Building Open Science in Europe: The road ahead for the EOSC community and the EU Member States – SAVE THE DATE!

We are excited to announce the workshop “Building Open Science in Europe: The road ahead for the EOSC community and the EU Member States” that will take place on 20 June 2019 in Tallinn, Estonia.

eInfraCentral invites current and potential users of the European Open Science Cloud, service providers from Research Infrastructures and e-Infrastructures, national and EU-level policy makers, and all other interested stakeholders to discuss further implementation steps for the EOSC. The workshop will highlight the achievements in the development of the EOSC Portal and will continue the discussion on how to build a user-centric EOSC and implement it across the EU Member States and Associated Countries.

This free-of-charge workshop is organised and hosted by eInfraCentral in cooperation with other EOSC-related projects and initiatives and as one of the key projects in the implementation of the EOSC Portal.

More information about the programme and registration will come soon.

The SCK•CEN Academy is looking for PhD and postdoc candidates

Are you a MSc or PhD student who wants to go the extra mile to become an expert in one of the domains within radiation protection research? Then the SCK•CEN Academy has interesting opportunities for you.  The Academy is currently looking for PhD and Postdoc candidates for the following research topics:

PhD topics:

Radioecology

Preparedness for nuclear and radiological emergency response and recovery

Social sciences and humanities

Medical applications

Radiobiology

Dosimetry

Low-level radioactivity measurements

Postdoc topics:

Application guidelines and other more detailed information on the SCK•CEN Academy PhD and postdoc progamme can be be found on the SCK•CEN Academy website.

1st meeting of Ukraine-Euratom R&I Committee

On 4 July 2018 the First Meeting of the Ukraine-Euratom Research and Innovation Committee (the Joint Committee) under the Agreement for Scientific and Technological Cooperation between the Government of Ukraine and the European Atomic Energy Community associating Ukraine to the Euratom Research and Training programme (2014-2018) took place in Brussels.

The Ukrainian delegation was headed by Mr Maksym Strikha, Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine, and the European Commission delegation by Mr Patrick Child, EC Deputy Director-General for Research and Innovation, who chaired the meeting.

The Joint Committee reviewed and assessed the association of Ukraine to the Euratom Research and Training Programme (2014-2018) since the Association Agreement entered into force on 28 October 2016. The Association Agreement covers the whole spectrum of activities under the Programme including grant funded fission and fusion research, as well as the activities of the Joint Research Centre in the field of nuclear research.

In his opening remarks, Mr Child stressed that the European Commission is committed to the successful implementation of the association of Ukraine to Euratom. Mr Strikha emphasized Ukrainian appreciation of the higher status of cooperation. Ukraine also welcomed the EC National Contact Point (NCP) coordination and support action  under the Euratom Work Programme 2018 focused on deeper integration of Ukrainian researchers in Euratom. This project facilitates the participation of Ukrainian scientists in Euratom Programmes, enhances networking between European and Ukrainian scientists and raises awareness both of Euratom in Ukraine and of Ukrainian research activities in the EU.

The Joint Committee stressed the advantages of association in terms of Ukrainian research entities’ participation in indirect actions of nuclear fission and radiation protection under the same conditions as those applicable to legal entities of Member States of the EU. Ukraine became a full partner with the same rights and benefits as national laboratories from EU Member States in the EUROfusion consortium, implementing a comprehensive joint programme in line with the agreed European roadmap to fusion electricity. Ukrainian research institutions are increasingly collaborating with the Joint Research Centre under the Euratom Programme, often jointly with other European partners, establishing informal networks and opening further cooperation opportunities.

Mr Child stressed the importance of international cooperation in nuclear safety research and encouraged Ukrainian research entities to participate in the call under the  Euratom Work Programme 2018.

Both sides agreed on further developing their cooperation, as required by the Association Agreement and expressed satisfaction with the pace of association. The second meeting is planned for the spring of 2020.

Stakeholder consultation on the future Euratom Research and Training Programme (2021-2025)

Stakeholder consulation on the future Euratom Research and Training Programme (2021-2025) is currently open until Friday, 16 February 2018 at 12 p.m. CET. Should you wish to participate you can access the consultation here.


Euratom aims to pursue nuclear research and training activities with an emphasis on continually improving nuclear safety, security and radiation protection, notably to contribute to the long-term decarbonisation of the energy system in a safe, efficient and secure way. By contributing to these objectives, the Euratom Programme will reinforce outcomes under the three priorities of Horizon 2020: Excellent science, Industrial leadership and Societal challenges.

The indirect actions of the Euratom Programme focus on two areas:

  • nuclear fission and radiation protection
  • fusion research aiming at developing magnetic confinement fusion as an energy source.

The Euratom Programme puts a strong emphasis on developing nuclear skills and competence. This will allow Europe to maintain world leadership in nuclear safety and waste management and to attain the highest level of protection from radiation.  In particular, the Programme will be carrying out research in the medical uses of radiation, for the benefit for all European citizens.

For fusion research, the Programme calls for a substantial reorganisation that will support a shift from pure, academic research to scientific questions of designing, building and operating future facilities such as ITER. This will allow fusion to progress towards electricity production by fusion around the middle of the century.

To achieve these objectives, the nuclear research activities will be supported by simpler legislation, thereby facilitating access to funding for companies, universities, research institutes in all EU Member States and beyond. In line with the Euratom Treaty, the Programme will run for five years, from 2014 to 2018.

Main priorities

The Euratom Research and Training Programme has the following specific objectives:

  • Support safety of nuclear systems;
  • Contribute to the development of safe longer term solutions for the management of ultimate radioactive waste;
  • Support the development and sustainability of nuclear expertise and excellence in the European Union;
  • Support radiation protection and development of medical applications of radiation, including, inter alia, the secure and safe supply and use of radioisotopes;
  • Move toward demonstration of feasibility of fusion as a power source by exploiting existing and future fusion facilities;
  • Lay the foundations for future fusion power plants by developing materials, technologies and conceptual design;
  • Promote innovation and industrial competitiveness;
  • Ensure availability and use of research infrastructures of pan-European relevance.

Link to the consultation: https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/Euratom_21-25