The third International Conference on Fast Reactors and Related Fuel Cycles (FR17) opened in Yekaterinburg on 26 June sponsored  by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) together with the Government of the Russian Federation and supported by Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom. 

The conference is attended by about 700 experts from more than 30 countries and aims to promote information exchange on international and national fast reactor programmes and new developments in this area. The first forum of this kind was held in 2009 in Kyoto (Japan) and the second in Paris in 2013. 

FR17 includes the opening plenary, key-speaker plenary, technical session, poster sessions, panel discussion and closing plenary. The main topics include national and multinational strategies and programmes, reactor concepts, operation and decommissioning, safety and licensing, fuel, fuel cycle options, structural materials, industrial applications etc. Participants will have the opportunity of a technical tour to the Beloyarsk NPP which hosts Russia’s BN-600 and BN-800 reactors.