OECD calls for reactor database

30 October 2001

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has called for the establishment of an international database containing information on nuclear research, to be accessible around the world.

Co-produced by its in-house Nuclear Energy Agency, the OECD report, written by six experts from France, Slovenia, Hungary and the USA, says that such a database should contain information on reactor physics, shielding and physics of the fuel cycle, in a standard computer format. It states that current data is not sufficiently exploited and that “this wealth of information needs to be preserved in a form more easily exploitable by modern information technology.” Meanwhile, the European Commission released a series of calls for proposals for nuclear research projects.

Brussels asked for support for research infrastructures involving east European countries newly associated with Euratom – Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia, (budget 900,000 Euros), and for projects for Member States (budget 17.3 million Euros). Studies will include those on radiation protection and health and environmental transfer of radioactive material. A separate call was made for research on fission (budget 2.5 million Euros).

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