On 4 and 7 June 2019, the FISA'19 (nuclear safety research) and EURADWASTE'19 (radioactive waste management research) conferences were jointly held in Pitesti, Romania.
Co-organized by the European Commission, the Romanian Ministry of Research and Innovation and the Institute for Nuclear Research (RATEN ICN) under the auspices of the Romanian Presidency of the EU in 2019, this event, which gathered around 500 participants, aimed to:
- Present the progress and main achievements of the EURATOM research programme (P7 and H2020) since the previous edition of the conference in 2013;
- Strengthen discussions on the state of play of R&D and the main challenges at national, European and international level in terms of research and innovation policies, synergies and partnerships for the benefit of research and innovation programmes innovation and future prospects.
EURADWASTE'19 marked the official launch of EURAD with a presentation given in Plenary Session 3.
The EURADWASTE'19 discussion panels emphasized the importance of Knowledge Management for agencies, regulators, research organizations, IAEA and NEA international bodies alike, and the role of R&D to help maintain skills and make the scientific and technical professions related to waste management attractive. It is also in this context that the European Commission has rewarded the work of PhD students working in Euratom research projects.