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ACTINET Summer Schools

The TALISMAN project plans to organise an annual international summer school in actinide sciences using expertise among the whole network but also invited international experts with the aim of providing a bridging culture between the usually highly specialised approaches and challenges in associated or related fields.

Support to students

The project plans also to support students attendance to international conference, workshops, seminars or schools selected by the TALISMAN Consortium. The support to the students will be implemented through the direct attribution of travel grants to TALISMAN consortium students following periodic calls for proposal or by supporting to the organisation of the conference that will grant the students. The selection will be made by the ExCom.

ACTINET-I3 ThUL Spring School 2013 in Actinide Chemistry

14-18 January 2013, Karlsruhe, Germany


July 10th-13th, 2012

2012 Actinet Plutonium Futures Summer School

The 2012 Actinet Plutonium Futures Summer School was hosted by the UK National Nuclear Laboratory on 10-13 July in Whitehaven, Cumbria.

By exploring the physical, chemical and radiological properties of plutonium and the other actinides, the school introduced the Plutonium Futures - Science 2012 Conference that was held in Cambridge the following week.

47 delegates from Europe, Russia and Korea attended the sessions, during which presentations were given by distinguished speakers from NNL, AWE, CEA, SUBATECH and the universities of Manchester, Bristol and Edinburgh. Students were given an intoriduction to the nuclear fuel cycle, learned about reprocessing and chemical separations, actinide coordination chemistry, condensed matter physics, radiolysis and radiation chemistry, atomistic simulation techniques, the detection of actinide species and the practicalities of storing separated plutonium.

In addition to lectures, the school included some more interactive elements held at the University of Manchester’s Dalton Cumbrian Facility, including the chemical analysis of irradiated polymers, exploring actinide chemistry using computational methods and developing strategies for the disposition of plutonium. Students also visited the NNL Central Laboratory at Sellafield and watched a live demonstration of the dissolution of a UO2 pellet and the method of separation of uranium and plutonium from spent nuclear fuel used in the PUREX process.

More information on the website


April 26th- 30th, 2012
1st ACTINET Theoretical Userlab Spring School

The ThUL spring school was held at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Campus North from April 26th to 30th 2012.


June 14th - 17th, 2011, Karlsruhe, Germany
2011 ACTINET summer school on Actinide Science and Applications

The 2011 ACTINET summer school on Actinide Science and Applications was held in Karlsruhe (Germany) from June 14th to 17th, at the KIT campus, close to JRC. This was the 6th Summer School on Actinide Science and Applications organised by JRC-ITU.
The lectures were organised according to 3 thematic areas:

  • Basic Actinide Science
  • Nuclear Fuel Cycle
  • Nucelar Safeguards, Security and Forensics

We invite you to download the flyer and the programme of this event.

Since 2001 the JRC-ITU organises a biennial Summer School on Actinide Science at its laboratories in Karlsruhe. The Summer School targets students and young researchers who have an interest in basic actinide chemistry, physics and material science.
In 2011, 63 young researchers coming from 17 different countries (EU and non EU) and representing 23 nationalities have participated. The excellent gender proportion (47,6 % females, 52,4 % males) is very encouraging for the promotion of female scientists in nuclear science.

The lectures, featuring experts from international organisations and JRC-ITU, focussed on three main topics: Basic Actinide Science, The Nuclear Fuel Cycle as well as Nuclear Safeguards, Security and Forensics.
While morning lectures were dedicated to academic lectures, the afternoons have been devoted to demonstrations and practical exercises in the laboratories of JRC-ITU and the neighbouring German research centre, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT).
A particularly open and social atmosphere was powered to stimulate opportunities between 'pupils' and 'teachers' to build up new contacts and to strengthen existing links. The Summer School concluded on Friday afternoon with the delivery of a 'certificate of attendance'.

Titles of lectures:
The physics of the actinides, The chemistry of plutonium and an overview of the actinides, Nuclear Fuels (incl. Gen IV), Pyroprocessing, Nuclear security measurement techniques, Nuclear waste disposal, Thermodynamic aspects of actinides, Theoretical aspects of chemical and electronic properties of actinides, Chemistry and physics of (super-) heavy elements, Biological effects of ionizing radiation, Spectroscopic characterization of actinides, Radiation damage in nuclear materials, Nuclear Safeguards, Nuclear Forensics, Sustainability of nuclear energy: Recycling of spent fuels, Post-irradiation examination of nuclear fuel

Titles of demonstrations:
Photoemission spectroscopy for actinide research, Transport properties under extreme conditions, Thermal diffusivity of nuclear fuels, Electron microscopy of nuclear materials, Fabrication of Advanced Nuclear Fuels, Spent fuel corrosion, Post irradiation examination, Safeguards and forensic analysis, INE-Beamline for Actinide Research, Prototype vitrification test facility, Laser spectroscopy, Decommissioning


August 29 - September 3, 2010, Marcoule, France
Analytical Innovation in the field of actinide recycling


  • Analytical innovation (hyphenated techniques, analytical chips…)
  • Actinide recycling (extraction, interfaces, processes…)
  • Chemistry and thermodynamics of actinides

See agenda and available presentations here.