The 1st meeting of the General Assembly was hosted by ENEA in Bologna (Italy) on May 10, 2010. It gathered the quorum, i.e. 30 representatives of the network members, plus the EC corresponding officer, to examine the outcomes of the 1st network period and the perspectives in the 2nd period (April 2010 - Sept. 2011). All items were approved by the participants. One can note the unanimous suggestion to increase the network’s visibility at the SNETP level.
This last suggestion has been materialized by recent SNETP meetings, first the General Assembly in early September, and then on Oct. 7th in Schipol (The Netherlands) the meeting of the TWG Gen. II/III (Technology Working Group on general R&D for Gen.II/III nuclear power plants). In the latter meeting, the TWG members have concluded on a consensus on severe accidents as a high-priority topic for medium-long term and on the delegation to SARNET for the management of research on SA (the precise delegation process still needs to be elaborated). This role will in particular rely on the large experience acquired in the SARP group (SA Research Priorities) in the EC FP6 on definition and ranking the priorities for R&D.
The 4th Management Team meeting was hosted by IRSN in Aix-en-Provence (France) on October 5th. The leader of the “Corium and Debris Coolability” Work-Package N°5, Walter Tromm (KIT), is being replaced by Alexei Miassoedov (KIT).
The Advisory Committee is being set up. It will be composed of a dozen of persons, in majority from end-users (industry, safety authorities...), possibly non-SARNET partners. Its objective is to advise on strategic orientations of the research activities of the network and on the implementation of the mission to spread excellence. A first meeting should be held in the next months.
Contact: Jean-Pierre Van Dorsselaere