registered association with 15 members. The main goals of MELODI are the promotion and coordination of low dose risk research in Europe, through an open and integrative approach, adopting a Strategic Research Agenda. Further MELODI aims to create a forum for dialogue with EU institutions and stakeholders and with international partners (WHO, IAEA, USA, …).
The International Atomic Energy Agency is the world’s central intergovernmental forum for scientific and technical co-operation in the nuclear field. It works for the safe, secure and peaceful uses of nuclear science and technology, contributing to international peace and security and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. The IAEA plays an active part in helping the international community achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
ENEN III (May 2009 – April 2012)
ENEN III is the third project in the ENEN project series in nuclear engineering (European Nuclear Education Network). This project covered the structuring, organization, coordination and implementation of training schemes in cooperation with local, national and international training organizations, to provide training to professionals active in nuclear organizations or their contractors and subcontractors. The training schemes provide a portfolio of courses, training sessions, seminars and workshops for continuous learning, for upgrading knowledge and developing skills. One of the project deliverables was to work towards a training passport, which allowed the recognition of qualifications and the validation of training courses according to a set of commonly agreed criteria.
ENETRAP II (March 2009 – February 2012)
ENETRAP II is the second project of the ENETRAP projects series (European Network for Education and Training in Radiation Protection), focussing on the policy and implementation of education and training in radiation protection at the European and national level. The overall objective of the ENETRAP II project was to develop European high-quality “reference standards” and good practices for education and training in radiation protection (RP), specifically with respect to the radiation protection expert (RPE) and the radiation protection officer (RPO). The definitions and requirements for RPEs and RPOs were adopted in the European Basic Safety Standard (EURATOM 2013/59). A training curriculum for the RPE was developed in terms of learning outcomes in knowledge, skills and competences following the ECVET principles.
ENETRAP III (June 2014 – May 2018)
ENETRAP III adds new and innovative topics to existing E&T approaches in RP. It further develops the European reference training scheme with additional specialized modules for RPE working in medical, waste management and NPP. It will implement the ECVET principles and will establish targeted assistance from regulators that will play a crucial role in the endorsement of the proposed courses and learning objectives. ENETRAP III will also introduce a train-the-trainer strategy. All organized pilot sessions will be open to young and more experienced students and professionals. In this way, the project aims to contribute to increasing the attractiveness of nuclear careers and to lifelong learning activities.
A web-based platform containing all relevant information about E&T in RP will facilitate an efficient knowledge transfer and capacity building in Europe and beyond. ENETRAP III will also propose guidance for implementing E&T for RPE and RPO, hereby providing extremely important assistance to all Member States who are expected to transpose the Euratom BSS requirements into their national legislations. Moreover, ENETRAP III will demonstrate the practical feasibility of earlier developed concepts for mutual recognition and thus provide leading examples in Europe demonstrating effective borderless mobility.
PETRUS II (January 2009 – December 2011)
PETRUS II is the second project of the PETRUS project series (Programme for Education, Training and Research on Underground Storage), which aim at a cooperative approach of education and training (E&T) in geological disposal of radioactive waste between universities, waste management organizations, training organizations and research institutes.
PETRUS III (September 2013 – September 2016)
The PETRUS II project is currently continued in the PETRUS III project whose objective is to promote E&T in geological disposal of radioactive waste. Different aspects of the ECVET system (such as the elaboration and implementation of the professional development training programme using ECVET principles) are being developed and tested in the domain of geological disposal and waste.
CINCH (June 2013 – May 2016)
The CINCH-I project aimed at the Coordination of Education In Nuclear Chemistry in order to mitigate the effects of the decline of number of staff qualified in nuclear chemistry. This project is currently continued in the CINCH II project with the aim to mobilise the identified existing fragmented capabilities to form the critical mass required to implement the courses and meet the nuclear chemistry postgraduate education and training needs of the European Union. The current curricula are being developed using the ECVET guidelines.
TRASNUSAFE (November 2010 – October 2014)
The objective of the TRASNUSAFE (Training Schemes on Nuclear Safety Culture) project was to design, develop and test two relevant training schemes on Nuclear Safety Culture with a European environment, based on a specific evaluation of the training needs. Five different training modules were developed and tested. The LOs were described in terms of knowledge, skills and competences.
MEDRAPET (December 2010 – February 2013)
The main aim of the MEDRAPET project (Medical Radiation Protection Education and Training) was the identification of needs in radiation protection training for various medical professionals. The results of the MEDRAPET project were the basis for the revision of the Radiation Protection 116 Guidelines on Education and Training in Radiation Protection for Medical Exposures, which was published in February 2014 as Radiation Protection 175: Guidelines on Radiation Protection Education and Training of Medical Professionals in the European Union. It consists of core learning outcomes in radiation protection, and specific learning outcomes for various categories of medical professionals, defined in knowledge, skills and competences.
EUTEMPE-RX (September 2013 – September 2016)
The EUTEMPE-RX project (European Training and Education for Medical Physics Experts in Radiology) aims to provide a training scheme that allows the medical physicist in Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology to reach EQF level 8, as it was defined by the EU funded ‘Guidelines for the MPE’ project. The core activity of the medical physics expert (MPE) is to ensure ionising radiations are optimally used in patient healthcare and to bring new knowledge and expertise from physics into healthcare. It will develop 12 courses at EQF level 8 following the ECVET principles.
NUSHARE (January 2013 – June 2017)
NUSHARE is a FP7 project implementing a European Education, Training and Information initiative proposed by the Commissioner for Research and Innovation and the Commissioner for Energy after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami on 11 March 2011 (Fukushima). Its main objective is to develop and implement education, training and information programmes strengthening competences required for achieving excellence in nuclear safety culture. Particular attention is being paid to lessons learned from stress tests conducted on all EU nuclear Power Plants in response to the the Fukushima accident and to sharing best practices at the European level.
CORONA II (September 2015 – September 2018)
The main objective of the proposed CORONA II project is to enhance the safety of nuclear installations through further improvement of the training capabilities aimed at building up the necessary personnel competencies. Specific objective of the proposed CORONA II project is to proceed with the development of state-of-the-art regional training center for VVER competence (which will be called CORONA Academy), whose pilot implementation through CORONA project (2011-2014) proved to be viable solution for supporting transnational mobility and lifelong learning amongst VVER operating countries.